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Coaches of 2012

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The South African Lacrosse Project
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Coaches of 2012

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 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 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 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!

Allie Behrend


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.

Matt McJunkin


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


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.

Katie Key


Prior to playing lacrosse, Katie was a varsity soccer player. She was intrigued by the game of lacrosse, but lacrosse and soccer were both in the spring for her high school. After her sophomore year, she was determined to play lacrosse the following spring of her junior year instead of soccer. She played varsity lacrosse both her junior and senior year. Katie hopes to continue to play at the club level at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the fall. She is very excited to share her new found knowledge and love of lacrosse with the children involved in the SALP program.

Tyler Breitenbach


Tyler started playing lacrosse when he was introduced to it in 7th grade. He started out at midfield but once in high school, switched to goaltender. All four years of high school, Tyler has been on Kettle Moraine's Varsity team and has started every game since his sophomore year. He has made All-Conference Honorable Mention his sophomore and junior year. Tyler plans on continuing his lacrosse career into college at Aurora University in Aurora, Illinois. Tyler hopes to teach the South African lacrosse players how to play the game in the honorable way. He wants the kids to use lacrosse as a vehicle to release all the stress of the day, as he does, but do so respectfully and in honor of the game. Tyler also wishes to learn as much about life as these kids learn about lacrosse.

Emily Simmons


Emily began playing lacrosse for Kettle Moraine High School’s new JV program during her freshman year. Her second, third, and fourth years were spent on varsity, during which she received the US Lacrosse All-Academic Award twice. Emily learned about SALP through teammates who had gone the year before, and decided it was a life changing opportunity that she couldn’t miss. She looks forward to bonding with and helping the kids, and wants to spread her love of the game to them. She will be attending the honors college at the University of Minnesota in fall of 2012.

Quinn Disrud


Quinn has been playing lacrosse since 6th grade, participating since the Kettle Moraine Lacrosse Club started in 2006. Quinn has been a Kettle Moraine varsity defender since his freshman year. His freshman and sophomore year, Quinn was named 2nd team All- Conference, for defense. Quinn is finishing up his junior year. Quinn also plays hockey, as the varsity goalie. He has been a student coach and enjoys working with the youth hockey goalies. Quinn is looking forward to working with the youth lacrosse players of the SALP. He enjoys sharing his knowledge, watching youth players grow and have fun!

Morgan Smith


Morgan has been playing lacrosse for the last three years, 2 years on varsity and her first year as jv captain. Prior to playing lacrosse she was teaching and dancing on an advanced level at a local studio, and running a mock United Nations club at her school, teaching kids about world issues and making hypathetical solutions to them. She will be going to school in the fall at Marquette University studying international relations and social work. She loves working with kids, and both teaching and playing lacrosse. She plans to be playing club lacrosse at Marquette next year.

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