Scott Olive hails from Levittown, New York, where he attended Division Avenue High School. Growing up in Long Island, he played against some of the best competition in the world. He helped lead his team to a Nassau County championship and was nominated for the All-County team. He would go on to play lacrosse at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. During his college career, he amassed 91 total points, and RIT made it to two final four appearances. After college, Scott played attack for various clubs, and was the leading points scorer on the Remnants, Masters, Suffolk County, and Power Security Lacrosse clubs. Additionally, he was the leading points scorer in the Suffolk County Indoor Lacrosse League.
When Scott moved to North Carolina, he began focusing more on coaching. He became a coach at Cougar Select and founded “Lacrosse Trainer.” Through Lacrosse Trainer, he hosted clinics and “play-days” where kids of all ages and all backgrounds could come together and play lacrosse. He also spent three years as a head coach for Davis Drive Middle School and lead them to a 17-0 season and middle school championship. For several seaons Scott supported Green Hope High School as an assistant coach. and was the head coach of Apex Friendship High School when the school first opened. He continued coaching when Cougar Select turned into Red Devil United. In 2012, he became coach of Red Devil 2018 team which would go on to be one of the best in Red Devil history. Ranked as one of the top teams in the nation, they won seven tournaments in a row with only two losses. He stepped down following the 2014 summer season to become director of Red Devil United. As director, Scott wanted to stay involved with the players. Referring to himself as a “floater coach,” he enjoys going to different practices and games to help on the sidelines and interact with the players. A mentor to players on and off the field, Scott makes an impact on players every day. He is looking forward to the upcoming season, and hopes to build on the program’s success.
Scott is also the Head Varsity Boys lacrosse coach at Cary Academy. His Varsity Carolina National Team took second place in the National Tournament of Champions. Scott's 2021-22 Carolina National Lacrosse team won the National Lacrosse Classic Championship advancing them on to the Brogden cup. There, they swept Canada in a three game world chamiopnship series! Coach Olive was able to win the NLC for a second time with Carolina's 2022-23 team.
Tom Ahart, Boys Coach
Coach Ahart is from Syracuse, NY and started coaching for Red Devil United in 2017. He has coached the 2025 and 2027 teams (including the RDU 2025 team that took 4th place at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Tournament of Champions). Tom is a US Lacrosse National Level II certified coach and is currently finishing the highest Level III certification.
He played both Division I lacrosse and soccer at Niagara University in NY. He was a starter in the midfield on both teams since his freshman year and was awarded honors to the MAAC All-Academic team three times.
Most of Coach Ahart’s sports accolade’s were on the soccer field. He was the Syracuse Player of the Year during his senior year of high school and was 3-time First Team All-League. He was the Oswego High School MVP his senior year and elected team captain during his junior/senior years. He was a 5-time member of the the New York State Olympic Development Program (ODP) team and trained with the best players in the US for the National Team. His elite soccer club, the Syracuse Blitz Magic, won the NY State Championship 6 years in a row and a won the gold medal at US Indoor Soccer Championships. He also won a gold medal in the Men’s Open Division at the NY State Games.
Dr. Ahart is a Chiropractic Neurologist and holds three post-doctorate degrees in neurology. Most of his academic work revolves around traumatic brain injury and concussion rehabilitation.
Coach Ahart’s greatest pride is his wife and six children. This influences his coaching style by providing strong values, a tireless work ethic, and an encouraging attitude. With multiple kids playing lacrosse, he hopes to be coaching and cheering for Red Devil United teams for many years to come.
Ron Ateshian, Boys Coach
Coach Ron Ateshian started playing the Creator’s Game 40 years ago (1977) in South Huntington on Long Island in New York. He’s coached the youth through high school levels for 21 years (1997) starting in the hotbed of Smithtown, Long Island. He has trained 8 players that went on to play D1 and many more who went on to D2. Ron has coached in this area since 2007 with Apex Sports Authority, NCLA, NCLax, Cougar Select, Lacrosse Trainer, and Red Devil United. Ron’s North Carolina based travel teams have won 22 tournaments and earned 7 bids to the NDP Dick’s Tournament of Champions. He was head coach for the u15 Elite squad that took 3rd in the nation in 2016. More recently, Ron has coached the RDU u15/2021 Black and RDI u13 Red squads.
