Colorado Mountain College Girls Lacrosse and Leadership Camp

Colorado Mountain College

Glenwood Springs, CO


Overview

We are bringing our Girls Lacrosse & Leadership Camp to Colorado this summer. This camp has been designed to address a void in the growing lacrosse community. While players are spending time playing for sometimes multiple teams, there appears to be a lack of leadership and team building development. We have found the perfect facility for this camp—Colorado Mountain College. This locale offers us the best of both worlds—a top-notch training environment with several athletic fields, along with a traditional camp setting.

At camp, we will help campers learn about being part of something – a team or cause – bigger than themselves. The camp will combine outstanding lacrosse instruction with off-field camp activities designed to promote teamwork and teach leadership skills. At the end of camp, we want all campers to not only be better lacrosse players, but also recognize how as leaders they can be more valuable to their team, their school, and their community.

We look forward to the opportunity to meet and work with you this summer.


About Our Coaches

Brighde Dougherty

Brighde Dougherty has used sports as a means to lead herself, and those she has coached, towards self-empowerment her entire life.  She has learned how to harness and teach the natural mind-body- spirit connection that occurs during physical activity as a vehicle to perform in flow both on and off the field.


One facet of Brighde’s coaching career has been using lacrosse as a platform to teach life skills to middle-school, high school and collegiate female athletes.   She designed and coached the first ever lacrosse programs along the New Jersey Shore.  She helped build Tri-State lacrosse into one of the premier club programs in the country and was the head coach at St Rose high school.  At the collegiate level, Brighde transitioned Pomona-Pitzer College from a club team to a competitive DIII program and
worked her way from being the second assistant to the head coach at William Smith College.  Her successful growth in all these positions was due to ensuring that the athletes she worked with used their time on the field to discover and develop their personal leadership skills.


As a self-empowerment coach, Brighde also has a great deal of experience in various areas of recreation. She is the founder of Seneca Lake Surf, a stand up paddle board company focusing on individual and group leadership training.  Additionally she volunteers with Operation Beach Head,
helping injured veterans rebuild self-esteem through surfing. She also completed a NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) course and worked with Outward Bound Los Angeles, designing and implementing team leadership programs focused on self-mastery, communication and community development for struggling teens. Brighde has a master’s degree in leadership from Azusa Pacific University and a bachelor’s degree from Hobart and William Smith Colleges. In addition, she holds a reiki certification, is a Juice Plus representative, and is working to be a certified Mind Body Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher and wellness author.

Gretchen Lasda

Gretchen Lasda is entering her sixth year as the head coach of the Women’s National Latvian Lacrosse Team.  Lasda started playing lacrosse when she was 8 years old.  She attended West Genesee High School in Syracuse, New York where the men’s and women’s lacrosse teams are perennial state champions.  Upon graduation, Lasda continued her lacrosse playing career at Hobart and William Smith colleges playing under Hall of Fame Head Coach, Pat Genovese.  Lasda was an immediate impact player at the top seeded Division III powerhouse, starting every game of her college career on attack.  Lasda led her team to NCAA playoffs, was named First Team All-American, ECAC Player of the Year, UCAA Player of the year, UCAA Tournament MVP, Offensive Player of the week (for multiple consecutive weeks), North-South All Star Game Participant and was awarded the Patricia Price Coaches award for excellence in lacrosse in 2004.

Lasda remains in the record books at William Smith ranking 2nd in career assists (89), 5th in career points (144g, 89a), 5th in draw controls (98), 6th in free position goals, 7th in ground balls (168) and 10th in career goals (144).

After college, Lasda was the Head Coach at Summit High School in New Jersey.  She was also the Director of Operations at XTEAM Lacrosse where she traveled extensively throughout the United States teaching and coaching lacrosse with Team USA member, Crista Samaras.  Lasda has over 26 years of playing experience and 18 years of coaching experience.   In March of 2013, Lasda was named Head Coach of the Women’s Latvian team where she led the team in their first World Cup appearance.  Lasda accepted the dual role of Head Coach and player for the World Cup in Oshawa, Canada.  In their first World Cup appearance, the team earned 17th place with wins over Hong Kong and Sweden.  However, in 2015, Lasda led the Latvian team to advance their international ranking with an 8th place finish at the European Championships in Nymburk, Czech Republic out of a total of 17 teams.  Lasda continues to improve Latvia’s World ranking with their participation in the 2018 World Cup in Guildford, England.  Currently, Lasda travels back and forth to Latvia to prepare the National Team for the 2019 European Championships to be held in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Lasda comes from a family that is passionate about lacrosse.  Her uncle was a two-time National Champion at Cornell University ’76/’77, her brother was a two time National Champion at Princeton University ‘97/’98 and her sister was a four year impact player at Villanova University.

Gretchen resides in Evergreen, CO where she coaches the Conifer High School varsity team and specializes in large scale event management.   She has helped organize events such as the Olympics, Super Bowls, Men’s Final Four, Ski Championships, Presidential Debates, Inaugurations, 5Ks and the Sand Storm Lacrosse Festival.

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Camp Details

Check in/out: Overnight and Extended Day Campers check in between 1-2:30pm on the first day at the dorms and Check out at 12pm on the last day.

Age & Ability: Camp is open to ages 10-17 of all ability levels.

Meals Provided: Overnight campers- Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner; Extended Day Campers- Lunch and Dinner

Sample Schedule:
7:00 Wake-up
7:30 Breakfast
8:30 Camp Meeting – Daily Goals
9:00 Lacrosse Training – Individual Skills
11:00 Lacrosse Training – Positional Drills
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Outdoor Leadership Activities
3:00 Free Time
5:00 Dinner
6:00 Scrimmages
7:30 Evening Activities


Reviews (2)

reviews-10 Jeanne W. - Camper

Immediately got a great feeling about the camp and the other kids were awesome to hang out and compete with.

reviews-10 Beverly M. - Mom

My children really enjoyed the camp. The challenge and diversity of all the drills kept them interested, challenged and happy.

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