Raider Lacrosse Nation,
Your booster board and I are happy to announce a new direction for Lady Raider Lacrosse. Effective immediately, we would like to welcome Brandon and Karen Allen to our program as your new head coaches. Brandon and Karen come to Raider Nation with extensive coaching experience and vision, and will redefine what it means to be a Lady Raider Lacrosse player. Born and raised in South Florida (Miami and West Palm Beach), both Karen and Brandon graduated from Florida State University. After graduation they moved to Alpharetta in 2000. Brandon is the Director of Newtown Recreation and Karen teaches debate at Hopewell Middle School where she comes highly recommended by Principal Michael Lemoyne. They have been coaching high school and club lacrosse in the area since 2004. Brandon helped launch lacrosse at Newtown Recreation and what started as 4 teams 11 years ago has grown to 186 teams this past spring. In 2013 Brandon was named Program Administrator of the year by the Georgia Chapter of US Lacrosse. In 2012 they launched the Georgia Outlaws club lacrosse program out of Newtown Park. In addition to winning numerous tournaments both locally and regionally they have sent several Outlaws on to play lacrosse in college.
Karen and Brandon are excited to be joining the Alpharetta High School Lady Raider Lacrosse Program. They plan to use their experience and knowledge of the game to help take this program to new levels. This will take time, effort, hard work and dedication by the players, coaches and parents. They have several off-season activities planned to prepare us for success come next spring. Together we will be working to raise the expectations of what it means to be a Lady Raider lacrosse player. Stick skills and fundamentals must get better, fitness and conditioning has to improve, and game awareness and strategy levels will be elevated. Going forward if we lose games it will not be because we were ill prepared, out-coached, or out-hustled. We will build a program to contend with; and will become the team other teams don’t want to face. Karen and Brandon will be implementing a lot of changes quickly and the results of these changes may take time, but the growth we will experience and the rewards achieved will be worth our efforts. They look forward to meeting all of the returning players as well as the incoming freshmen.