skip navigation

Southwest Florida Coach

Meet The Coaches

The coaches that work with the Maniax program come from all different backgrounds with all kinds of interesting fun facts to share! But, they all have one single thing in common- they LOVE LAX. In order for you to get to know your coaches a little better... we've asked them questions. Let's see their answers! 

Melody Turner

Practice Coach

Phone: 703.470.8421

What are you passionate about?

Nutrition, fitness, safety, offense, draw

What is your athletic background? Any notable accomplishments?

D1 player, D1 coach, 5 sport varsity athlete in HS

Best Advice You Ever Received?

Always leave a room in better condition than when you entered it.

Words of Wisdom:

Less sugar, more vegetables.

Kirstin Purdy

MS Coach

Phone: 561.512.2809

What are you passionate about?

I am very passionate about growing the game of lacrosse in Florida. I love this game and I believe that everyone should have the opportunity to play and enhance their skills to the top level.

What do you do when you’re not coaching?

When I'm not coaching you can often find me at the FGCU library, studying hard to earn my Masters in Occupational Therapy. I also enjoy naps and the beach.

Words of Wisdom:

Surround yourself with positive people who believe in you. Negativity is not worth your time.

What is your athletic background? Any notable accomplishments?

I have been involved with athletics my whole life including softball, track, volleyball, and lacrosse. I started playing lacrosse in high school and continued on to play in college at Jacksonville University. At JU, I played midfield and attack while perusing my undergraduate degree.

William Franklin

Regional Director

Phone: 305.562.4474

What do you love most about coaching young athletes?

Two things: 1) Watching players transform over time in terms of skills, intensity, commitment and hunger, and 2) Being able to make an impact well beyond the field and seeing players continue to apply life lessons learned on the field into adulthood.

What is your athletic background? Any notable accomplishments?

Over 35 years playing, coaching and officiating lacrosse. Have played attack, midfield, defense and goalie at various points along the way.

How did you end up as a Maniax coach? What path brought you here?

When Lacrosse got going in Miami, there was no recreational or regional travel lacrosse, and very few officials. So I became and official in 2006 and started Broward-Dade-Monroe Lacrosse in 2008 so that there would be a place for the girls from 6 local high schools to work on lacrosse outside of the spring season. My daughter, Bug, joined LaxManiax in 2009 and my involvement in LaxManiax quickly grew as well.

What do you do when you’re not coaching?

Management Consultant, Working on Cars, Hiking/Climbing/Kayaking