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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.

Kara Phoubandith - Director/Renegades 2024

Kara Phoubandith is the Director of Renegades LC and Head Coach of the 2024 Renegades team. She is also the current Head Girl’s Lacrosse Coach at Saint John’s Catholic Prep in addition to working full-time as their Enrollment & Marketing Specialist.

 

In 2019, after winning the National Girls Lacrosse League, National Championship (B) title, Phoubandith was recognized as a “Best Coach in Club” by US Club Lacrosse. Previously, she coached the 2024 group to two Regional NGLL titles.

 

Prior to Saint John’s, Coach Kara spent time as an Assistant Coach at DIII, Goucher College. As a 2019 Hood College graduate, Phoubandith 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 MAC All-Conference selection. She led her team in both goals (40) and points (48) in her sophomore campaign. 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.

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

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.

Catherine Sims - Renegades 2023

Catherine played lacrosse for UMBC and graduated with a dual degree in Biology and Psychology in 2019. While at UMBC she played midfield and was a go to player on the draw circle. Over the course of her career UMBC made 3 appearances in the America East Tournament. During her senior season she was a team captain, finished second on the team for draw controls, selected to the America East All Conference Second Team and competed in the IWCLA Senior All Star game. 

Catherine played club lacrosse for M&D Black and later coached with the program. Catherine went to Howard High School and was a three sport athlete. She was a captain her senior year for the soccer, basketball and lacrosse teams. She was named the Howard High School Female Athlete of the Year and earned All Howard County second team honors her senior year. 

Rachel Ortell - HS Combo

Rachel Ortell is the current Assistant Coach at Mount Saint Mary’s University coming off a season as an Assistant Coach for their NEC competitor, Merrimack College.

Before Merrimack, Ortell spent a year at top ranked Division II, University of Indianapolis.

Ortell wrapped up her first season with the Greyhounds, helping lead UIndy to an 18-2 overall record and its second straight NCAA Midwest regional berth. 

Ortell mentored rookie netminder Cassidy King, who was named the GLIAC Goalkeeper of the Year and GLIAC Freshman of the Year after a tremendous spring season. King also earned IWLCA Second-Team All-Region accolades, the first goalie in UIndy history to do so. King ranked second in NCAA Division II in goals-against average (GAA), allowing just 6.10 opponent scores each appearance. 

At Lindenwood, Ortell was named an IWLCA third-team All-American her final two seasons. Named the RMAC Goalie of the Year and all-region performer each of her four years.

Between the pipes, the Ellicott City, Md. native racked up 59 career wins and made three straight trips to the NCAA Division II semifinals, and never missing an NCAA tournament. Ortell played nearly 3,500 minutes at Lindenwood, finishing with a career save percentage of .477 and 473 career saves. She recorded an 8.20 goals against average in 71 contests.

Brittney Embree - HS Combo

Brittney is currently an assistant coach at Hood College. Previously, she spent a season as a volunteer assistant coach at Florida Tech. In her first season coaching, she helped Florida Tech gain a 6-2 record before the season was cut short due to Covid. As well as helping the panthers defense to first in caused turnovers and second in ground balls per game in the 2020 season in the Sunshine State Conference. She is currently attending grad school at Mount St Marys where she is working to receive her Master’s degree in Sports management. 

 

While playing at Florida tech she was an all-conference defender two-years in a row. The Florida Tech Panthers made the Sunshine State Conference tournament all four years she was on the team, as well as the school’s first ever appearance in the NCAA tournament. Brittney appeared in the NCAA tournament her sophomore and junior year. She ranks second in all time caused turnovers for the panthers as well as holding a single game record with 7 caused turn overs in one game. As well as ranking in the Top-five for caused turn overs per game for the SSC her junior and senior year.  

Joe Amick - Renegades 2024

Tori Poffenberger - Renegades 2025

Tori Poffenberger is the Head Coach of Renegades 2025. Outside of Renegades, Tori is also the Head Coach for the Boonsboro High School Girls Varsity Lacrosse team, where she also teaches 9th and 10th grade English and is an assistant coach for girls' basketball.

Prior to Boonsboro, Coach Tori spent time as an assistant coach for the St. Mary's College of Maryland women's lacrosse team, while earning her Master of Arts in Teaching. Before coaching at St. Mary's, Coach Tori played there as well, earning multiple honors during her time. As a three-year team captain at St. Mary's, Poffenberger tallied 148 goals, 48 assists, and 196 points during her time with the Seahawks. During her senior year, she had a team best 46 goals, 17 assists, and 63 points and earned IWLCA Second Team All-America, First Team IWLCA All-Chesapeake Region, First Team All-CAC, and IWLCA North-South Senior All-Star honors. These awards lead to playing lacrosse abroad with New England Elite in England at the World Lacrosse Festival (2017) and in the Czech Republic at the Prague Cup (2018).

Poffenberger graduated from Boonsboro High School where she was a part of the first ever girls lacrosse team at BHS. She played soccer, basketball, and lacrosse and served as varsity captain for basketball and lacrosse during her senior year.

Brooke Wilson - Renegades 2025

Brooke Wilson hails from Frederick, Maryland and graduated from the University of Richmond with a B.A. in Healthcare Studies. As a 4 year student-athlete for Richmond Women's Lacrosse, she earned 1st and 2nd team honors, was 3 year nominee for the A-10 All-Tournament team, and in her senior year was a member of the IWLCA All -Star Team and received UR's Spider of the Year award.

