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 Executive Director – 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 Alpharetta, and have two kids, Roman and Ana. Both have played lacrosse since their childhood. Ana graduated from Presbyterian College in South Carolina in May 2022, after 5 years of playing Division 1 lacrosse. She lives and works in Tallahassee, FL. Roman graduated college in May 2021, after playing lacrosse for four years at the perennial D2 powerhouse, Adelphi University on Long Island. He currently lives and works in New York City, and is staying involved in the game, playing in leagues and coaching youth lacrosse on Long Island.
Clare’s passion is teaching this great game, instilling the love of lacrosse in our SoZo girls and helping mentor and guide our players to become leaders and amazing people!
Southern Zone Director–High School Teams; 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 several years ago when her daughters Morgan and Kacy, then 5 and 8 years old, picked up their first stick. Tracy is excited to continue to lead Team 2024 and train all of the athletes in SoZo!
Director–Middle School & Youth Teams; Team 2028 Red – 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 of Coach Borbee’s 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 then for one season as an assistant at Swarthmore, Julie moved to Atlanta in 1996. She then 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 and then 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 has 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 an Assistant Coach at The Wesleyan School and the Kindergym Teacher at Dunwoody United Methodist Preschool. 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.
Team 2024 – Haley Harris
Haley Harris is a recent graduate from Radford University, where she played attack for their Division I program. She is from Alpharetta, GA and attended Chattahoochee High School. Haley was a 4-year varsity player and a senior captain while at Chattahoochee. Haley also played for the LB3 National Team while in high school. She has played the game for 13 years! Outside of lacrosse, Haley graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and now works at UPS on their Procurement Finance Team. Haley spent this most recent spring coaching at Blessed Trinity Catholic High School and has coached for SoZo since Summer 2016! She is extremely excited to work with her returning players, and to meet the new ones!
Team 2025 – 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 11 years. Katie has spent her time in the Northview and Pinecrest Academy lacrosse “systems” where her daughters have played.
Katie lives in Suwanee with her husband, Kevin, daughter Maggie, a graduate of UNC @ Chapel Hill and Casey, who attends Notre Dame University.
She is thrilled to be a part of the SoZo team and is looking forward to a strong summer season!
Team 2025 – Megan Toner
Megan graduated from Tufts University in 2019 where she played lacrosse for 4 years. She played midfield and defense for the Jumbos and helped them to the NCAA Division 3 Final Four in 2019. Megan is from Roswell, GA and attended Roswell High School. She was an Academic All American as well as All American Honorable Mention. In her senior year, she was a captain of both the basketball and lacrosse teams. At Tufts, she majored in mechanical engineering and is now working for an engineering firm in Norcross. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and spending time outside. This is Megan’s fourth season with SoZo and she is excited to continue coaching Team 2025!
Team 2026 – Mary Doyle
Mary is from Rochester, NY and played lacrosse, soccer, and basketball in high school. She played lacrosse for four years at St. John Fisher College where she was a four-time All-Conference honoree and First Team All-Region honoree. While at Fisher, Mary started in every game throughout the four years as a player while the team won Conference titles and made NCAA tournament appearances in each year during her career. She has coached at a variety of levels, including at her alma mater, serving as the Assistant Coach at St. John Fisher, helping the team achieve program history by making their NCAA DIII Final Four debut in the 2021 Season. She spent the most recent spring season with the Roswell Select Program. Mary loves being a part of the SoZo team!
Team 2026 – Michaela Lucas
Michaela is a Maryland Native who attended Mercer University and graduated in 2020. She was a four year starter and two year captain for the bears, playing defense and specializing in the draw. From 2017-2020, Michaela was an ASUN/SOCON All Conference team member, varying from All Freshman Team, First Team, Preseason First team. She helped lead her team to two SOCON Championships, and two NCAA Tournament appearances. After her senior season was cut short due to COVID, she was introduced to club coaching in Maryland. Michaela became the Bethesda Chevy Chase Girls Varsity Lacrosse Head Coach in Bethesda, Maryland, where she led the team to the 2021 High School State Finals, which resulted her receiving Coach of the Year. After moving down to Atlanta, Michaela was introduced to SOZO, and will be coaching the 2026 team!
