Our Coaches

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Coach Marko -  14U Head Coach

My love of lacrosse began 42 years ago growing up in Long Island when a friend brought his older brother's lacrosse sticks to play with at recess. I've played regularly my whole life, and I was fortunate to move to Atlanta in the early 90s at a time when lacrosse was just starting to be played here.
As a law student I was able to play all over the Southeast with the MCLA-level Emory University team.  At the time, this region was the furthest outpost of the sport, which presented me and my teammates with an opportunity to promote the sport in places that had never or hardly seen it, an opportunity that extended for many years as I played in various adult leagues. It was so remote that if we broke a stick, we'd have to wait until a teammate made a trip home Northeast before we could replace it! It was all an experience which would later become helpful when I moved to Marietta and looked to teach the sport to kids and parents who were largely unfamiliar with it.
Now as a parent, I am in my 8th season coaching at the youth level.  I obtained my first US Lacrosse coaching certification years ago, and am constantly working on adding new certifications and learning new coaching methods attending lectures and clinics with my fellow Wheeler Junior coaches. My young players will tell you my favorite part of lacrosse is defense, and that ground balls are the most important statistic!
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Coach Braden - 12U Head Coach

Playing/Coaching Experience:

I have played lacrosse for a total of 10 years. I played for Mill Creek HS and am going into my 4th year playing at Oglethorpe University. In that time, I have coached middle school players for 3 years and spent some time as an Undergraduate Assistant with the Oglethorpe team as well.

Time with Wheeler Jr:

I started with the program in Spring 2019 as head coach of the U12 group.  I've assisted with U10 and U14 age groups.

Personal:  

I was raised in Dacula, GA. I am currently a senior at Oglethorpe University pursuing a degree in Astrophysics.

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Coach Patrick - 10U Head Coach

Playing/Coaching Experience:

I coached lacrosse for two years at Wheeler & McEachern High Schools as Head JV coach and Assistant Varsity coach.

Time with Wheeler Jr:

I have been with the Wheeler Jr. program since Fall 2018.

Personal:

I grew up in Macon, GA and went to college at VSU and Georgia State. Currently, I teach 7th grade Social Studies at a Cobb county middle school and serve as a sponsor for student council.

 

 

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