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 – 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 is in her fifth year playing Division 1 lacrosse at Presbyterian College in South Carolina. Roman graduated college in May 2021, after playing lacrosse for four years at the perennial D2 powerhouse, Adelphi University on Long Island. He currently 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, and instilling the love of lacrosse in the girls she coaches.
Southern Zone Assistant Director/Head 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 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!
Team 2023 – Taylor Oliver
Taylor is from Annapolis, MD and played DI lacrosse at the University of Colorado Boulder and UMBC. She has experience coaching many levels ranging from elementary age to college. In 2018 after graduating, she coached at San Diego State University. She is excited to work with SoZo!
Team 2023 – 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 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, a freshman at Notre Dame.
She is thrilled to be a part of the SoZo team and is looking forward to a strong fall 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 second season with SoZo and she is excited to coach Team 2026!
Team 2026 – 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. Taylor has been with SoZo since Summer 2016, and she’s excited to continue coaching and encouraging young athletes to be the best they can be, in whatever they choose to do!
Team 2026 – 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 Roswell High School’s varsity lacrosse team. She’s excited for another season with SoZo, and looks forward to sharing her knowledge with our 2025 players!
Team 2027 – Ana Boothe
Ana Boothe is a fifth year student at Presbyterian College, where she is playing lacrosse for their Division 1 women’s team. 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 has been a starting player at Presbyterian College since her freshman year. She will graduate in May with two degrees–a BS in Psychology and a BA in History. She has had a focus on Forensic Psychology, as she hopes to work with the FBI upon graduation. This summer will be Ana’s 8th season coaching for SoZo, and she is looking forward to leading the 2027s to a fun and successful SoZo Summer 2022!!!
Team 2027 – Sandy Salit
Sandy Salit graduated from Johns Creek High School in 2020 and now plays Division 1 lacrosse at Mercer University. Sandy served as a captain her junior and senior year of high school and led the team in assists. Sandy comes from a big lacrosse family. Her dad and grandpa both played at collegiate level as well as both of her brothers who are now currently playing at the University of Albany and St. John Fischer. Sandy started playing lacrosse in fourth grade and has played for Southern Zone ever since it first started. Sandy has spent several seasons coaching youth teams for Johns Creek High School and helping out with SoZo! She can’t wait to coach the 2027s this upcoming season!
Team 2027/2028 – 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 at The Wesleyan School where she is enjoying coaching and watching her daughter Audrey play in her senior year. 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 2027/2028 – Meaghan Trainer
Team 2027/2028 – Kennedy Goss
Kennedy is a sophomore at the University of California, Berkeley where she plays Division 1 lacrosse. She is a midfielder that specializes in taking the draw. She graduated from Chattahoochee High school where she was a four-year varsity starter and a senior team captain. She earned the US Lacrosse All-American, All-Academic Award, and first-team All-State honors as well as a Hooch Hustle Award. Kennedy has been playing lacrosse for 7 years and played with Southern Zone. Outside of lacrosse, Kennedy enjoys being outdoors and dedicates time to creating graphics for her graphic design business. This is Kennedy’s first season coaching for Southern Zone and she is so excited!
Team 2028 – Avery McIlwaine
Avery is a rising junior at Coastal Carolina University where she plays Division 1 lacrosse and majors in Languages and Intercultural Studies. She is a midfielder that specializes in taking the draw. She spent her freshman year playing at Furman University where she earned First Team All Southern Conference and Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll. Prior to college, she graduated from Johns Creek High School where she was a four year varsity starter and two time team captain. She earned the Overall MVP, Offensive MVP, and Coaches Award throughout her career at JCHS. In her junior year, she was named the 6A/7A Player of the Year as well as First Team All State. Avery has been playing lacrosse for 10 years and has coached several seasons with the JCHS Junior program and Southern Zone. She is so excited for another summer with SoZo!
Team 2028 – 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 2029/2030 – 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 2029/2030 – Willow Hammond
Willow Hammond graduated from Chattahoochee High School in 2021 and is a freshman at Presbyterian College, where she has been a starting player on their Division I lacrosse team. At Chattahoochee HS, she was a four-year varsity starter and senior captain of the lacrosse team. She has been playing lacrosse for 8 years and has been with Southern Zone since they began. She also played on the Georgia National Team in 2019! As a multisport athlete, Willow has been playing Ice Hockey for 11 years. Outside of lacrosse, Willow loves spending time with her friends and family. She loves being outside, whether that’s at laying on the beach or skiing down a mountain! Willow is very excited to coach her second season with Southern Zone!
Team 2029/2030 – Delaney Hudson
Delaney is a recent graduate of Blessed Trinity Catholic High School and will be attending Butler University where she will play Division 1 Lacrosse. Delaney played for the Titans as a starter on Attack for four years on their Varsity team. Delaney also was a captain for the varsity team her senior year. Delaney ran Cross-country her Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior years. Her Lacrosse career took off in 3rd grade and Southern Zone was the club team she played for starting in the sixth grade. Delaney was an Attacker for both Blessed Trinity and Southern Zone. Delaney plans to study criminology and psychology with a minor in international studies at Butler. Outside of lacrosse, Delaney loves going to the beach, playing with her dogs, listening to music, shopping, and working out. Delaney is SUPER excited about her first season coaching the 2029/2030s with Southern Zone!
Team 2030/2031/2032 Mini Stix – Elizabeth Shipley
Elizabeth is a graduate of Blessed Trinity Catholic, where she was a four time letterman on both the cross country and lacrosse teams. A four year starter at the defense, Elizabeth helped to lead the Titans to a state championship. She will be majoring in Industrial Engineering at Georgia Tech starting this fall with a minor in Public Policy, hoping to acquire her joint law degree and MBA post-graduation. Off the field, Elizabeth enjoys reading, working out, and hanging out with friends – she is beyond excited to coach the Southern Zone Mini-Stix this summer, transitioning from playing on the 2022 team to coaching!
Team 2030/2031/2032 Mini Stix – Zoe Alper
Zoe is a graduate from Johns Creek High School and will be playing Division 1 lacrosse at Mercer University. Zoe has played lacrosse since fifth grade as a Gladiator, and has played for Southern Zone since the summer of 2016. She was captain of the Junior Varsity team at Johns Creek her freshman year, and captain of the Varsity team her senior year. Zoe was a starter on defense all four years, along with taking the draw for the gladiators her junior and senior year. For her junior year of HS, Zoe received the Defensive MVP award and made second team all-state. During Zoe’s senior year, she received the first Southern Zone Will to Live Life Teammates award. Zoe plans to major in biology at Mercer University, and continue her education to become a Physical Therapist. Besides lacrosse, Zoe loves playing with her dog (Sadie), working out, listening to music, painting, and hanging with her friends! Zoe can’t wait to coach the Mini Stix as her first team coaching with SoZo!!
Team 2030/2031/2032 Mini Stix – 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!!
Floating Coach – NaQuia Hall
NaQuia Hall is a 21’ graduate from Peachtree Ridge High school. She now plays Division 1 lacrosse at Kennesaw State University as a low attacker. In high school NaQuia started all four years as a midfielder. Her senior year she led the team in goals, assists, and draw controls and was also named captain. Naquia had been playing lacrosse since 6th grade and is super excited to work with all kinds of players and coaches!