Zoë Smith, a UNC Chapel Hill graduate with deep ties to the Colorado lacrosse community, will serve as WPLL Futures Director for Colorado. Smith and a team of WPLL players including Bailey Mathis, Ellie DeGarmo, and Briget Bianco will hold a regional tryout on Sunday April 15th at the David A Lorenz Regional Park in Highlands Ranch, CO for 9th, 10th, and 11th grade players interested in taking part in the Colorado branch of the WPLL Futures Program. A character and leadership intensive program, Futures is not intended to replace or interfere with a player’s high school or club commitments. Players selected to a Futures team will not be required to attended any practices prior to the championship weekend July 10th-12th, but rather will be required to take part in a series of online courses and workshops.
“Colorado has long been an up and coming lacrosse presence in the western US,” explained WPLL Commissioner Jen Adams. “Establishing a Futures program in Colorado allows us to directly impact the growing number of players in the Denver area.”
Central to the WPLL’s mission is helping the next generation of female lacrosse talent grow into strong, confident leaders. With the help of partners Victory Academy and Brave Enterprises, the WPLL’s Futures Program is designed to expose high school players across the country to lacrosse and leadership experiences that will prepare them for any challenges they may face. Players selected for the Futures Program will receive a mix of lacrosse and life skills that will help them for life. Futures players will also have the opportunity to play in a national tournament this summer, competing against top-talent from across the country. Whether you make the Futures team or not, all players that tryout will be given access to a year’s worth of online leadership training.
The tryout consists of a variety of lacrosse and fitness drills that will be run by Smith, Matthis, DeGarmo, and Bianco. Matthis was a standout defender at Loyola University and now coaches at the University of Denver, DeGarmo graduated from Princeton in 2017 and led the nation in save percentage, and fellow keeper Bianco won a NCAA championship with Northwestern in 2012. In addition to meeting and learning from WPLL pros, all players that attend the April 15th tryout will be given access to online curriculum designed to test and improve their leadership and bravery skills. After the evaluations are completed, 60 players will be named to the three Colorado Futures teams, 20 players from each grade.
Originally from Baltimore, MD, Smith led the Tar Heels to the NCAA Semifinals in both her junior and senior years. As a senior, Smith was selected as team captain, and she won the Class of 1996 Leadership Award. Smith was a member of the University of Denver women’s lacrosse staff from 2007-2016, and now serves as their Director of Parent and Alumni relations. Smith also served as the head girls lacrosse coach at the Kent Denver School from 2007-2010, and was a member of the coaching staff at Kent for a total of ten years. In addition to her work in college and high school lacrosse, Smith also owns and directs Summit Lacrosse, a club with the mission of educating, coaching, and inspiring young women to have respect for others, show commitment to community, strengthen their sense of personal integrity, and improve their lacrosse skills.
"The core of my approach to coaching includes not just the improvement of a player’s lacrosse skills but also the inspiring of young women to have respect for others, show commitment to community, and strengthen their sense of personal integrity,” explained Smith. “I was thrilled to hear about the mission of the WPLL Futures Program, as it aligns perfectly with my own mission, which is to educate the whole athlete through the love of lacrosse."
Players interested in the Futures tryout can register here.