On July 1, two new sports coaches started working at Cheshire Academy. Caroline Brasa will lead the girls’ basketball and girls’ volleyball teams, while Princess Zabel will coach girls’ lacrosse and also assist Brasa on the basketball court.
Along with coaching at CA, Zabel has also become the school’s first senior female athletic administrator and now works with new Athletic Director and boys’ basketball head coach Jim McCarthy. She has extensive college lacrosse experience, including being the head coach at Central Connecticut State University.
Zabel held assistant positions at Bucknell University and Villanova University in Pennsylvania, as well as at Mercer University (Georgia) and the University of Mount Olive (North Carolina).
On the club level, she works with the Nor’easter Lacrosse and the Avon and Westport youth programs. In the past, she has coached with Philly Blast Lacrosse, CT Grizzlies, Snippers Elite, and Yellow Jackets North, among others.
In attending Danbury High School, Zabel earned lacrosse honors like All-American and helped the Hatters win the Division II state title in 2008. At Villanova, she was named to the 2012 All-Big East Tournament Team.
Zabel owns Black Pirate Lacrosse, LLC, a program that works in recruiting events, youth program consulting, and athletic performance.
For the second hire at CA, Brasa will coach and work as a faculty member. She previously assisted on the women’s basketball coaching staffs at Albertus Magnus College and Eastern Connecticut State University.
At Southern Connecticut State University, Brasa worked as a sports management graduate.
Additionally on a part-time basis, Brasa coaches youth clinics with the Boston Celtics.
As a basketball player, she competed at Western Connecticut State University.