Roy Reynolds Taylor Moody Faith Harmeyer Brittney Hughes Lauren Natale Kylar Ferguson Patrice Allen Amanda Wedekind Nikki Erdely Katie Verret Emily Keesling
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Amanda Wedekind, originally from Maryland, started her lacrosse career at a very early age. To get as much experience as possible, she would travel to play for club teams in Maryland and the surrounding states as a middle-schooler in the high school divisions. In high school she became team captain her freshman year and played varsity all four years. Amanda played for Mt. Hebron High School, known for the #1 girls' varsity lacrosse team in the country, during her time there. She was named to the All-Howard County First Team as a sophomore, the only underclassman to do so … Was selected to the Under Armour All American team her freshman year… was invited to US Lacrosse tryouts as a freshman.. Led the team in goals and groundballs as a freshman and a sophomore … Named All-Galaxy in 2008 and 2009 … Member of the basketball, soccer and volleyball teams in high school. After enduring 4 ACL reconstructions between 2007 and 2009, she was blessed to receive a scholarship to play for a top 5, division 1 program at the University of Florida. The Gators' 2009–2010 recruiting class was ranked best in the nation. She graduated from UF in 2013 with a degree in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology. As a coach, she was the Director of Coaching for Pipeline Lacrosse in Gainesville Florida before her move to Atlanta. She gave about 20-30 lessons a week to boys and girls or all ages, helping her players reach their potential. Many of which are in the recruiting process right now and have received scholarships to play in college.
Brittney Hughes is in her fourth year of coaching for Hotlanta Lacrosse. Brittney began her lacrosse career playing for Cherokee Youth Lacrosse in middle school and Woodstock HS as a Varsity starter all four years. Brittney joined Hotlanta Lacrosse as a sophmore at Woodstock and has been a part of the Hotlanta family ever since. Currently, Brittney is a business major at Kennesaw State University, where she is the President and a Captain of the KSU Club Lacrosse team. Brittney was nominated as the SWLL (Southeastern Women's Lacrosse League) Vice President in the fall of 2014 and will be coordinating all SWLL events.
Emily Keesling grew up in Bel Air, MAryland and started playing lacrosse when she was six years old. A 2012 graduate of Patterson Mill High School, she wasa four year varsity starter there, while being named a team captain as a junior and senior. Emily earned All- Conference honors each year and still holds the school record in goals and points. She went on to play NCAA Division 2 lacrosse at Adelphi University where she has captured two, going on three, National Championships. Emily has been a starting attacker and captain in her senior year. Earned POW honors in March of 2016. Previously coached for ICON Lacrosse in Long Island, NY for the past two years and also ran her own individual training sessions there.
Faith is the former Head Coach of Lassiter High School for the past twelve years. Faith stepped down as the head coach this year to concentrate on her administrative position in the school system. During her time at Lassiter, Faith served as the Head Junior Varsity Coach for four years and then was promoted to the Varsity Head Coach position. The Trojans were State Semi-Finalists in 2008 and 2009 and State-Runner Up in 2010. Faith was named Cobb County Women's Lacrosse Coach of the Year in 2008, 2009 & 2010. Faith grew up in North Carolina where she lettered in five sports in high school. She attended Western Carolina University on a golf scholarship and is a Speech-Language Pathologist with the Cobb County School District.
Katie is in her third year of coaching with Hotlanta. She graduated from North Gwinnett High School in 2014, starting Varsity for all four years as a midfielder. She was a scholar athlete and led the lady bulldogs in ground balls. Katie is a Hotlanta alum, having played her rising junior summer. She is a certified referee and also has a US Lacrosse Level One Certification and a Positive Coaching Alliance Certification. She coached for the Kell U15 select middle lacrosse team for 2 years. Katie is a Senior at The University of Georgia studying Exercise and Sport Science with intentions to go onto Physical Therapy Grad school and become a licensed Doctor of Physical Therapy.
Kylar began her lacrosse career at Sprayberry High School where she played varisty for three years. She went on to play Division 1 lacrosse at Kennesaw State University for two years as a center midfielder. During that time she was named to the Atlantic Sun All- Academic Team her sophomore year. Her junior and senior years she played KSU Club Lacrosse and will graduate in the fall with a Business Degree in both Finance and Economics. Kylar has GHSA Community Coach Certification, US Lacrosse Level One Certification, and Positive Coaching Alliance Certification. She has coaches youth lacrosse from U9 through U15 for three year at the Marietta Athletic Club; high school lacrosse for two years at the Walker School; and JV Lacrosse at Kell High School for one year. This will be her first season coaching for Hotlanta.
