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Coaches of 2013

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The South African Lacrosse Project
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Coaches of 2013

Boys Coaches

Kwasi Ansu

Harrison Hart


Harrison is Kip’s younger brother, and is co-founder of The South African Lacrosse Project. Harrison started playing lacrosse when he was four years old, and aside for playing in high school, he has played for both Kelly Post and Towsontowne lacrosse leagues. His favorite position is middie, but he plays wherever he is needed. Harrison is a sophomore at Towson University, where he studies phototgraphy and film. Harrison has gone to enough lacrosse camps and practices that he has had no problem spearheading the teaching efforts in South Africa!

Matt McJunkin


Matt is a college sophomore from Washington, DC, where he first started playing lacrosse in the 5th grade. After playing four years of varsity lacrosse for St. Albans where he was all league his senior year, Matt is now playing defense for Sewanee: The University of the South. Matt started a program called Share the Lax, which collects used lacrosse equipment and uses that equipment to outfit teams in inner city Washington D.C. He also spends a great deal of time volunteering at various youth lacrosse camps in underprivileged areas of D.C. in attempts to share his knowledge of the game of lacrosse. Matt learned about SALP through his own efforts with Share the Lax, and he has loved every minute of his involvement with the program. He is excited to make his third trip to Vaalwater and head up the boys side of camp.

Nick Brueske


Nick was introduced to the game of lacrosse in Richmond Virginia as a second grader. Over the past 9 years he has moved with his family numerous times for his father's job and has used the game of lacrosse to break into new schools and make lacrosse friends. Nick made the junior varsity lacrosse team at LaSalle Institute in Troy, New York as an 8th grader and was captain of the LaSalle Institute JV team as a freshman. Nick moved to Wisconsin and made the varsity team as a sophomore and is currently on the True Lacrosse Wisconsin travel team. With his experiences moving 9 times throughout his 16 years, Nick hopes to inspire the South African lacrosse players to use the game he loves to motivate them to aspire to their fullest potential and fulfill all of their dreams as a player, student and individual.

Josh Lange

Josh started playing lacrosse formally in 8th grade, but his relatives have been playing for as long as he can remember, so he’s had a stick in his hand since he was a young boy. For the past two years he played on the Gann Academy varsity team, and at the end of this past season (his sophomore year) he was voted Team Captain for next year plus he was chosen as a league MVP. Josh plays attack, but has a not-so-secret love for facing off. In the offseason, he played on his high school’s JV basketball team, and snowboarded from time to time.

Josh wanted to get involved with SALP because his family has lived in South Africa for the past four generations, so he wants to learn about the community that raised his parents and give back to that community by giving them what he loves most: lacrosse.

David Siegel


David Started playing lacrosse in eighth grade after playing soccer for eleven years. He has been playing Varsity lacrosse for Wootton High School since sophomore year and will continue to play his senior year as a middie. David loves helping children and is excited about sharing his passion for lacrosse with the children in South Africa.

Max Coonin

From North Potomac, MD, Max started playing lacrosse in the 5th grade. Max is going into his senior year at Wootton High School in Rockville, MD where he made the Varsity team as a freshman. This past season, he was awarded All-Division and All-County honors as a midfielder. Max is also a member of the Varsity Football team. He has volunteered to be a coach at some local clinics, but cannot wait to teach kids in the SALP program.


Trevor Breitenbach

My name is Trevor Breitenbach and this is my first year participating in the SALP. I've been playing Lacrosse for four years now and I'm a defenseman for Kettle Moraine High School, which is the same team that Fellow SALP coach Nicholas Brueske plays for. I love almost any kind of food (please note the word almost), and I love hanging out with the few close friends I have. Hopefully through SALP, I can make that list of close friends grow and include some great people. I have to say that I have a fairly mild temperament, but nothing gets me excited like lacrosse and I absolutely can't wait to share this love of lacrosse with the people I'm going to meet through SALP.

John Goodrich


John Goodrich was born and raised in Baltimore, MD, where he attended St. Paul's School. He graduated from Florida State University in 2011 with a Bachelor's of Arts in Economics. John began playing lacrosse at the age of 6 and later became the starting goalie for the FSU men's club team. Currently, he is the U-13 goalie coach for the Baltimore Lacrosse Club. John's passion for the game and desire to help those in need were catalysts for his involvement with the SALP project. He hopes to work closely with SALP in the future, and increase the project's exposure in the US.

Girls Coaches

Emma Harris


Emma was introduced to lacrosse in first grade when she practiced with the teams her mother coached, but she began to formally play in third grade. Once she was able, she played at the Elite level for STEPS and then later T3 Lacrosse. She played at the Varsity level for three years at Mountain Lakes High School and became captain of her team her senior year. She consistently coached camps and clinics throughout her high school career, including helping start the Lady Laker Future Lacrosse club in her hometown. Emma now plays at the collegiate level and is a midfielder for Skidmore College. She will be a sophomore next year, studying Social Work and International Affairs. This summer she is coaching the rising High School Juniors for the Building Blocks Lacrosse Club in New Jersey.

