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The South African Lacrosse Project
6901 Charles Ridge Road
Towson, MD 21204
Coaches of 2011
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 four years. He is very happy to have all the coaches' expertise to take our friends in South Africa to the next level! Kip is an honors student at the University of Maryland and is looking forward to another year of aerospace engineering (yes actually, he is a rocket scientist).
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 freshman an 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!
Rachel Mannes is excited to be returning for her second year as a volunteer coach for the South African Lacrosse Project. She first learned about the SALP through her mother's work in South Africa for The Wilson Foundation. She says that working at the camp last summer was a life-changing experience for her. She enjoys teaching lacrosse to the young girls and especially loves their warm spirit, attitude and enthusiasm for the game.
Rachel is 2011 graduate of Highland Park High School in Dallas, where she was the starting goalkeeper for the varsity girls lacrosse team for four years. During that time she received numerous honors, including the Heart Award, Most Valuable Defensive Player, All State, All Star, and the Dallas Morning News All Area goalkeeper. She was recently named to the 2011 US Lacrosse Girls High School All Academic team. In the fall Rachel will be attending the Honors College at the University of Georgia.
Katherine Shepherd started playing lacrosse in 5th grade. She played Varsity lacrosse all 4 years in High School. Katherine has played offense, midfield, and defense in her lacrosse career so far. In 2010, she was named an All-Star and an All-State Player, and named MVP Defensive Player for Highland Park Girls Lacrosse.
Katherine was selected for 2009 and 2010 Women's Division National Tournament, and 2009 and 2010 All American Showcase Champions Cup. In their 2011 High School Preview Issue, US Lacrosse Magazine lists Katherine as a "player to watch" from the South. The 2011 ESPN RISE Poll listed Katherine as the No. 11th ranked defender in the nation for High School girls, and she was ranked No. 42 out of the top 50 High School players in the nation.
Next Fall Katherine will attend The College of William and Mary where she will play lacrosse for the No. 15 ranked Tribe.
Allie began playing lacrosse in 9th grade. Taking part in the starting program at Kettle Moraine High School, she played her first year on Junior Varsity, and her second and third years on the Varsity team. Allie was voted All-conference and All-state during both her sophomore and junior year playing lacrosse. She learned about SALP at a recruiting tournament in Illinois while traveling with her select team. Allie loves spreading the sport to the children and seeing them love it too.
Amy started playing lacrosse her freshman year of high school and was a part of the first girls team at her school. She played at the JV level and then sophomore and junior year played at the Varsity level. Sophomore year she received Honorable Mention and a spot on the All-State team. Junior year, she was chosen for All-Conference and All-State. Amy heard about SALP through a tournament in Illinois.
Katie has been playing lacrosse since she was in 4th grade. She made the girls varsity lacrosse program as a freshman at Kettle Moraine High School in Wales, WI. She started off her lacrosse career in New Jersey and New York, and that is where she gained the majority of her experience. She will be a sophomore starting the 2011-2012 school year. Katie learned about the SALP program at a lacrosse tournament she played in last summer in Illinois. She loves helping others and teaching other kids the game she loves. Katie hopes to continue helping out and working with the SALP children and program in the future.
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.
Kristen Layo started her lacrosse career in 8th grade on a co-op team. She loved the sport and wanted to share her excitement with other girls. Kristen became an advocate for developing a girl's lacrosse program at her high school. She was successful in helping get her high school program established and played her freshman year on JV and sophomore and junior years on Varsity. As a sophomore Kristen earned All-Conference and All-State recognition. As a junior she received All-Conference and US Lacrosse All-Academic Awards. Kristen is looking forward to playing lacrosse in college and is very excited to work with the children of the SALP program to share her love of the game.
Margaret Layo was instrumental in establishing the girl's lacrosse program at Kettle Moraine High School in Wales, Wisconsin. In the first year after the girl's H.S. team was formed, it was without a coach. Not wanting to see the program fail after its initial formation, Margaret stepped-up and took on the head coaching position. The program is now in its third year with great success! The Kettle Moraine varsity team ended its 2011 season with a 13-2 record and was conference co-champs. Margaret was nominated for coach-of-the-year award in the state of Wisconsin for the 2011 season, and had 4 All Conference and 3 All State players on her team. She is excited to meet the children of SALP and help them learn the great game of lacrosse.
Sid Jones joined Saint John's Northwestern Military Academy as the lacrosse head coach and a resident faculty officer in April 2010. He has more than 20 years of playing, coaching, mentoring and officiating lacrosse programs with a proven record of success in leadership, goal achievement and motivational development. He has more than two decades of professional and international playing experience, and his coaching experience includes years of leading award-winning teams at the youth, high school and collegiate levels. Since 2003, he has been a director for Hot4Lax Lacrosse Leagues and Clinics in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, promoting the growth of the game at all levels through year-round leagues and clinics and training and development programs. He also serves as a lead official at the Milwaukee Area Youth Lacrosse Association for more than 40 lacrosse officials throughout Wisconsin. From 2002 to 2006, he served as the lacrosse head coach at Marquette University in Milwaukee and prior to that, he was a lacrosse assistant coach/offensive coordinator at St. Cloud University in Minnesota.
Matt began playing lacrosse in the 5th grade. He made the varsity team as a defenseman at St. Albans School in his freshman year and will finish out his high school lacrosse career as a senior next year. 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 is excited to make his first trip to South Africa with SALP.
Lindy Firstenberg, a Bethesda, Maryland native, has been playing lacrosse since 6th grade. She played four years on the M&D Lacrosse Club Black team, competing throughout the east coast. She also lettered all four years at Stone Ridge School in Bethesda, Maryland. Being a co-captain her senior year, Lindy won awards such as second team All-Gazette. Lindy is headed off to Boston University to play lacrosse and to study engineering in the Fall of 2011. After spending three weeks in South Africa learning about the country's culture and customs, Lindy is looking forward to combining her new found knowledge with her passion for lacrosse.
Tyler started playing lacrosse at a young age, but took a few years off to focus on soccer. As a freshman in high school he picked up a stick again and eventually landed on the varsity team at Loch Raven High School. He plans to continue playing in college when he enters Randolph Macon College in the fall of 2011.
Quinn began playing lacrosse in Rhode Island in 4th grade for her local club team and subsequently for a RI select team. Prior to 8th grade she and her family moved to Wales, WI where the high school lacrosse program was just formulating. As an 8th grader she played on Kettle Moraine High School's inaugural JV team. She was a varsity player her freshman and sophomore years, earning All Conference Honorable Mention and All Conference honors respectively. Quinn learned about SALP in the summer of 2010 while traveling/playing lacrosse for Milwaukee Select and immediately wanted to be a part of the SALP program. She and 4 teammates began raising funds for SALP throughout the WI lacrosse community and were thrilled to be asked to join the coaching team this summer. Quinn loves the game and is excited to share her passion with the SALP children as well as her experience with others when she returns.