Mike Walsh, Varsity Head Coach
The current head coach of the girls’ lacrosse team at Summit High School, Mike has led the team to a 97-18 record over the past five years. Over that span, the team has won five straight Union County titles, three State Group II titles, one State Group III title and the 2016 Tournament of Champions title. Prior to taking the head job at Summit, he assisted a Mendham team for three years that also won a State Group III title. He started his coaching career at West Morris Central High School in 1995 and, in eight years, amassed a 138-23-2 record that included six straight Morris County titles and an appearance in the state semi-finals five out of six years.
During his time as a coach, Mike has coached 12 All Americans, numerous All State performers and the NJ Player of the Year twice. He was named NJ Coach of the Year in 2000 and again in 2013 by the Star Ledger. He also received recognition from the NJSIAA in 2000 for his contributions to girls’ lacrosse.
In addition to his coaching at the high school level, Mike has worked extensively at the club lacrosse level and has been a Board member of the Summit Lacrosse Club since 2005. A resident of Summit, Mike has coached kindergarten through eighth grade for the club and continues coaching today.
In 2017, he was inducted into the New Jersey Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
Laura Cataldi Gibson, Varsity Assistant Coach
Laura Cataldi Gibson was a three-year Varsity Lacrosse starter at Vernon High School. During her Junior and Senior year at Vernon, she led the team in scoring, set a record for career points, was named First team All-Conference and was named Captain her senior year. She was recruited to play lacrosse at the College of New Jersey and was part of the 2006 National Championship Team.
Upon graduating, Gibson coached lacrosse at Cranford High School for two years. Her first year she was the Assistant Varsity Coach, and the second year she took over the program as Varsity Head Coach. Gibson teaches physical education and health at Summit High School and serves as the JV Girls Soccer Coach. This is her 5th year coaching lacrosse at Summit and 3rd year serving as Assistant Varsity Coach. Last year the team went on to win its 8th Union County Tournament, won the State Section, and were Group 2 Champions. The team also went on to play in the Tournament of Champions for the second consecutive year. During her first two years with the JV Team she had an undefeated season and captured the first-ever UCT JV Championship.
During the summer, Gibson coaches for STEPS Elite Lacrosse and helps out with the Hilltopper Lacrosse Camp. She is looking forward to another successful season with the Summit Girls Lacrosse program.
Mary Kate Renehan, Junior Varsity Coach
As a graduate of Summit High School in 2009, Mary Kate Renehan returns to the coaching staff this year after leading the JV to a 14-1 record last year. Renehan was a four-year member of the varsity lacrosse team at Summit and held the school record for ground balls. She was also the team captain her senior year, earned All-Iron Hills Conference and All-Union County honors, named the 2008 team MVP, and earned the 2009 Joanne Lavorgna lacrosse award. Renehan also played field hockey where she received all-state, all-conference, and all-county honors and served as team captain her senior year for field hockey. Renehan was a recipient of Summit High School's Iron Hills Conference Scholar Athlete.
In 2009 Mary Kate was recruited to play at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York. Here she started all 15 games her freshmen year. Unfortunately Renehan was injured during Fall Ball of her sophomore year and could no longer play. She stayed on to assist the team and coached for that year. After graduating Renehan coached one year at Kent Place School as the Assistant Varsity Lacrosse Coach.
Mary Kate now works at Hartshorn Elementary School in Short Hills, New Jersey as a Special Education Paraprofessional while she attends Caldwell University to complete their Teacher Certification Program. Renehan lives in Hoboken, New Jersey.
Taylor Lee, Freshman Coach
Taylor is entering her second year of coaching at Summit High School. Last year she worked along side Kate Martino as a volunteer coach for the freshman team. Taylor grew up in Ridgefield CT where she played three years of lacrosse. She wasn’t able to continue playing at the end of high school due to a family members illness and needing to spend more time at home but she never lost her love for the sport.
Taylor graduated from George Mason University in northern Virginia in 2012. She moved to Summit NJ in 2015 to work for Young Life, a non-profit reaching high school, middle school and college students. She is also a substitute teacher at Summit High School.
Taylor Albright Solaja, Program-wide Assistant
Albright Solaja played four years of lacrosse, basketball and soccer at Morristown (NJ) High School. She captained teams in all three sports as a senior, earned 11 varsity letters, and was named Morristown’s Most Outstanding Female Athlete as a senior. She was named to the all-conference first team as a senior, two-time all-area and all-county selection in lacrosse and soccer. Originally she was recruited to play soccer in college, but chose to pursue lacrosse at Hofstra University. A three-year starter at Hofstra, she was a multiple CAA Commissioners Award and Deans List recipient. As a senior she was elected a team captain and received the Unsung Hero Award from the Headstrong Foundation. She currently works as a Project Manager for Tyco Integrated Security, fundraising coordinator for the HEADstrong Foundation, as well as a lacrosse coach for Steps Elite NJ. In 2014 she was the JV and Assistant Varsity coach at Morristown High School.
Kate Martino, Program-wide Assistant
As a graduate from Summit High School in 2012, Kate is entering her first year of coaching at the high school level. A four-year member of the varsity lacrosse team at Summit, Kate earned honorable mention US Lacrosse All-American and US Lacrosse Academic All-American. Kate also earned All-State honors three years and was a four-time All-County and All-Conference selection, and a two-time team MVP. Over the course of her high school career, Martino contributed to the soccer and basketball programs at Summit High school, earning a total of 12 varsity letters.
Freshman year of college Kate played for the 2013 national champion University of North Carolina, then transferring to the College of the Holy Cross in 2014, earning team All-Patriot League honors. Martino was also named to the Patriot League All-Tournament team. Her career came to an end in 2015 after suffering a severe concussion.
Kate now works at High Focus center in Branchburg, New Jersey, and will be attending Fairleigh Dickinson University in September, continuing her education, earning her Masters degree in counseling. Kate lives in Summit, New Jersey.