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Renegades Coaching Staff

Michael Haight - Founder/Director

Coach Haight

Michael Haight is the current Head Coach at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Olney, MD. Haight has guided the Falcons to 9 out 10 WCAC titles and national rankings in four of the past five seasons. His career record is 187-50-3. Good Counsel is the only team in Montgomery County history to finish in the laxpower.com final national rankings.

In each of the past eight GC seasons the team finished in the Washington Post's "Top 10" and was recently recognized as one of the most dominant lacrosse program in the country over the past four years by Inside Lacrosse. Good Counsel has won 101 out of 102 WCAC games dating back to 2004. For the past six years Coach Haight has been honored with the distincition of being a National Tournament Team Coach and Selector for the Mid-Atlantic region.

Throughout his eleven year run at Good Counsel High School, Coach Haight has accumulated 20 "Coach of the Year Awards", including the All-Met Coach of the Year in 2010 when his team finished #1 in the Washington Post and #6 Nationally. In 2011, the Falcons were 19-2, Top 10 in all major polls, Laxpower.com (#6), CBS sports (#7), ESPN (#6) and NJ Bill (#5), Good Counsel has been wire to wire #1 in the Washington Post in both the 2010 and 2011 seasons.  Haight encourages players to challenge themselves academically, physically, and emotionally while completing their high school education.

Susan Funke - Renegades 2020

Susan Funke is currently the co-Head Coach of Renegades 2019s.  Coach Funke previously coached with the Frederick Stars Lacrosse Club and the National School Girls Tournament-Baltimore Metro Teams.  

In addition to club lacrosse coaching experience, Coach Funke started the Boonsboro High School Boys and Girls Lacrosse Programs in 2010 and was the head girls lacrosse coach for seven years.  She lead the Warriors to a 2015 MVAL Antietam Conference Championship in their fourth season of Varsity competition.   In the 2016 season, Coach Funke was named Wahington County Coach of the Year for Girls Lacrosse.

In addition to high school lacrosse, she was also the co-founder of the Boonsboro Youth Lacrosse program in 2011 and has coached lacrosse from the U-9 through Varsity level. 

In addition to being on the sideline, Coach Funke has worked to expand youth lacrosse by working with the Western MD Chapter of US Lacrosse. She is a past Vice President of the chapter and also chaired a program to provide equipment and training for Physical Education Lacrosse Programs throughout Carroll, Frederick and Washington Counties. Coach Funke is a Level 3 certified US Lacrosse Coach and strives to continue to improve her coaching knowledge and skills.

Coach Funke played DIII Lacrosse and Field Hockey at Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA.

In her professional life, Coach Funke is a Certified Nurse Midwife. She received her Masters degree from Georgetown University in 1996 while on active duty with the US Air Force. She delivers babies at Meritus Medical Center and provides Ob/Gyn outpatient care at Capital Womens Care in Hagerstown.

Brett Ponchione - Renegades 2021

In addition to coaching club lacrosse for the past 15 years, Ponch  most recently served for two seasons as the head coach for the Women’s Lacrosse team at Howard Community College - taking over a program with a historical record of 44-46 and in two years led them to a 30-5 record. In his first season, HCC won the NJCAA Region XX title and qualified for the NJCAA National Tournament (both for the first time in program history).

In his second season, HCC again won the NJCAA Region XX title, MDJUCO championship, and qualified for the NJCAA National Tournament.

While at HCC, Ponch was twice named an NJCAA Coach of the Year as well as the 2017 MDJUCO Coach of the Year. Along the way he mentored multiple student athletes to NJCAA All-American honors, 12 to All-Region XX honors, and 16 to All-MDJUCO honors.  Additionally, and as importantly, his teams finished second and first in the HCC Team GPA competition.

Prior to HCC, Ponch was the Head Girl’s Lacrosse coach at Richard Montgomery HS and the JV Girl's Lacrosse coach at Our Lady of Good Counsel HS in Olney.  He was a two-sport athlete and graduated from Carnegie-Mellon University.

Emily Barbieri - Renegades 2022

Emily Barbieri joined the coaching staff at Hood College in the fall of 2015.

During her first year, she helped the Blazers' to a 37-goal improvement over the previous year and a school-record 38 free position goals. She came to the Blazers after completing her playing career at Division I Monmouth. A three-year starter, she tallied 38 goals, 44 assists and 82 points as a member of the Hawks' attack. She also served as a team captain and was a member of Monmouth's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

Before joining Renegades, Barbieri coached with Tristate Women's Lacrosse Club based out of New Jersey since 2012. Barbieri graduated from DePaul Catholic High School where she played four years of varsity soccer, basketball, and lacrosse.

 

Michael LaPadula - Renegades 2022

Emily Colliflower - Renegades 2023

Emily is currently the JV coach at Good Counsel. Emily has been a girl's lacrosse official since 2009 and coached youth lacrosse in London, England while completing her Master's Degree in Psychology! A Maryland native, Emily played club lacrosse at CMD Lax and went to Westminster High School where she was a state runner-up in lacrosse and state champion in field hockey her senior year!

escolliflower@gmail.com

 

Dan MacDonald - Renegades 2023

Dan MacDonald is the current assistant coach of the 2023 Renegades team. He is a graduate of Owego Free Academy in Upstate New York and played both basketball and baseball. He continued his education at Frostburg State University receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management with a minor in Economics.

