The only head coach in Duke women’s lacrosse history, Kerstin Kimel has led the program from its inception in 1996, molding the Blue Devils into one of the nation’s elite teams.
In Kimel’s 22 seasons at the helm of Duke women’s lacrosse, she has guided the Blue Devils to seven national semifinals, four ACC regular season titles, an ACC Tournament Championship and 19 NCAA Tournament appearances.
A five-time ACC Coach of the Year, Kimel has overseen 59 All-America selections, 82 all-region honorees and 70 All-ACC picks. Seven of her former players have represented their countries on the world's stage, competing at the 2009, 2013 and 2017 World Cups. The Blue Devils have achieved equal success in the classroom during Kimel’s tenure, collecting 67 Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Academic Honor Roll accolades since 1997.
Kimel registered her 250th career victory Feb. 22, 2015 in a win over William & Mary. She is one of just six active Division I coaches with 280 or more wins.
Lauren Morton enters her fourth season with the Duke coaching staff in 2017-18, overseeing the program’s offensive personnel. She was elevated to the position of associate head coach in July, 2016.
During the 2017 campaign, Morton saw attacker Kyra Harney surpass the 100-goal mark for her career and midfielder Maddie Crutchfield join the century club in career points. Attacker Olivia Jenner continued to excel on the draw, topping the 100-draw control mark for the second time in as many seasons and ranking 10th in the country with an average of 6.06 draws per game.
Under Morton's watch, Harney and Crutchfield were both selected for IWLCA All-America honors at the conclusion of the 2016 campaign. The Blue Devils returned to the NCAA semifinals for the first time since 2011 during Morton’s first season in Durham in 2015.
A 2008 graduate of Boston University, Morton was a four-year letterwinner and two-time captain for the Terriers in the midfield. She received All-America recognition from the IWLCA as a senior, in addition to earning a spot on the all-region first team and being named the team’s most valuable player. Morton collected all-region second team honors her junior year and was selected to the America East All-Rookie Team following her freshman season.
Bria Irizarry joined the Duke women’s lacrosse program in August, 2017 as an assistant coach.
Irizarry came to Durham after helping Army West Point head coach Kristen Waagbo, a former Blue Devil assistant and Duke alumna, transition the Black Knights' program to the varsity level beginning in 2015-16. She oversaw the squad’s final year at the club level and directed the Black Knights to a number of milestones during the 2016 and 2017 campaigns, including the program’s first victory Feb. 20, 2016, against Central Connecticut State University and its first Patriot League win April 19, 2017, against Colgate.
A 2011 graduate of Richmond, Irizarry was a two-time All-Atlantic 10 selection for the Spiders. She helped lead the program to appearances in the conference’s championship contest during the 2008, 2010 and 2011 campaigns. Irizarry also served as a team captain during her junior and senior seasons and was selected to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team in 2008.
Morgan Heisman joined the Blue Devil program as a volunteer assistant coach in September, 2016.
Heisman helped to oversee Duke's goalkeeping unit in 2017, her first season in Durham. She saw Jamie Lockwood total 70 saves in 12 appearances in the net and Gabbe Cadoux earn ACC Defensive Player of the Week honors in April following an 11-save performance at Boston College.
Prior to joining the Duke staff, Heisman spent one season as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Dartmouth in 2013. Heisman also previously spent two seasons as an assistant coach at George Mason in 2011 and 2012.
Formerly Morgan Kelly, Heisman was a standout goalkeeper at James Madison, earning third team All-America honors from the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) as a senior in 2010. She graduated from the university in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in sport management.