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Paul Devereaux

Paul Devereaux

Coach Devereaux has 35 years of playing and coaching experience. He grew up in New York and played three years of Varsity lacrosse and football for the Kent School in Kent, CT and was captain of both teams. He then attended the United States Military Academy at West Point where he played for the Division I Army team. Army participated in the NCAA Tournament all four years while he was on the team. Devereaux has coached youth and high school programs in Georgia, California, New Jersey and Ontario, Canada.

Frank Daniels

Frank Daniels

Coach Daniels and Coach Ryan created Thunder Lacrosse when watching their sons play for the East Cobb Roosters in 2008. Along with Coach Devereaux, the program was formed with 24 players in the May of 2008 and has not stopped growing since. Coach Daniels grew up playing with the Prince Georges Lacrosse Club in suburban Maryland. He began coaching lacrosse with East Cobb Lacrosse in 2003 and was one of the founders of Jr. Greyhound Lacrosse and has coached teams from U9 recreational through middle school and high school junior varsity lacrosse. Coach Daniels is a graduate of the University of Maryland in College Park.

Bruce Oswald

Bruce Oswald

Coach Oz began playing lacrosse in 1969 in the youth programs of suburban Philadelphia. He graduated from Abington HS in 1978 and was named an All-American midfielder, playing in two state championship games. He then was a four-year starter at Division I Drexel University in Philly, where he played mostly attack. He moved to Atlanta in 1986 and played for the Atlanta Lacrosse club from ’86-’95. In 1996 he began coaching and has coached in various youth programs such as Atlanta Youth, Bagataway, East Cobb Lacrosse and currently the Pope HS Jr program. He has been a board member of the Pope Junior program and was the coach of the Pope Jr Select team. Oz and his wife, Kathleen, created the Andrew Oswald Memorial Fund in 2006 after the death of their son, Andrew, a standout Pope HS (’04) attackman who passed away after a one-car accident in 2005. Their fund supports helping teens make better choices and safe driving events using lacrosse as its fundraising vehicle. To date, the Andrew Oswald Memorial Fund has provided scholarships to 12 Atlanta lacrosse players who have gone on to play lacrosse in college.

Andy Pons

Andy Pons

Andy serves as the Director of Lacrosse Operations for Thunder lacrosse. In this capacity, Coach Pons assists our coaching staff and Board of Directors as he oversees and organizes our camps, clinics, annual evaluations and acts as recruiting coordinator in support of our high school coaches and players. Andrew is also the head coach at Woodward Academy. Andy was named Atlanta Metro South Coach of the Year in 2015. He has an extensive background in lacrosse being born and raised in Baltimore, MD. He graduated in 1998 with a degree in physical education from McDaniel College, where he was a three sport athlete (Soccer, Basketball, Lacrosse). He won the Athlete of the Year in 1988. He also was a three sport All Metro athlete at John Carroll and is a  member of his high school Hall of Fame in  three sports. Andy spent two years as an assistant coach under Hall of Famer, John Tucker, with the Boston Cannons of the MLL. He has spoken at numerous coach’s conventions and clinics around the country having recently presented at the US Lacrosse Georgia coaches clinic in January. Coach Pons has been married to his high school sweetheart Chrissy for twenty-seven years and has three children. His middle son, Mac, played lacrosse at the University of Maryland, where he and the Terps won the 2017 National Championship. Fear the Turtle!!!!

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