Staff Directory

Position/Title Name Email Phone Number
Athletic Director Christa Burgess 202-884-9086
Athletics Coordinator (Interim) Angela Richmond
Certified Head Athletic Trainer Nicole Schrader 202-884-9087
Head Basketball Coach Angela Richmond
Head Lacrosse Coach Christa Burgess 202-884-9086

Head Soccer Coach

Idris Ughiovhe
Head Tennis Coach Enoch Thompson
Head Volleyball Coach Lakia Meriwether
Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Karen Gerlach 202-884-9203


Athletics Staff Bios


Christa Burgess – Athletic Director 

Christa Burgess has been on the Trinity Athletics staff since 2021, as Athletics Coordinator and most recently as our Assistant Athletic Director. She was promoted to Athletic Director on February 1, 2023.  She is also a proud Trinity graduate, having earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science.  While at Trinity she was a tri-sport athlete in soccer, basketball and lacrosse.  After graduating she continued to pursue her love for sports and fitness, working as rehab technician and as a personal trainer before starting her own business.  Christa later worked with a nonprofit organization focused on helping kids to stay active and build valuable life skills through play. This led her to return to school to earn a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education, which she put to use as a Health and Physical Education teacher and Athletic Director with DC Public Schools.  When Christa returned to Trinity, she quickly put all these experiences together to focus on supporting and engaging our Student-Athletes.

Christa is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, which is a community conscious, action oriented organization founded on the principles of scholarship, service, sisterhood and finer womanhood. In 2021 Christa became a Professional Women’s Wellness Body Builder, she traveled around the world to compete and during her first competition she took home third place. Christa joins us bringing back the Trinity spirit, empowering women athletes and striving for excellence in our program.

Christa has made significant contributions to the Trinity Athletic program, including strength and conditioning with our Athletes.  As Christa steps into the role of Athletic Director, she will continue to focus on Athlete development, and will take on coaching our newest sport, Lacrosse!

Nicole Schrader – Certified Head Athletic Trainer

Nicole Schrader enters her second year as Head Athletic Trainer at Trinity in January 2022.

Schrader has experience working with collegiate athletes at the Division I , II and III settings. She spent the past year working at Catholic University of America with men’s lacrosse and football. She also has experience working in the industrial setting and focusing on ergonomic adjustments. While living in Chicago, she worked as the athletic trainer for the FC Barcelona Academy team.  Additionally, she is currently employed as a per-deim athletic trainer through Nova Care Rehabilitation and assists with sporting event coverage throughout the state of Maryland.

Schrader received her bachelor of arts degree in athletic training from the University of Northern Iowa in 2018. She is currently CPR and First- Aid certified and a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association. We are looking forward to Nicole’s expertise and her experience with modern practices in Athletic Training. Nicole will be extremely beneficial as we continue to navigate COVID-19 and Athletics. She has experience facilitating COVID testing and has implemented tools and techniques to focus on the mental health of student-athletes.

Idris Ughiovhe – Head Women’s Soccer Coach

A native of Washington, D.C. Idris “Alex” Ughiovhe comes with over 15 years of coaching experience. Coaching at varies levels including high school, club and at collegiate level where he has been successful at developing players.Coach Alex will be entering his first season as the Head Coach of the Trinity Washington University Women’s Soccer team. As a first-year assistant, last season Alex helped the Tigers to their first-ever win over a Division 2 school and their first multi-win game season.Before coaching,/ Coach Alex grew up playing at Washington Soccer Club, Bethesda Soccer club, Woodrow Wilson High School (D./C) where he was selected to the All-Met team his senior year. Alex received multiple Division 1 scholarship offers from across the nation but decided to stay in D.C. to play for his first ever soccer coach Keith Tucker Sr. at Howard University where he captained the team his junior and senior year.In 2006 he was drafted to the MLS by the Chicago Fire, then had a few appearances with DC United and then went on to play for Crystal Palace USA (USL).


