Southern Zone Coaches Credo

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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.boothe@sozolax.com

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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. Ana coached for SoZo for many years and she now 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 – Tracy Morgan
trainforthegame@gmail.com

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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 – Julie Noyes LaFramboise
coachjulie2022@gmail.com

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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 2025 – Katie Brenan
kbrenan@comcast.net

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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
meganmtoner@gmail.com

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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!



Ana Boothe
anaboothe@gmail.com

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Ana Boothe is a recent graduate from Presbyterian College, where she played Division 1 lacrosse for five years! Ana doubled as an attacker and a midfielder for the BlueHose. She attended Johns Creek High School, where she was a 4 time letterman. She is an all-around player, with an emphasis on attack. She has had a lacrosse stick in her hand since she was 5. Ana was a 5 year Division 1 starting player at Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina. She graduated in May 2022 with two degrees–a BS in Psychology and a BA in History. She currently lives in Tallahassee, Florida and works for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement as a Criminal Investigative Analyst.



Roz Talbert
Talbert.13.17@gmail.com

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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!



Megan Frank
meganefrank0@gmail.com

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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!



Kacy Handzel
kacy.handzel9@gmail.com

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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!



Kelly Harkin
kellymh24@gmail.com

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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!



Tricia Knor
tricia.knor@yahoo.com

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Tricia has been involved with lacrosse since 2009 as a founding board member for Kell Junior Lacrosse.  She began coaching in 2010 with the inaugural U9 Kell Junior lacrosse team and served every year on the executive board as Vice President and Treasurer.  For the next 9 years, she coached every level of youth lacrosse from U9 to U15 teams.  In 2018, Tricia became a certified youth and high school lacrosse official and continues to officiate lacrosse games.  In her youth, Tricia was a competitive gymnast, track athlete, and cheerleader and was a member of the University of Kentucky Cheerleading squad from 1987-1990. This is Tricia’s first season coaching for SoZo and she’s very excited to coach the very talented 2029 Red team!



Liz Vola
elizabeth.vola@gmail.com

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Liz is new to the SoZo program, but not new to lacrosse!  She grew up in Garden City, NY and has played and been around lacrosse her whole life, as well as coaching at the high school JV level in Long Island, and several years with the Walton Jr Lax program.
Liz lives in Marietta-East Cobb with her husband Tim, daughter Libby/8th grade (also playing on the SoZo 2027 White team) and son Rory/5th grade, who both attend Queen of Angels.
She looks forward to coaching your daughters and ensuring they have an enjoyable experience, but also continue to improve on the LAX fundamentals to get them to the next level.