Emma discovered SALP last year by Google searching, “South Africa and Lacrosse”. She has always loved being around children and was drawn to the beautiful country of South Africa. Emma was lucky enough to travel with SALP last year, and cannot wait to continue to work with this program in the upcoming years.

Camilla Hayes


Camilla Hayes was born and raised in England and decided to travel to the US to attend University, she has just graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. At Maryland she played lacrosse for two and half years. She transferred from the University of California, Berkeley after they cut the program halfway through her sophomore year. She has been playing lacrosse since she was about 11, and recently has been a member of the Senior England Elite Squad. Plays anywhere on the field and prefers playing attack. This is her first visit to South Africa with the SALP, she is very much looking forward to the experience and hoping to make a difference in the kids lives in Vaalwater, SA!

Tess Mattimore


Tess is currently a sophomore at Skidmore College and plays lacrosse there with fellow SALP coaches Emma Harris and Maggie Murphy. She has been playing lacrosse since she was 8 years old and her 4 siblings all play as well. Her brothers played for Dartmouth and Bucknell. Her younger sister committed to Cal and youngest sister is determined to play in college as well.

From middle school, Tess has been very active in coaching lacrosse first with the local youth league and then with local camps and clinics around the bay area. Tess lives in Tiburon CA and attended St. Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco. When not playing lacrosse, Tess enjoys reading, traveling and hiking with her dog Sharkie.

Maggie Murphy


Maggie is from Huntington, New York and this is her first year with the South African Lacrosse Project. She was introduced to lacrosse in second grade. When she got to high school she played for the Long Island Express summer team and for the St. Anthony's High School program at both the JV and Varsity levels. She coached middle school teams during her high school career and coached her high school's summer camp. She now is going to be a sophomore at Skidmore College, where she plays as an attacker for the lacrosse team. Maggie heard about SALP through her teammate Emma Harris, who went on the trip in 2012. When not playing lacrosse, Maggie enjoys reading and traveling.

Allyssa Maes


My name is Allyssa Maes and I go to Vero Beach High School in Vero Beach, FL. I am a rising senior. I have played lacrosse since 6th grade and my school team is very strong and competitive--we just won our 8th straight state championship! I love traveling and I studied abroad in France last year as an exchange student. It changed my life and has made me continue to pursue my love for traveling and discovering new cultures. I've always wanted to use something I am passionate about (in this case lacrosse) as a way to help others. I am so excited to combine my love of traveling, lacrosse, and helping others to participate in such an incredible program like SALP!

Patty Maes


Hi ! My name is Patty Maes and I am the mother of Allyssa Maes. Although I have never played lacrosse, I have been a fan of my daughters school and club teams for over 7 years! I was born and raised in western Pennsylvania and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a BS in Nursing. While serving in the US Navy after graduation I met my husband Kirk at Portsmouth Naval Hospital. We have been married 22 years and in addition to Allyssa we have a son Zachary who is a sophomore at Florida State University.
I met Colleen Brueske last fall when our daughters played on Xteam together. When she described SALP to us I knew immediately that I wanted to share this experience with Allyssa! I have barely been able to sleep the last few weeks over the excitement of meeting and getting to know the children!

Sue Heether

Helpers

Barbara Cox


Barb is Kip and Harrison Hart’s mother, and she is passionate about the work they are doing for the children in the Waterberg region of South Africa. Barb lends her many years of experience in fundraising and volunteering for non-profits to their organization, and has been amazed by the kindness and generosity of the many supporters of The South African Lacrosse Project. She looks forward to continuing the project’s scope in South Africa, and hopes that over the next few years they can expand their reach to other regions of this country that she has come to love. Cape Town and Johannesburg are currently being considered as locations for additional lacrosse camps.

Barb graduated from the University of Virginia in 1986 with degrees in Architecture and Architectural History. An Echols Scholar, Barb especially loved her final year at U.Va. when she lived on The Lawn.

When she is not working on The South African Lacrosse Project, Barb is a real estate agent with Yerman, Witman, Gaines & Conklin Realty in Baltimore. Her hobbies and passions include architecture and interior design, gardening, travel, music, cooking, and especially entertaining friends and family.

Kip Hart


Kip is one of the founders of The South African Lacrosse Project. Although he doesn’t have the impressive lacrosse resume of the other coaches, Kip played for Kelly Post when he was younger and really enjoyed the game. Taking up competitive fencing caused lacrosse to take a back burner, but he remembers the basics and has helped teach SALP camp for the past six years. He is very happy to have all the coaches' expertise to take our friends in South Africa to the next level! Kip received a B.S. with honors in aerospace engineering from the University of Maryland and is looking forward to working on a Ph.D. at Georgia Tech in the fall.

Julie Woods

Mary Margaret Lachford

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