Athletic Director, Megan den Exter

Megan has more than 10 years of experience coaching girls lacrosse, including coaching the Varsity Girls’ Lacrosse team at Marist School for the last 6 years. Megan also coached with Chicago Youth Lacrosse focusing on teaching the fundamentals of the game for girls aged 3 – 18. As a Division III athlete at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA, she had starting positions on both attack and defense for the Lyons. During her 4-year career, she set all-time records in numerous categories including career goals, ground balls, and draw controls. She was the recipient of the Ruth C. Timm Lacrosse Recognition Award for outstanding play for the 2007 and 2010 seasons. As a captain in her senior year, she led her team to second place in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC). For four years, she made the New England Women’s and Men’s Conference (NEWMAC) All-Conference team and broke their record for draw controls during the 2010 season. She was the NEWMAC Player of the Week on two occasions, ECAC offensive player of the week in 2010, and she was selected to represent the Lyons at the IWCLA Senior All-Star game. She is originally from Granger, IN where she was named Indiana’s All-American Lacrosse Player in 2006. Megan currently lives in Brookhaven with her husband Neal; their daughter, Lily; and Corgi, Polly.

Kelsey Zinck

Kelsey has 6 years of coaching experience at the high school and club lacrosse levels as well as college lacrosse camp coaching.  She began her college career at Division I University of Connecticut, then transferred to The College of New Jersey (TCNJ). As an athlete at TCNJ, she was a 2-year starting goalkeeper before being medically unable to compete her senior year. At TCNJ, she was the 2012 No. 3 nationally ranked Division III goalkeeper and the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) leader in goals against average at 6.46 goals per game. Additionally, in 2013, she was again ranked No. 5 nationally in Division III and leader in the NJAC in goals against average at 6.94 goals per game. She was the 2nd ranked NJAC goalkeeper in save percentage at 49.6%. Her team was 2012 and 2013 NJAC Champions and NCAA Regional Runners-up. Kelsey was selected as a two-time Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) All-Boardwalk Region Second Team awardee, a two-time All-NJAC Honorable Mention awardee, and was selected in 2013 to the IWLCA Division III Honor Roll for excellence on the field and in the classroom.  She originally hails from Northern Virginia.

Caitlin Pardus

Caitlin started playing lacrosse in 2010 when she joined Parkview High School’s inaugural girls lacrosse team. In 2011, she received the Most Improved Player award for Parkview and later tried out for the Georgia national team. In 2012, she received the Defensive Player of the Year. She went on to play Division II lacrosse at Young Harris College where she was a starting defender. Her coaching career spans 8 years, coaching girls ages 6 through 18 and has coached various youth, travel, and high school teams.

Nicole Lijana

Nicole was a Division III athlete at Becker College in Worcester, MA. She was a starting attack player and captain and had the 2nd leading scoring record, racking up over 100 goals within those 2 years. Becker College was new to lacrosse which allowed Nicole to gain good coaching tactics by transforming soccer players into lacrosse players. She also received the 2009 NEWLA Second Team All Conference. She later transferred to Division II Philadelphia University to finish her last two years of eligibility. Here she was able to learn more about both attack and defense positions and served as a mid-fielder. While in school, Nicole became the head JV coach and assistant Varsity coach for a local high school team.

Steph Pinto

Steph Pinto was born and raised in a small town in New Jersey and started playing lacrosse as a freshman in high school. As a 3-year Varsity player, she broke her high school’s lacrosse goal record with 189 goals in one season. She also was named MVP 2 years in a row and made Honorable Mention and First Team All County. During Steph’s Junior and Senior year, she made First Team All State and was recruited to Marist College in NY. After a year at Marist, she transferred to Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, and played for the Rutgers Women’s Club Lacrosse team where I was named captain. After graduation, Steph moved to Atlanta and fell completely in love with the South! She currently serves as a coach for the Varsity Lacrosse team at Marist and gives one-on-one lessons.

Buckhead Girls Lacrosse Founders

Wendy Gaskill

Wendy helped found Buckhead Girls Lacrosse when her daughters expressed interest in playing Lacrosse, but there were no leagues in Metro Atlanta or Buckhead for younger girls. She now helps coordinate the league’s registrations,  schedules, and marketing.

Scott Gaskill

Scott starting playing lacrosse in high school and as a two year captain was instrumental in transitioning the team from a club sport to a varsity sport. After playing for the Ohio University Lacrosse Club in college, he then played several years for the Atlanta Lacrosse Club where he met fellow Buckhead Girls Lacrosse coach Brooks Gregory. He has also coached youth sports for the Metro Atlanta YMCA and Atlanta Youth Lacrosse.

Brooks Gregory

Brooks fell in love with Lacrosse in high school and continued to play throughout college. After graduating, Brooks moved to Atlanta and played on the Atlanta Men’s lacrosse team, where he met Buckhead Girls Lacrosse coach Scott Gaskill. Brooks has several years coaching experience including the Atlanta Youth Lacrosse team and Centennial High School in Roswell. Brooks has 3 daughters: Eliza, Brier and Lydia.  His wife, Whitney, will be on hand most Saturdays to help on the field.