We are thrilled to announce & introduce Gina Fisher as the new Director of the New Wave Girls Lacrosse Program. As one of the most decorated women’s lacrosse players in the history of North Central College & with several years of successful club coaching already under her belt, Coach Fisher has the potential, talent & intelligence to bring the New Wave Girls Program to the next level.
And when you look at Fisher’s laundry list of accolades, it’s very clear why that is.
Fisher is the current Career School Record Holder at North Central College in every stat category (save those restricted to goalies) including Goals Scored, Assists, Ground Balls, Draw Controls & Forced Turnovers. She was the #1 NCAA DIII Ground Balls in the entire country (2016) and #4 in Forced Turnovers that same year. You can view Coach Fisher’s entire list of awards below.
Because of their long standing history as teammates & friends, the transition from Fiala to Fisher has been seamless. The two share a remarkable amount in common – not the least of which is unparalleled drive, passion & knowledge for women’s lacrosse. We hope you’re as excited to work with Coach Fisher as we are. She’s looking forward to meeting you on the field!
A 4-Year Starter at North Central College, Fisher Holds the school record in Goals Scored, Assists, Ground Balls, Draw Controls & Forced Turnovers.
Ranked 1st for NCAA Division III ground balls 2016
Ranked 4th for NCAA Division III caused turnovers 2016
4x First Team All-Conference selection
Academic All-District At-Large Team
2x Academic All-MWLC 2013, 2014
2x Academic All-CCIW 2015, 2016
CCIW Offensive Player of the Year 2015
MWLC Defensive Player of the Year 2014
MWLC Defensive Player of the Year 2013
3x NCAA Division III All-Great Lakes Region Second Team
2x CCIW Jack Swartz Academic All-Conference selection
Division III South All-Star Team for the IWLCA's Senior All-Star Games
Former Player at North Central College
NCC School Career Record Holder for goals scored, assists, ground balls, draw controls and caused turnovers
Current Naperville North Varsity Coach
Former Captain/player/coach and co-founder of the Taylor University club lacrosse team
Helped lead the team to the club nationals.
Former coach at Park Tudor School in Indianapolis and Northside College Prep in Chicago.
Former coach with Lakeshore Lacrosse for their U-13 National Travel teams from 2010 - 2015.
Current Head Women's Lacrosse Coach at DIII Benedictine University. This season, her squad went 8-8, setting the record for their program with the most wins in a single season. One individual was named second team all-conference in the MWLC as well as earning Academic All-American while finishing seventh nationally in caused turnovers and ninth in groundballs.
Started playing lacrosse my freshman year for Union Endicott High School in Endicott, New York. Played for two years at Broome Community College, starting in every game as a midfielder. Served as Captain my second year. Also ran Cross Country for Broome both years to stay in shape for lacrosse season. Recruited to play for Division III Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama. Member of the inaugural team and served as Captain both years. Started as a midfielder in every game and ended my Huntingdon career second in draw controls and ground balls.
Division III Spotlight Athlete in 2014.
Served as a volunteer coach for Huntingdon for the 2014-2015 season. Served as the Assistant Women's Lacrosse Coach for the University of Montevallo's Division II program in Montevallo, Alabama from 2015-2017. Coached a Birmingham Youth Club in the Summers of 2016 and 2017. Coached for multiple Nike Xcelerate Lacrosse Camps at Auburn University in Alabama and Emory University in Georgia.
Current player at Illinois Wesleyan University
Earned two letters (2015, 2016)
2015: Started all 16 games, scoring 29 goals and adding 20 assists for a team-leading 49 points...Picked up 26 ground balls and had five draw controls...
2016: Started in 16 games ... Scored 26 goals and tallied 38 assists ... Picked up 28 ground balls and caused five turnovers ...
Plays midfield for DII Grand Valley State University
· As a frosh, played in all 19 games for conference champion
· Helped GVSU gain first ever NCAA tournament bid
· As a frosh, scored 14 goals, 4 assists, 21 ground balls and 13 draw controls
· As a soph, started 15 games and played in all 17 scoring 19 goals with 2 assists
· As a soph, won 24 draw controls while collecting 21 ground balls and causing 6 turnovers
· As a soph, won another regular season conference championship
High School lacrosse career
· Played for Naperville North High School
· Four year varsity starter, two time most valuable, three year Captain
· Three time all conference, two time All-State honoree, All Academic
North Central Assistant Coach
North Central College Women’s Lacrosse Player 2012-2016
Played and started all 65 games in four-year career at Midfield
2x First Team All-CCIW 2015, 2016
Second Team All-MWLC 2013
Set single-season school assist record (41) in 2016
2x CCIW Offensive Player of the Week in 2016
Second in program history in assists (95) and draw controls (166), third in goals (133)
Team Captain 2016
Native of Philadelphia, PA
Started playing lacrosse at Philadelphia High School for Girls
Played four years varsity at the University of Pennsylvania
Named Co-Captain of UPenn 2x Years
Starting goalie for 4 years for the Penn Quakers and still holds a school record for her saves.
Named to the College II team (a national select team for post season play) her junior year and the College I team (All-American) in her senior year.
Current Varsity Girls Lacrosse Coach at St Francis College Prep in Wheaton.
