By Chloe Senatore
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 1/23/22
As the daughter of a professional athlete, Kylie Primeau played sports throughout her life with a great role model.
She plans to use that to guide her in her first job as a head coach after recently accepting the position at Holy Spirit (N.J.) in Absecon.
“[My dad] told me ‘You don’t have to be the best player on the field, but you do have to be the hardest worker,’” said Primeau, whose father is former Philadelphia Flyers captain Keith Primeau. “So that is definitely one of my biggest coaching philosophies that I’m going to bring to the table at Holy Spirit.
“[That] is probably one of the most pivotal objectives that I’ve carried with me through my life in business and sports, and just everyday life.”
With the guidance of her father in athletics, Primeau found her niche on the lacrosse field at Bishop Eustace and was recruited to play at Villanova University.
“I had my senior season at Eustace which was awesome. I loved it,” she said.
Although a serious concussion early in her freshman year ended her playing career, Primeau stayed on the team to remain a part of the program.
“I went into Villanova and I was actually only able to play a few months of fall-ball because I sustained a concussion that kind of ended my playing career,” Primeau said. “So I wasn’t actually able to play any of the seasons at Villanova. I stayed on the team for a couple years to be a part of the team and get the experience.”
“My sophomore year we actually went to the Big East championship [and] I was able to experience that and go with the team so that was pretty cool. [That] was a really cool experience just to be part of the team even if I couldn’t play.
After Primeau earned a bachelor’s degree at Villanova in Arts and Sciences (she double-majored in economics and cultural studies), she got right into her business career.
The family business, that is.
“I do sales, operations and procurement for a reusable box company,” said Primeau. “It’s a family company, my dad is one of the partners.”
Primeau works for Rebox Corp, where her dad, Keith, is the Chief Administrative Officer.
And just when she thought she had left lacrosse behind; she was pulled right back in by some of her friends in the lacrosse community who suggested she take up coaching.
“So I started just getting right into business right after school,” Primeau said. “It was actually not up until this past summer that I was approached by… some of my friends who worked for different organizations that were interested in speaking with me and having me be a coach, a trainer, run camps and clinics, and then just do private sessions and things like that.”
“I just fell in love with the game all over again,” she said.
And just like that, Primeau was back in the game.
While she was doing some private sessions and running lacrosse clinics on a weekly basis, Primeau was approached by Holy Spirit about a possible coaching position.
“They said, ‘we’re looking for a coach, would you be interested in coaching?’ and… at first I thought it was the coolest thing ever, I was like ‘what!’ and then I said, ‘yeah I would love to know more,’” Primeau said.
“So I spoke with Mr. Normane at Holy Spirit [athletic director] and it was a great fit. Coming from a Catholic background, I went to Catholic high school and a Catholic university, so everything kind of fit into place so I said, ‘let’s do this!’”
Although COVID-19 is making coaching a bit tricky, Primeau is just excited to get started.
“So now I’m coaching, and I could not be more excited,” said Primeau. “I’m going into it with the mindset that we’re coming to play.”
Although Holy Spirit is a rather new lacrosse program, it has only been around for a few years, Primeau is pumped to help get the ball rolling.
“We’re building this program,” she said. “I love teaching the game, even from the fundamentals. So I’m very excited to start from the bottom up.”
With this new era of her lacrosse experience approaching, Primeau is keeping her dad’s legacy of athleticism in mind.
“I saw the impact he had on the city of Philadelphia and in the hockey community with the tremendous support and adoration that everybody had for my father,” Primeau said. “I’m very lucky… to learn the leadership skills that it takes to earn the respect of your community.”
Primeau is certainly bringing that athletic drive into her coaching style at Holy Spirit.
“I’m ecstatic. I’m super eager to start working with the girls and being able to have this opportunity. I appreciate it,” said Primeau. “I know that it’s not something every day somebody just gets to be a head coach of a team, so I’m taking it very seriously.”
“We’re gonna have a team that works hard,” she said.
With the leadership and determination Primeau brings, that’s for sure.
“I’m definitely ready to come to work, put the work in, and see what we can do.”