"The coaches are unique. They empower the girls to do their best. They are cohesive in their approach, each carrying through the mission of the program."
- Loyal LIFT Parent
Lauren started playing field hockey in 7th grade at University School of Milwaukee. After playing for six years through high school and graduating with a Bachelor’s degree at The University of Wisconsin - Madison, Lauren returned home to Milwaukee and began coaching high school field hockey in 2008. She coached at USM for three years and at Divine Savior Holy Angels for five years as a JV Head Coach.
She coached at the club level for five years at Lake Country Field Hockey during both the winter and summer seasons. She has also earned a Level 1 Coaching Certification in field hockey from USA Field Hockey.
Lauren is so excited to continue her coaching career with LIFT FH. She has always strived to find a balance using field hockey to improve skills both on and off the field.
Favorite Movie: Princess Bride - it doesn't mean what you think it means.
Favorite Milwaukee Eatery: Bel Air - see you at Taco Tuesday!
Favorite Vacation: Anywhere with fun and sun!
Morgan started playing in 8th grade and played through high school at the University School of Milwaukee, earning team captain, all-state midfielder, and helping her team win the State Championship in 2000 and 2001. She also attended the Northwestern University Camp, traveled with an elite team from across the US, and participated in the regional USA FH Futures program in Illinois during the offseason.
While in high school, Morgan began and ran the first Wisconsin summer field hockey camp for middle school girls, helping develop basic skills and team concepts in 7th and 8th graders. After earning a Bachelor’s degree at Tufts University in 2006, she returned to Milwaukee to coach at the high school level. She coached at USM for 5 years and at DSHA for 6 years as the Head Varsity Coach and Program Director.
She also has been a coach for the National Futures Program, a Head Coach for Winter and Spring Leagues as well as Summer Camps for Lake Country Field Hockey, and has earned a Level 1 Coaching Certification in field hockey and coaching accreditation with the National Federation of State High School Associations.
In coaching year-round club and off season play, Morgan enjoys developing her coaching style into one that is both nurturing and challenging, attentive and dedicated to improvement in all aspects of the game.
Favorite Movie: Beauty and the Beast. It's the inside that counts.
Favorite Milwaukee Eatery: Stack'd - every one of their burgers is good!
Favorite Vacation: my next one!
Both Lauren and Morgan have always incorporated team building and fitness into their teams’ practices and major coaching philosophies. Recognizing this unique approach helps develop not only team chemistry, but
individual confidence and playing abilities, and seeing the need for such an opportunity for girls all year round, they are starting LIFT FH to benefit all field hockey players in the Milwaukee area and draw new players into the sport and the tradition that surrounds it.
Coach Gris started field hockey with Lake Country Field Hockey Club in elementary school. When high school came around, Gris declared that she was a goalie through and through. While in high school, Gris played for her high school and Milwaukee Field Hockey Club. She was fortunate enough to travel for many, many tournaments all across the US. During Gris' senior year of high school, and continued her field hockey career at Washington and Jefferson College in Pennsylvania. She coached with LIFT throughout college whenever she came home. During college, the W&J field hockey team won their conference championship and entered the NCAA Division Three tournament twice!
Now graduated and back home, Coach Gris continues to coach with LIFT. Unfortunately, a few too many concussions now prevent Coach Gris from putting on the pads, but she has found a love of playing field.
Favorite Movie: The Secret Life of Pets
Favorite Milwaukee Eatery: Leff's Lucky Town
Favorite Vacation: Budapest, Hungary
Jen started playing field hockey in 9th grade in Baltimore, MD. Jen played four years at the varsity level at Parkville High School, becoming a starter during her sophomore year and earning the captain title and first-team all-conference defense honor during her senior year in 2010.
Jen continued on to play field hockey at the club level in college at University of North Carolina Wilmington from 2011-2014.
After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from UNCW, she returned home to Baltimore to pursue a Master’s Degree in Social Work. After completing graduate school she moved to Wisconsin in the summer of 2016.
Jen began coaching at Arrowhead High School at the JV level in Fall 2017 and fell in love with it! Winter 2017 was her first season with LIFT and she is excited to continue to grow the sport and help the next generation of field hockey players develop the drive, passion, and love for the game she has come to know.
