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Executive Staff

Michaela Boyle

Executive Director |

Michaela returns to the Boston Lady Whalers bench in 2022 for the fifth season, and her first season as Executive Director - a role that she has readily earned over the past several years.  As the program's all-time leading scorer, Michaela has played a number of different roles both behind the bench & behind the scenes; She now takes her rightful spot at the helm of operations as Executive Director of the Boston Lady Whalers program.

Boyle, a native of Reading, MA, completed her freshman season at Clarkson University in 2018 and was crowned an NCAA Division I National Champion.  After that, she transferred to Robert Morris University where she emerged as a star, concluding her Junior season as the 10th leading scorer in the country.  As a result of the unfortunate news that Robert Morris was cutting their men's & women's hockey programs, Michaela elected to transfer for her to Boston College for her senior season, and will suit up for the Eagles in 2021-22.

“I am extremely honored and eager to take over as the Executive Director for the Boston Lady Whalers program. Spending my developmental years as a member of the Boston Lady Whalers as a player and student-athlete, and now being able to be able to give back and share everything that I've learned with the superstars of tomorrow is something that I am grateful for and do not take lightly.  I would like to sincerely thank Mike for having the faith in me to make this jump, and Dana for helping develop me as a player, a person & a coach," said Executive Director Michaela Boyle.

Michaela's father, Mike Boyle, is a world-class strength coach highly regarded as the pinnacle member of the profession, training the most accomplished athletes in the world at his facilities - Mike Boyle's Strength & Conditioning.

Michaela has a passion for teaching the game to the next generation, and she is extremely outspoken in both her communication & relationship-building qualities amongst our players and parents alike. We are incredibly excited to announce Michaela's elevation to Executive Director of the program.

Cayla Barnes

Associate Director |

The Boston Lady Whalers program is excited to continue adding valuable pieces to our unrivaled staff of women who've played at the highest levels, and we're thrilled to add U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist Cayla Barnes as our Associate Director effective immediately. 

“I am so excited to be a part of the Boston Lady Whalers program," said Cayla Barnes.  "To join a structure that has had so much success in cultivating not only elite hockey players, but exceptional young women in the process is something special, and something that I wish I had the ability to be a part of in my developmental years," she continued.

To read more about Coach Cayla, and her countless accolades, please see the bullet points below:


  • Represented the U.S. in one Olympic Winter Games (2018-Gold Medal)
  • As a member of the U.S. Women's National Team, has earned a spot on three International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship teams (2019, 2020, 2021), winning gold once (2019) and silver once (2021).
  • Additionally, has helped Team USA to two Four Nations Cups (2017, 2018-1st)
  • Participated in three IIHF Under-18 Women’s World Championships and helped the U.S. win three consecutive gold medals (gold-2015, 2016, 2017)
  • Was a three-time member of the U.S. Under-18 Women's Select Team at the Under-18 Series (2014, 2015, 2016) and captain of the 2018 U.S. Under-22 Women's Select Team at the Under-22 Series
  • Has represented the U.S. in various other international events, including the December portion of the 2019-20 Rivalry Series, The Time Is Now Tour, presented by Toyota (2017), and was on the U.S. Women's National Team roster for a pair of games against Canada in December 2016

Kayla Friesen

Director of Player Development |

Kayla returns to the Boston Lady Whalers staff for a second year in the expanded role of Director of Player Development for the 2022 Spring/Summer season.  A natural teacher of the game, Kayla brings a wealth of knowledge as a result of the uncommon avenue that she's paved to get to where she is today as a player.

A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Kayla grew up playing her youth hockey with the Winnipeg Warriors program.  She progressed on to star at St. Mary's Academy in Winnipeg - a member of the CSSHL.  In her senior year at St. Mary's, she was selected to represent Canada at the U18 Women's World Championship - where she put up a goal and an assist in five games, while helping Canada to a Silver Medal.

From St. Mary's, Friesen matriculated onward to St. Cloud State University, where she had an immediate impact in the lineup as a true freshman.  A natural center, Kayla notched 18 points in 36 games in her Freshman season.  As a junior in 2018, Friesen was named team captain of the St. Cloud State Huskies.  Following her junior season, Kayla transferred to Clarkson University where she was able to play immediately and had a significant affect on the team's offense by tallying 10 goals & 20 assists for 30 points.

Following her collegiate career, Friesen was drafted 2nd Overall in the 2020 NWHL Entry Draft by the Connecticut Whale.  Due to a COVID-shortened season, she was limited to playing just three games.  She will be suiting up as a member of the Boston Pride for the 2021-22 NWHL season.

Kayla has served as the Skills Director for the Elev802 program out of Vermont, and will be relocating to Boston this fall to help run their new facility out of Andover. We are very excited to have Kayla as a full member of our coaching staff, and we're excited to have a different voice for our players to learn from!

Danielle Doherty

Director of Player Advancement |

Danielle Doherty returns to the Boston Lady Whalers program in 2022, elevated to the role of Director of Player Advancement.  Danielle was an integral member of our inaugural staff in 2015, and will play a vital role in the growth and advancement of our program moving forward in facilitating our girls' advancements to the next level.

A native of Newton, MA, Danielle currently coaches both ice hockey and field hockey at Lawrence Academy, where she starred in both sports as a student athlete herself in high school.  She grew up playing her youth hockey for Assabet Valley, and was a member of back-to-back National Championship teams in 2007 and 2008.  Upon graduating from Lawrence Academy, she earned a scholarship to Boston College where she was a member of some of the winningest teams in program history under coaches Katie King Crowley and Courtney Kennedy.  

Danielle has always had a passion for teaching the game, and she does so at a highly effective level. In addition to her role as Director of Player Advancement, Doherty will serve as Head Coach of our 19U & 17U Elite Showcase teams. Danielle has coached and played at nearly every level of hockey, and her well-rounded experience coupled with her track record of advancing players to the NCAA level will be instrumental in helping our players further their careers.  Danielle will be involved both on the ice and behind the bench at all levels of the program, and will serve as one of our on-ice Lead Instructors.  

Danielle is thrilled to be a part of the Lady Whalers staff, and we are equally excited to have her back in orange and green!

Mike Cusack

Mike Cusack


Michaela Boyle

Michaela Boyle

Executive Director

Jessica Carney

Jessica Carney

Billing Coordinator