Lauren graduated in 2009 from Harrison High School where she lettered as a four year student athlete as a midfielder. Lauren went on to play Division 1 lacrosse at Fresno State in California. Lauren played all four years at Fresno State as a starting attack player. College accomplishments include IWLCA Academic All-American, Scholar Athlete - Mountain Pacific Sports Federation and IWLCA Community Service Awareness Award. In 2013, Lauren was a Local Development Officer for English Lacrosse, based in Newcastle England and was the Head Women's Lacrosse Coach at Northumbria University, as well as the Assistant Women's Lacrosse Coach at Newcastle University. Lauren was a coach and member of the Newcastle Knights Club Team. She was a Level 2 FIL coach certified and Level 2 FIL umpire certified. Lauren received her Master's at Aubirn University while coaching their club team. Currently, she is the community coach for Centennial High School.
Laura Dawson is from Annapolis, MD and graduated from Broadneck High School in 2009 where she played varsity lacrosse for 3 years. Laura went on to play Division 1 lacrosse at American University. She played all four years as a starting defender. Her college accomplishments include All-Patriot League First Team and Patriot League Academic Honor Roll. Laura previously coached for Maryland United Lacrosse Club before moving to Georgia.
Nikki has been apart of Hotlanta family for the past 7 years: playing for 3 years and coaching for 4 years. She played midfield and attack at West Forsyth High School. In her junior and senior year she was All-County and team MVP. Nikki was 2nd team All-American my senior year. She continued the sport by receiving a Division 1 scholarship to Jacksonville University playing attack. While at Jacksonville she was a two-time Academic All-Conference winner. In addition, our team won 2 conference championships and played in two first round games of the NCAA Division 1 Tournament. Nikki graduated from Jacksonville University with a Masters and Bachelors in Elementary Education in May 2015. She is currently a first year teacher of 3rd grade at Kelly Mill Elementary.
Patrice started playing lacrosse her junior year at McEachern High School in Powder Springs, GA. Senior year she became team captain and throughout her high school career she was a starting defender for the Lady Indians. She then was recruited by Brittni Dulaney to become one of the founding members for Shorter University's first women's lacrosse team. After two years playing at Shorter, Patrice then transferred to Kennesaw State University where she played club lacrosse for the owls as an attacker and co-head coached the girls junior varsity team at Marist School in Atlanta. Transferring back to Shorter University for her senior year in 2014, instead of playing, Patrice took on the role of assistant coach for the varsity and junior varsity girls teams at Darlington School in Rome. Patrice graduated from Shorter University in the summer of 2014. In 2015, Patrice was the assistant coach at Coker College were she received her masters degree in Athletic Administration. She is currently the head coach at NAIA Tennessee Weseleyan College in Athens, TN.
Coach Roy has been coaching girls lacrosse year round since 2007 compiling 23 seasons of coaching experience. Roy is Level 2 Certified through US Lacrosse. He has attended D1 college coaching clinics, received over 100 hours of training from the ATL and Bounce entertainment. He recently had the opportunity to study with several college coaches through Laxtensity. Roy has also spent many years with the Jr. Walton program, Cherokee High School, and Tomohawk Lacrosse. Roy's coaching philosophy is based on sound fundamentals and building the self esteem of his players. He is currently the head coach of NAIA Reinhardt University in Waleska, GA.
Taylor has been a part of Hotlanta for the past nine years; playing for two years and coaching for seven. Taylor played goalie at Woodstock High School, where she was Team MVP for 4 years. Her junior and senior year she was 1st Team All-state and in her senior year she was 2nd Team All- American. She then moved on to be goalie at Lees McRae for one year before transferring to Shorter University. In the NCAA Division II, Taylor was ranked 5th in saves for her freshman year. She then started in goal for Shorter University for three years and received 2nd Team All-Conference for the NAIA as well as being a part of their regular season conference championship. During her senior year she was named team MVP and made the NCAA D2 All Independent League Team. She also holds career saves record and highest save percentage at Shorter. Taylor graduated from Shorter University in May 2014 with a degree in Sports Management. Taylor is currently the Hotlanta Club Co-Director and the Head Coach of the MS Select Program.