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 Alpharetta, and have two kids, Roman and Ana. They are both seniors 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 & 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!
Specialty Coach-Goalies and Defense – Shannon Nee
Coach Nee is originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She graduated from University of Connecticut in May of 2016 after starting all four years in goal for the Huskies. She was named an IWLCA All-American, made the IWLCA All-Northeast Region First Team four consecutive seasons and won Big East Goalkeeper of the Year two times.
Coach Nee is entering her fifth season as assistant coach at Kennesaw State University, overseeing the Owls’ goalies. This is her first season with Southern Zone.
Team 2022 – 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 8th 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!
Team 2022 – 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 third season with SoZo, and looks forward to sharing her knowledge with our Littles!
Team 2023 – Emily Collins
Emily Collins graduated from Kennesaw State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications with a concentration in public relations. She played Division 1 Women’s lacrosse at Kennesaw State University. Emily picked up the game of lacrosse after playing basketball the majority of her childhood. As she was going through the recruiting process in her senior year, she decided to play lacrosse in college instead of basketball. She believes it was the best decision she made going into college. Lacrosse has given her many opportunities from competing at a high level to coaching and mentoring young athletes.
Emily started coaching with Southern Zone when the organization first started. She was working as a Marketing and Design Manager following graduation, until she decided to take an opportunity to travel the world. After two years of traveling on a private yacht working as a stewardess, Emily recently moved back to Georgia and immediately wanted to get back into coaching. She enjoys coaching at an elite and competitive level, where she can help young women grow on and off the field.
Team 2023 – Kate Heninger
Coach Kate Heninger is in her eighth season coaching for us at Southern Zone. She took over the Head Coach job at Cambridge High School in 2019, after coaching at Roswell High School for 6 years. Coach Kate began playing lacrosse as a freshman at Roswell High School, the first year of the sport’s inception. She spent high school splitting time between volleyball, basketball, and lacrosse. During her time playing lacrosse at Roswell, she led her team in goals and was named an all-state honorable mention. Coach Kate went on to play lacrosse recreationally at Brigham Young University while studying Exercise Science. 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 high school lacrosse coach. She loves coaching and helping young athletes see and reach for their potential!
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 will be starting a job at UPS this summer in their Procurement department. Haley graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and a minor in Economics. Haley spent her last few years of high school coaching for Chattahoochee’s Jr. Cougar program and this summer will be Haley’s 7th season coaching for SoZo! She is extremely excited to work with her returning players, and to meet the new ones!
Team 2025 – 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 recently moved to Atlanta this summer and is excited to work with SoZo!
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 fourth year student at UNC @ Chapel Hill and Casey, a senior at Pinecrest Academy.
She is thrilled to be a part of the SoZo team and is looking forward to a strong summer season!
Team 2026 – Ana Boothe
Ana Boothe is a senior 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. Her major is Psychology with a focus on Forensic Psychology, as she hopes to work with the FBI upon graduation. She also has a minor in History. This summer will be Ana’s 7th season coaching for SoZo, and she is looking forward to leading the 2026s to a fun and successful SoZo Summer 2021!!!
Team 2026 – Sandy Salit
Sandy Salit graduated from Johns Creek High School last spring 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 this upcoming season!
Team 2027 – Jolie Blohm
Team 2027 – Kaley Attaway
Kaley is a rising sophomore at Butler University where she plays Division 1 lacrosse. Kaley was named ‘Freshman of the Week’ for the Big East during her first year at Butler. She attended Blessed Trinity Catholic High School and was a 4 year Varsity starter and a senior captain. Kaley won 3 State Championships and 4 Area Championships at BT and was a two-time team Offensive MVP for the Titans. She was a three-time Georgia All State Team recipient and two-time US Lacrosse All American. She totaled 279 goals, 138 assists, and 306 draw controls throughout her career. Kaley has been playing lacrosse for 9 years and has been with Southern Zone since it began. Outside of lacrosse, Kaley loves to spend time with her family and dogs. She enjoys being outdoors, whether that is working out, snow skiing, or just relaxing on the beach! This is Kaley’s second season as a coach for SoZo and she is so excited to be apart of the family again!
Team 2028/2029 – Avery McIlwaine
Avery is a freshman at Furman University where she plays Division 1 lacrosse. She is a midfielder that specializes in taking the draw. She graduated from Johns Creek High School where she was a four year varsity starter and a two time team captain. She received the Overall MVP, Offensive MVP, and the 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. She also played in the Georgia HS All Star Game twice. Avery has been playing lacrosse for 9 years and has been with Southern Zone since it began. She is so excited to help coach her first team!!
Team 2028/2029 – Meaghan Trainer
Meaghan is graduating from Chattahoochee High School this May and will be attending Butler University to play Division 1 lacrosse. She is a four year varsity starter and senior captain at Chattahoochee. In her sophomore year, she was named to Georgia All-State and a recipient of the Unsung Hero Award. She led her team in ground balls both her sophomore and junior year. Meaghan has been playing lacrosse for 7 years and has been playing for Southern Zone for 4 years. Outside of lacrosse, Meaghan loves to spend time outdoors whether that’s playing lacrosse with her 3 siblings or being at the beach! This is Meaghan’s first year coaching for SoZo and she can’t wait!!!
Team 2028/2029 – Willow Hammond
Willow Hammond is a senior at Chattahoochee High School and will be attending Presbyterian College in the fall to play Division I lacrosse. She is a four-year varsity starter and senior captain of the lacrosse team. She has been playing lacrosse for 7 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 first season with Southern Zone!