OUR COACHES

Get to know the dedicated coaches and passionate staff behind MACLAX. All teams will be coached by current High School coaches and assisted by collegiate players! We’re fortunate enough to be working with the best in the industry.

 
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Grace Goodman

Owner & Director of MACLAX

Coach Goodman's love for the sport started back in her hometown of Sayville, NY where she played lacrosse for 8 years.  In 2009, Grace graduated from Limestone College in Gaffney, SC, where she played four years at a DII level, and went to the Final Four three years.  After graduating with a degree in Physical Education with a focus in fitness and wellness and minor in coaching , Grace pursued a masters degree in Health Education at Hofstra University and is a dual certified teacher.
Grace coached both varsity lacrosse for Babylon High School and multiple club lacrosse teams for the Long Island Yellow Jackets.  After relocating to Georgia in 2014, Grace continued coaching and is currently the community coach at Lambert High School. Grace is dedicated to developing skills and love for the game in female athletes.
In her free time, Grace enjoys spending time with her friends and family, husband Riggs, and children Riggs IV and Joan.

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Matt Lawler

Coach/ Assistant Director

Coach Matt has been coaching lacrosse since 2009 when he started at the U9 level.  He has coached at every level since then and has been at the High School level for 5 years.  He served as the Head JV coach at Lambert High School in 2014 and been a Varsity coach at Lambert for 4 years.  He helped Lambert to their first GHSA playoff appearance in 2015 and again helped guide the Longhorns to the State Semifinals in 2017.  Matt is a US Lacrosse Learn to Play instructor as well as a Level 3 Certified coach. Additionally, he is a Board member of the Georgia Lacrosse Foundation where he oversees the organization of Coaching Education Programs in the state of Georgia.  Matt has an Incredible passion for the game, the players, and the MACLAX program and dedicated to helping guide the growth of the sport and building a lasting and successful program that is sustainable for years to come.

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Brittany Farnum

Coach

Brittany Farnum is the Varsity Assistant Girls Lacrosse Coach at Denmark High School. Originally from Long Island, NY, Coach Farnum was a four-year, three-letter varsity athlete, record holder, and All-County lacrosse player at Sayville High School in Sayville, NY. She started playing the game at age 10, and was a pioneer player on one of the first girls lacrosse programs on Long Island. Farnum also played on a travel club team, the Long Island Express, for ten years, and was a girls lacrosse referee for six years. She is passionate about the game and building a strong, positive team culture. 


Coach Farnum currently works as a School Counselor at Denmark High School.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, husband Pearce, and dog Henry.

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Travis Church

Coach

My name is Travis Church. This will be my 7th year coaching lacrosse and 4th as head coach at Lambert High School and 2nd with the MACLAX Club Program. Before that I was the Head Coach a St. Paul Catholic High School in Connecticut for two years and spent a year coaching boy’s lacrosse at my High School alma mater, Farmington High School in Connecticut as well. I started playing lacrosse in 5th grade and fell in love with the sport. I continued through high school as a three year varsity letterman at Farmington High School. After that I went on to play Club (At the D1 Level 😊) Lacrosse at UConn…Go Huskies! I am also a School Counselor at Lambert High School, serving 9th and 10th grade students. My goal is to help young athletes discover the same passion that I have for this sport. I have learned much from this sport; how to handle adversity, knowing my role as part of a TEAM, and how to be a strong leader. I love lacrosse with all of my heart and I want to share that love and passion with the players I coach in hopes that they find love in the sport as well. Hook Em Horns!

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Jessi Alderdice

Coach

Jessie is from Cumming, Georgia and was a part of the first youth girls lacrosse team in 2006. She played Varsity lacrosse at South Forsyth High School where she had three playoff appearances of her 4 years at South Forsyth. 
Jessie played lacrosse at Kennesaw State University as a part of the first Women’s Division I team in the state of Georgia from 2013-2016, where she played attack and midfield. She had three conference tournament appearances out of her 4 seasons at Kennesaw. She also coached various girls lacrosse teams from U9 to high school travel as well as officiating youth lacrosse. 
Jessie has coached at both South and West Forsyth High School. She currently works as a Health and Physical Education teacher and Head Girl’s Lacrosse Coach at Peachtree Ridge High School.

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Peyton Smith

Coach

Coach Peyton played at Lambert High School as a 4 year varisity starter. While at Lambert she was name a four time all-county player, all-state player in 2017, county player of the year in 2017, and US lacrosse player of the weeks in 2017. Coach Peyton started coaching in 2014 with the youth girls and then with middle school the next year. For the past two years, she has been coaching at Harrison High School. She recently took a job to be the head coach at Etowah High School.

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Camryn Klaus

Assistant Coach

Camryn currently plays midfield at Kennesaw State University.  During her high school career, Camryn was named to Forsyth County’s All-County team all 4 years, 2015 Offensive Player of the Year, 2016 Midfielder of the Year and was named War Eagle MVP in 2017 and 2018.  She was named to the 2017 Georgia All-Star team and was a captain for 3 years. She scored 193 goals and had 79 assists for a total of 272 points and 129 ground balls with 141 draw controls during her high school career.

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Gabby DiVirgilio

Assistant Coach

Gabby currently plays midfield for Mercer University. During her high school career at Lambert High School, Gabby was named to the Forsyth County's All- County team all 4 years and named to the All State team in 2019. She helped her team make GHSA State Playoff appearances in 2016 (Final 4) & 2019. Gabby set a season and State record in 2019 with 89 goals and currently hold the ground ball record for Lambert with 182. In 2020, Gabby was named Captain and was Forsyth County Grind Player of the week.

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Kayla Casey

Assistant Coach

Kayla currently plays goalie for Mercer University. During her high school career, Kayla was named Forsyth County Player of the year in 2020, All-State in 2018-2020, all-region 2017-2020, and War Eagle MVP in 2019 and 2020. She was a captain for 2 years. She had 487 saves during her high school career. She was also selected to the Under Armour All- American South Highlight team.

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Ruthann George

Assistant Coach

My name is Ruthann George and I’ve been playing lacrosse for 9 years! I have played on maclax, FCA Georgia and South, and I have been on the South Forsyth Varsity team for 3 years, 2 years as a captain! I play midfield and attack.