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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.

Rachel Bassler - Renegades Director

Rachel Bassler has been coaching girls lacrosse for over 10 years, both at the youth and high school level. She played competitively at Susquehanna University, earning the Mid-Atlantic Conference Rookie of the Year her freshman year.  She was an all-conference selection all four years she played.  Coach Bassler was part of the first Frederick Stars Lacrosse Club team out of Frederick County.

Most recently, Coach Bassler was a part of the varsity  lacrosse staff at Urbana High School (2016, 2017, 2018) and coached the Renegades 2021 and 2026 teams throughout the past 4 years, winning several championships along the way. Prior to coaching with Renegades, she coached with FSLAX and at North Carroll High School in Carroll County.

Outside of lacrosse, Coach Bassler is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and lives in Walkersville, MD with her husband, Chris and 1 year old son, Colton.   

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.

Kristin Ahlgren - Renegades 2022

Coach Ahlgren is the Head Girls' Lacrosse Coach at Mercersburg Academy where she also teaches English and coaches field hockey.  In her 25 plus years of coaching experience, she has coached at the college, club, high school, middle school, and rec. levels, and loves building teams and developing players. 

A 1991 graduate of Gettysburg College, Coach Ahlgren played both field hockey and lacrosse for four years, earning All Mid-Atlantic Conference All-Star in Lacrosse in 1991.  Coach Ahlgren played for Midwest I for three years in the USWLA National Tournament, and has traveled the country spreading lacrosse through camps and clinics.  

Michael LaPadula - Renegades 2022

Dan MacDonald - Renegades 2023

Dan MacDonald is the current 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.            

Sam Nolan - Renegades 2023

Coach Nolan rounded out a five-year playing career at UMBC in 2017 before joining the La Salle coaching staff for the 2018 campaign. In summer of 2018 she moved home to Maryland and accepted the assistant coaching position at Mount St. Mary’s University. She is going into her third season with the Mountaineers.

Coach Nolan working directly with the offensive unit at Mount St. Mary’s. She helped assist the Mountaineers to a historic season in 2019, which included setting a new program record with 16 victories and a program-best 13-game win streak. The Mount posted a perfect NEC record for the third time in program history en route to claiming its fourth NEC Regular Season Title. During the 2019 season the Mount was ranked 20th on the offensive end with 14.11 goals per contest.

A two-year team captain at UMBC, registered 117 goals, 73 assists and 190 points during her time with the Retrievers. The Fallston, Maryland native finished her career as the program's all-time leader in assists and ranks third in career points. 

The attacker was named First Team All-America East in each of her final two years at UMBC, combining for 83 goals, 54 assists and 137 points in the pair of seasons. During her senior campaign, she tallied career highs in all three scoring categories and led her squad to an 11-6 overall record and a semifinal appearance in the America East Playoffs. 

Coach Nolan graduated from UMBC in 2016 with a degree in Sociology. After registering a season ending injury in 2014, she was granted a 5th year and went back to play and earn another degree in Media and Communications. She will earn her masters in Sport Management from Mount St. Mary’s in December 2020.

Jena MacDonald - 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

Brittany graduated from UMBC in 2019 where she played 4 years of division 1 lacrosse for the Retrievers. She graduated with a psychology major and sociology minor and plans to continue on to PT school in the coming years. While at UMBC she played midfield and her senior year she tied for 5th for UMBC’s single-season draw control record as well as ranking 6th in the America East conference for draw controls per game, and 8th in the conference for ground balls per game. She also was awarded 2019 First Team All-Conference and was named to 2019 D1 IWLCA where she played on the All-Star team. 

A Middletown High School graduate, Brittany played 4 years of varsity lacrosse for the Knights and was captain her senior year. She received All-Area First Team honors junior and senior year, All-Area Second Team Honors her sophomore year, and Honorable mention freshman year. She also played on the Frederick Stars for many years.

Julia McLellan - Renegades 2025

Julia graduated from Walkersville High in 2009 where she was a member of the 2006 and 2007 2A West Regional Champions for Girls Lacrosse. Julia was an Academic All American and a 3x Frederick News Post First Team All-Area for Girls Lacrosse.

Julia continued her lacrosse career at Washington & Jefferson College, setting numerous goalkeeping records at W&J, including over 500 career saves. After graduating, Julia returned home to help coach at Walkersville High School. This upcoming season will be her 6th season at Walkersville, 3rd as the Varsity Head Coach. 

Michael Malasky - Renegades 2025

Jessica Sardella - Renegades 2026

Jessica Sardella, a long-time Frederick County player and coach, is in her second 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.

Lily Funke - Renegades 2026

Lily is the assistant coach for renegades 2026. She helped coach Renegades 2019 and Renegades 2020.

She recently graduated from Shepherd University where she played for 3 seasons.

She played at Shepherd University from 2017-2019. She served as team captain in 2019. She was named MEC offensive player of the year in 2018 and 2019. She was also named MEC player of the week 7 times in her career at shepherd. Also set  5 school records including most points in a seasons, most goals in a season, most draw controls in a season, most caused turnovers in a single games, and most draw controls in a single game.  

A three sport athlete at Boonsboro high school. She was team captain for both soccer and lacrosse. She earned first team all conference from 2012-2016. Earned herald mail player of the year in 2016. Also gained the US lacrosse Jackie Pitts award in 2016.

Mike Walters - Renegades 2027

Doug Agnes - Renegades 2028/2029

Doug Agnes grew up playing in lacrosse rich Baltimore County and went on to play as a crease defenseman for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) from 1989-1992.   He emerged into the Western Maryland lacrosse scene in 2010 as the founder of the Carroll Manor Girls Lacrosse Program and he started the WMYLC U7 Scoopers program in 2011. 

Doug is a US Lacrosse Level 2 Certified Coach, a USLAX “Learn to Play” Instructor for Parent clinics and a member of the Positive Coaching Alliance. He has coached teams and run clinics for players of all ages K-12 for Carroll Manor, Frederick Stars, Lax Factory, the Western MD Chapter of US Lacrosse, St Johns Catholic Prep and he joined the Renegades Program in 2018.

Doug is the current President of the Western MD Youth Lacrosse Conference (WMYLC) and the Sports Development Director for the Western MD Chapter of US Lacrosse (WMDUSLAX).   Doug is also a “Cohort” for the US Lacrosse Athlete Development Model working with program leaders from around the county to share ideas for implementation of the LADM.   He was recently recognized as a “Community Teammate” for this involvement by US Lacrosse at a Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) Game.

When he’s not coaching or organizing his next new player clinic, you can also find Doug playing in an Over 40 League with the “DieHards” Lacrosse Team!     In his spare time, Doug is the Manager of Maintenance & Engineering at a Power Plant and is raising 3 children with his wife, the Lovely Darla

Flannery Lawrence - Renegades 2028/2029

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.

Dani Holt - Goalies

Dani Holt is in her second season of coaching for Renegades. She played her college career at Hood College. Where she was ranked third in conference for both save average (11) per game and her save percentage (49%). She was also ranked fourth in conference for her goals against average (12.6). Dani was named all Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth defensive player of the week in the first week of her college career. She was one of two athletes to receive an all conference honorable mention at the end of the season. She holds school records in saves per season (151), save percentage, and goals against average.

Dani played four years of varsity lacrosse where she received an honorable mention freshman year and was named all county second team for three consecutive seasons. She was a three time Central Maryland Conference champion, state-finalist, and state semi-finalist. Dani spent most of her club career playing for Rebels Club Lacrosse and loves being able to give back to the program by coaching.

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.