Lakia Meriwether – Head Women’s Volleyball Coach 

Lakia “Coach K” Meriwether who’s not only a native Washingtonian but also an Alum of Trinity Washington University is entering her first year as Head Coach for Trinity’s Volleyball team. Although this is her first season coaching this team, she is not a stranger to the coaching world as she comes with over 5 years of coaching experience.

Being a four sports athlete since the 3rd grade playing various sports like tennis, volleyball, basketball and softball, Coach K has had the pleasure of coaching all 4 sports as well at various levels. Throughout her coaching career she’s met a lot of interesting people, one being Sasha Obama during her time coaching volleyball at the National Cathedral School here in Washington DC. Another highlight of her coaching career is when she was an assistant coach for Drew Freeman girls basketball team where they won their first championship while also having an undefeated record.
Before coaching, Coach K was an exceptional cellist and student tri- athlete at Eastern Senior High School where she won various awards ranging from rookie of the year to MVP. Of course it was no different when she arrived at Trinity University. During her time here she made the Dean’s List all 4 semesters while playing for Trinity’s volleyball, basketball and tennis teams. Not only did she collect academic awards at Trinity, she also received multiple awards in all 3 sports that she played which included rookie of the year, tiger awards, MVP and the athletic directors awards her senior year.
Outside of sports Coach K was a program and site coordinator for a non-profit organization called Playworks. There she was able to positively impact the lives of hundreds of students throughout the DC area through her teaching of social and emotional learning using games. Coach K was so good at her job that she was chosen to teach the Former President and First Lady Barack & Michelle Obama how to play a popular Playworks game called Ro Sham Bo(rock paper scissors) relay, which of course was a highlight of her career.

Enoch Thompson – Head Women’s Tennis Coach

Coach Thompson is entering his 10th year as the Head Coach at Trinity Washington University. A 1976 Architecture and Planning graduate of Howard University in Washington, DC, he is an acclaimed educator and certified tennis instructor at all levels of development for budding tennis players throughout the southeastern United States and Washington, DC. Thompson conducted and assisted at numerous tennis camps for juniors and adults in Columbia, SC where he coordinated clinics and player development workshops, ultimately helping young tennis players earn generous, well-deserved college scholarships. Many of his tennis students are still playing at various colleges throughout South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia. Currently, Thompson is the Head Tennis Coach at Trinity Washington University in Washington, DC and is. He an instructor/contractor with the Washington Department of Parks, a volunteer with the Washington, DC Special Olympics and works tirelessly to create and promote healthy activities for adults and juniors throughout his community. Thompson has remained active in the architectural community, having continued to be involved with the American Institute of Architects Associates, the National Organization of Minority Architects, the Construction Specifications Institute, and the National Technical Association. Thompson also has served as Cub Scout Master, baseball coach and program director, and is an active member of Saint Anthony Catholic Church. He volunteers with the Young Masters Rites of Passage Program. Mr. Thompson and his wife are the parents of five children and three grandchildren who also enjoy the game of tennis.

Angela Richmond – Head Women’s Basketball Coach and Interim Athletics Coordinator

Coach Angela Richmond previously served as the Varsity Girls Head Basketball Coach at Frank W. Ballou Senior High School for seven years and is excited to be on board to lead the Trinity Women’s Basketball Program.  As the head coach at Frank W. Ballou Senior High School she led the team to the DCIAA playoffs consecutive years, also qualifying for the DCSAA state playoffs consecutively and making it to the DCSAA Single A State Championship.  She is very excited to build a successful basketball tradition in the Trinity Tiger Community.

Coach Richmond has a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Bachelor’s in African American Studies from the University of Memphis.  She currently works as a 12th grade History teacher at Frank W. Ballou Senior High School, where she also coaches several other sports such as volleyball and softball.  She has a pipeline with athletes around the city working with AAU programs such as DC Primer, Team Durant (Kevin Durant), and Team Thrill (Will Barton), training, and coaching in Goodman League in Southeast D.C..

Her coaching philosophy is: An athlete’s character is more important than their talent!  My goal is to create well-rounded players on the court, as well as in the community and classroom.  I strive to enhance the basketball talents of my players, while developing their leadership skills, self-discipline, and work ethic.