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Maddie Lewis Soviero, Executive Director

Maddie has been involved in growing the game of lacrosse in Tampa Bay since 2017. Maddie is the founder and Executive Director of 10X Lacrosse- which operates 2 youth lacrosse programs with year-round offerings, the Palms Lacrosse Club regional travel program, day clinics, and camps, as well as overnight lacrosse camp experiences. Between each program and event opportunity, 10X Lacrosse provides lacrosse offerings for over 500 unique players. 

Maddie grows the game of lacrosse worldwide by grassroots efforts from coaches clinics in Hong Kong, to introducing the game of lacrosse to children in Panama. She is passionate about the experience of sports in a child's development, access to opportunity, and character development. 
Maddie hires and coordinates training for Palms LC coaches, sets season programs, oversees growth initiatives, and manages operations & communication for the Palms.  

Vanessa Tsarevich, Program Manager

Dina Cifelli, Girls Lower School Select Head Offensive Coach

In addition to being a Palms LC Coach, Dina is an Assistant Coach at St. Leo University, specializing in offense and coaching draw specialists. Dina has also coached for Division II University of Tampa- At a time when UT won a program-best 14 games, finishing 14-4 (2019 Season). The squad also received a top 5 national ranking for the first time ever, climbing as high as No. 3 (5/3/19). With a 5-1 Sunshine State Conference record, Dina helped lead the Spartans to capture their first-ever SSC tournament championship, taking down No. 3 Rollins and No. 5 Florida Southern along the way. Dina also coached at Holy Family University & the club lacrosse program "Garden State Elite" in New Jersey. 

Prior to her coaching career, Cifelli played women's lacrosse at West Chester University where she accumulated numerous accolades for the Rams. As a senior, she served as team captain and earned All-PSAC first-team honors. In addition, she earned regional recognition for the first time after being named to IWLCA All-South Region third team. Cifelli finished her playing career as West Chester's all-time assist leader as well as the PSAC. She finished her career third all-time in Division II history with 222 assists!

Sarah Bell, Girls Lower School Select Head Defensive Coach

Abby Selhorn, Girls Lower School Regional Head Offensive Coach

Abby is a Long Island native who started playing lacrosse in 1st grade. Graduating from Carle Place High School as a two-time All-County lacrosse player as well as three All-County and All-States in Basketball.

Now a junior at the Division II University of Tampa, Abby was on the SSC Commissioner�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¢??s Honor Roll both Freshmen and Sophomore year and was also awarded the D2 ADA Academic Achievement Award. Abby is also a member of SAAC, Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, which is a student-run organization that helps promote the student-athlete experience and provides input on regulations and policies that might affect student-athletes. As a sophomore Abby played in 5 games tallying 2 goals, one assist, two ground balls, and two caused turnovers. Abby�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¢??s passion for coaching stems from her parents, who both played Division I lacrosse because they are her biggest supporters and her first coaches. She wants to give back to the lacrosse community in any way she can. Lacrosse is so much more than just a game and Abby wants to allow girls to create friendships and grow as an athlete and person. Abby is super excited to be coaching and to bring her passion for the game to the Palms.

Emma McLaughlin, Girls Lower School Regional Head Defensive Coach

Emma is a Long Island native hailing from Suffolk County New York where she played travel lacrosse for the Long Island Yellow Jackets. Emma started playing lacrosse in kindergarten for the Connetquot Thunderbirds. In high school, she was a 4-year starter and 2-year team captain earning two All-Division Awards and the Coach's Award in her time as a Thunderbird. 

Emma committed to Division I Jacksonville University her sophomore year of high school and played in the shortened 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She transferred to the University of Tampa following her freshman year and appeared in all games for the Spartans earning 10 goals for the season, 5 ground balls, 6 caused turnovers, and 13 draw controls. Emma is on the SSC's Commissioners Honor Roll and is a pre-nursing major. Emma's interest in coaching comes from her Dad, who coached her as a child for her youth league along with her 2 sisters. Emma is extremely excited to work with Palms LC to help establish confidence in young players and teach them a passion and love for the game!

Genie Santarpio, Girls Middle School Select Head Offensive Coach

Shannon Sweeney, Girls Middle School Select Head Defensive Coach

Shannon Sweeney is from Philadelphia, PA, and started playing lacrosse in 3rd grade. She went on to play at the collegiate level for Division II University of Tampa where she was named captain her sophomore season and was a 4-year member of the SSC Commissioners Honor Roll. Upon obtaining her undergraduate degree in marketing in 2018, Shannon decided to stay an extra year and get her MBA through UT's 4+1 program. Her eligibility in lacrosse ended so she walked on to the Women's Cross Country team and earned a First Team All SSC Conference selection. 