Current Geneva High School Head Coach
Played Division III Lacrosse at North Central College 2012-2016
Elected captain of the team (2015 & 2016)
Ranked third all time for caused turnovers (2016)
Second Team All CCIW (2016)
Academic All CCIW (2015 & 2016)
Academic All MWLC (2013 & 2014)
Former North Central College Lacrosse Player
Ranked 5th in Goals (120) and assists (40) in the Program’s history
Team Captain 2017
Offensive Player of the Year 2017
Coaches Award 2017
High School Team Captain- Burnsville, Minnesota 2012, 2013
Burnsville Youth Coach
New Wave Fast Break Academy Coach
IGLA Youth Coach
Collegiate Career – Augustana College (Attack)
2015 IWLCA All American
2015 Lacrosse Magazine Preseason All American
2015 Lacrosse Magazine Preseason Player of the Year
2015 First Team All Great Lakes Region
2015 First Team All Conference, CCIW
2014 First Team All Great Lakes Region
2014 First Team All Conference, MWLC
2012 Second Team All Great Lakes Region
3x Conference Champion
3x Conference Tournament Champion
3 NCAA Tournament Appearances, Final 16
NCAA Single Game Scoring Record (14 goals)
31 School Records
454 Career points, Third highest all-time in NCAA Division III (270 goals, 184 assists)
2011 Kentucky Miss Lacrosse
Previous Coaching Experience
Stealth Youth Sports (Louisville, KY); Assistant Coach
Various youth clinics through Augustana College
Played 4 years at Naperville Central High School
3 year Varsity Starting Midfielder/Defender
Junior Year: Defender of the Year and most Caused Turnovers
Senior Year: Varsity Captain, MVP, Red & White Award Recipient (Highest level of athletic achievement at NCHS), All-Conference Midfielder, Most Ground Ball Controls in IL 2017, Finished 2017 season with 31 Goals, 9 Assists, 115 GBCs, 20 Caused Turnovers, & 49 Draw Controls
New Wave High School Tournament Team
AYLA Elite Team
Recruiting Class of '21 for Carthage College Lacrosse
Grainne Kelly is currently a midfielder for the Illinois Wesleyan Women's Lacrosse Team.
Her current and past honors include:
Two year letter winner (2016, 2017)
Team Offensive MVP (2017)
First Team All-Conference 2017
2017 Team advanced to second round of NCAA tournament
2017 CCIW Champion
Highest GPA on Team for 2017 Season
2017: Played and started in 19 games ... Led the team in goals with 57 ... Picked up 42 ground balls and caused 24 turnovers ... Named "Offensive Player of the Week" in CCIW on April 3 (Aurora, St. Mary's Ind. games) ...
2016: Played in 19 games and started six ... Scored 16 goals and tallied nine assists ... Picked up 31 ground balls and caused 15 turnovers ... Won 18 draw controls …
Current Assistant coach at Elmhurst College.
Played varsity lacrosse and served as a team captain at Lake Zurich High School before attending Montana State University.
While she was a freshman at Montana State, she helped start the Gallatin Valley Lacrosse League in Bozeman, Montana. She coached the girl's high school squad while also serving on the league's board of directors. In her time with the league, she led both the middle school and high school teams to state championship titles.
Played Division III Lacrosse at Benedictine University 2014-2017
Sixth for caused turnovers and eighth for groundballs in DIII NCAA 2017
CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team Division III 2016, 2017
MWLC All-Conference (Second Team) 2017, 2016, 2015
MWLC All-Academic Team 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Starting Midfield for all games during career at Benedictine University
Ranked 1st for goals (141), points (171), caused turnovers (124), and groundballs (231) in program’s history
Set program record for most goals in a season (51) 2017
Team Captain 2015, 2016, 2017
Played on a DII International Women’s Lacrosse team in Scotland and England 2017
Currently plays Division III Lacrosse at Ohio Wesleyan University 2016 - Current
Starting Center Midfield in all 17 games played
Led the team in goals and assists in the 2016-2017 season
NCAC Honorable Mention All-Conference team
4 Year Varsity Starter at St. Francis High School 2012-2016
Started Attack/Midfield for the Spartans
Led in goals and assists for St. Francis
2 time All-Conference player
Honorable Mention All-State team in 2016
Coaches 12u Lacrosse Team for Players
Coached camps for Players 360 Lacrosse Club
Xcelerate Nike Lacrosse Camp (Coach, summer 2016)
Four-year Varsity Player at Neuqua Valley – Midfield/Center
Two-year Varsity Captain & Four-year Varsity MVP
Two-time All-State Team, Two-time Academic All-American
Played at St. Francis High School
Three year varsity starter as center/midfield
Captain her senior year
Plays on the club lacrosse team at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Started as center in all 15 games with 48 goals
Led the team in goals during the 2016-2017 season as a freshman
Four- year Varsity Player at Neuqua Valley- Goalie/Attack
Worked Lacrosse America Tournaments
New Wave Girls' Coach
Youth Coach - Arizona Girls Lacrosse
Official - Arizona Girls' Lacrosse Association (High School)
Post-Collegiate Lacrosse Player on Arizona Storm
College Lacrosse Career
Played Lacrosse at Purdue University for four years