Southern Zone Coaches Credo
Southern Zone Coaches Are:
Tough, but fun
Strict, but fair
Instill a deep love for the game
Always remember it IS a GAME!
Strong women role models for our players
Honor The Game
Southern Zone Director and Coach – Clare Boothe
Clare was born and raised in Setauket, NY, (Long Island), where lacrosse is king (or should that be queen?)! She was around lacrosse and played it throughout her childhood, notably at Ward Melville High School, a perennial state champion in lacrosse. She’ll be the first to tell you that she played with a wooden stick, when the only lines on the field were the goal circle and the draw circle, and girls wore no protective equipment…she’s an old-timer in the game!
Clare moved to Atlanta in 1987, and was a little dismayed (but not surprised!) that there was no lacrosse here! She started coaching small instructional clinics in the Johns Creek area in 2006 and 2007, when the game was still in its infancy here. In 2008, after seeing that there were very few coaches in the area who understood and had played lacrosse, she signed up to coach her daughter’s U11 team at Newtown Park. That started a chain of coaching and lacrosse administrator roles. Clare started up the Johns Creek Jr. Gladiator program in 2009, where she remained as head coach and administrator for 5 years. Concurrently, she got the Georgia Outlaw middle school program started in the summer of 2012, coached the Johns Creek High School Varsity team in 2013, and started up the LB3 Atlanta Girls Lacrosse program with Karen Healy-Silcott in the fall of 2012. She remained with that program as coach and Administrative Director for Atlanta until August of 2015, when she started up Southern Zone Lacrosse.
Clare and her husband Dave live in Johns Creek, and have two kids, Roman and Ana. They are both sophomores in college and are playing lacrosse for their schools. Ana is playing Division 1 lacrosse at Presbyterian College in South Carolina, while Roman is playing lacrosse at the perennial D2 powerhouse, Adelphi University on Long Island.
Clare’s passion is teaching this great game, and instilling the love of lacrosse in the girls she coaches.
Southern Zone Head Coach-Fall 2019-Coach-Team 2021 – Maggie Bermingham-Crisafi
Maggie is a graduate of the College of William & Mary and served as a captain for Women’s Lacrosse team where she earned a starting role on defense as a redshirt freshman in 2012. She was a President’s Award recipient recognized for sportsmanship, citizenship & leadership and was the Feffie Barnhill Award recipient awarded to the top female athlete for leadership & sportsmanship. Maggie attended Annandale (VA) High School where she was a four-year starter and served as a captain two seasons for the Women’s Lacrosse team. She was a Tewaaraton Award nominee, a three-time first-team All-Patriot District selection, two-time first-team All-Northern Region honoree, earned honorable mention All-Met distinction, named second-team All-Patriot District and second-team All-Northern Region. During her summers, Maggie has served as a collegiate camp counselor at Duke University, William & Mary and Marymount University.
Maggie is the Assistant Varsity Lacrosse Coach at Blessed Trinity High School, where she has helped coach the Lady Titans to three Georgia AAAAA State Championships. She’s very excited to share her coaching expertise and her love for lacrosse with our SoZo girls!
Fall 2019-Coach-Team 2020 – Madison Roepe
Fall 2019-Coach-Team 2021 – Jenna Stover
Jenna graduated from Coastal Carolina University where she played Division I lacrosse for four years. She played goalie for the Chanticleers. Jenna helped build the program for the Chanticleers joining the team after its first inaugural season. She graduated from Coastal Carolina with her Bachelor’s degree in Communication with a minor in Public Health and is now working in pharmaceutical sales.
She grew up in Lansdale, Pennsylvania and graduated from North Penn High School where she earned first team All American her senior year with a 70% save percentage.
Jenna has been coaching for Roswell Youth Lacrosse Association and is currently assistant coach for Cambridge High School’s varsity lacrosse team. She’s excited for her second season with SoZo, and looks forward to sharing her knowledge with our Littles!
