The Lakers Select girl's lacrosse program was established in 2007 by Dr. Janet Holdsworth and was the first advanced traveling club program in the state. In 2014, Dr. Holdsworth expanded Lakers Select through a New Jersey Chapter and a Florida Chapter to offer training and development programs to help positively influence more girls in the sport. In the fall of 2016, Morgan and Joe Abboud took over the program from Dr. Holdsworth and run it with Karen Heggernes.
Morgan played lacrosse at Bethel University and U of MN - Twin Cities. Morgan reffed the girls game for four years, during her undergraduate career. Once she graduated, Morgan became an assistant coach at the U of MN under Dr. Holdsworth serving as the defense and conditioning coach. During this time, Morgan also began her tenure at Maple Grove Senior High, leading the girls to the NSLA State Tournament her first two years coaching (earning 2nd place and then 4th place respectively). Morgan has coached for over 13 years at Maple Grove and over 17 years in high school sports (with 6 years with cross-country running - Armstrong and Park Center; 6 years with Nordic skiing - Armstrong).
Joe Abboud has been involved in coaching youth and high school athletes for over 20 years. Joe specializes in karate instruction and soccer. Joe is also certified as a level 1 coach through US Lacrosse and has coached at the high school level.
Karen Heggernes played college lacrosse at U of MN - Twin Cities (where Morgan and Karen met). She then coached club lacrosse in Michigan and later returned to Minnesota to serve as the head coach at Hamline University. Karen has led the team to 2 Championships and continues to lead in her conference.
All 3 coaches have worked with Minn. Lakers Select for years before becoming owners. We love what we do!
Lakers Select players have been playing for 17 NCAA DI, 10 DII and 12 DIII institutions as well as competing on top WCLA/US Lacrosse club teams at 12 different colleges and universities.
Some of our most recent graduates can be found on the current rosters at: Princeton, Lehigh, Marquette, George Washington, Notre Dame, Louisville, Villanova, University of Tampa, Regis, Fort Lewis, Lindenwood, East Stroudsburg, Tiffin, Denison, Augsburg, Augustana, Central Michigan and more!
Lakers Select players come from over 30 different high school teams in the Twin Cities and Duluth areas and over 15 different youth/middle school/community programs at the younger graduation years.
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