Favorite Movie: All 8 Harry Potter movies - * yer a wizard Harry *
Milwaukee Eatery: Café Benelux for breakfast & Bel Air for dinner
Favorite Vacation: Outer Banks, NC
Janna started playing field hockey in 7th grade at LIFT! After playing for six years through high school, Janna began attending the University of Milwaukee to get her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and has continued coaching with LIFT. She began helping with the Belugas, Right Whales, and Narwhals and began full time coaching in the 2020-2021 indoor season.
Janna is so excited to continue with field hockey in coaching with LIFT FH. She has always appreciated the lessons and behaviors she learned and developed in LIFT practices, as she was able to apply them to her life outside of practices. She also strongly believes in using fitness to contribute to positive mental health, and she hopes to share this with the team.
Favorite Movie: Coach Carter
Milwaukee Eatery: Screaming Tuna (absolutely the best)
Favorite Vacation: Scottsdale, Arizona
Madison started playing field hockey in 6th grade at University Lake School in Hartland, Wisconsin. She played in numerous elite programs, including traveling with the Wisconsin Select U14 and U16 teams to the national Disney Field Hockey showcase for 3 years. She started on the varsity team her sophomore year of high school, and by senior year she was named a co-captain of the varsity team. She currently is attending University Wisconsin - Milwaukee.
In 2014 - 2015, Madison was the Co-Head Coach of Varsity Field Hockey at University Lake School. Here she truly found her passion for coaching. Madison also coached basketball for elementary and middle school girls at University Lake School. She is excited to coach year-round with the LIFT FH team and help grow the AMAZING sport of field hockey!
Favorite Movie: The Dark Knight Rises
Milwaukee Eatery: Swig
Favorite Vacation: Northern Wisconsin in the summer time
Maredithe started as a new player to field hockey her freshman year at Divine Savior Holy Angels. She was JV team co-captain her sophomore year and helped her team win the JV State Championship. Maredithe was an off-season varsity co-captain her junior year and played on the varsity level her senior year. At the end of the season, she earned conference honorable mention. Maredithe participated in Futures through USA Field Hockey and numerous off season opportunities such as Lake Country Spring League and Northwestern Field Hockey Camp.
Maredithe graduated from Marquette University with a degree in Journalism and started coaching for Divine Savior Holy Angels in 2014. She has been a part of LIFT since our first season in Winter 2015 and enjoys taking her love for coaching to the next level by coaching players of all ages and skill levels. She is so excited to be a part of LIFT FH and hopes she can help girls develop their self-confidence and love for the game. Maredithe wants to continue to develop her coaching style and learn more ways to incorporate fun and fitness while developing skills on and off the field.
Favorite Movie: Forest Gump - everyone has a story to tell if you take the time to listen.
Favorite Milwaukee Eatery: Beans and Barely - their burritos never disappoint.
Favorite Vacation: Kiawah Island, SC with my family.
Lauren started playing field hockey in 4th grade at Pine-Richland in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. She additionally played for multiple club teams playing in high-level tournaments such as the National Indoor Tournament, Spooky Nook Classics, and USAFH National Festival. During her freshman year, she started on the varsity team, and by her senior year, her team had received the section title 4 years in a row. She currently is attending Ethnos Bible Institute in Waukesha.
Lauren has been coaching for 6 years. Starting as a volunteer for a local youth center in her hometown she fell in love with coaching. Lauren has been in Wisconsin for less than a year, during this time she has had the opportunity to coach at Brookfield Academy. She is excited to coach for LIFT and continue growing the sport!!!
Favorite Movie: Any Harry Potter movie!
Favorite Milwaukee Eatery: Uhh, does Culver's count?
Favorite Vacation: Anywhere, Everywhere!
Carol started playing field hockey in the 7th grade at University School of Milwaukee. She played for the Varsity team her junior and senior years, earning team co-captain, all-conference honors, and winning the state championship in 2009 and 2010.
Carol earned a bachelor’s degree from Colby College in Waterville, Maine in 2015. Amidst her studies she played field hockey (and broomball, of course) in the college’s intramural league. Maintaining her interest in athletics, she worked as a student athletic trainer for three years, providing first-aid and therapeutic medical care to athletes in the athletic training room, at practices, and at home and away games.
Participating in athletics from a young age provided Carol with self-confidence, leadership skills, and a competitive spirit that she is excited to pay forward to the next generation of girls through the fun and challenging sport of field hockey.
Favorite Movie: The Breakfast Club – we all have a little bit more in common than we might think!
Milwaukee Eatery: Rustico – who doesn’t love a good pizza?!
Favorite Vacation: Lizard Island, Australia