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Abbey Smith

Collins Hill has promoted Abbey Smith from assistant coach to head coach with the girls lacrosse program, the school announced this week.

Smith, an assistant coach the past two years, replaces Kimberlee Mankin, who will remain with the program as an assistant.

“(Smith) is passionate about the sport and dedicated to growing the program at Collins Hill,” Collins Hill athletic and activities director Scarlett Grantham said. “She already has a good relationship with our kids and community, and we are excited to see what she accomplishes in the coming years.”

Smith, also an assistant softball coach for the Eagles, played both lacrosse and softball at the high school level for South Forsyth. She also played four seasons at Point University, where she was a goalie.

She joined the Collins Hill staff after college, but had been a kindergarten teacher at McKendree Elementary. She will transfer to the high school for 2020-21 school year.

“I’m excited about being head coach,” Smith said. “I played four years of college lacrosse so I have a really good knowledge of the game. I think it will be beneficial for the girls that I’ve only been out of college since 2018. I come from a background of college lacrosse and I played in high school and college. I’m excited to work with the girls.”

One of Smith’s goals is growing lacrosse in the Collins Hill cluster beyond the high school level.

“I like the community,” Smith said. “There’s a lot of people willing to do a lot of things. For instance, I’m very excited about they have the middle school teams. One of my really big goals is to get the youth involved, the elementary and middle girls. I think that’s the biggest trouble we have at Collins Hill. They don’t really know the sport until they get to high school.”

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