Shannon coaches because she wants to give back. She strongly believes in the power that sports have in shaping young people into positive contributing members of society. She is excited to work with the Palms because they are doing an amazing job at growing the game in Florida.

Pyper Vaughn, Girls Middle School Regional Head Offensive Coach

Pyper Vaughn is originally from Jacksonville, FL, and began playing lacrosse at age 14. In High School, she was recognized as an All-American and was the top leading goal scorer for her teams as well as ranked #3 in the city for draws. She is a Nursing student at the University of South Florida and the current President of the USF Women's Lacrosse team. 

Pyper coaches lacrosse because growing the game has always been a goal of her's and she wants young ladies to have the opportunity to fall in love with the game sooner and pass it on when they get older. She is especially excited to coach for Palms because of "the energy that every coach and player brings to the field. Lacrosse is not just about a ball and a stick but who you are surrounded by that teaches you more than just the game!"

Meghan Vadala, Girls Middle School Regional Head Defensive Coach

Meghan comes to us from Rochester, NY, where in High School she was named All-County Team in 2013. Meghan was then recruited to play Division II Lacrosse at Florida Southern College, where she helped the team achieve a National Championship in 2016, and SSC Tournament Champions in 2015-2018. At Florida Southern, Meg was named All American, All SSC, All-South Region, and SSC Commissioners Academic Honor Roll.  

Meg's number one goal with coaching lacrosse is to grow the game: "Lacrosse has shaped my life and it is now my turn to give back to the game for the players of the present and future." Meg is especially excited to continue coaching with the Palms to watch her team grow over the season and to follow their lacrosse careers for many years to come! 

Tori Silvers, Girls 2024/2025 Blue Select Head Offensive Coach

Morgan Basler, Girls 2024/2025 Blue Select Head Defensive Coach

Morgan Basler joins us from the Division II Florida Southern College women's lacrosse program, where she coached as an assistant coach for the 2019 season. Prior to joining the Moccasins, she had a stellar career at defense at Division I Jacksonville University, where the Dolphins finished the 2012 season ranked #25 among all Division I programs. At Jacksonville, Basler was named to the All National Lacrosse Conference Team for defense and the NLC All-Tournament team. Jacksonville also finished the 2011 season and the 2012 season as conference champions.

Following her sophomore season at Jacksonville, Basler returned to upstate New York to pursue her doctorate degree in physical therapy, specializing in sports injury rehabilitation. During this time, Basler had a career-ending injury and was not only studying to be a Physical Therapist but receiving Physical Therapy for herself. Morgan soon returned to the game of lacrosse as a head coach for the Penn Yan Mustangs girls lacrosse team and an assistant coach for the varsity Penn Yan Mustangs girls lacrosse team. She coached alongside her former high school coach Patty Queener and current fiance and former lacrosse player for the Irondequoit Eagles in Rochester NY, Timothy Pease.

In high school, Basler was a five-year starter entering as an 8th grader on a Penn Yan squad that won five sectional titles and finished as a runner-up in the state championships. She was selected to the prestigious Empire State Games Central New York squad where she was a starter for three consecutive years from 2008-2010.

Coach Morgan coaches 2024/2025 Blue Select Girls' Team and has been a huge part of the team's success- taking the team to be named NGLL South Regional Champions.

Claire Dunlap, Girls 2024/2025 Green Select Head Offensive Coach

Paige Shortt, Girls 2024/2025 Green Select Head Defensive Coach

Paige Shortt is a senior lacrosse player at Division II University of Tampa. She is originally from Frederick, Maryland, and is going into her 10th year of playing lacrosse. In high school, she was a two-year captain and a four-year varsity starter throughout her entire high school career. Paige earned First Team All-Conference as well as the Heart and Hustle Award. During her time at The University of Tampa, Paige and her team had the best record in program history (14-4) and went on to capture their first-ever SSC Championship and later participated in the NCAA Tournament. Entering into her last year, Paige is looking to get another SSC Championship as well as her first NCAA Tournament Championship. 

Paige is super excited to help lead and teach these young ladies the game of lacrosse. She wants to not only help guide these ladies to be phenomenal athletes but wonderful human beings as well.

Emily Amell, Girls 2022/2023 Select Head Defensive Coach

Kaytie Shea, Girls 2022/2023 Select Head Offensive Coach

Tim Pease, Girls Head Goalie Coach

Alex Patton, Boys Program Manager

Dan Soviero, Growth Advisor & Boys U12 Select Head Offensive Coach

Dan is a long-time Lacrosse Coach: He has coached many teams, from the national travel level to local youth and travel programs. He has coached around the country from New York to California, and everywhere in between. Dan believes that developing a passion for the sport is the first step to success.