Team 2027 Red – Roz Talbert
Roslyn (Roz) Talbert, grew up in Lancaster, PA where she played lacrosse at midfield for 4 years. She got to compete at the Division I level at Kennesaw State University for 5 years, started 4 of the years as a defender and was captain in her final year. After graduating with Bachelors degrees in Exercise Science and Integrated Health Science while also obtaining a minor in Biology, she will be heading to Mercer University of Atlanta this January to start her Masters of Medical Science in their Physician Assistant Program. Roz is beyond excited to be brought to the team and can’t wait to share some of the knowledge she has learned throughout the last 9 years of playing the sport!
Team 2027 Red – Meaghan Trainer
Team 2027 White – Megan Frank
Megan grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and moved to Georgia during high school. She first learned the game of lacrosse during summers spent in Upstate NY (Geneva & Rochester). Throughout her youth, she competed in equestrian, volleyball, and cross country. One sport stuck in her heart above all else: lacrosse. When she moved to Georgia, she worked with her school’s athletic director to create the first girl’s lacrosse team at Peachtree Ridge HS!
Megan graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelors degree in Psychology. She attended graduate school at Georgia State University where she earned an Educational Specialist degree in School Psychology. Megan works in Fulton County Schools and coaches at Roswell HS. She has been coaching with Roswell Youth Lacrosse for 4 years and has worked with all age levels! Megan is excited for her next season with SoZo, coaching Team 2029/2030!
Team 2027 White – Ana Lucia Waller
Ana Lucia Waller is in the graduating class of 2023 at Blessed Trinity Catholic High School. She has been a starting midfielder for her back-to-back state championship team, with hopes to lead her team into a successful 2023 season. Ana Lucia began her lacrosse journey in sixth grade, and has had a stick in her hand ever since! She was named captain of the Blessed Trinity Titans as a senior, and loves coaching as well. After high school, Ana Lucia plans to study Industrial Design in college. In her free time, she loves spending time with her friends and family. She’s played for SoZo for years and can not wait to step into a new role with Southern Zone this summer and coach the 2027 white team!!!
Team 2028 Red – Kacy Handzel
Kacy Handzel graduated from North Cobb High School where she was a four-year varsity starter, three-year captain, and draw-control record holder. In 2021, she was named the Most Positive Girls Lacrosse Player in the State of Georgia for the creation and management of her own non-profit organization for women in need. Kacy is now a rising sophomore attacker at the NCAA Division III level, attending The College of Wooster in Ohio and majoring in Political Science. This will be Kacy’s first season working with SoZo but she has been coaching under her mother Tracy Morgan for more than five years. Kacy cannot wait for what this season has in store!
Team 2028/2029 White – Kelly Harkin
Kelly Harkin is a graduate of the University of Georgia, and is currently teaching and coaching lacrosse at Mt Pisgah Christian School. She has played lacrosse since the 7th grade. Kelly played club lacrosse for LB3 Atlanta and XTEAM. She’s very excited to be coaching for SoZo!
Team 2028/2029 White – Alana Epstein
Alana Epstein is a recent graduate from Furman University, where she played attack for the Division I program. She is from Marietta, GA and attended Walton High School. Alana has played lacrosse for 15 years! Outside of lacrosse, Alana graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science and Psychology and will now be attending Audiology grad school in the fall. Alana has coached for other club teams in the past, but is very excited for her first year with SoZo!