James Chakey, Boys HS Varsity Coach
James Chakey is new to the Red Devil coaching staff. He played high school lacrosse in Pennsylvania and D1 lacrosse at Penn State University. James played for the Nittany Lions all four years and graduated in 2016. As a senior, he earned the Nittany Lion Club’s True Grit Award, given to a student-athlete for overcoming adversity while succeeding in the classroom and on the field throughout their college career. In addition, he was the 2016 winner of the B1G Conference Sportsmanship Award, as well as a finalist for the Yeardley Reynold Love Unsung Hero Award, both to recognize leadership, dedication, integrity, humility, sportsmanship, and more. As a senior, he won the 2016 Theil Family Lacrosse Award, as well as the Penn State Lacrosse Citizenship Award (awarded to a member of the team for their active duty in representing the team on and off the field). In addition to his time on the Penn State varsity team, James coached with Mesa Fresh Fever Lacrosse in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. One of the top lacrosse clubs in the Pennsylvania, James coached for Mesa between 2011 and 2017 as the team competed well at a national level. Now residing in North Carolina, James is excited to be coaching with Red Devil United.
Cory Evans, Boys Coach
Cory has been coaching with Lacrosse Trainer and Red Devil United for eight seasons. In his time, he has coached many different age groups, and now is coaching the 2025 age group for the second year in a row. Born in New York, Cory attended Canandaigua Academy in high school. He started his junior and senior year on Varsity at defense. In his time, he received an All-League honorable mention (Junior Year), and received First-Team All-League honors (Senior year). Furthermore, he was elected team captain, selected to the New York Senior All-Star Game, and won the Robitaille Award for Sportsmanship, Leadership, and Dedication. He went on to play D3 lacrosse at Keuka College where he started all four years at defense. He was elected team captain from Sophomore to Senior year, and received First Team All-League honors as a Junior and Senior. Following college, he played in a season of post-collegiate travel lacrosse before coaching up the next generation. In addition to coaching for Red Devil and Lacrosse Trainer, he was a former coach for the Junior Varsity Men’s lacrosse team at Cardinal Gibbons High School from 2001-2003.
Sean Gracey, Boys HS Varsity Coach
Sean Gracey has been coaching for Red Devil United’s High School Red team since 2016. He grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and attended Roman Catholic High School. Sean played on the varsity lacrosse team for all four years and was selected to the “All League” team as a junior and senior, as well as a Brine Top 205 selection. He continued his lacrosse career at Cabrini University in Radnor, Pennsylvania where he lettered four years and was a four-time PAC (now CSAC) conference champion. In his years with the team, Cabrini qualified for the NCAA tournament all four years, and was undefeated in conference play.
Following his four years at Cabrini, Sean played forward in the Quebec Lacrosse League for the Windsor Eagles and Sherebrook Extreme. He played for the US Lacrosse Development Team, before playing for Team USA, and represented the nation in the Alex Herbeskey Memorial Tournament in Prague, Czech Republic. Following his time on the team, he played club box lacrosse for the Outlaws Box Lacrosse Club and Athletics Box Lacrosse Club.
Sean's coaching career is just as impressive as his playing career. While in Pennsylvania, he was the assistant coach for New Hope-Solebury High School for five years before moving on to become the head coach at Lansdale Catholic High School, a position he held for four years. He was a member of the Pennsylvania Lacrosse Coaches Association for those nine years and was on the Pennsylvania All-State Selection Committee and USILA All-American Selection Committee for four years. In addition to high school lacrosse, Sean coached club lacrosse for the Lions Lacrosse Club and Twist Lacrosse for five years and ten years, respectively. He was also the founder and director of Crooked Crease Lacrosse, an instructional and recreational lacrosse league for 1st through 8th graders. He has coached with Red Devil United and Lacrosse Trainer since moving to North Carolina in 2016, and we are excited to have him working with our top High School boys team! Below are his expectations for the upcoming season.
The club lacrosse experience is a time of development and exposure – a chance to follow passions and create lasting memories and relationships. All of this happens through camaraderie and time spent with teammates. And most importantly, in the classroom through academic achievement. The game of lacrosse provides an outlet to participate in a competitive athletic environment, where athletes push themselves to excellence and build upon their academic success with new challenges, life skills, and lessons learned through success and failures. This environment allows athletes to take responsibility for their own paths, follow their passion for lacrosse, and find their personal and athletic potential through a sport we love.
I look forward to the upcoming season and helping these young men achieve their personal and athletic potential.
