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About thunderbird lacrosse

Our goal at Thunderbird Lacrosse is to focus on you as an athlete.  We want you to grow as a lacrosse player both physically and mentally, and we give you the opportunities to develop the skills, physical training, and team attitude you need to excel in high school lacrosse and beyond.

 As a Thunderbird, you will correctly learn the game’s core fundamentals, develop on-field IQ , and master complex team concepts -- all in a spirited team experience.  Whether you are a first-time player or an avid laxer, you will be challenged to improve your individual skills, break bad habits, hone your mental attitude, and reach your next level of play.

charles best

Coach Charles started playing lacrosse at the renowned Peddie School in Hightstown, New Jersey. A varsity letterman at Peddie, Coach Charles was an accomplished midfielder known for his speed and defensive toughness.  Later, he played collegiately at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.  

Coaching for over 9 years, Charles’ experience ranges from coaching the men’s club team at Tulane University to youth lacrosse in metro Atlanta, where he has coached U11, U13, U15 and high school girls lacrosse in Fulton and Gwinnett Counties for the past 6 years.   Motivating and experienced, Charles is intent on teaching lacrosse athletes how to reach their next level of play.

​Emily Jacquette

Coach Jacquette is the former Piedmont College Head coach. She has graciously offered to help run our Power Clinics;  offering on-field instruction. Coach Jacquette is a three time USA South Coach of the Year, with an overall career winning percentage of .758.  Coach has trained and coached several all-conference and all-American players during her career, and is known for being a greater evaluator of high school and college lacrosse talent.

​​​​​Maddie seiloff 

Head Coach this summer is Maddie Seiloff, a Senior at Presbyterian College studying elementary education, where she has a 3.7 GPA and serves as the philanthropy chair for her sorority. Coach Seiloff began playing lacrosse over 9 years ago; in middle school. Those who have been around Girls Lacrosse in Georgia continue to speak about Coach Seiloff’s high school career in glowing terms years later. A former coach described her as “the best Girls Lacrosse Player to ever come out of Cobb County,” and another former official stated that “she is simply one of the 2 or 3 best lacrosse players to ever come out of the state of Georgia.”

katie cordone

Coach Cordone currently plays lacrosse at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, NY (the #2 Junior College Women’s Lacrosse Team in the Nation!), where she is studying to become a physical therapist.

Coach Cordone has been playing lacrosse since the eighth grade.  A former Thunderbird player, Coach Cordone was a 4 year varsity player at St. Pius X Catholic High School, where she was Team Captain after being a three time All-Star and Honorable Mentioned All State.

Coach Cordone has more recently become a certified official and has been a middle school girls lacrosse coach for 2 seasons at St. Pius X, and 1 season for Northside MAYLA.


​​​​​hannah marshall 

Coach Marshall was a three sport athlete at Peachtree Ridge High School, where she received several lacrosse honors including Defensive MVP, All County Defense, as well as being Team Captain. Coach Marshall is currently playing at the University of Virginia's College at Wise, where she has made the transition to midfield from defense; becoming a Draw Control Specialist, named All Mountain East Conference as a Freshman and the team’s offensive MVP.

brian garner

Playing lacrosse since he was 12, Coach Brian was a star attack man and an assist leader at Crawford High School in San Diego, California, graduating as a  High School All American and Player of the Year.  He played collegiate club-level lacrosse at San Diego State and Howard University in Washington, DC.

Brian was a certified referee for two years for high school lacrosse in southern California and currently coaches U15 girls lacrosse here in metro-Atlanta.  Dedicated to developing the game, Brian sets high expectations and has a way of bringing out the best in players.

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the thunderbird legend

To Native Americans, the Thunderbird is legendary.  It is considered a bird of awesome power and strength. On the lacrosse field, a Thunderbird exhibits many of those same qualities. 
A Thunderbird celebrates team success more than personal achievement. She fights through every face-off and runs hard through every check.  She may not be the most talented player on the field, but her fight and spirit make you believe that she is. 
A Thunderbird always portrays confidence, breeds determination and maintains a commitment to excellence both on and off the field. She fears no team, no player and no game situation.  She never argues with his coaches or shows disrespect to referees. 
A Thunderbird accepts that heart and hustle are more important than goals and assists.  She rides hard, clears fast and checks clean. She’s always positive, enthusiastic and supportive of her teammates – even when they make critical mistakes. 
A Thunderbird has respect for her opponents, win, lose or draw.  Losing makes her want to get better.  Winning makes her want to play more. 
A Thunderbird is early to practice fine-tuning her core skills.  She throws or jogs on her days off. She watches lacrosse on TV to obtain a better understanding of the game.  She does whatever she can to make herself and her team better. 
A Thunderbird loves playing lacrosse.  She doesn’t quit under adversity or showboat during success.  She remains committed to her team during good days and bad. 
Most importantly, a Thunderbird has FUN playing lacrosse.  She respects the game and all those who play it.  She yearns for it. 

Those are the qualities that make our Thunderbirds legendary.