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Rebels Coaching Staff

Michael Haight - Founder/Director

Coach Haight

Coach 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 distinction 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. Coach Haight encourages players to challenge themselves academically, physically, and emotionally while completing their high school education.

Mary Abdo - Director of Player Development and Director of Service

Mary Abdo (nee Wittelsberger) has an extensive history with lacrosse. She grew up playing the sport and as a senior in high school, in addition to two previous state field hockey championships, Mary was placed on the Tewaaraton watchlist, named 23rd recruit in the nation, and played in the 2007 inaugural Under Armour All-America games. Mary was recruited to play division one under Ricky Fried at Georgetown University. Over her four years on the team, she gleaned better lax IQ, game sense, and a tougher work ethic. She believes in discipline on and off the field but throughout her coaching boys and girls lacrosse and field hockey in various clubs and for various high schools, she has always maintained it should be a fun experience. She looks forward to instilling a love for the game for all of our Rebels players, as well as plant the seed for a bright future for every player. Currently, she also serves as the Head JV Coach for Field Hockey at Good Counsel!

 

In addition to coaching, Mary will also be coming on as our Service Director. She has been an instrumental part in efforts to create more awareness, equity, and inclusion in her role as a Spanish teacher (MAT, K-12) at Mount Saint Joseph HS and now Bethesda Chevy Chase HS. She has been the advisor to BSUs, Minority Scholars Programs, and a key player in the push to further develop both schools’ professional development surrounding anti-racism and anti-Semitism work. Prior to becoming a teacher, however, Mary lived in El Salvador as a Youth Development Specialist for the United States Peace Corps. For two years, she lived within a small rural town working with youth, men, and women in various projects like recreational activities, teaching English, workshops on art, self-esteem, sports, cosmetology, and she even attempted to teach them lacrosse! It only lasted for a day, though. She can’t wait to share her love of service with the young women of the thinkLAX organization and help them become even more well-rounded and empathetic people

Noelle Dribben - Rebels 2023

Coach Noelle is currently the Head Junior Varsity Coach at Stone Ridge School, in Bethesda. Prior to coaching at Stone Ridge, Noelle was the Varsity assistant coach at Sidwell Friends, and also at Flint Hill. Noelle started her lacrosse career in Windsor, Connecticut, and lettered 4 years on Varsity. She also played varsity soccer for 4 years. Noelle attended Virginia Tech. She made the women’s varsity lacrosse team as a walk-on Freshman year, played 3 years, and graduated in 2008. Post graduation, Noelle moved to San Diego where she coached and worked for Adrenaline Lacrosse. In 2010, Noëlle moved to Maryland and began coaching with Cardinal Club Lacrosse team. She transitioned into being the Director of Recruiting where she supported girls through the recruiting process so they could play at the Collegiate level. Noelle holds a Bachelor's degree and in the Science of Exercise and Nutrition and a Masters in Public Health.

Noëlle is married and has two kids. She lives locally in Laytonsville.
 

Sonja Stewart - Rebels 2023

Coach Sonja is in her second year with the 2023s after guiding our 2021s! She is also an assistant coach at Good Counsel - her alma mater!

As a player, Stuart garnered first-team All-American honors from the IWLCA for the first time in her four year career at SU. In 2009 she was named Division III National Goalkeeper of the Year! The senior goalie was a major factor why the Sea Gulls played in their second national championship game in three years. The Rockville, Md., native played and started in 21 contests between the pipes where she logged 1,163 minutes and finished with a 19-2 record. The senior made 141 saves, scooped up a team-high 48 ground balls and finished with a goals against average of 7.94 per game (ranked seventh in the nation). 

Coach Sonja Stewart

Brett Ponchione - Rebels 2024 Gold

Coach Brett Ponchione is in his second year leading our Rebels 2024 Gold squad after previously leading our Renegades 2021s and countless other thinkLAX teams over the previous decade!

 

He was a two-sport athlete at Carnegie-Mellon where he earned a Civil Engineering Degree from the school  Ponch was the head coach at Howard Community College as well as the varsity girls lacrosse coach at Richard Montgomery High School.

Acadia Noll - Rebels 2024 Gold

Michael Rhodovi - Rebels 2024 Platinum

Coach Michael Rhodovi was named an assistant coach for the Howard CC Women's Lacrosse Program starting in the 2019 season. Coach Rhodovi is a Wilde Lake High School alum (goalie) who has a deep passion for coaching that can be traced back to 1993; Where after graduation he began coaching youth sports starting with rec & club youth organizations (Howard Huskies & Tri-City Eagles, Laurel Steelers, Elkridge Hurricanes, HC Lax). An active board member with Howard County Lacrosse Program (2007-2019); Coach Rho has coached hundreds of boys and girls in the rec and Cobra travel programs.
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In 2014 he Co-started the HoCo Girls Lacrosse Club and served as program Director until 2019. He also coached the HoCo Girls LC's 2021 Black Team from 2014 to graduation. (2015) WLHS Girls JV Head Coach & WLHS Girls Varsity Head Coach (2016 - Present). In 2017 he was a coach for the USL Baltimore Metro Women's U19 team, continuing as a coach with the USL Chesapeake Chapter MD Metro U19 (2018 - Present).
(2019) Recipient Howard County Good Sports Award - GoodSports is a MARPSA program that goes beyond sportsmanship encouraging local athletes and coaches to take responsibility for their actions and behaviors on and off the field to assure the best sporting experience for all. Coach Rhodovi is s Father of two and resides in Howard County.

