Boys Head Coaches
Adam D. Serlo
Born in western Pennsylvania and raised in Tampa, FL, Adam played a variety of sports, excelling in track and football in high school and was part of the University of Michigan Men’s Track & Field team in college. During his youth, Adam had little exposure to lacrosse but when his oldest son voiced interest in the sport in Kindergarten, he registered him for the Spring season with the Chatham Cardinals and quickly learned the basics to help his son practice at home. Adam has had the privilege of helping to coach the K-2 Chatham Cardinals team over the last 2 years and along with his son has developed a tremendous love for the game. Adam is honored to have this opportunity to coach the K-2 team and looks forward to teaching the youngest members of the Cardinals family the fundamentals of the sport and how to compete with class. Maintains a Level I Coaching Certification from US Lacrosse.
A Chapel Hill native, Jared was exposed to Lacrosse in middle school and quickly developed a love for the game. Moving back to the area in 2016, Jared followed his oldest son into the Cardinals organization and seeing him embrace the sport, rekindled that love for the game. After 20 years of coaching soccer and basketball at the rec and AAU levels, Jared took a break to pursue his Executive MBA at UNC. He reentered the coaching world in 2017 with the Chatham Cardinals 12U team.
Now coaching the 10U Cardinals, Jared has a passion for teaching and leverages lacrosse as a tool for instilling lessons that will last a lifetime. With a positive approach that is built on fundamentals and strategy, Jared strives to ensure that each player learns how to play the game right, how to compete with class, and how to encourage and lead their teammates.
President of NCYL Board - Defensive Coordinator Northwood HS Boys Lacrosse
Eric Ditter grew up in West Chester, Pennsylvania and played football and lacrosse for Henderson High School. As a defensive specialist on the crease, Eric followed his lacrosse passion to play for Army at the United States Military Academy (West Point) and at Virginia Tech. He continues to fuel that passion playing with the Chapel Hill Legion club team.
Eric believes it is an honor to coach youth in any sport; however, it is a true pleasure to be able to watch as kids excel with the lacrosse stick. To that end, he has obtained up through Level 3 Coaching Certifications from US Lacrosse.
The Ditter family has three kids, two of which are now Chatham Cardinals.
I grew up in Durham. I started playing lacrosse in high school. I was a member of Jordan High School’s first varsity program where I played defense. After high school I went on to play at The Citadel.
I got back into coaching when my oldest son started playing in SC. Since moving back to NC, I’ve been involved in youth and high school lacrosse. I’ve coached with youth programs in Durham and Chapel Hill. I spent a season coaching with the Voyager Academy high school team in Durham and a season with Culbreth middle school in Chapel Hill.
I’m a huge fan of the game. I love the history of the game and the fact that it’s America’s oldest sport. We are privileged to live in an area with two college lacrosse powerhouses. I love being back home and seeing the growth of the sport. My greatest reward is to see young players fall in love with the game.
This Swenson family has three boys that play for the Chatham Cardinals.
Grant Abrams is a student at UNC Chapel Hill. He grew up in Charlotte, NC where he began playing lacrosse in middle school. During high school, he played for Providence Day and now plays on the UNC club lacrosse team.
Off the field, Grant is a business major, Habitat for Humanity volunteer, and pianist in the jazz band. He is pumped to start coaching with the Chatham Cardinals.
Girls Head Coaches
Callie Tramantano grew up on Long Island and until coaching her daughter, Leah, hadn’t picked up a lacrosse stick since her playing days in high school. Leah’s interest in the sport was a reminder to Callie of how much she enjoyed it, so when the opportunity to coach Leah’s team presented itself, Callie couldn’t resist. Callie brings her knowledge of the game, as well as a disciplined approach to coaching that she feels will help her girls grow both on and off the lacrosse field. The most rewarding aspect of coaching to Callie is seeing her girls grow and improve throughout the season.
Off the field Callie is mom to Leah and Leah’s two brothers (and future lacrosse stars), Charlie and Benjamin, as well as a nurse in the Emergency Department at UNC.
Girls Program Director - NCYL Board Member
NCYL Board Member
Mindy was born and raised in Wilmington, NC where she started playing lacrosse at the age of 11 and continued to do so for over a decade. She is proud NC State alumnae and passionate about working to build up her community. She works in RTP in clinical research.
She spent the 2019 season part-time with the 12U team and is excited to be working with the girls again this season. When’s she’s off the field she enjoys spending time with her two dogs, Toby and Barley.
If you need to find Mindy, look for the lady with the golden retriever on her hat!
US Lacrosse Level 1 Coaching Certification
Coaching for his daughters with the Cardinals reminds Matt of how he found the game when a new club team started at his Junior High School in Colorado. In his five years playing, the team went from club to high school varsity, and from start-up to State Champs.
In college, he played club lacrosse and has coached in Chapel Hill and Durham youth leagues since 2012.
He also writes regularly for Lacrosse Magazine.
Northwood HS Boys Lacrosse Head Coach
Randy Cox was born in Germany and grew up Long Island, NY. He was a high school All-American and member of the 1979 New York State Championship Lacrosse Team and inducted into the Long Island Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
At the University of North Carolina, Randy was a three time All-American, ACC Player of The Year and Captain 1984. He was also a member of the 1981 and 1982 National Championship Teams. Randy was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame as one of the Top 50 ACC Players to ever Play the Game.
Randy went on to be a member of the TEAM USA 1986 World Championship team
FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME is Randy's primary reason for continuing to develop and coach young players today. Fundamentals, sportsmanship, leadership, understanding and yes, a desire to WIN and have FUN are part of the North Chatham Youth Lacrosse program.