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Coaches of 2016

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The South African Lacrosse Project
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Coaches of 2016

Boys' Coaches

Matt McJunkin


Matt is a college junior 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 fourth trip to Vaalwater and head up the boys side of camp.

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 senior at Towson University, where he studies photography and film. Harrison has gone to enough lacrosse camps and practices that he has had no problem spearheading the teaching efforts in South Africa!

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 nine years. He is very happy to have all the coaches' expertise to take our friends in South Africa to the next level! Kip is a graduate of the University of Maryland and is working on a Ph.D. at Georgia Tech in aerospace engineering.

John McJunkin


John McJunkin will help coach this summer after helping SALP with equipment donation and fundraising over the last few years. John's coaching experience includes numerous years of youth sports coaching in lacrosse, football, basketball and baseball. Back in the day (way back), John played college football at Hampden-Sydney College. John stays active skiing, fly fishing and watching lots of lacrosse. John is a business lawyer in Washington, DC, where he is shareholder at the firm of Baker Donelson.

Seth Fritzhand


My name is Seth Fritzhand and I’m a rising senior at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory in Houston, Texas. I’ve been playing attack since 6th grade. In addition to playing for my school’s team, I’ve also played club for the Houston Hurricanes. In my opinion lacrosse is the perfect sport.

My mother is from Durban, South Africa and we visit during the summers. I learned about the South African Lacrosse Project through my cousins who had seen an interview with Harrison on SABC2. SALP is a fantastic opportunity for me to share my passion for the sport with the kids in Vaalwater and also learn more about the impact of HIV on the lives of the children living at the Waterberg Welfare Society. Waterberg has provided a home for these children who have either lost their parents to HIV or have been infected themselves. I am interested in pursuing a career in global health so SALP will allow me to witness firsthand the impact of illness on the local community, all while being able to teach and play lacrosse!

Ethan Walsh


Ethan is a rising senior at Calvert Hall College in Baltimore, Maryland, an area known for its output of competitive lacrosse programs. He began playing lacrosse in the third grade and has been hooked on the sport ever since. After bouncing between attack and mid-field for the majority of his early years he finally settled in as a defenseman before starting his high school career. Ethan continues to learn about the sport and work to become a better player and teammate and anticipates teaching others about the sport that he has come to love. He has been familiar with SALP for years as both his brothers have been on the trip, his oldest brother was a member of the first group to go to South Africa.

Adam Berkowitz


Coach Adam has been a coach at summer camps for the past 9 years in addition to coaching various sports during their respective seasons. Coach Adam also currently works as a Physical Education teacher in Baltimore county. He has always loved working with kids and cannot wait to begin coaching in South Africa.

Girls' Coaches

Kazungu Julius


I am Kazungu Julius, founder of the high school lacrosse program in Uganda. I am the Uganda lacrosse development officer and I currently working as a women’s lacrosse coach. I have managed to introduce lacrosse to 20 high schools and ten primary schools in Uganda. Previously, I was a lacrosse player, who played defense for the panther lacrosse club I had no rivals as a record-breaking defender for the Panther Lacrosse Team. The whole season I played with my team, I made assists (82), and points (284) records.

Karen McJunkin


In addition to serving on the board of SALP, Karen is going to help with coaching this summer. Karen continues to be an active athlete. She enjoys adventure sports: back country skiing in Wyoming, Alaska and Antarctica and mountain biking on the Continental Divide. Karen's athletic background includes All-State recognition in swimming and cross-country when in high school and All-American status in racquetball while at the University of Virginia. In lacrosse, Karen has logged many hours watching her sons play in high school and college. She is looking forward to working with the SALP coaches and kids.

Carly Baker


Carly is a rising Junior at Dulaney High School in Maryland. She has grown up in a big lacrosse state and started playing lacrosse at age 5, since then Carly has enjoyed being apart of a team and works well with others. She has worked to collect supplies for the South African Lacrosse Project from her classmates this past year. Carly learned about this program through Rebecca Hill, a 2015 coach, and has since been eager to join the incredible journey. With a passion for traveling, Carly is looking forward to working with new people and being apart of the SALP team.

Kat Torrance


Katherine (Kat) is going to be a Junior at Gettysburg College. She is from Lancaster, PA. Kat started playing Lacrosse in 5th grade. She played four years of varsity Lacrosse for her high school team (starter for soph, jr. and senior year) , where she was selected as a league All Star for defense (Jr. Year) and was selected as an academic All American (Jr. and Sr. year). Kat was a key player each year as the team won Leagues, Districts and did well in the state play off’s. She also was a member of the Varsity field hockey team where she was an All Star (sr year) and an Academic All American) Kat has spent a lot of time working with youth both and off the field. For the past few summers, she has been a counselor at a youth camp where she has been teaching Lacrosse along with other activities. Over the years, she has helped with local youth Lacrosse and Field Hockey clinics and has been a youth soccer ref. Kat first became familiar with the SALP years ago when the youth program she was involved in donated their uniforms. Kat is very excited about traveling to South Africa to share her passion for the game that she played for so long and has been such an integral part of her experiences, and to work with underprivilaged youth.

Dorrie Gaeng


Dorrie is a junior at Dulaney High School in Baltimore MD. She grew up in the Baltimore area and started playing lacrosse at age 7 with both a recreational league and a club team. Although she now runs track and field, she is still strongly connected to the lacrosse culture in Maryland and greatly values the game. Dorrie learned about the camp through her friend's older sister who plays lacrosse and went on a previous trip to Vaalwater. She is very excited to go to Vaalwater and play a role in sharing the fun and skills of lacrosse.

Morgan Berman


Morgan is a rising junior at the University of South Carolina. She grew up in Timonium, MD, where she attended Dulaney High School for two years and then transferred to St. Timothy’s School. Morgan has been playing sports since the age of 5, when she started playing basketball. She has been involved in a wide range of athletics, from basketball, to track, to volleyball. At St. Timothy’s School she tried out for lacrosse on a whim and made the varsity team, which sparked a genuine appreciation for the sport. She is an avid world traveler, and is always looking for a new adventure. She cannot wait to support the South African Lacrosse Project’s charitable cause, learn about new cultures, and meet amazing people.

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.

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