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Rebels Coaching Staff

Michael Haight - Founder/Director - Rebels 2021

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 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, (#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.

Sonja Stewart - Rebels 2021

Caitlin McMahon - Rebels 2021

Tara Nicholas - Rebels 2022

Coach Tara Nichols is going into her third 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.

Eitye Sheklow - Rebels 2022

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.

Abby Sheklow - HS Combo

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. 

Jeff Archambault - Rebels 2023

Coach Jeff Archambault graduated from Mt. Hebron High School (Howard County Md) where he played lacrosse for four years, along with football and basketball.

After high school he attended The Ohio State University where he played lacrosse for one year before transferring to the University of Maryland for two years. Jeff has coached middle school and high school boys lacrosse in the past.

Jeff also has continued pursuing his passion for the sport by playing with the Glyndon Lacrosse Club, and the Mr. Boh Lacrosse club in the Maryland Masters Lacrosse League. Jeff and his wife Kristyn live in Cockeysville Md with their three girls.

Grace Phillips - Rebels 2023

Coach Grace Phillips graduated from Urbana HS (Frederick County, MD) in 2018 where she played 4 years of Field Hockey and Lacrosse as a goalie (3 years on varsity for both). In her senior high school season for Field Hockey she led her team to their 2nd Central Maryland Conference Championship (2016 & 2017), a 3A West Regional Championship (2017) and the 3A state semi-finals (2017). In the same season she also earned 1st team Spires Division, 1st team All Frederick County, 1st team All Conference, and finished her varsity career with 90 saves. In hs Lacrosse she earned All Frederick County Honorable Mention (2016), team MVP and All Frederick County 2nd team (2017), Team Captain and All Frederick County Honorable Mention (2018), and finished her varsity career with 401 saves. 

Coach Phillips currently attends Slippery Rock University where she plays goalie on the varsity lacrosse team, and is majoring in Psychology and minoring In Statistics. She is set to graduate from SRU in 2022 and plans on attending Graduate School immediately after completing her undergraduate degree, where she will study Industrial Organizational Psychology.

Laura Thomas - Rebels 2024

Coach Laura Thomas enters her eighth season with the Rebels Lacrosse Program and her 14th year as a lacrosse coach.  She is a Level 3 US Lacrosse certified coach. She came to Rebels after two seasons as an assistant coach with Marymount University’s (Arlington, VA) women’s lacrosse team. Prior to her time with the Saints, she spent a year as an assistant coach at The Catholic University of America.

Coach Thomas played four years as a midfielder and defender at the University of Pittsburgh, helping the Panthers to a perennial top-15 ranking in the Women’s Division Intercollegiate Association. The team closed out her senior season in 2006 ranked third in the WDIA while claiming a Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse League championship.

Following her playing career at Pitt, Coach Thomas remained at her alma mater as a graduate assistant from 2006-08. The Panthers posted top-10 finishes in the WDIA both seasons with her on the staff. Coach Thomas has also coached at the high school level, spending a year at Oakland Catholic HS in Pittsburgh and at Peters Township HS, where she helped the Mighty Indians to a WPIAL championship.  She also coached two seasons with the Intrepid Lacrosse Club based in Pittsburgh, PA.

Coach Thomas strives to teach not only lacrosse, but life lessons to all of her players. She develops strong players with confidence on and off the lacrosse field. When she isn't coaching, Coach Thomas is an estate and trust attorney in Columbia, Maryland, loves working out, and is an avid outdoors woman. She also plays in the spring for the Washington Lacrosse Club.

Tom Curtin - Rebels 2024

Coach Tom Curtin is in his fourth season with Rebels Lacrosse. He is a Level 1 US Lacrosse and a Level 3 USA Hockey certified coach.  Tom previously coached five years with the Howard Huskies Ice Hockey club and helped develop young hockey players for several years in the Brandon LaDue learn-to-play program at the Columbia Ice Rink.  Coach Tom enjoys focusing on conditioning and building lacrosse and life skills to help players develop on and off the field.  Outside of lacrosse, Coach Tom is a government affairs professional, loves attending concerts and music festivals, working out, hiking and backpacking with Coach LT and their dog, Scooby.

Emily Colliflower - Rebels 2025

Coach Emily Colliflower has been the 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 1s team (2015-2016). 

Currently, she serves as a special education teacher while pursuing a second masters degree in special education focusing 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 2025

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 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.

Joe Beucher - Rebels 2025

Coach Joe Beucher went to high school in south FL, where he played lacrosse for four years, along with football and wrestling.   Joe is a US Lacrosse Level 2 certified coach and has been coaching girls lacrosse since 2009.  After college, Joe played on various men's clubs.   Joe continued his love of the game by coaching for several programs including DSA and Stingers before joining Rebels.   Joe and his wife Judi are proud parents of three girls.  Joe likes to focus on execution of the fundamentals of lacrosse as well as building lacrosse and life skills to help players develop on and off the field.

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.

Doug Agnes - Rebels 2028/2029

Coach 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.

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.

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.