Dave Myers, Boys Coach
Dave Myers has spent two years with Red Devil United. He attended Wayland High School in Massachusetts and was a defenseman on the varsity squad. A team captain and Dual County All-Star his senior year, he went on to play Division II lacrosse at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He started all four years at Bentley, and played defense, LSM, and “defensive midfield.” During his four years, Bentley had a 41-13 record, made it to the NE-10 championships three times, and played in the ECAC playoffs three years. Furthermore, Bentley led the NCAA in fewest goals against during his senior year. After college, Dave played for various clubs and indoor lacrosse teams before moving to North Carolina. In addition to coaching for RDU, Dave spent two seasons coaching for Lacrosse Trainer and three years coaching for the Cary Bulldogs. Dave also volunteers at elementary schools, teaching PE classes how to play lacrosse, and volunteers at NCLax in Apex.
Dax Nitishin, Boys Coach
I'm originally from Acton Ma, where I played for my high school team, Acton Boxborough Colonials. I was recruited to play at Green Mountain College, where my efforts took my game to the next level. I was nominated by my peers as a captain my freshman year and in my sophomore year I became a nationally ranked player.
After college I ended up moving to NC for work when I met families involved in Cougar Select. I began coaching for the ASA Gold 5-6 team, then U11b, then got paired up with Scott Olive on the infamous 2018 team. We dominated tournament after tournament and made our way to Nationals in Tampa. After a 5th place showing, there was such a draw for 2018, Scott and I parted ways to coach 2 different 2018 teams.
During all these seasons, I proposed to Sonya, we got married, and had twin boys, Jaxen and Nixon. It was time for me to spend time with my newly created family so I stepped away.
After a few seasons away, my family jumped right back into Red Devil. I began coaching with Brian Welch on the Apex Friendship MS team, 2020 Red Devil and the HS Red. I'm currently coaching HS Red with Sean Gracey.
I look forward to the day when Jaxen and Nixon gear up for Red Devil while Sonya and I pace on the sidelines! Go Red Devils!
Kyle Reed, Boys HS Coach
Kyle Reed has been coaching with Red Devil United since 2016. He grew up in Georgia, where he attended Alpharetta High School. He was a four-year letterman for his varsity team and was a team captain as a junior and senior. He was selected to the Brine All-American Team in 2011 and was a 2012 All-State midfielder. Kyle would go on to play college lacrosse at the University of Georgia, where he was a 2013 SELC Champion. In 2013, Georgia was selected to the MCLA National Tournament, and Kyle was selected to the SELC All-Tournament Team. Following his time on the team, Kyle coached through the University of Georgia lacrosse clinic for two years, before joining Lacrosse Trainer and RDU. He has coached indoor box lacrosse and club travel lacrosse for the last two years, and will be coaching for RDU’s High School Grey team in 2018. Kyle is excited for the upcoming season and his expectations as a coach are below.
The expectations I have for players this season is simply to come every day and do two things: Give us 100% effort every time they are on the field and apply what we are teaching them to practice and games. I’m excited about this group of players and the upcoming schedule.
Lucas Stralka, Boys Coach
Lucas Stralka attended East Greenwich High school located in East Greenwich Rhode Island. Stralka was a senior year captain, and won a Division 2 state championship. Stralka was also awarded the tournament MVP. Stralka led the state in points with 84 senior year. He tallied over 250 high school career points and was all conference junior and senior year. Stralka attended Anna Maria College, Paxton MA Freshmen and Sophomore year. He attended Mount Ida College Junior and Senior year.
Stralka was 2nd team all-conference as a sophomore and team captain, MVP. He led the team in points as a sophomore. At Mount Ida college Ma, in his Junior and senior year he lead the team in points. Stralka was a member of the100-point club just after two seasons as a mustang. Stralka was a member of the all-conference team both years. He was also Junior and Senior year MVP. Stralka has over 200 college career points. Stralka coached for MetroLacrosse since 2015 prior to moving to North Carolina. Stralka is extremely excited to be given the opportunity to coach these young athletes and get them ready to compete and win games.
“It’s always great to grow the game.”
