(NASHUA, NH) – Over the past 3 weeks, the Victory Academy has worked with 10 girls lacrosse programs and over 500 student-athletes from southern New Hampshire, to inspire leadership on and off the lacrosse field. The young students were motivated to build individual leadership plans and were challenged to increase their level of commitment in school and lacrosse. The unique program, ‘Becoming Your Best Athlete,’ focuses on 8 key actions to consider and apply to daily commitments as students, athletes, teammates and active community members.

Kerry D’Ambroise, coach of the reigning Division I State Champions, Bishop Guertin High School, praised the program. “Kristen was organized, motivating, and a true role model for my girls. With many Division I committed players on my team, she was able to push them to the next level. Her insight on college lacrosse and her drive to become a better player, teammate and leader, inspired them all. She encouraged the players to set goals and never underestimate their potential. All of the girls discussed how they wanted to achieve such a high level of excellence like her! I would highly encourage the Lax and Lead program at any age and skill level. The program showed my team that good leadership skills are key to becoming not only your best athlete, but your best person as well.”

The program is designed to assist and inspire students to build their own leadership foundation and develop individual plans for commitment. The sessions are filled with thought-provoking content, real life examples from Victory Academy Director, Kristen Kjellman Marshall, and many lacrosse specific exercises. The engagement has been phenomenal, and the energy, electric! Programs who have already participated include:


  • Derry Astros Youth Lacrosse
  • Hollis Youth Lacrosse
  • Hopkinton Youth Lacrosse
  • Nashua Blast Youth Lacrosse
  • Pelham Outlaws Youth Lacrosse


  • Bishop Guertin High School
  • Hollis High School
  • Londonderry High School
  • Nashua North High School
  • Nashua South High School

Ciki McIntyre, Head Coach of Nashua South High School and Coach of the Nashua Blast Youth Program, was enthusiastic about the impact of the program. “What an amazing opportunity for our athletes to have Kristen come speak about leadership and strategies to becoming your best athlete. The girls were equally impressed with the lacrosse skills session, as well as the conversations about leadership and commitment. It is our hope as coaches that our athletes will use these lessons and take the lead in making hard work and tenacity a daily habit. The program reinforced that these steps to becoming your best athlete will translate into successful leadership roles and confidence on the field, in the classroom and in the work place. We were extremely lucky to have Kristen spend the afternoon with our team!”

“The Victory Academy was established because of a shared vision to make a positive impact on the world through leadership, service, teamwork and inspiration,” said Kristen Kjellman Marshall, Executive Director of The Victory Academy at Velocity Performance. “Through the Lax & Lead program, our goal is to inspire young student-athletes to maximize their potential, and strive for greatness. It’s an honor to connect with, and motivate, so many bright and promising young female students. They are our future leaders!”

This coming July, the Victory Team is offering another unique lacrosse and leadership program called the Victory Lacrosse Academy. The academy will be held at Rivier University in Nashua, NH. There are still some openings available for both the youth and high school sessions. For more information, please visit www.victory.academy/victory-lacrosse.



Kristen Kjellman Marshall is an Associate Partner at Velocity Performance and the Executive Director of the Victory Academy. The Velocity Performance team serves as consultants, trainers and executive coaches to some of the world’s leading companies, universities and entrepreneurial, growth-oriented businesses. Kristen is the driving force behind Velocity’s Victory Academy, a series of leadership development programs specifically focused on maximizing the potential of the emerging generation for colleges, high schools and youth groups. Kristen and her diverse team of leadership coaches work with college academic and athletic departments to instill leadership attributes, professional skills and bring real-world experience to some of the most prestigious campuses across the country such as Brown University, Dartmouth College, University of Miami, Tufts University, Rivier University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Amherst College and many others.


The Victory Academy delivers hands-on, experiential leadership programs for students, athletes, coaches and administrators at many of the world’s most prestigious colleges, universities, prep schools and high schools. Our vision is to inspire leadership to empower the emerging generation to maximize their potential and lead others to VICTORY. Learn more: http://www.victory.academy


Velocity Performance delivers results-oriented training programs, high-value consulting and targeted executive coaching to many of the world’s leading companies, small and medium businesses, and non-profits. Our vision is to build one million leaders to drive performance, sales and revenue growth. Learn more: http://www.velocityperformance.com

Contact: Kristen Kjellman Marshall | 603.402.1711 | kristen@velocityperformance.com