Fall 2019-Coach-Team 2022 – Julie Noyes LaFramboise
Julie was surrounded by lacrosse growing up in Philadelphia while her father (Jim, an All American at Amherst College) coached the men’s game at Swarthmore College- she was the ball girl! She attended Strath Haven High School following in the footsteps of her two older sisters (Kelley- Amherst College, Jillian- Randolph Macon, Ashland).
Julie played at Princeton University her freshman year, playing in the NCAA finals. She then transferred to Swarthmore College and played for Karen Borbee. While at Swarthmore she broke several scoring records. Julie was a two time National All American (1994, 1995) and the Centennial Conference Player of the Year in 1995. After coaching lacrosse in Scotland and one season as an assistant at Swarthmore, Julie moved to Atlanta. She coached and played for the Atlanta Women’s Lacrosse Club while she also officiated, was VP of the GA US Lacrosse Foundation and met her husband, Tim. She was amazed that there were NO high school teams in Georgia, so in 1998 Julie helped start the Roswell Girls Lacrosse Club. In 1999 she started the North Springs Girls Lacrosse Club. She was amongst the men and women who fought for our sport to achieve Varsity status within the GHSA. After 8 years she moved to the Wesleyan School where she spent two years. She had two children, Jamie and Audrey, which kept her very busy and therefore she “retired” in 2009. A call came in 2011 that Holy Innocents’ needed a coach, so Julie headed up their program for the next six seasons. She is now once again retired and is enjoying watching her son play baseball and her daughter play lacrosse. In 2005 Julie was inducted as one of the first members of the GA Lacrosse Hall of Fame and in 2013 she was inducted into the Swarthmore College Athletic Hall of Fame. She enjoys sailing, reading and most of all watching her kids play sports while hanging out with her husband and dogs, Brooklin and Camden.
Fall 2019-Coach-Team 2022 – Katie Trainer
Katie is a recent graduate of the University of Richmond where she played Division I lacrosse for four years. She was an attacker and a middie for the Spiders. Richmond competed in the A-10 Championship four years straight and finally secured a victory Katie’s senior year. She was voted the team’s most improved player her freshman year and the teammate of the year her junior year. Katie graduated from Richmond with her Bachelor’s degree in Leadership Studies with a minor in Business Administration.
She grew up in Johns Creek, GA and graduated from Chattahoochee High School where she was a four-year starter and three-year captain for the varsity lacrosse team.
Katie has been coaching at all different levels for over 6 years. Lacrosse has been an integral part of her life and she’s extremely excited to continue this journey with her first year of coaching with Southern Zone.
Fall 2019-Coach-Team 2023 – Taylor McGhee
Taylor McGhee is from Marietta, GA and played Varsity lacrosse at Sprayberry High School while leading her team as a captain her junior and senior year. Taylor played Division 1 lacrosse at Kennesaw State University and led her team as a captain all four years playing for the Owls. Throughout her lacrosse season, she was recognized by the Atlantic Sun Conference as All-Academic, Second Team All-Conference, and was awarded Iron Owl for achievement in the weight room and was awarded All-American by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Taylor graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Kennesaw State and earned a Master’s of Management from Mars Hill University while assistant coaching for the inaugural season of the Mars Hill Women’s Lacrosse team. Taylor currently works for a Kitchen and Bath supply company in Atlanta, Ga.
This will be Taylor’s seventh season coaching for Southern Zone, and she is exciting the continue to be a part of the Southern Zone family!
Fall 2019-Coach-Team 2023 – Taylor Johnson
Taylor Johnson graduated from Presbyterian College in May 2018, where she doubled as a defender and draw specialist for their Division 1 women’s lacrosse team. She is originally from Kennesaw, Ga and graduated from North Cobb High School in 2014. Taylor was a competitive figure skater for 14 years and picked up lacrosse her freshman year of high school as a means of getting to college. From the first time she picked up a stick she was in love. Taylor lettered all 4 years of high school, and was captain her junior and senior seasons. She was the first, and remains the only, lacrosse player from either men’s or women’s program to sign to a D1 school and holds the records for most goals scored in a single game-10 and most career goals-158. Taylor ended her collegiate career with 106 draw controls ranking second all-time in the PC women’s lacrosse record book.
