Camp Coaches

Heather Coppola, Camp Director

Directing camp this summer is collegiate coach, Heather Coppola. Coach Coppola currently serves as the head lacrosse coach for Concordia St.Paul. She secured her first head coaching position as an interim high school varsity coach before advancing to the college ranks at Allegheny College (Pa.). She was named offensive coordinator at SUNY Oswego near her hometown before accepting her first Division I position at Robert Morris in 2016. She helped Robert Morris set the program record for wins in a season with an 11-7 finish in 2017 and helped SUNY Oswego tie the school record with a 12-win season in 2016. She also helped Allegheny to the NCAC playoffs in 2014, showing success at each of her stops as she climbed the coaching ladder.

As a player, Coppola was a four-year member of the lacrosse team at Alvernia University in Reading, Pennsylvania, helping the NCAA Division III program to an ECAC Championship in 2012. She earned her degree in social work in May 2013 and graduated with honors.

Summer Fowler, Graduate Assistant / Defense

Summer Fowler joined the Concordia women's lacrosse coaching staff in the summer of 2018. She'll coach the defensive side for the Golden Bears while also assisting in all aspects of the program.

She comes from Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina where she gained her first coaching experience as an assistant on the Quakers' staff in 2018 following a successful playing career. In her first season as an assistant, the Quakers finished 6-10 overall, had five players earn IWLCA Zag Sports Academic Honor Roll and the roster was recognized with the IWLCA Zag Sports Academic Honor Squad distinction.

She departed the program ranked second in school history with 105 caused turnovers, sixth with 181 ground balls and 14th with 26 assists. She was a four year starter across 61 games, totaling 28 goals, 26 assists (54 points) and 73 draw controls.

A three-time All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) selection, earning First Team honors as a freshman and sophomore and Third Team honors as a senior captain. She led the league as a junior with 38 caused turnovers despite the season cut short due to injury, which also forced her to miss the 2015 campaign. As a senior, she led the league in ground balls (58) and was third in caused turnovers (28) while producing career-best scoring marks with 18 goals, 19 assists and 37 points.

Off the field, Fowler was a two-time All-ODAC Academic Team selection and recipient of the 2016 Nereus C. English Athletic Leadership Award which is the top athletics honor at Guilford. A consistent Dean's List student and Guilford Student-Athlete Honor Roll performer. She earned the Guilford Leadership Award and was active in intramural sports on campus in soccer and football.

A native of Decatur, Georgia, Fowler earned her degree in criminal justice with a minor in sociology and was a three-sport prep athlete, adding basketball and softball to her background.

Lydia Sutton, Assistant Coach

Lydia Sutton joins Concordia lacrosse in its third season, bringing a wealth of lacrosse playing and coaching experience. A native of Toronto, Ontario, Sutton moved to Minnesota as a child and graduated from the Blake School where she helped her soccer team advance to the State Tournament five times and her lacrosse team win five consecutive state championships.
 
While at Blake, Sutton garnered a multitude of awards, including being named US All-American (2x), Under-Armour All-American, Minnesota Player of the Year (2x), Epoch Player of the Year, and Minnesota’s Ms. Lacrosse. She also was a four-time All-Minnesota selection and a five-time Minnesota All-Tournament team honoree.
 
Sutton went on to play at the University of Southern California being a four-year contributor on defense, as well as a captain her senior season. While at USC, she was named to the PAC12 All-Conference team, the IWLCA All-Region team, and the IWLCA All-American third team. She graduated from USC in the spring of 2018 with a degree in psychology.
 
Internationally, Sutton was a U19 Canadian Women’s Lacrosse gold medalist, a Canadian Senior Women’s Lacrosse silver medalist, and named an All-World U19 player.
 
Sutton was the first defender selected in the Women’s Professional Lacrosse League college draft and is currently a member of the Upstate New York Pride.
 
Lydia has five years of experience coaching youth and middle school players and brings her passion for developing lacrosse skills in Minnesota to the Concordia program.