Matt Wells, Boys Coach
Matt has been coaching with Red Devil United since 2014, and will be coaching the U11 Boys during the 2017 season. He attended Herndon High School in Virginia. Matt played all four years on Varsity as a goalie, and was awarded team MVP during his junior year. During his senior year, he started and won multiple team awards. He decided not to pursue lacrosse in college, and instead attended James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. After graduating, he became an assistant coach at Herndon. He coached for the school’s junior varsity team and worked primarily with the defense and goalies from 1995 to 1998. He is excited to kick off his fourth year coaching with Red Devil United.
Adrian Brown, Boys Coach
I started my lacrosse career early in grade school going on my 13th year playing. I played at the varsity level at Leesville Road High School, and also playing travel for Carolina Flight throughout my youth, and then playing Carolina Hilltoppers Elite & Rams team throughout high school. Freshman year of college I attended Tusculum University where I began my collegiate career helping bring Tusculum University to a top 20 ranking in the country under NCAA Division 2. Later I transferred to William Peace University now in my junior season of collegiate lacrosse at William Peace University as a midfielder.
Merridith Cho, Girls Coach
Merridith Cho spent four seasons playing on the lacrosse team at UNC-Chapel Hill from 1997-2000. Following her playing career at UNC, she pioneered a new varsity lacrosse program at East Chapel Hill High School in 2001. During her five seasons coaching at East Chapel Hill, she led the program to back-to-back NCHS Lacrosse State Championships in 2002 and 2003 and both of those teams were undefeated. After taking some time away from coaching, where she started a family, Merridith returned to coaching in 2015 as an assistant lacrosse coach at Guilford College. Merridith then moved on to become the first Head lacrosse coach at Salem College.
Alyssa Codispoti, Girls Coach
Alyssa Codispoti attended Leesville Road high school where she helped create the first women’s lacrosse team. Being the captain, Alyssa helped lead her team to win 5 games their first ever season. Within one season Alyssa was recruited to play for Meredith College Lacrosse. In her first season (2014) Alyssa helped Meredith to 2014 USA South Women's Lacrosse Tournament Championship and NCAA appearance. Played in 11 lacrosse games as a freshman defender. Recorded four draw controls, three groundballs and three caused turnovers. Averaged 5.5 minutes in 13 games played for Meredith basketball. Tallied eight rebounds, 10 assists and 3 steals. In 2015, the second season Alyssa led Meredith to back-to-back USA South Women's Lacrosse Tournament Championships and NCAA Appearances. USA South All-Conference, First Team, and All-Tournament Team selection. Started all 19 games as a sophomore in defense. Recorded 33 ground balls and 32 draw controls while causing 19 turnovers. Scored five goals and recorded one assist on the season. That year she was the recipient of the team Heart and Smart award. In her Junior year (2016) Alyssa helped Meredith lacrosse to its first USA South Regular Season title and third consecutive tournament championship, as well as a NCAA Division III record in scoring offense. Earned All-Conference first team honors and All-Academic recognition. Collected 32 groundballs, seven draw controls, and 24 caused turnovers.
Mark Goldsmith, Boys Coach
Mark Goldsmith is the offensive coordinator and assistant Coach at Methodist College Monarchs. He has been involved in the game of lacrosse as a player, coach and official for 49 years.
He played youth and high school lacrosse in Long Island, N.Y., and played at the collegiate level at Ohio Wesleyan University. In 1989, Coach Goldsmith moved to Greensboro, N.C. to become the Head Men’s Lacrosse and Soccer Coach at Guilford College.
While coaching at Guilford College, Goldsmith volunteered his time in the Phys. Ed. classes at Greensboro Day School, which led them to start the first high school lacrosse team in the area. In 1996, Coach Goldsmith started the first public school team in the Triad at Southeast Guilford High School, and subsequently worked with many other Triad area high schools to help start their lacrosse programs.
In 1996, Coach Goldsmith started the ONS (Old North State) Lacrosse organization, a year-round lacrosse program for youth and high school players.
He is the only coach to win state championships at 2 different schools in the history of N.C. high school lacrosse. He was inducted into the NC Chapter of US Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2014.
In addition to coaching, he is also an NCAA D1, D2, D3 and MLL official, and a State Coaches Clinician. Goldsmith is also Founder and President of the ONS Lacrosse Foundation, a non-profit organization that hosts the annual Triad High School Senior All Star Games.
Mia Jafari, Girls Coach
This is my 10th year coaching in the fall and my 19th season. I've coached lacrosse and field hockey for the past 10 years at all different ages, from middle school to college. I've been on two coaching staffs that developed womens lacrosse at their respective colleges and both have been national ranked at their level since their second years.