Taylor comes from a very competitive sport oriented family with both of her parents, and brothers having played sports in college. This will be Taylor’s 7th season with SoZo, and she’s excited to continue coaching and encouraging young athletes to be the best they can be, in whatever they choose to do!
Fall 2019-Coach-Team 2024 – Tracy Morgan
Tracy Morgan, a native of Upstate NY, has been coaching the components of improved sports performance for more than 20 years. Best known as a speed and agility coach, Tracy began her coaching career at college programs that include San Diego State University, University of California San Diego and the University of Washington before moving on to help launch the IMG Academy. Since starting her own business in 2001, Tracy has helped hundreds of Professional, Collegiate and developing athletes in the Atlanta area improve their on-field performance in lacrosse, tennis and football.
In addition to training athletes in the area of speed and agility, Tracy currently serves as Varsity Lacrosse Coach at Fellowship Christian School.
Tracy’s love for lacrosse and all of its footwork and speed components, came 7 years ago when her daughters Morgan and Kacy, then 5 and 8 years old, picked up their first stick. Tracy is excited to coach Team 2024 for SoZo this fall!
Fall 2019-Coach-Team 2024 – Katie Brenan
Coach Katie grew up in Chatham, NJ and was involved in sports her entire life. A competitive swimmer as a younger athlete, Katie learned and fell in love with the games of field hockey and lacrosse when she got to Chatham Twp. High School as a 9th grader. Katie went on to play D1 field hockey and lacrosse at Lafayette College in Easton, PA from 1986-1990.
Katie and her husband moved to Atlanta in 1997 and started their family shortly thereafter. Her two young daughters drew Katie back to the game of lacrosse where she found herself coaching her oldest daughter’s youth team in 2009.
Katie’s love of sharing the game and belief in the value of athletics and team sports for young women has kept her involved in middle school and high school lacrosse as a coach and administrator for the last 9 years. Katie has spent her time in the Northview and Pinecrest Academy lacrosse “systems” where her daughters have played and/or are currently playing.
Katie lives in Johns Creek with her husband, Kevin, daughter Maggie, a third year student at UNC @ Chapel Hill and Casey, a junior at Pinecrest Academy.
She is thrilled to be a part of the SoZo team and is looking forward to a strong fall season!
Fall 2019-Coach-Team 2025/26 – Kate Heninger
Coach Kate Heninger is in her seventh season coaching for us at Southern Zone. She is currently the Head Coach at Cambridge High School, after coaching girls lacrosse at Roswell High School for 5 years. She has split her time at Roswell, coaching both JV and Varsity. Coach Heninger played 4 years of lacrosse at Roswell High School before graduating in 2005. During her time at Roswell, she led her team in goals and was named an all-state honorable mention. She went on to play lacrosse recreationally while studying Exercise Science at Brigham Young University. After graduating in 2009, Coach Heninger worked at several sports training programs both in Utah and in Georgia before returning to school for her Master’s degree in education and subsequently becoming a middle school health and physical education teacher and coach. She loves lacrosse, among other sports, and enjoys helping young athletes see and reach for their potential.
Fall 2019-Coach-Team 2025/26 – Gwen Levit
Coach Gwen grew up in Stevens Point, WI and graduated from University of Wisconsin. Growing up, she was an all-state swimmer in high school and participated in junior Olympics. She also played basketball and ran track. She currently works for an Actuarial Consulting Firm.
Gwen and her husband, Doug, moved to Atlanta in 1995. They have two girls; Courtney is a rising Junior at UGA and Abby a rising senior at Johns Creek High School. Her first exposure to lacrosse was with her daughter Courtney twelve years ago and continued with Abby’s love for the sport. Gwen worked with Clare to assist her coaching and starting up the Johns Creek Junior Gladiator Lacrosse Program 10 years ago. Since then, Gwen coached the Junior Gladiators for seven years, becoming head coach of the Junior program when Clare moved on. After that, Gwen coached Johns Creek High School Varsity team for the last four years.
She is excited to coach for Southern Zone this fall and to be assisting Clare with the growth of this wonderful program.