Directors & Coaches

Kendall Adkin - Director of Lacrosse

  • Kendall Adkin has been the Director of Girls Lacrosse for the Richmond Strikers since 2015 and has taken on more responsibility as the the Director of Sports (boys & girls lacrosse, field hockey, rugby, & cricket) since 2017. 
  • From 2015-2017 she was the assistant women's lacrosse coach for Randolph-Macon College for two years. She helped the Yellow Jackets to two second place finishes in the ODAC and coached at R-MC with a record holding attack players in Alicia Hsieh and Alex Lightfoot. 
  • In 2013-2015, Adkin was the Coordinator for Lynchburg College while in grad school. 
  • 2013 First-Team All-State, First-Team All-ODAC
  • 2012 Second-Team All-State, Second-Team All-ODAC, All-ODAC All Tournament Team
  • 2011 Second-Team All-ODAC
  • 4th All-Time in goals scored for Lynchburg College
  • Member of the 2012 ODAC All-Tournament Team, First Team All-State as a senior, Second Team All-State in 2012, and a team captain.
  • Served as a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for four years. 
  • Adkin earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Lynchburg in 2013 with a minor in Secondary Education. She received a Master’s of Education in Educational Leadership with a focus on Higher Education Leadership from Lynchburg in 2015.
  • Adkin resides from Connecticut and attended New Milford High School.

Sue Murphy - Director of Coaching

  • New World Sports, President
  • New World Sports Recruiting, Director: Placing over 130 student-athletes to college programs
  • USA National Teams: Developmental Squad Head Coach 1998-2005
  • Division I Coaching: Head Coach @ University of Richmond 2001-2009 with ranking as high as #9 Nationally
  • Division I Coaching: Head Coach @ Boston University 1995-2001 with ranking as high as #6 Nationally
  • NCAA DI Tournaments: 3 with University of Richmond and 3 with Boston University
  • DI Conference Championships: 3 Atlantic 10 Championships with UR; 3 America East Championships with Boston University
  • Division III Coaching: Muhlenburg College in Allentown, PA
  • Awards: 2x Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year; 2x American East Coach of the Year; New England Lacrosse Hall of Fame 2001
  • Committees: US Lacrosse Board of Directors 1998-2003; US Lacrosse Board of Governors 1998-2000
  • Runs Beach Blast Lax Tourney (Lewes, DE), Tiger Blast (DE & NC) and Spring Fling (Richmond, VA)
  • Murphy currently resides in Midlothian, Virginia with her two daughters, Abby (22, DI field hockey at Appalachian State University/DII field hockey at Queens Univ of Charlotte) and Sara (13, currently attending Trinity Episcopal School).

Brooke Ireland - Recruiting Advisory Board Member

  • Ireland served as the head coach at William & Mary and Virginia Tech respectively. 
  • Coached Virginia Tech 1997-2001, guided the team to its best single-season record in school history and  a top-20 national ranking.
  • Led VT to a conference championship, regular season champion, and was honored as the Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year in 1999. 
  • Ireland was a founder of Geronimo Elite in 2003.
  • Her players from her Geronimo Elite teams have gone on to play at top collegiate lacrosse programs in the country, including the University of North Carolina, the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, Cornell, Princeton, William & Mary, Washington & Lee, and others. 
  • Developed the Geronimo Elite team to provide opportunities for young women to excel in lacrosse and had the potential to play at the collegiate level. 
  • She is known for the development of the athlete and bringing out the best in the girls, on and off of the field.  Her philosophy is to build character in young women by providing them the tools needed to feel confident, successful and determined. 
  • In addition to her collegiate coaching career, she served as the Assistant Coach for the Varsity girls lacrosse team at the Collegiate School from 2002-2011, while she was in athletic administration as Assistant Commissioner for the Colonial Athletic Association.  
  • Other noteworthy successes include her experiences overseas as the Head Women's Lacrosse Coach and Assistant Director of the Australian Lacrosse Council for the Australian Lacrosse Association in Victoria, Australia. 
  • Ireland graduated from Virginia Tech with her B.S. In Exercise Science, where she led and captained the lacrosse program from 1994-1996. 
  • She still ranks at the top of many defensive categories.
  • After her time at Virginia Tech, she served as the Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach at the University of Virginia while working on her masters in Exercise Physiology.  
  • She is married to former Virginia All-American goalie, James Ireland, and the couple have three children, Jack (14), Briggs (12) and Bowan (9). They reside in Richmond, VA. 

Erica Brothers - Director of Goalkeeping

  • Served as the Head Lacrosse Coach at Duxbury High School, while working at as an Instructional Assistant. 
  • Worked at Revolution Lacrosse, Boston, MA where she was the Director of Marketing and Grad Year Coordinator  
  • Developed, established and oversaw planning and excuted marketing plans
  • Coordinated school searches/screening, communicated with college coaches during recruitment process.
  • Helped with goal planning and academic monitoring/counseling to student-athletes
  • Played Division 1 lacrosse for the University of Richmond, graduated in 2010
  • Served as team captain 2009-2010

Heather Strausburg - Youth Lacrosse Liaison

  • US Lacrosse Level 1, 2 Certification
  • Geronimo 2010-2018
  • Director of Rising Stars 2011-2014
  • Director of Blazing Stars D3 2015, 2016
  • Director of Blazing Stars D1 2017, 2018
  • Geronimo Travel Coach: 2010-2018 (U10 & U13 teams)
  • Richmond Rapids Coach 2013, 2014
  • Strikers 2015-2018; 2015-23/24 Coach
  • 2016-Present 2024 Coach
  • Thunder Rec 2017- 2021/22 Coach
  • Chesterfield Youth Lacrosse 2018- 2022/23 Coach; Director of Coaching
  • Volunteer Assistant Coach Midlothian JV Girls Lacrosse 2018
  • US Lacrosse, Richmond Board, Youth Girls Rep
  • Vice President 2016-Present