Team 2029 Red – Tricia Knor
Team 2029 Red – Ansley Knor
Ansley Knor is a senior at Kell High School this year! She has been a starting varsity midfielder for 4 years and is continuing her lacrosse career at the division 1 level at the University of South Florida. Ansley began lacrosse in kindergarten and has now been playing for 12 years. She is a 2x varsity captain for her high school team and hopes to lead them to a state championship! Some achievements Ansley has done in her career is: Under Armour South Command team,
Under Armour 150, HS Varsity Rookie of the Year, 2x Georgia Positive Athlete Award, HS Defensive Player of the Year, USA Georgia National Team, Nike All American Select Georgia team, 2021, 2022 Georgia All State Team, 2021, 2022 1st Team All County (Cobb County) Under Armour South Highlight team, Under Armour Highlight All American tournament team, and Best in Class Committed Academy. Ansley cannot wait to work with the SoZo 2029 Red team and help grow the love of the game!
Team 2030 Red – Delaney Hudson
Team 2030 Red – Chloe Patterson
Chloe is a 2022 graduate of Blessed Trinity Catholic High School and will play Division 1 lacrosse at Winthrop University after graduation. She was captain of the junior varsity team at BT last year, and is now a starter on the varsity team. She started her lacrosse journey in the second grade, and started playing for Southern Zone in the seventh grade. Chloe is a defender, and has been from the start! Outside of lacrosse, Chloe likes spending her time outside and hanging out with friends. This summer will be Chloe’s first summer as a coach, and she can’t wait to get started!!
Team 2030 Red – Anna Farrar
Anna is finishing up her senior year at Cambridge High school, and plans to continue her lacrosse career and play Division 1 lacrosse at Central Michigan University. At CMU she will start on the pre-dental path to become an Orthodontist. Anna started playing lacrosse in 5th grade, and by 6th grade she joined Southern Zone and continued out her middle school and high school years on SoZo. Captain of her lacrosse team her senior year, She’s has an attack driven mid-set. Outside of lacrosse, Anna loves working at a local restaurant as a host, volunteering with elementary school kids at Church, and spending free time with friends. She coached the mini stixs last fall and is extremely excited to have the opportunity to coach the 2030 Red team this summer!!
Team 2031 – Brooke Beard
Brooke is a current sophomore attacker at Liberty University where she plays Division 1 lacrosse. Brooke is a Strategic Communications major with a focus in Social Media Management. She graduated from Fellowship Christian High School in 2021 and was a four year starter and senior year captain. Brooke was named first team all-state sophomore and senior year, and USA All-American senior year. Brooke has been playing lacrosse since 4th grade and played with Southern Zone for three years. Outside of lacrosse Brooke loves going to the lake and spending time with her friends and family. This is Brooke’s first year coaching for SoZo and can’t wait to coach the 2031’s.
Team 2031 – Breka McLaughlin
Breka McLaughlin graduated from Fellowship Christian School where she was a four year varsity starter and senior year captain. In 2019, Breka was awarded Varsity Rookie of the Year as well as GHSA All-State Honorable Mention. She was also awarded Varsity Lacrosse Defense Player of the Year in 2021, and MVP in 2022. Breka has been playing lacrosse since 6th grade and began playing for Southern Zone junior year of high school. She is a defender. Breka is currently attending Georgia College and is majoring in Nursing. Outside of lacrosse, Breka loves traveling, the beach and lake, and spending time with family and friends. This is Breka’s first year coaching for SoZo but she does have previous coaching experience. Breka can not wait to coach the 2031’s and is so excited to meet the girls and see them grow!
Team 2032/2033 – Liz Vola
Team 2032/2033 – Kaylie Rittmueller
Kaylie Rittmueller is in the graduating class of 2023 at Cambridge High School! She started playing lacrosse in 6th grade and has never stopped since! She will be attending and playing Division 1 lacrosse at Presbyterian College in the fall and could not be more excited that she gets to play the game she loves for the next four years!! Kaylie has been a varsity starter on attack at Cambridge for three years and plans to help her team have a great season as a senior! She works at a donut shop in her free time and enjoys spending time with family and friends! She played with Sozo since her freshman year and began coaching last summer and is thrilled to have the opportunity to help motivate these new players! She will be coaching the Sozo 32s/33s and loves their high energy and helping them learn a strong lacrosse foundation! GO SOZO!!
Specialty Coach-Goalies – Lilly Phillips