SCLA is excited to announce the new Lady Dragon Head Coach, Stephanie Schenkel! Stephanie comes to us from Tennessee, by way of England, where she has spent the last year helping to grow the game of Women’s Lacrosse. Stephanie won us all over with her positive attitude, love of Lacrosse, thought process, and passion for teaching young ladies. She is going to do great things for Southlake Lacrosse and all of North Texas Lacrosse.
Stephanie started playing at age 13. Her high school team was rated one of the top three teams in the state of Tennessee all four of her attending years. She went on to play Division I lacrosse for Longwood University. During her time with Longwood, they were crowned NCAA Division I NLC Conference Champions. Along with a champion skill level, Stephanie's coaching experience is vast. She has coached extensively at the high school, middle school, and youth levels.
Most recently, Stephanie has coached overseas in the U.K. as a Graduate Sports Fellow at Oakham School and was the Associate Head Coach at DeMontfort University. In just the second year of the program, Stephanie led them to a second place finish in their league. From 2013 to 2016, Stephanie was the assistant coach at Ravenwood High School girl's lacrosse team while she was the head coach at the Woodland Middle School girl's lacrosse team. She assisted Ravenwood High School to the Tennessee State Final Four in 2015 and led Woodland Middle School to Middle Tennessee Champions in 2013, 2014, and 2015. Stephanie also served as the assistant coach for Team Tennessee at the US Lacrosse National Tournament two years in a row where they went undefeated in their bracket in 2015 and 3-1 in 2016 against top players from teams all across the nation.
Stephanie brings an overall love of the game and has expressed “if I could play or coach lacrosse 24 hours a day, I would”. Her passion is to grow the game while leading and mentoring young women towards success. In addition to her community coaching positions, Stephanie has started, and coached all levels within, five travel club teams.
We are excited to have Stephanie join the Dragon Nation and hope that you will join us in welcoming her to our community.
Nick Bumpass Girls's HS Assistant Coach
Bart Sullivan Boy's HS Head Coach
Kyle Saunders Boy's HS Assistant Coach
Coach Saunders is a Native Texan. From Flower Mound, he began his playing career in the 9th grade for Coppell. A multi-sport athlete in high school, Saunders played basketball at Flower Mound Marcus and lacrosse at Coppell. He took to lacrosse very quickly and was a four year letterman at Coppell, 3 year Captain, and was awarded All-State honors in his junior and senior seasons.
After graduation in 2003, Saunders went on to study International Studies and Spanish at Texas State University in San Marcos while playing for the Bobcats in the 2004-2007 seasons. He was a four year captain at Texas State and was a member of the All-Conference team in 2005-2007. He stayed on staff for the 2008, 2009, and 2010 seasons and as Associate Head Coach/Offensive coordinator, helped Texas State win their first ever Lone Star Alliance Conference championship in 2010.
After Texas State, Saunders moved to Austin and began coaching middle school in Westlake in the Fall of 2010. In 2012, he was hired by Lake Travis and served as Program Director for 1st-8th grade as well as the high school Offensive Coordinator.
In 2014, Saunders returned to his alma mater at Texas State as Head Coach for the 2015 and 2016 seasons. In his two seasons at the helm, the Bobcats played in the Lone Star Alliance championship game twice and won the championship again in 2015 making him the only coach to have won 2 titles at Texas State.
Saunders moved back to DFW in the Fall of 2016 and is entering his second season with Southlake. Saunders assists in facilitating SCLA's Fall Box Lacrosse programming for 1st-8th grade as well as serving as the Head Assistant for the High School varsity team. In 2017 he coached the 7/8th grade Dragons Black team that made the DFWL playoffs and advanced to the semi-finals.