Vegas Strong Coaches
Our coaches come from all over the country. The one thing they have in common is that they were all lacrosse players before becoming lacrosse coaches. This gives them unique insight into the development of our Vegas Strong teams.
School: Wellesley (NCAA DIII)
Coach Dacia is a graduate of Bishop Gorman High School and a REBEL alumna from the class of 2015. She attended Wellesley College in Boston, Massachusetts where she was an Economics major and four-year member of the school's NCAA DIII lacrosse team. Dacia was an attacker for the Blue, earning several all-conference honors throughout her career. She holds the highest points record at Wellesley, accruing 223 points in 65 games. Upon graduation in 2019, Dacia worked as an investment analyst and coached a Massachusetts girls lacrosse club team at the youth and high school levels. She relocated to Las Vegas in 2020. Since returning, Dacia has been working as a real estate investment analyst, serving as the head coach for Bishop Gorman High School, and coaching with REBEL and Vegas Strong.
School: UNLV (MCLA)
Coach Josh was born and raised in Las Vegas. He played lacrosse for Durango High School and went on to help start and play for UNLV lacrosse from 2003-2005. After stepping away from the game for several years, he came back in 2014 to coach Liberty High School Varsity team. Since then, Coach Josh has coached both boys and girls from 8U all the way up to Varsity. Coach Josh is married to his high school sweetheart, and they have 3 kids together. He currently owns and operates his own heating and air conditioning company.
Brittany Keller (BK)
School: Georgia Tech (WCLA)
Coach Brittany (aka BK) grew up in Pittsburgh playing soccer. She first picked up a lacrosse stick in college at Georgia Tech, where she played defense and midfield for their WCLA team while earning her degree in Mechanical Engineering. In the years since graduating, BK has lived in several different states before settling in Las Vegas 5 years ago. She started her coaching career as the JV girls lacrosse coach for Downers Grove North High School in Illinois. In addition to coaching the Vegas Strong middle school team, BK is the head coach for the Faith Lutheran Middle School and Gorman High School JV girls lacrosse teams. She loves teaching brand new players and watching them fall in love with lacrosse.
School: Queens University
(NCAA DII, now DI)
Coach Jack grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan where he was a multi-sport athlete and all-state player in both football and lacrosse during his high school career. He accepted a lacrosse scholarship to attend Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina where he played all 4 years and graduated with a business degree. After college, he moved out west to further his career in the risk management industry and started coaching in Salt Lake City, Utah with Brighton High school. After winning two Division I boys state titles, he was transferred to Las Vegas and continued coaching with Coronado High School and the MovinUp club team. When 2020 hit, he decided to adapt and make a change over to the girl’s game where he’s been coaching ever since. This year Coach Jack and his wife Brilyn welcomed their first child, Jameson Erica Jones “JJ.”
Coach Nicole has been part of the lacrosse community for 20 years, beginning her career in the 4th grade in Weston, CT. A four-year varsity starter at Weston High School, Nicole helped the team to its first ever State Championship and Conference Championship wins in 2011 and 2012 respectively. She went on to play NCAA Division III Collegiate Lacrosse at Wellesley College where she majored in International Relations and Economics and minored in English. Nicole moved to Vegas last year and was the REBEL Black Assistant Coach and the Assistant Varsity Coach at Bishop Gorman High School this past season. Nicole currently works for Caesars Entertainment as a Corporate Analyst in Internal Audit and can't wait for another amazing Vegas Strong season coaching the Silver Team!
School: Coronado HS
Born and raised in Las Vegas, Coach Em Jurbala grew up playing lacrosse in the Vegas valley, goaltending for Coronado High School during the spring season and for various teams throughout the club seasons. After stepping away from the sport while she earned a journalism degree at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Jurbala returned to lacrosse as a coach for Palo’s middle school team. Reconnecting with her past, Jurbala became a coach for REBEL where she bounced around anywhere from helping with the newest players to working with developmental level high school players. Now, as part of Vegas Strong’s team of talented coaches, Jurbala coaches middle schoolers with Coach BK. Off the field, Jurbala enjoys her job at Las Vegas Magazine, where she covers the exciting happenings of the Valley. When she isn’t working, you can most often find Jurbala at home with her spoiled, stinky bulldog, Stella, or exploring nature and listening to good music.
School: Wilmington University (NCAA DII)
Coach La’Dae Boykin, originally from Baltimore, MD was a DII soccer and lacrosse player at Wilmington University. She began coaching in 2017 for Victory lacrosse club, then soon after was a graduate assistant at her university. La’Dae has coached club and high school lacrosse since. She has coached for 214 Lacrosse club and 4 different high school programs as an assistant coach, focusing on the draw and the attacking side of the game. She is the coach for Palo Verde High School.
School: Elmhurst University
Coach Larissa went to school at Somerset Skypointe earning letters in lacrosse, volleyball, and soccer. She went on to Elmhurst University in Illinois where she majored in Criminal Justice with a minor in sociology. At Elmhurst, she was a 4-year varsity player for the women’s lacrosse team where she played offensive mid, earning team captain for three years, MVP for two years, TrailBlazer, and hardest shot in conference. Larissa was 1st in points for two years, and still ranked 8th overall. Larissa went on to coach for Elmhurst Honey Badgers, UNLV, REBEL, and currently Palo Verde. Larissa is currently dealing with ACL recovery and can’t wait to be back on the field soon!
School: Grand Canyon University (NCAA DI)
Coach Matt was born and raised in Las Vegas. Starting as an attacker, he began playing with the first-year programs of Del Webb and Bob Miller. Matt then found his home as a goalie and assisted his teams in making his first state appearances in seventh and eighth grade. In his off seasons, Matt played with local club teams Vegas Starz and Zip-It. His high-school career was spent at another first-year program at Green Valley High School. While at Green Valley, Matt played in several state finals and semifinals games, was awarded MVP, Defensive Player of the Year, and had two first team All-State selections. Matt attended and played lacrosse at Grand Canyon University. He returned to Las Vegas and began his coaching career with Del Webb, Liberty, and most recently Pinecrest Academy.