COACHES

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From Head Coach Kelso:

My name is Christian Kelso and I am honored to be Ballard’s head lacrosse coach. Lacrosse has been an integral part of my life. I grew up playing on the east coast, beginning in Summit, New Jersey. From there, I played defense and LSM at Choate, a high school in Connecticut, and finished my career at Colby College, a small Division III school in Maine.

After college, I was the defensive coordinator for the University of Texas at Austin where we won multiple conference championships and made a run in the national championship tournament. I also coached at Austin High School and have continuously coached for summer-select teams over the years.

Off the field, I am a practicing attorney who recently graduated from law school. I moved out to Seattle July 2020 to live with my fiancé and have absolutely loved it so far. I also have an 8-year-old golden retriever named Auggie who we love to take on adventures throughout the Pacific Northwest.

I cannot wait for this season!! Each practice will be filled with exciting drills that will develop and hone each player’s fundamentals and lacrosse I.Q, as well as build team chemistry and prepare us to win games. Most importantly though, we’ll have tons of fun playing an incredible sport.

Lastly, please feel free to take down my contact information in case you ever need to reach me:

Cell: 203-823-5856          Email: ckelso@law.villanova.edu

From Assistant Coach Ben Eischen:

Ben Eischen was a four-year midfielder for the Connecticut College Camels in the Division III New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). He led the midfield in goal scoring his junior and senior years. In addition to lacrosse, Ben played four years on Connecticut College’s varsity ice hockey team. Ben also coached both lacrosse and hockey camps for local athletes during his summers at Connecticut College. Prior to college, Ben was a tri-varsity athlete playing football, hockey, and lacrosse at The Hill School in Pottstown, Pa. Ben is currently a manager in the operations strategy group at Blue Origin.