Dan is originally from Jupiter, FL where he picked up the stick for the very first time in 8th grade. Through amazing mentorship and coaching Dan was able to maximize his drive to become one of the top mid-fielders in the state, receiving first team All-American honors twice and taking his team to the final four. Since then, he was recruited to play D1 Lacrosse at St John University, then transferring to play D2 at University of Tampa, to focus on starting a business- Signature Lacrosse. 

Dan founded Signature Lacrosse, which is a Lacrosse equipment and apparel brand and manufacturer. When Signature Lacrosse starting taking off, Dan dropped out of UT to become Signature's CEO and grow the brand to become an official equipment provider/ sponsor for the NLL, MLL, CLA, IBLA, and many other major lacrosse leagues. 

Ben French, Boys U12 Select Head Offensive Coach

Ben French was born/raised in Toronto, Ontario. He started to play lacrosse when he was 5 years old. Ben was drafted to play for the Philadelphia Wings (NLL 2020) and is currently active on their roster. His college career started at Division I University of Vermont (2016-2020). He was a four-year starter and collected 113 career points and earned the title of Team Captain. As a graduate student at the University of Tampa, Ben finished his M.S in Entrepreneurship while simultaneously earning a spot on the Second Team All-American roster for lacrosse.

Prior to his collegiate lacrosse career, Ben attended high school at IMG Academy where he was voted Team Captain, earned the US Lacrosse All-American award, and was a Member of Team Canada U19 in 2016.

Growing up, Ben was fortunate to have passionate coaches who were interested in more than just player development alone but emphasized the importance of being a good teammate and person. Learning so much from his former coaches both on and off the field, he is excited to give back to the game that has given him so much. After attending high school in Bradenton, FL and recently finishing his graduate degree at the University of Tampa, Ben is thrilled to be a part of the Palms Lacrosse Club to help continue to grow lacrosse in the Tampa Bay area.

Kyle Harris, Boys U12 Select Head Defensive Coach

Kyle started playing lacrosse when he was about 10 years old. He is originally from Michigan, where he played at Saline High School. He was the 2009 Attackman of the Year, 2010 Offensive MVP, Point leader, 2nd Team All-State, and All-State Dream Team attack. 

Kyle then played at Central Michigan University where he was the 2013 & 2014 point leader, 2012 MCLA 3rd Team All America Attack, and 2014 3rd Team All-Conference player. 

Kyle coaches because he loves the sport and wants it to grow, especially in Florida: "If I can help new players gain a better understanding for the sport, and enjoy the sport, I'll be happy." 

He's especially excited to work with the Palms because "The Palms have potential to be extremely successful- it's a great group of players/ parents/ coaches to be working with." 

Kyle also works for Signature Lacrosse as their Marketing Manager! 

Gavin Perry, Boys U12 Regional Head Defensive Coach

Gavin played Division II Lacrosse at the University of Tampa where he was named All-Conference Mid Fielder. 

Gavin coaches the Defense of the U12 Regional team, as well as the Tampa Prep High School Boys' Varsity team, where the team had their best season in the last 4 years, under his direction. 

Max Drewett, Boys U12 Blue Defensive Coach

Max is an alumni of the University of Tampa lacrosse program, where he played Defense. Max first started playing lacrosse when he was in 8th grade and instantly fell in love with the sport. He knew from his first year that he had such a late start playing and that if he really wanted to improve and catch up to every other player he would have to practice and work at it every day, and that exactly what he did. By the time Max was a senior in high school, he was a four year varsity starter, held every defensive record, was a senior captain, and an All-American. He received several college offers from different schools and ultimately choose the University of Tampa. He has loved every minute helping out his teammates and playing for his coaches. 

Max's main goal as coach of the Palms is to improve each player and inspire them to be the best the can be and love the sport the way I have.

Matt Rexford, Boys U14 Select Head Defensive Coach

Matt is a Florida native who attended Jensen Beach High School and was part of their inaugural program. Picking up a stick for the first time in 7th grade at 12 years old, Coach Rex was a 1st Team All-District midfielder and captain throughout his high school career. He decided to continue playing on a collegiate level at Division II Saint Leo University, where he specialized in defensive midfield and man-down unit. 

During summers he would help run clinics and travel programs across the state. Unfortunately, he suffered many injuries including 3 knee surgeries which he battled throughout his entire college career. After Coach Rex graduated, he decided to coach at Saint Leo while attending grad school. He then went on to help build Wesley Chapel's High School program as the head coach. When asked why he coached, he said, "coaching is a passion of mine and I enjoy helping kids develop lacrosse skills as well as life skills. The game has brought me so many great memories, friendships, and opportunities and I want to continue to give back to the lacrosse community and game. I'm excited to coach for Palms LC club because they have the best reputation and some of the best support and knowledge in the business."

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