Staff Directory

Position/Title Name Email Phone Number
Athletic Director Monique McLean mcleanmo@trinitydc.edu 202-884-9097
Assistant Athletic Director Christa Burgess burgesschr@trinitydc.edu 202-884-9086
Certified Head Athletic Trainer Nicole Schrader schradern@trinitydc.edu 202-884-9087
Head Basketball Coach Angela Richmond
Head Lacrosse Coach TBD TBD

Head Soccer Coach

Idris Ughiovhe ughiovheI@trinitydc.edu
Head Tennis Coach Enoch Thompson thompsone@trinitydc.edu
Head Volleyball Coach Lakia Meriwether meriwetherla@trinitydc.edu
Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Karen Gerlach GerlachK@trinitydc.edu 202-884-9203

 

Athletics Staff Bios

Monique McLean – Athletic Director

McCleanMonique McLean was appointed as the Athletic Director at Trinity Washington University on June 4, 2018. During McLean’s tenure academic standards have been raised, retention has improved and athletic programs have seen significant roster growth and improvement. McLean has hired three exceptional head coaches (soccer, basketball, softball) and restructured the athletic department.

Throughout the pandemic, McLean has continued to be a positive leader by consistently creating virtual content and programming to keep student-athletes engaged despite their absence from campus and sports participation. The department plans to return stronger than ever after suspending sports for the academic year. In addition to her responsibilities on campus, McLean is heavily involved in intercollegiate athletics nationally and regionally. McLean was appointed to the NCAA Division III Membership Committee and has served since October 2019, her appointment will last until 2023. McLean was elected as the President Elect of the Maryland & DC Athletic Administrators Association in June 2020 and recently joined the NCAA Division III Convention Sub-planning Committee (February 2021).

Prior to Trinity, McLean was the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Alfred University from 2015 -2018. McLean quickly demanded academic excellence from her student-athletes, leading to the department awards as the Most Improved Academic Team for consecutive semesters (Fall 2017/Spring 2018). She was also elected as a representative to the WBCA NCAA Division III Coaches’ All-America Committee where she represented Region 2. McLean served as a graduate assistant coach at Bethany College for two seasons before graduating in May 2015 with a Master of Arts degree in Teaching. McLean was a standout women’s basketball player in college, playing four seasons at Division I St. John’s University and earning Big East All-Conference recognition twice. After graduating from St. John’s in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, McLean embarked on a four-year professional playing career in Greece, Slovakia and Puerto Rico.

Christa Burgess – Assistant Athletic Director 

Christa Burgess was appointed Assistant Athletic Director in 2021, she comes to Trinity Washington University as an alumnae student she graduated in 2013 with her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. While at Trinity she was a tri-athlete she played soccer, basketball and lacrosse.  After graduating she continued to pursue her love for sports and fitness to then become a rehab technician where she worked alongside DCs top physical therapists. She worked at Golds Gym in DC as a personal trainer where she trained over 100 clients and lead them to healthy lifestyle changes. Soon after this she decided to start her own business and began training her own clients, as an entrepreneur she worked across the nation training some of the best athletes, politicians, celebrities and more.

Christa loves helping people so all while she was a personal trainer she sought out to help the community, in 2014 she joined AmeriCorps to work for Play works DC a nonprofit organization that helps kids to stay active and build valuable life skills through play. Play works was more than a job, it was a mission to help the youth become better individuals, as she fell in love with the work in 2015 she became a better individual to soon become a first grade elementary teacher in the District of Columbia Public School System. After a year of teaching first grade Christa moved forward to become a Physical Education teacher, she had no idea on the impact she would have on her students. During her time at DCPS Christa was an Athletic Director where she coached Girls on the Run DC, DC Scores Soccer, track and basketball. At her school she led initiatives such as an annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk, she hosted school events and worked deeply with non-profit organizations to bring resources into the school. During the summer she was a Sports Camp Director and after school coordinator were she created a safe and fun place for kids to learn, exercise and practice social emotional skills.

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.

Nicole Schrader – Certified Head Athletic Trainer

Nicole Schrader enters her first 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

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.