Coaching Staff

Brant Lake Sports Academy is very proud of its strong and highly motivated coaching staff.

Our lead coaches have both playing and coaching experience in their respective sports as well as strong communication skills and a genuine passion for working with young athletes. 

Lead Coaches

Rachel Milim - Director, BLSA, Lacrosse, Fitness

Rachel Milim’s first visit to Brant Lake was at six months old and has been a part of the Brant Lake family ever since.  As the Director of Brant Lake Sports Academy, Rachel oversees the day-to-day running of the camp, including the health and happiness of all the girls.

Rachel earned her BS in Sociology from Cornell University where she also excelled on the lacrosse Field. Rachel was named Captain of the team her senior year and was selected to the All-Ivy and Regional All-America teams. In high school, Rachel was a two-time captain of her varsity basketball team where she earned All-County honors and captained her Varsity lacrosse team as well, earning All-County and All-America honors.

Post-college Rachel worked as a NASM Certified Personal Trainer taking on both adults and children as private clients. She also taught fourth grade PE and coached tennis, swimming, basketball and lacrosse at The Dalton School for 6 years.

Rachel's competitive edge has never left as she has completed marathons, triathlons and century rides and still plays tennis and basketball competitively on a weekly basis. Rachel resides in Armonk, NY with her husband, Matt and three children, Ryan, Sam and Jack.

Ray Abellard - Basketball

Ray is a Co-Director of A+M Sports Skills Academy, in New York City and is a former Division I college basketball player as well as professional player in the ABA.

He attended the University of Central Florida where he earned a BA in Psychology and was a standout on the basketball court, leading the nation in 3-point scoring in 2001-2002 . Ray has also participated in many tournaments in the USA and overseas including Universaire 2005 Olympics in Turkey, Reebok Sports Club, Nike Athletic in China, and Nike Elite (Jordan Breakfast Club). Ray attended Erasmus High School in Brooklyn New York where he was a 1st Team All Star guard.

In addition to his Sports Skills Academy, Ray is a sought-after personal basketball coach and fitness trainer working with many up-and-coming high school and college prospects in the New York area.

Nesta Felix -Basketball, Volleyball

Felix was a Division I student-athlete at Iona College, and has been involved in coaching basketball since her graduation from the New Rochelle, N.Y., school in 2001.

For the last four years, Felix has worked at NewFlex Youth Programs Inc., and currently serves as the company's executive director. The organization provides mentoring programs in Westchester County, and the Mt. Vernon, N.Y., resident is driven to serve youth through sports programs and by creating opportunities for the less privileged.

A native of St. Lucia, Felix served as an assistant coach for seven seasons (2002-09) at nearby Monroe College, where she helped mentor the Mustangs to a record of 194-40, four regional championships and three National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II titles. She also registered a 25-12 record in one-plus seasons as head coach of Woodlands High School (Hartsdale, N.Y.).

Felix was a two-sport student-athlete at Iona, competing as right side for head coach Linda Sagnelli's volleyball squad, while also playing one season as a power forward for head coach Michele Brusseau's Gaels. She graduated from Iona with a bachelor's degree in English/pre-law in 2001, before earning a master's in business administration from Monroe College in 2009.  

Althea White - Strength/Fitness Training

Althea is a life long athlete who has made this passion into a career. While studying Movement Science at Penn State University she discovered that being a personal trainer was her calling. In the last 9 years she has learned to design customized programs for her clients to meet their individual goals. Her fun, challenging workouts incorporate exercises traditional and functional strength training, TRX, yoga, and Pilates. This variety works to promote strength and flexibility and decrease the risk of injury.

Althea maintains an active life style as an organizer and player for Central Lacrosse NYC (a women's post collegiate team) and is an avid runner. In her free time she is a full time student at Hunter College studying biochemistry with the goal of becoming a sports medicine physician's assistant. 


Tennis Pros

Brant Lake runs an exceptional tennis program and has 5 tennis Pros on its staff plus many tennis counselors who are excellent instructors as well as players.