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 21 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 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances - the third longest current streak in the nation.
A five-time ACC Coach of the Year, Kimel has overseen 59 All-America selections, 80 all-region honorees and 68 All-ACC picks. Six of her former players have competed on the U.S. National Team, representing the United States at the 2009 and 2013 World Cups. The Blue Devils have achieved equal success in the classroom during Kimel’s tenure, collecting 59 IWLCA 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 270 or more wins.
Lauren Morton enters her third season with the Duke coaching staff in 2015-16, overseeing the program’s offensive personnel. She was elevated to the position of associate head coach in July, 2016.
Under Morton's watch, attacker Kyra Harney and midfielder Maddie Crutchfield were both selected for IWLCA All-America honors at the conclusion of the 2016 campaign. In 2015, senior and first team All-American Kerrin Maurer ranked among the ACC leaders in assists and points and became the Blue Devils’ career assist leader. That spring also saw the Blue Devils return to the NCAA semifinals for the first time since 2011.
A 2008 graduate of Boston University, Morton was a four-year letter winner 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.
Lars Keil joined the Duke women's lacrosse coaching staff in July, 2016 as an assistant coach.
A defensive specialist with extensive coaching experience, Keil came to Durham from Providence, R.I., where he was an assistant for the Brown men’s lacrosse program during a historic 2016 campaign. His season with the Bears saw the squad post a program-record 16 victories and make its first appearance in the national semifinals since 1994.
Prior to joining the staff at Brown, Keil served as a men’s assistant coach at Div. III Endicott College in 2013-15 and 2009-11. He also spent one season as the head men’s lacrosse coach at Div. II Pfeiffer University in 2013 and one season as a men’s assistant coach at Div. III Bates College in 2012.
Keil played lacrosse collegiately at Springfield College, graduating in 2005. He went on to earn a master’s in athletic administration from Endicott in 2013.