Coaches

Coaches

Jeff Buckalew, Head Varisty Coach
Buckalew enters his first year of as head coach of the varsity program.  He also serves as an assistant on the varsity wrestling staff.  

Alex Diaz, Coordinator of Girls' Lacrosse (adiaz@spx.org)

Has coached Girls lacrosse since 2009 in NJ where he helped establish a high school feeder program. Relocated to Georgia in 2015 and continued to coach youth lacrosse. Currently a head coach for The Eagle Stix Lacrosse Club and most recently the Roswell High School programs. Has head coached in various organizations (Roswell Youth, Harrison Youth, Northside UMC Rec, Buckhead Girls Lacrosse (BGL), Eagle Stix Lacrosse) assuming a host of capacities. His passion is women's lacrosse and ice hockey which he shares with his wife Patricia (a lacrosse ref) and daughter Kristina and son Michael. 

Isabel Ward, Assistant Varsity Coach

Coach Isabel Ward has been involved in the game of lacrosse for over 15 years. She was a four year varsity starter at Pope John Paul II High School in Boca Raton, Florida and went on to play at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia as a member of the inaugural women’s lacrosse team, graduating in 2017. She now lives in Atlanta, Georgia and will graduate in May with a degree in nursing.

Carli Nardi, Assistant Varsity Coach

Coach Carli Nardi has been involved in the lacrosse game for over 15 years. She first found her passion for the sport as a goal keeper on a team where she grew up in Johns Creek, GA. She has officiated the women’s game for 6 years. When she is not coaching at St Pius, Carli and her husband Nate run a small business in Decatur with their daughter Whitney. 

Emma Sveen, Head JV Lacrosse Coach (emma.sveen@gmail.com)

Coach Emma has over 15 years of competitive lacrosse experience. She competed nationally 7+ years as a starter on various select club teams in her home state of Colorado. Emma was a varsity starter for her high school, Kent Denver School, ranked 2nd in the state, garnering Defensive MVP and various athletic leadership awards. She both played for and coached Team Oslo (HioA), leading her team and winning the 2016 Norwegian National Championships. Emma went on to play with the Norwegian National Team and was awarded the 2016 National MVP for Women's Lacrosse by the Norwegian Lacrosse Association. Emma moved to Atlanta from NYC (along with her pug puppy, Phoebe) in July 2019, and outside of coaching at SPXC, is currently pursuing both her JD and MBA at Emory.

Brooke Kremer, Assistant JV Lacrosse Coach

Coach Brooke hails from the lacrosse hotbed of Maryland. She brings an amazing wealth of lacrosse knowledge and work ethic to SPX lacrosse family.  She loves to travel, ski, and take her dog Pete on long walks.