Meet the Coaches

Coach Caroline Tesar
Caroline Tesar..Head Coach / Director of Coaches

Lake Bluff, Illinois

Northwestern University graduate.  Played lacrosse on two National Championship teams.  High school All-American and multiple State Championships at Loyola Academy.  She helped launch the Bandits in 2012 before moving out of the area.  She is currently a kindergarten teacher.


Jenna Zilka….Head Coach (5th/6th grades)

Lake Forest, Illinois

Jenna has coached with the Bandits beginning Spring 2021 when she was head coach of the 4th grade Bandits.  Fall 2021 Jenna moved over to head coach of the 5th/6th grade Bandits.  Prior to Bandits, Jenna was an Assistant coach Girls Lacrosse at Lake Forest High School.  Jenna lives in Lake Forest with her husband, John, and their four children.


Kristina Bellemo

Head Coach 5th/6th or 7th/8th grades

Varsity Lacrosse & Varsity Hockey, Lake Forest College


Coaches U15-U13 Girls Lacrosse

College: Lake Forest College-Senior ’19: Women’s hockey and Lacrosse for the Lake Forest College. High School: Varsity Hockey and Varsity Lacrosse. Coaching: Bandits Lacrosse U13 (Spring 2017, 2018, 2019) & (Fall 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019,2020). US Lacrosse Level 1 certified.





Coach U9, U11, U13, & U15

Grace Black (3 years), Jordan Trapp (4 years), Annie Dalton (4 years), Emma Tryder (2 years), Karya Dean (2 years), Stokli Ashcroft (2 years), Kenna Bailey, Audrey Bailey (2 years),  & Jacque Rogers (3 years)