Peri West is the head women's lacrosse coach at Thomas College and the director of lacrose for XCEL Lacrosse Maine.
West is beginning her first season as the head coach of Thomas College in Waterville, ME. She spent the previous four years at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas; a program she started from scratch and the first collegiate women's lacrosse program in Arkansas. 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.
Coach west has also coached at Weston High School (MA) and spent three season at her alma mater, Wheaton College (Norton, MA). At Wheaton 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 also brings a wealth of international playing and coaching experience having coached in England, playing in the Czech Republic and most recently has taken on the role as amember of the coaching staff for the Colombian National Team as the prepare for the Lacrosse World Cup in England in July 2017.
Marsh Gray begins his first season at Thomas College in 2016 after spending the last two seasons as the head men's lacrosse coach at Husson University in Bangor, Maine.
Gray worked hard to establish an industrious team and student-athlete culture at Husson University. He managed to build a competitive conference team that earned a trip to the 2014 North Atlantic Conference semifinals and the North Atlantic Conference Team Sportsmanship Award.
In 2015, Gray coached Husson University to its most successful season in program history. The Eagles finished 9-7, smashed numerous program records, and returned to the North Atlantic Conference semifinals. Three players eared First-Team All-Conference in 2015, and others were honored with ECAC and NAC Player of the Week honors; ECAC and NAC Rookie of the Week; NAC Rookie of the Year; NAC Defensive Player of the Year; Academic All-New England; USILA Scholar All-American; NCAA Division III National Statistical Leader for Caused Turnovers and NEILA All-Star Game Selection. The Eagles ran an aggressive offense that led the North Atlantic Conference in Scoring Offense and ranked 70th in Scoring Offense and Points per Game in NCAA Division III. Their Man Down Defense ranked 23rd, Ground-balls per Game 4th, and Caused Turnovers per Game 5th in NCAA Division III.
Prior to Husson, Gray was an assistant at the University of Southern Maine from 2012-2013, where he recruited talented quality student-athletes and improved the team's performance in all aspects. Gray also served as a high school teacher and administrator, and coached lacrosse at Cheverus High School (Portland, ME), Tilton School (Tilton, NH), and Thornton Academy (Saco, ME). In 12 seasons as a high school coach, he built four championship teams, appeared in six championship games, and compiled over 100 career wins.
Gray also worked as a strength and conditioning coach specifically with lacrosse players for Saco Bay Sports Performance and as a director for the MAINEiax Lacrosse Club (Portland, ME) from 2012-2013, responsible for all operations of the organization, including coaching private lessons and group skills clinics. The MAINEiax represented Maine in 2013, with six of eight high school All-Americans and 15 of 22 All-Conference selections.
Gray was a standout three-sport varsity athlete in football, hockey, and lacrosse at Thornton Academy in Saco, Maine. Although, Gray was heavily recruited to play college hockey, he decided to follow his passion and play college lacrosse at Plymouth State University. Gray was a two-way midfielder for the Panthers, best known for his speed, physical play, and dominance at the face-off position. As a sophomore in 1999, he led the team with 97 ground balls, won 89 of 92 face-offs and earned all-conference honorable mention. That fall, Gray transferred to the University of Maine-Orono, where he helped organize the University of Maine Lacrosse Club and had an accomplished career as an NCAA Division I track and field athlete. Gray was an all-conference multi-event sprinter and thrower for the Black Bears, running a 10.98-second 100-meter dash and throwing 189-4 in the javelin. In 2002, Gray received the Black Bear Award for his leadership and dedication as an athlete and topped all strength and conditioning results, including 30 repetitions during the 225-pound bench press test.