After former head coach Amy Erickson took the head coach job at Bingham, Elise Caffee has stepped in to take over the Skyline Girls Lacrosse team.
“Amy was an excellent coach at Skyline and I hope I can bring her same enthusiasm and excitement to the team this year,” said Caffee. “In terms of new things, we will focus on the drilling the fundamentals even more than we ever have and we will work on playing smarter and more strategic and really bonding as a team. We are also using our captains, Miklain Huntsman, Annie Glenn, and Claire Andrues and officers, Anna Ferreira, Liza McDowell, Annie Stevens, and Carly Cantarini, more than ever to help keep the team organized and focused on our goals. Our coaching staff is really working together to help each player find their role on the team and develop goals to help the team succeed. We have added two awesome coaches to our staff, Melissa “Nash” Baucom from BYU and Carson Chambers from Westminster. I don’t want to give away any of our secrets, but we are really working hard behind the scenes to make this year our best season yet.”
Caffee started playing lacrosse in 9th grade in New Jersey. She played all through high school, earning all-region all-star honors in New Jersey on defense. She played six years of lacrosse at BYU from 1997-2003, during undergrad and graduate school. Caffee comes from a lacrosse family. All of her sisters have been high school lacrosse coaches at some point in California and Utah. Caffee started coaching at Skyline in 2008 when she moved to Utah from Los Angeles. She saw the Skyline team practicing at a park near her home and asked to help out. She has been with the team ever since, marking her sixth season with the Eagles.
Skyline will take on Bingham in the first week of March, pitting Caffee against Erickson early on.
“I’m excited to coach against Amy because we have such an amazing friendship and respect for each other, and we are also a little competitive,” said Caffee. “It will be fun to see her in her new role and I’m so excited for her. We attended the US Lacrosse Convention together recently and still have a lot of fun learning about the sport together. We will both really miss coaching together, but I think this is an awesome experience for both of us to grow and learn more about the sport in different capacities.”
The Eagles will be heading to the Best of the West Tournament in March which Caffee thinks is a great bonding experience for the team and a great way to start off the season.
When not playing lacrosse, Caffee is a mom to two little girls and works as a developmental editor in the book publishing industry.