DIRECTOR OF RECRUITING, COACHING, and PLAYER DEVELOPMENT
Kristen has served as the Co-Director and Recruiting Coordinator for Lax Plus since 2006, and has been the Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach and Assistant Professor in Physical Education at Springfield College since 2009. As a former standout for Springfield’s women’s lacrosse team, Kristen still holds SC’s all-time record for points in a season, and ranks sixth all-time in career points. As a coach Kristen has established her Springfield program as one of the best in DIII. Mullady has been honored as the NEWMAC Coach of the Year four times since becoming head coach (2011, 2015, 2017, & 2021), and was named the IWLCA Berkshire Region Coach of the year for 2021. She has lead the pride to three NCAA appearances, with 2016 being Springfield's first ever NCAA Sweet 16 appearance, and highest ranking as no. 10 in the DIII national standings according to Lacrosse Magazine. She has coached numerous players to recieve All-Conference, All-Region, and Player of the Year Awards.
Kristen re-entered the collegiate coaching ranks after spending several years coaching high school and youth lacrosse in Connecticut. In addition to being the girl’s lacrosse coach for Hall High School in West Hartford, Kristen was named the President of the Connecticut High School Coaches Association for high school lacrosse for the spring of 2009, and has coached the U-15 Connecticut Select Team multiple times since 2000. She has been involved with running a number of high school and youth clinics, as well as coordinated strength and conditioning programs.
On the college level, Kristen also once served as the head coach for the Division I Central Connecticut State University women’s lacrosse program.
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Lax Plus Co-Director, Melissa Nord, is originally from the Syracuse, New York area. In high school, she lettered four years under Baldwinsville Head Coach, Doug Rowe. Rowe is ranked as the 3rd winningest girls lacrosse coach in New York State, and was inducted into the US Lacrosse Upstate NY Hall of Fame in 2012. During her high school years, she led her team to two New York State Class A Championship Finals, capturing one title, and making her one of the top defensive recruits in the country.
After narrowing her schools down to the University of Virginia, Georgetown, Syracuse, UMass and UConn, she followed her Upstate New York teammates to the University of Connecticut, where she made an immediate impact as a four-year starter for the Huskies. At UConn she played under head coach, and US Lacrosse Hall of Fame member, Bonnie Rosen. In addition to earning a number of academic honors during her time at UConn, Melissa was named First Team All-Big East, IWLCA Regional All America, Team Captain, and Defensive MVP in 2004. She also played in the IWLCA North-South All Star Game to conclude her senior season, and was honored at the UConn Club Awards in 2005. Melissa still ranks fifth for UConn's career groundballs and caused turnovers. Following her undergraduate studies in biology, Melissa stayed at UConn to earn a Master's Degree in Secondary Education, and coordinated the Tutoring Program for the Counseling Program for Intercollegiate Athletes at UConn.
Since graduating from UConn she has been involved with a number of local youth and high school lacrosse programs, currently serving as the President and a Youth coach for the Ellington Lacrosse Association, and the Vice President of the CT Valley Girls Youth Lacrosse League. Melissa has two daughters who participate in the Lax Plus club program, and currently teaches HS science at a local HS.