Director of Lacrosse | XCEL Lacrosse Maine
XCEL Lacrosse is pleased to announce that Peri West will direct XCEL’s operation in the state of Maine as Director of Lacrosse.
A Boston, Massachusetts native, West is beginning her first season as the head coach of Thomas College in Waterville, ME. Coach West spent the previous four years at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. She started the Hendrix program - the first collegiate women's lacrosse program in Arkansas - from scratch. After spending the 2013 season recruiting, the Warriors posted back-to-back 4-10 seasons in 2014 and 2015 and an 8-8 mark in 2016.
From 2010-2012, Peri launched the Mount Ida College women’s lacrosse program and lead them to a 21-26 record in three seasons and earned and three consecutive trips to the Greater Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Tournament. West coached eight All-GNAC and the league's 2012 Defensive Player of the Year and 2012 Rookie of the Year while at Mount Ida.
Following her graduation from Wheaton College (Norton, MA), West was the junior varsity lacrosse coach at Weston High School. She then spent three seasons as an assistant coach for her alma mater Wheaton College. She helped the Lyons to a fifth straight New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament title game in 2006.
As a player for Wheaton, West was named team captain twice and helped capture the program's first two NEWMAC titles. She started in 68 games during her career, missing just one game. West helped the Lyons to a 20-4 mark in NEWMAC games and advance to the NCAA Tournament twice. In her senior season, West led the team to the NCAA Division III national quarterfinals. She totaled 53 goals and 23 assists for 76 points during her career as a midfielder and was twice named first team All-NEWMAC.
Peri West also brings a wealth of international playing and coaching experience to the XCEL program. In 2004 she lived in Gloucestershire, England and coached three high school teams at the Westonbirt School for girls. While in England, West also taught physical education classes in soccer, volleyball, gymnastics and net ball.
For three summers (2010-2012), West has played in the Czech Republic with members of the Czech National Team in the Prague Cup.
Most recently, Peri is proud to announce that in addition to her new role at Thomas College, she will serve as a member of the coaching staff for the Colombian National Team as the prepare for the Lacrosse World Cup in England in July 2017.