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 24 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 60 All-America selections, 85 all- region honorees and 76 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 74 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 seven active Division I coaches with 295 or more wins.
Brooke Griffin joined the Duke women's lacrosse program in July, 2018 as an assistant coach.
Griffin's first season with the Blue Devils saw the squad reach the semifinals of the ACC Championship with a thrilling 14-13 quarterfinal victory over Notre Dame. Under her tutelage, Duke's offensive unit averaged over 15 goals per contest. The Blue Devils also placed themselves among the nation's leaders at the draw behind the efforts of sisters Olivia and Maddie Jenner. Olivia totaled 150 draw controls to break her own single season record and went on to earn second team All-America recognition.
Griffin came to Durham from Towson, where she spent the 2018 campaign as a volunteer assistant coach during the Tigers' run to the NCAA second round. Griffin began her coaching career at Boston College, where she was an assistant coach with the Eagles for the 2016 and 2017 campaigns. With her guidance, Boston College made trips to the NCAA Tournament both seasons, including a historic run to the championship contest in 2017.
Griffin completed an outstanding collegiate career at Maryland in 2015 and has been a member of the U.S. national team since then. She helped Team USA capture its third consecutive World Cup title in 2017. She has also taken the field as a member of the Brave of the Women's Professional Lacrosse League, helping the squad win the WPLL title during the summer of 2019.
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. In 2018, Cadoux, Lockwood and freshman Chase Henriquez combined for a .423 saves percentage. Cadoux again received ACC Defensive Player of the Week recognition following a double-digit save performance in a February win over No. 11 Northwestern. The 2019 campaign saw Cadoux earn a spot on the ACC All-Tournament Team while leading the goalkeeping unit with 103 saves.
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.
Nick Williams joined the Duke women's lacrosse program in August, 2019 as an assistant coach.
Williams arrived in Durham following six seasons at Georgetown. He served as a volunteer assistant coach for one campaign and an assistant coach for four seasons before being elevated to the role of associate head coach prior to the 2019 campaign.
During his six years with the Hoyas, Williams helped guide the program to a 57-55 ledger, including an impressive 34-10 mark in BIG EAST play. His time on the Hilltop was capped by the Hoyas' run to the 2019 BIG EAST Championship, as the squad defeated Denver, 9-8, in double overtime to claim the program's first conference tournament title since 2010. Georgetown went on to advance to the second round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament.
Prior to arriving at Georgetown, Williams served as an assistant coach at Florida, overseeing the Gators' defense. His previous coaching experience also includes two seasons as an assistant coach at Notre Dame (2010-12), where he worked with the team's goalkeepers and defenders, and one season at his alma mater, Towson.
A native of Baltimore, Williams was a four-year member of Towson's men's lacrosse program, helping the Tigers to a pair of CAA titles. He also excelled for Towson's football program, rounding out his career on the gridiron as the fifth-leading rusher in school history with 1,985 yards.