Nation United Announces Launch of Women’s Elite Showcase Team to Promote Diversity in Lacrosse

Nation United Press Release
For Release: 2/12/2018

Nation United Lacrosse is proud to announce that Nikki Williams and Kristy Boyles have taken on leadership roles as Co-Directors of the Nation United Women’s Lacrosse Program (NUWL). Their deep knowledge, elite-level experience and passion for the sport will drive the success of the first diversity-focused national women’s elite showcase team.

Williams has over 25 years of experience and has coached all levels of lacrosse. She is currently the director of the girl’s lacrosse program and head coach at Charlotte Latin School and the executive director of the Collegiate Women’s Lacrosse Officiating Association (COA).

Boyles is a University of Richmond graduate and competed at the Division I level. She has coached at Charlotte Country Day since 2007 and has served as the program director and head coach since 2012, during which the program won five state championships. She currently serves as the NC Chair for the USL National Tournament and on the Western NC USL Board.

With the appointment of Kristy Boyles and Nikki Williams, Nation United is poised to extend its message of diversity and inclusion to the women’s lacrosse community. “This is an important milestone for the growth of the program,” says Jeremy Ardrey, Nation United Lacrosse Director of Programs and Outreach. “Introducing a women’s program is vital to our goal of inspiring diversity and helping players maintain their identity and spirit in the sport. We will be able to bring a special experience to the women’s lacrosse community as a result of having these two dynamic leaders as programs directors.”

If you are interested in learning more about Nation United Women’s Lacrosse or supporting the mission of utilizing elite-level lacrosse to inspire diversity, please:

About Nation United Lacrosse:

Founded in 2015 with the help of former Major League Lacrosse player Chazz Woodson and the Sankofa Lacrosse Alliance, Nation United’s mission is to utilize elite-level lacrosse to increase participation in the sport and inspire diversity.

In just over two years of existence, Nation United has positively impacted the lives of over 100 young men and their families. Up to 75 percent of the players on Nation United teams come from underrepresented backgrounds and geographic areas, and 50-75 percent are committed players. Our players, who are referred to as ambassadors for the sport, hold an impressive 32-8 record and three national tournament championships including Inside Lacrosse Recruiting Invitational and Dicks Sporting Goods Tournament of Champions.

Nation United Lacrosse impacts the sport through activities including:

  • Introducing new players to the sport
  • Developing players on and off the field
  • Showcasing teams of elite-level players from diverse backgrounds while fostering long-lasting relationships across ethnic, socioeconomic and geographic boundaries
  • Hosting children’s lacrosse clinics and training camps
  • Mentoring and assisting player with college recruitment and placement

Additional Media Links:





Discussing Diversity with Nation United Board – Inside Lacrosse Podcasts – Mar, 2017

Nation United Coach Troy Kemp, Do You Focus On the Process or Result? – Fred Opie – Dec, 2017


Nation United Women’s Lacrosse Director Bios:

Nikki Williams

Williams has over 25 years of coaching experience and has coached all levels of lacrosse. She is the director of the Girls lacrosse program at Charlotte Latin School and works full time in the admissions office. She is the head coach for the varsity team and supervises the JV and middle school teams.  Williams also serves as the executive director of the Collegiate Women’s Lacrosse Officiating Association (COA). Williams received the US Lacrosse Youth Excellence Award for Girls’ Coach of the Year at the 2009 US Lacrosse National Convention.

As a player, Williams was a goalie for St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY, where her teams reached the Division III NCAA National Tournament three times. She was inducted into the St. Lawrence University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002 as a member of that 1990 Division III NCAA Lacrosse Championship second place team and most recently as an individual in 2010.

Kristy Boyles

Boyles began her lacrosse career at Skaneateles High School in Syracuse, NY. After receiving three varsity letters, first team all-region and female athlete and defensive MVP awards, she began her college career as a member of the DI varsity team at the University of Richmond. She graduated in 2005 with academic honors and a BS in Biology and Business Administration.

Boyles has coached at Charlotte Country Day since 2007, overseeing the middle school in the ’07 and ’08 seasons before joining the varsity coaching staff in ’09 and becoming head coach in 2012. Over the past five seasons, Charlotte Country Day has compiled a record of 86-25, has reached the NCISAA State Championship each year and won the title seven times. Boyles has also served as the NC chair for the US Lacrosse National Tournament since 2009 and was recently added to the Western NC US Lacrosse Board.

She also served as the Director of Community Relations for the Charlotte Hounds Major League Lacrosse team and has been coaching with the Queen City Stars since the Summer of 2007.