Dan is currently the Girls JV coach at Tuscarora and has been in this role for the past five seasons. Prior to coaching at Tuscarora Dan coached U9, U11, U13 and U15 with the Spires girls lacrosse rec program.   

Outside of lacrosse Dan is a Manager at Charles River Laboratories for the past 14 years. He has a wonderful supportive wife Anne and two daughters Lauren (24) currently attending Towson University and Jena (17) who attends Shippensburg University.            

Doug Agnes - Renegades 2023

Kara Phoubandith - Renegades 2024/Social Media Coordinator

Kara Phoubandith is the Head Coach of the 2024 Renegades team. She is the current Assistant Women's Lacrosse coach at Goucher College. A recent Hood College graduate, Phoubandith has made the MAC Conference spring honor roll in each of her years as a student-athlete. She managed 31 points in 8 games as a Women's Lacrosse Blazer before a season ending injury in her Freshman year. Just seven months from ACL surgery, Phoubandith notched a spot as a MAC Conference honorable mention in her Sophomore campaign. She led her team in both goals (40) and points (48). She served as captain of the Women's Lacrosse team for two years. In just three seasons due to injury, she ended as the program's all-time career points leader (172). Phoubandith graduated from Tuscarora High School where she played lacrosse all four years and served as Varsity Captain her senior year. She played her club lacrosse career with the Frederick Stars Lacrosse Club, winning multiple championships.

Joe Amick - Renegades 2024

Brittany Levine - Renegades 2024

Rachel Bassler - Renegades 2025 & 2026

Rachel Bassler was most recently the head coach of the 2021 Renegades team and the 2021 Maryland Select Black team under Coach Haight.  Coach Bassler is an alumnus of Susquehanna University where she was a four year member of the women's lacrosse team. She earned Mid-Atlantic Conference Rookie of the Year and all-conference honors each season as a Crusader. 

Coach Bassler began her coaching career in 2010 as the Junior Varsity Head and Assistant Varsity at North Carroll High School.  She is currently the Assistant Varsity Coach at Urbana High School. During the 2015-2016 Renegades inaugural season, the 2021 team earned the titles of Next Generation and Mid-Western War Games Champions. 

Coach Bassler earned her Masters of Science from McDaniel College in Special Education and a certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis.  She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and serves clients in Frederick and Montgomery Counties.  She lives in Walkersville with her husband, Chris.  

Jessica Sardella - Renegades 2025 & 2026

Jessica Sardella, a long-time Frederick County player and coach, is in her first season

coaching for Renegades. In 2002, Jessica was one of the original 25 Frederick Stars Club

players and later was instrumental in the development of the Club, head coaching the

2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016 teams. She led many of those teams to

tournament championships and was heavily involved in recruiting. She served as head

coach for Walkersville HS from 2009-2013 and in 2012, was selected as one of eight HS

coaches in the county to co-head coach at the ESPN High School All-American Showcase

in Disney World.

 

Jessica grew up playing lacrosse in Syracuse, NY and upon moving to Maryland, she

became a decorated player for Urbana, leading the team to County and MVLA

Championships and a #15 state ranking in Maryland Public Schools. An attacker, Jessica

was a two time US Lacrosse Academic All-American, the 2003 Frederick County Player of

the Year, three times 1st Team Frederick News Post All-Area Selection and the very first

Washington All-Met Honorable Mention from Frederick County as well as a team

captain. She went on to play Division I lacrosse for Lehigh University. 

Jessica earned a Bachelor’s degree from Lehigh and a M.B.A. from Hood College. She

and her husband live in Mount Airy and she works for the Johns Hopkins School of

Engineering in Business Development.

Carly Tolino - Director of Goalie Development

Carly played lacrosse at University of Maryland Baltimore County from 2015-2019. Over the course of her career UMBC has made 3 out of 4 appearances in the America East tournament. In her senior season she earned a nominee for the America East Fans Choice Player of the Year. Was named America East Defensive Player of the Week three times.  Earned second team honors by making 162 saves with a .472 saves percentage. Made 10+ saves in 10 games this season, including a career-high 17 against American in the season opener. Was ranked first among America East goalkeepers in saves percentage, fourth in goals against average (11.67), and third in saves per game (9.53). Ranked in the top 30 in the NCAA in saves percentage (27th) and saves per game (26th) while ranking 24th in total saves. A two-sport varsity athlete at Middletown High School. Earned US Lacrosse Maryland All-American honors and US Lacrosse Academic All-American as a senior.  Named Defensive Player of the Year by the Frederick News-Post as a junior and senior  finishing senior year with a save percentage a .52 and a goals-against average of 7.1.

Club Administration

Alexis Flynn will be your main point of contact for distribution lists, emails, uniforms, and overall customer service.

 

 

Club Administration

Rob Haight will be helping at tournaments with logistics and coaching.