Eitye Sheklow - Rebels 2024 Platinum

Brooke Ingram - Rebels 2024 Platinum

Tara O'Neill - Rebels 2025

Coach Tara O'Neill is going into her fifth year with Rebels Lacrosse. She is currently the Varsity coach for Churchill HS. Prior to that, she was the Varsity coach for 3 years at Northwest High School. Coach Tara was a starting attacker for Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a top Division II program. She also played at Northwest High School as a four year varsity starter where she still holds scoring records today. Coach Tara has a passion for lacrosse and loves to instill that same passion into her players.

Emily Colliflower - Rebels 2026 / Social Media Manager

Coach Emily Colliflower has been the Head JV coach at Good Counsel since 2017 while also serving as a certified official for the Central Maryland Officials Association, where she started out as a junior official at age 16. She is an alum of Westminster High School where she played both lacrosse and field hockey and was a First-Team All Metro field hockey goalie as well as a state champion! Prior to joining Rebels she was the head coach of the Renegades 2023 team (2017-2019), a coach of the Central London Lacrosse Club Juniors (2015-2016), and a player for the Central London Lacrosse Club.  

Currently, she serves as a special education teacher while pursuing career as a BCBA after finishing her second Masters in Special Education with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis on top of her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Penn State and a Masters in Applied Psychology from the University of the Arts, London, England.

Carley Sturges - Rebels 2026

Coach Carley Sturges is an alum of the Bullis school where she played both lacrosse and field hockey. She is also an original Rebel, playing for the 2012 team, then going on to play lacrosse at Roanoke college.

Currently, she is the JV coach at Bullis (for lacrosse and field hockey( after serving as the head coach at Hidden Valley High School. Professionally, she works as an adapted physical education teacher after receiving a master's degree in kinesiology focusing on special education from the University of Virginia.

Kelly Hughes - Rebels 2027

CoachKelly Hughes has been coaching with the Rebels Club Lacrosse Organization for 10 years and is currently the head coach for the 2027 Black Team. She is also the Girls Varsity Lacrosse coach at Sherwood High School. Coach Hughes is a 2004 Lacrosse High School All-American and Sherwood Alumni, as well as a 2008 Graduate of DI Iona College Lacrosse where she was a four year starter. Coach Hughes has coached in England and has spent time playing with the English and Welsh National teams.

In her eight seasons as Sherwood's head coach, her team has an overall record of 104-17, is a seven-time Region Finalist, three-time Region Champion, three-time State semi-finalist, and a 2013 state-finalist. Coach Hughes has won 4 Coach of The Year awards as well as the 2019 Pig Skin Club Coach of the Year. She is the MCPS Girls Lacrosse Sport Director,  the MPSSAA District 2 Committee Representative,  and the MPSSAA 4A North Region Tournament Director. She is a member of the First Ladies Lacrosse Club. Coach Hughes is also a Fourth Grade teacher for MCPS and loves her job immensely.

Will Morris - Rebels 2027

Chelsea Feeney - Rebels 2028/2029

Coach Chelsea Feeney started playing lacrosse at a very young age. She is the proud lacrosse alumni of Damascus High School and Frostburg State University. Coach Feeney played midfield and attack and was a Rebels player herself. She was a four year starter, 2 year captain, and lead assister at Frostburg. After college, she coached for Rebels lacrosse and JV at Clarksburg High School. After finishing her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, she coached JV at Blair High School.

Currently, she is a kindergarten teacher while pursuing a certification in Health Education. Coach Feeney is passionate about the game that she has loved from a young age and excited to continue seeing the passion grow in all players she coaches. 

Carly Tolino - Director of Goalie Development

Coach Carly Tolino 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.

Danielle Holt - Goalie Coach

Club Administration

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

 

Club Administration

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

Mike O'Keefe - Rebels 2023

Coach Mike O'Keefe has coached for Rebels from 2012- present. He has been an Assistant Coach at Good Counsel High School since 2017.  Prior to that Coach O'Keefe has coached for Lax For Life, St. Peter's and OBGC.  He is a Level II US Lacrosse Certified Coach. Coach O'Keefe has four children and his wife is a middle school teacher at St. Peter's in Olney, MD.  He is a Sherwood graduate of the class of '86.