My background starts with boys lacrosse in 8th grade, one years of girls lacrosse my senior year of high school and two years at the University of Oregon. I started coaching in 2010, received my Masters in Sport Psychology from Michigan State in 2014, and moved in Raleigh, NC in 2015. I had coached at Saint Mary's School for the past three years. I recently stepped away from high school coaching because of my job, but was thrilled to the have the opportunity to coach at the club level again.
Tom Kinney, Boys Coach
Tom Kinney has been with the Red Devil Coaching staff for a few seasons now as a goalie coach and early high school development teams. He played high school lacrosse for the Desert Mountain High School Club Lacrosse team in Arizona and Glastonbury High School in Connecticut. During his time, he played as both a goalie and defenseman. Tom earned leaderships awards as a freshman and sophomore for Desert Mountain’s team. He is currently the Head Coach for Cary Christian School’s Varsity Lacrosse team where he has produces multiple All-Conference players and 1 All-State player.
Marty Reid, Boys Coach
Marty Reid grew up playing lacrosse in Buffalo, NY and played attack at Clarkson University from 2000 - 2003. Marty started coaching highschool teams when he was in college and continued to play and coach beyond college, in Chicago and Madison, WI. After a few years away from lacrosse, Marty is excited to get back involved in this great game.
Chris Rice, Boys HS Coach
Coach Rice is a Milford, Delaware native where he grew up playing all of the sports he could join when he wasn't on the beach. In 9th grade, after growing really sick of baseball, Coach Rice joined his newly formed high school lacrosse team at Milford High School. Lacrosse quickly became his sport of choice as he quickly picked up the goalie position. He would go on to be a four year varsity starter for Milford, earning all-conference honors as well as being a senior captain and senior state all-star game participant.
After high school, Coach Rice attended Syracuse University and played at the club level for lacrosse, wrestling, and ultimate frisbee (yes, it's a real sport). When he survived four very cold winters in the harsh tundra known as Central New York, Coach Rice headed south to attend East Carolina University for his Masters and Specialist degrees in School Psychology.
Post-ECU, Coach Rice travelled halfway across the country to Denver, CO where he lived with his wife for almost three years. While in Colorado, he coached for Eaglecrest HS (Aurora, CO) where the team had its most successful season in over a decade. Coach Rice and his wife, Becca, moved back to Delaware where they grew their family (son Camden, four years old--guaranteed you talk to him once on the sidelines). While in Delaware, Coach Rice coached at the varsity level for Milford HS and was the head coach at Postlethwait Middle School for three years (in addition to coaching wrestling and football). In addition, he coached at the Varsity A/Elite level with 1787 LC and Saltwater LC.
Coach Rice and his family moved to NC in December 2019 to be close to his wife's family. He is currently a school psychologist with the Orange County School system as well as a national trainer for Youth Mental Health First Aid. He is incredibly excited to get to coaching with the 2024 team and providing more support for RDU as a goalie coach.
Conor Ryan, Boys Coach
Conor Ryan is an alum of the Red Devil program and was a goalie coach for RDU during the summer of 2019. Conor was a four year starter at Green Hope High School and a first team All-State goalie his senior year. Conor is helping coach the goalies this summer, as well as working as an assistant coach for the 2022 team.
Bryce Sneed, Boys Coach
Bryce Sneed attended Apex HS where he played for 4 years, was team captain and lead Apex HS to the state championship. After High School, Bryce attended Wingate University where he was Captain and MVP, fifth Face Off percentage nationwide and third Percent in nation for ground balls. Bryce then moved on to become the Assistant Coach for Men's Lacrosse at North Greenville University. Currently Bryce is Head JV Coach and Assistant Varsity coach at apex HS for the Boys Lacrosse program.
Kavin Wood, Boys Coach
My name is Kavin Wood. I’m 15 years old, and I have played lacrosse since I was 6 years old, and have grown to love the game. I have played at very high levels including for the Team USA Brogden Cup team twice. I play midfield and take faceoffs currently for my varsity team at Cary Academy, and the Red Devil Red HS team. I led my varsity team last year in points, assists, groundballs, and faceoff percentage as a freshman. I broke a school record during my freshman season with 177 groundballs. I would not have the success I have had in this sport without my great coaches who have helped me so much along the way. This is why I am ready to give back to the sport that has given me so much, and why I wanted to coach.