Brooke is in her 4th year as the head coach for Linganore High School in MD and her 1st year assistant coaching Colombia Women’s National team. Brooke is a 2019 graduate of University of Chichester’s Women’s Sports Leadership Academy (WSLA) and works as the Communications and Development Director for the international youth-development nonprofit, Lacrosse the Nations (LtN). Prior to her joining LtN's U.S. staff, Brooke spent a year working as a Program Director in Managua, Nicaragua. There, Brooke handled LtN's on-site communications, coach training and began LtN’s first all-female lacrosse program. In her free time, Brooke enjoys adventuring outdoors, yoga, and travel.

Brooke Hunley - Renegades 2026

Brooke Hunley is the current Renegades 2026 Head Coach and Assistant Lacrosse Coach at Shepherd University. Coach Hunley is in her 4th season with the Rams. Hunley has helped lead the team to two MEC championships and has coached many standout players. She works primarily with the offense. 

Prior to coaching, Brooke Hunley played lacrosse for 4 years at Shepherd University. In those four years, Hunley helped lead the team to 3 MEC Championships where she claimed two Championship rings. She also received first team All-MEC honors and ALL-MEC tournament team. Hunley was a captain and an offensive leader for the Rams. She ended her career with 94 goals and 112 points.

Hunley graduated from Linganore High School where she played varsity lacrosse for three years.  She also played her club lacrosse career at Rebels!

Nikki Lunn - Renegades 2026

Nikki Lunn is the assistant coach for the 2026 Renegades team. Nikki is a Hood College Graduate ('20) where she played 3 years of collegiate lacrosse as a defender. During her junior season, Nikki was named captain and she earned Second Team All Conference MAC Honors. In addition, throughout her career she earned MAC Commonwealth Defensive Player of the Week honors twice and was placed on the Spring MAC Sportsmanship Team. Nikki led her team in ground balls totaling 150 for her career, and she holds the school record for career caused turnovers with 68. 

 

Nikki began her lacrosse career when she was in the 2nd grade. Nikki graduated from Tuscarora High School where she played varsity lacrosse and field hockey. Outside of lacrosse, Nikki teaches 1st grade for Loudoun County Public Schools (VA).

Mike Walters - Renegades 2027

Cassidy O'Neill - Renegades 2027

Cassidy ONeill is the Assistant Coach of the 2027 Renegades team. She is a current senior at Hood college where she studies Elementary/Special Education and plays for both the Women's Lacrosse and Soccer teams. As a midfielder on the Women's Lacrosse team, she has gained 78 points in 39 games over the past three years. She served as a captain her junior year and will continue in that role through her senior year. She has made the MAC Conference Honor roll for both her fall and spring seasons in each year. ONeill graduated from Boonsboro High in 2017 where she played lacrosse all 4 years, 3 on varsity. She found herself in goal for her Sophomore and Junior years earning conference accolades for both years and served as Varsity Captain for her senior year. 

Doug Agnes - Renegades 2028

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

Taylor Sindall - Renegades 2028

Sindall, who arrives at FSU from Bucknell University, inherits a Frostburg program that opened the 2020 season at 2-2 overall and was picked to win the Mountain East Conference in the Bobcats’ first year at NCAA Division II.
 
Sindall served as the top assistant at Bucknell in 2019-20 and helped the Bison to a 3-5 overall record prior to the season being cut short. Bucknell opened the season with wins over Sacred Heart and Binghamton and was picked to finish ninth in the Patriot League.
 
She served as the Bison recruiting coordinator, was responsible for all on-campus clinics and the marketing efforts involved and oversaw all team equipment.
 
Sindall also worked as the second assistant coach at Bucknell for the 2019 season, helping three student-athletes to All-Patriot League athletic and academic honors.
 
Sindall was the associate head coach for NCAA Division III Goucher College for two seasons following a standout playing career for DII Limestone.
 
She directed the offensive, defensive and draw strategies while at Goucher. She also developed and executed the Gopher strength & conditioning program, assisted with player development and evaluated student-athletes throughout the recruiting process. Three players earned All-Landmark Conference honors during her time at Goucher.
 
Sindall coached for the Elite Lacrosse Club and spent three years with the Frederick Star Lacrosse Club. She served as the director for the Ground Control Lacrosse Club and was a coaching/management intern for the Baltimore Ride.
 
She earned her master’s degree in education while working at Goucher and she graduated summa cum laude with her bachelor’s degree in physical education/strength & conditioning from Limestone in May 2016.
 
She was a three-year starter and four-year letter winner for the nationally-ranked Limestone program from 2012-2016. She helped the Saints to four regular season Conference Carolinas Championships, three tournament championships, including an NCAA Division II National Runner-Up finish in 2013 and Quarterfinalist in 2014.
 
A two-time First Team All-CC selection, Sindall capped her senior season with numerous honors that include, Second Team All-South Region, Third Team All-American and an NCAA Woman of the Year nomination. She was also voted team captain in 2016.
 
In the classroom, she named the Limestone College and Conference Carolinas Spring Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2016 and she was named to the CC academic honor roll in 2014, 2015, and 2016.

Chris Harshman - Renegades 2028

David Doy - Renegades 2029

Frank Fish - Renegades 2029

GRACE MEGAFFIN - RENEGADES 2030/31

Grace Megaffin comes to Renegades from New Jersey, where she most recently was the head coach of the girls' varsity lacrosse team at the Lawrenceville School, where she was recognized as the 2019 NJ Prep Coach of the year. She enters her 14th year of coaching as the new Associate Athletic Director and Varsity Field Hockey and Lacrosse coach at Saint James School in Hagerstown. Grace played for four years at Connecticut College, captaining the team during her junior and senior seasons. She can't wait to meet the 30/31's!

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 - Goalie Coach

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.

Michael Malasky - Field Manager