Coaches and Staff
Kurt Stahl is in his first season as head coach, though he previously served three years as an assistant coach with responsibility for the defense, long-stick midfielders, face off and wing play, and the substitution box. As Head Coach, Stahl manages all on-field organization and administration, including all practice planning, teaching, and personnel decisions. Stahl is a native of Virginia Beach, VA and played for coach Tom Duquette at Norfolk Academy. In college, Stahl was a multi-year starter at Southeastern Lacrosse Conference rival Virginia Tech. In 2013, he earned second-team All-Southeastern Lacrosse Conference honors. In 70 career contests, Stahl accumulated 15 points on 5 goals and 10 asssists. Residing in Arlington, VA, Stahl works as a product specialist at McLean Mortgage Corporation. Contact Coach Stahl via email.
J.D. Englehart is in his fifth season with the program, and has served as head coach (2014-2016) and assistant coach (2012-2014). As Executive Director, Englehart manages all off-field organization and administration, while also assisting with the coaching of the defensive units. Englehart hails from Cockeysville, MD and played for legendary coach Jake Reed at Dulaney High School. In college, Englehart was a four year letter-winning defender for coach Gene McCabe at Washington & Lee, a perennially top-ranked NCAA Division III program. While at W&L, Englehart was a team captain, served on the University's Athletics Committee, and was a founding member of the Student Athlete Mentors group. Residing in the Logan Circle neighborhood of Washington DC, Englehart is a full-time MBA student at Georgetown University. Contact Coach Englehart via email.
Joe Wood is in his second season as assistant coach, with responsibility for coordinating all offensive strategy and personnel, including the extra-man offense unit. Wood is a native of Bronxville, NY where he played midfield for Bronxville High and won three conference championships. At the collegiate level, Wood was a four year starter at NCAA Division III Washington & Lee, and played with Coach Englehart for his freshman season (2011). Wood earned first-team All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference and honorable mention All-America honors as a senior. Also in his senior season, he was selected to play in the North-South All-Star Game. In 79 career contests, he accumulated 97 points on 57 goals and 40 assists. Residing in the Logan Circle neighborhood of DC, Wood works in research for Cushman & Wakefield.
Zack Sikora begins his first year of coaching by coordinating the close defenders, long-stick midfielders, and man-down defensive units. Sikora is a native of Clifton, VA and was a US Lacrosse All-American at Centreville High School, where he totaled 94 points as a midfielder during his senior campaign. A 2016 graduate of Rutgers University, Sikora was a four-year standout for the Scarlet Knights and tallied 24 points over 54 games played as a long-stick midfielder. As a senior, he served as team captain, was named Honorable Mention All-America, lead Rutgers to the Big 10 Final against Maryland, and has been drafted by the Charlotte Hounds and New York Lizards MLL franchises in back to back seasons. Residing in Arlington, VA, Sikora is a civil engineer with Bohler Engineering.
Zach Quinn is in his third season of coaching the Colonials, though he took the 2016 season off while on the Presidential campaign trail. A former goalkeeper for the Colonials, Quinn focuses on teaching individual goalie play and assists with the coaching of the defensive units. Quinn is a native of East Setauket, NY where he played for nationally-reknowned Ward Melville High School. A 2013 graduate of George Washington, Quinn was a four year starter including the Colonials' first MCLA season when he played for Coach Englehart. As a senior, Quinn recorded 205 saves in 12 games, including 29 against Richmond, who joined the NCAA Division I ranks the following season. Residing in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of DC, Quinn is currently finishing his graduate degree in International Affairs from the Elliot School at George Washington University.
Tomas Trnka is in his second season as strength and conditioning coach, with responsibility for helping the Colonials become more powerful, explosive, balanced, and injury-resistant. Trnka is a native of Prague, Czech Republic where he excelled in bodybuilding, martial arts, hockey, soccer, and football, though his current pursuits are triathlons and long-distance biking. A graduate of the American University, Trnka has 14 years' experience in personal and athletic training. Residing in the Glover Park neighborhood of DC, Trnka works as Master Personal Trainer at Washington Sports Club and is a serial entrepreneur. For more information, visit www.tomastrnkafitness.com.
Professor Craig Linebaugh is in his second season as the team's faculty advisor, serving as the team's ambassador to the university's faculty and administration communities. Linebaugh has been teaching at GW since 1976, and currently serves as Professor of Speech and Hearing Science and Research Professor of Medicine. He has also head a number of important administrative posts on campus, including as Chief Academic Officer of the VA Science and Technology Campus and the Senior Associate Provost for Academic Operations. He currently serves as the GW athletic department's faculty liaison and eligibility coordinator. Linebaugh played lacrosse at NCAA Division I Lebanon Valley College, and has passed on his love of the game to his sons and grandsons.
Aubre Jones is a thirty year veteran of the George Washington University, and currently oversees all 33 club teams and recreational sports activities. As such, Jones is the main interface between the lacrosse team and the wider GW sports community, varsity and club. A graduate of University of Massachusetts at Amherst, he also holds a graduate degree from the University of Maryland. Jones traces his love of sports to his father, Sam, who won 10 NBA Championships with the Boston Celtics and was a 1984 inductee into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
We also want to thank all of our past coaches for helping us along the way.
- Joe Opron: Head Coach (2012-2014)
- Matt Francis: Assistant Coach (2012-2013)
- Patrick Rigney: Assistant Coach (2013-2015)
- Mackie Avis: Assistant Coach (2014-2016)
- Kyle Webb: Assistant Coach (2015-2016)