Jefferson Girls Lacrosse – TOGETHER!

 4001 West 102nd Street • Bloomington, MN • 55437

Jefferson Girls Lacrosse –

 Coaching Staff

Jefferson Girls Lacrosse Head Coaches

Head Coach - Natalie Swiler


Head Coach JV - Hallie Hoogland



Head Coach B SQUAD - Sarah Hochman



Coach At-Large - Trevor Holcomb


 Coaches from left, Hallie Hoogland, Emily Thorpe, Trevor Holcomb, Izzy Hochman and Sara Hochman Photo/Sport Star

NATALIE SWILER – Head Varsity Coach

Natalie is super excited for her first year as head coach of the Jefferson girls lacrosse team! She grew up in Edina playing both lacrosse and hockey since she can remember. After graduating high school in 2009, she went on to play DIII lacrosse at DePauw University in Indiana. She graduated with a Spanish major and Economics minor and returned to Minnesota to start her career in education then received her Master’s in School Counseling a few years later from the University of Minnesota. She has coached for several different lacrosse programs in the area. Her favorite part of coaching is getting to know each girl and seeing the confidence that lacrosse brings to young athletes. She currently works as a counselor for Bloomington Public Schools. Outside of lacrosse, she loves to exercise, travel, cook, and spend time with her family!


EMILY THORPE – Assistant Varsity Coach

Emily Thorpe (Knutson) grew up in Bloomington and is also a graduate of Kennedy High School. Emily started playing lacrosse in the 8th grade and earned her varsity starting position right off the bat. She maintained varsity status for the following 5 years until graduating. Emily helped the Kennedy Eagles win 3 state championships in a row, leading the team her senior year as assistant captain. Off-season, Emily made a point to participate in any and all lacrosse leagues, seeking as many playing opportunities as possible. Emily was also a member of the Minnesota All Star National's Team her junior and senior years of high school, traveling to play in tournaments in Lehigh PA and Vail CO. Emily's high school career also consisted of being a varsity cross-country runner for 5 years, a varsity cross-country skier for 6 years, as well as playing tennis, junior Olympic volleyball, and being on the speech team. She earned All-Conference and MVP in cross-country skiing, and MVP on the speech team. Emily achieved her ultimate goal of playing lacrosse in college on the East coast by receiving a lacrosse scholarship at Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina, a NCAA Division 2 school. Finishing up her freshman year at Queens, Emily then transferred to Notre Dame College of Ohio, another NCAA Division 2 school, to finish up her lacrosse eligibility and pursue her education in Nursing. Devoting her life to playing lacrosse and becoming a nurse, Emily was on the Dean's list at Notre Dame College and was a senior leader/mentor on the lacrosse team. Emily bounced back and forth playing midfield, center, and attack throughout her lacrosse career. It wasn't until the end of her college years Emily found her niche at low attack, with special thanks to a college coach! By day, Emily is a Registered Nurse and wife to long time close friend, Tyler. Emily and Tyler became friends in high school but only just recently tied the knot and settled in Burnsville. Emily enjoys yoga, sewing, traveling (road trips!), water sports, fishing, and spending time with family. Post-college, Emily has always wanted to coach lacrosse in whatever capacity possible. Her experience in coaching consists of being a prep team volunteer coach, summer league head coach, and coaching youth clinics. Lacrosse has remained a central focus in her life and she hopes to continue to motivate and empower others through her experience on the field and through her coaching abilities. Emily's motto: In the words of a very wise Notre Dame College teammate, "It's a GREAT day to play lacrosse!" As

every day is, indeed! Want some silly Q&A with Emily? Her endless supply of food? Fruit snacks, of course! Who is her favorite athlete? Tom Brady, he needs no explanation! ;) Is she a morning or night person? A night person for sure, as she’s been known to swing at people in her sleep if it’s too early! Who was Emily’s favorite music group in middle school? The BACKSTREET BOYS!!!!! And yes, she’s still a fan. Fave song- "Everybody" (aka "Backstreet's Back").



Hallie Hoogland is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA with a Bachelor's degree in American History. She played varsity lacrosse for a couple years at Puget Sound and spent one semester on the Women's Club Rowing Team while recovering from an ACL injury. Outside of class and athletics, she was actively involved with Puget Sound Greek Life as a member of Alpha Phi (holding leadership positions within the chapter), and volunteered with the Washington State History Day program. Before college, Hallie attended Hopkins High School where she played both lacrosse (lettering twice) and volleyball, receiving academic honors in both sports. She also spent time playing club volleyball, participating in off-season lacrosse leagues, and playing/coaching girls slow-pitch softball while in high school. In her free time, Hallie can be found mentoring high school students for Minnesota's History Day program, enjoying weekends at her family's lake cabin, and trying to keep her 2-year-old Boston terrier out of trouble! She also loves traveling to visit friends living in Washington, Texas, and all over the US whenever she can. This will be Hallie's fifth year coaching girls lacrosse at Bloomington Jefferson. Her favorite part of coaching has been helping players achieve their goals to become better students, athletes, and teammates...without forgetting to have fun during practices and games.


SARAH HOCHMAN – Head B Squad Coach

Sarah Hochman is a Bloomington native also, like her big sister and Varsity Head Coach Katie. She graduated from Bloomington Kennedy in 2014 and was a stand up goalie and Varsity starter for the Eagles since her 8th grade year. She was also captain her junior and senior years. Sarah currently attends Augsburg College and is working toward a degree in Biology and Education. She hope to become a high school teacher. Sarah’s favorite food is pasta, any kind or shape--as long as it’s noodles. Her spirit animal is an iguana because like Sarah, they are “so chill”. The favorite thing about coaching for Sarah is being able to see how much the girls improve in such a short time span. Sarah’s first concert was Fall Out Boy at the Grand Stand, and she also had fun seeing Hozier, Dessa, and the 1975. Want to call Sarah by a nickname? We got it -- call her Glam! That’s been hers for years.


TREVOR HOLCOMB – Assistant Coach for JV and B Squad

Trevor Holcomb grew up in Wausau, Wisconsin where he played youth and high school boys lacrosse for five years, two of which were at the varsity level. In addition to playing lacrosse, he is an avid college lacrosse fan. Trevor’s favorite college lacrosse team is Johns Hopkins. As a current sophomore at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Trevor is pursuing a degree in biomedical engineering. His favorite part of coaching is having fun and seeing his players improve over the course of the season. Some fun facts about Trevor? You bet! His spirit animal is the timberwolf because it represents high intelligence, communication and loyalty (they’re also just really cool animals). If given the choice to have dinner with anyone, he would have dinner with Neil deGrasse Tyson because Trevor is very interested in science and space, and would love to be able to talk to Tyson about the cosmos and what's to come in the astrophysics world. The best for last . . . . Trevor’s first concert was Weird Al Yankovic at the Wisconsin Valley Fair when Trevor was about 10. Seriously, Weird Al?!? That’s epic.

Jefferson Girls Lacrosse –

 4001 West 102nd Street • Bloomington, MN • 55437