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Garrison Forest School

Meet the Coaches


A teacher and coach since the fall of 1979, Kim Marlor has coached Tennis and Badminton at Garrison Forest since she arrived in the fall of 1986. She also taught and later coached squash in its infancy at GFS. Kim is committed to empowering young people to recognize, and embrace, who they are in the world of physical education, athletics and wellness. 

It's all about "the journey" for each of her athletes.  Individual sports test each athlete's ability on a daily basis and each young athlete comes to a sport with their own unique story.  Kim encourages each player to practice to the best of their ability, realize her strengths and weaknesses, focus on strengthening the weaknesses in her game play, and celebrate each step towards improvement. 

Skills and drills occupy the first two-thirds of practice and match play (to implement these new skills and strategies) generally occur at the end the practice.  Kim's long term goal for all of the players is to stay involved with all the racket sports (tennis, badminton, squash, pickle ball), "It's very simple...I want them still playing these sports when they are my age." In recent years, most of the students and athletes that Kim works with refer to her as "Marlor."




Lynn was a junior USTA ranked player growing up in Florida and competed at the College of William & Mary in both singles and doubles (her specialty) from 1975-1979. Lynn is a member of the 1979 William & Mary Hall of Fame women’s tennis team that finished 3rd in the nation.

Lynn has represented the Mid-Atlantic on the Addie Cup and Inter sectional Teams. She came in 3rd in the over-50 World Cup Tennis Championships and 3rd in the over-50 Indoor National Championships.

For five years Lynn was the Director of Tennis at Bare Hills Racquet and Fitness. She has been a tennis professional at Sparrows Point Country Club, Greenspring Valley Country Club, and Chartwell Country Club. She is currently a tennis and pickleball pro at Coppermine Racquet and Fitness. Lynn also enjoys coaching high school tennis and has coached at Loyola Blakefield, St. Paul’s School for Girls, Notre Dame Preparatory School, and is currently coaching at Garrison Forest School.




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Lisa joins Garrison Forest as a new member of the Varsity Cross Country coaching staff. She is looking forward to her inaugural season! Go Grizzlies!
Head Coach
Varsity Cross Country
Roland Park Country School
Nov 2014 - Apr 2019
Director of College Counseling
English Teacher
St. Paul's School for Girls
July 1994 - June 2008


Having worked at Garrison Forest for the past two years Malcom has seen exactly how great the GFS girls can be.  He hopes to help them learn and grow while they work towards getting better everyday as players and people.

"I think we can do some damage on the field this season! We have been working the entire off-season to earn the outcome that we want this year."

  • Member of Ocelots Field Hockey from 2000-2005
  • Level 1 USA Field Hockey Coaching Certification-2017
  • Coach at Garrison Forest 2017-Present
  • Assistant Coach, Reach Field Hockey 2017-2018




Garrison Forest School Alum- class of 1981: Field hockey, Soccer, Lacrosse.

University of Pennsylvania B.S. in Nursing - Deans Award for the School of Nursing 1985. Field hockey four years, 1982 EAIAW Champions, Co-captain 1984, All-Ivy League Hockey Team 1984. Lacrosse four years, AIAW Mid-Atlantic Regional Champions 1982, Ivy League Rookie of the Year 1982, All-Ivy Lacrosse Team 1982-1985, Co-captain 1985.  Three Ivy League Championships between hockey/lacrosse. First Women’s North-South All Star Lacrosse Game 1985.
Garrison Forest School - 1996 to 2002 - Field hockey and lacrosse coach for girls from Lower to Upper School.  2003 to present - Varsity Field Hockey Coach, IAAM Regular Season Champions four years, IAAM Tournament Champions 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012.  Baltimore Sun Co-Coaches of the Year in 2010 with Traci Davis.

Pacas Lacrosse Program – 2002 – 2010 Program coordinator/Head Coach for elementary and middle school girls, the only inner-city girls’ team in Baltimore City.  Included mentoring/coaching program for Garrison girls, including my daughter Poppy Hall. Assisted players in placement in camps, high schools, and colleges. Baltimore City Department of Recs and Parks Contribution Award 2002.  Nancy Grasmick Excellence for Minority Achievement Award 2003. US Lacrosse Regions Council Commitment Award 2005.

Greater Baltimore Chapter of US Lacrosse Hall of Fame Inductee 2005 with my father Jim McDonald.

Physical Education Lower, Middle, and Upper Divisions and Varsity Field Hockey Coach

Leigh's hope, in both teaching and coaching, is that our students develop a love of movement which they carry with them throughout their lives.  Friendships, life lessons, and an admiration for the capabilities of the human body and mind can all be celebrated in a gym or on a playing field.  Garrison Forest School has outstanding facilities and dedicated teachers/coaches who enable our girls to create joy in everyday life.



In her "hay-day" Catie was an AIS and IAAM all-metro all-star field hockey goalie with a three-season total of 34 shutouts for the Garrison Grizzlies. Catie strongly believes that she owes most of that success to the cadre of assistant coaches who - although they knew little about goal-tending themselves - dedicated their time to creating workouts that would make her quick, skilled, and resilient.
Catie went on to serve as the Head Varsity Field Hockey coach at the Fountain Valley School in Colorado from 2004-2007 and has been happily assisting on the GFS coaching squad since 2015, as the goalie coach. Her philosophy as a coach is to tap into the already-existing competitiveness and drive - which all goalies must have - to help them achieve their goals by building their confidence and skills to stop the ball from going into the goal at all costs.
With the help of "Betty", our esteemed hockey ball throwing machine, she plans to organize tough conditioning drills for our goalies, to prepare them so they can push themselves to their own unique limits. Catie also hopes to build the goalies' skills and confidence to see the whole field and to voice what they see. Although she assists the Varsity Field Hockey program primarily, she will work with the coaching staff of both Varsity and JV teams to set aside times to specifically work with the goalies at both levels. She is really looking forward to working with you!


University of Iowa, Bachelor of Arts, Health and Sports Studies
USFHA Level 2 Coaching Certification
Positive Coaching Alliance Double Goal Coach Certification
University of Iowa Field Hockey Team, 2001-2004
2004 First Team All American
2004 First Team All Big Ten
2004 Big Ten Conference Champions
Member of US Women’s National Field Hockey Team, 2005-2010
2005, 2009 Champions Challenge
2006 World Cup
2007 Pan American Games
2009 Pan American Cup
Braxgata HC, (Antwerp, Belgium), U18 Assistant Coach, 2008-2009
2008-2009 U18 Club Champions
Nijmegen HC, (Nijmegan, Netherlands), Trainer, 2010
Balanced Athletics (Moorestown, NJ), Clinic and Camp Director and Coach, 2010-2012
Freedom HKY (Annapolis, MD), Club Director, 2013- present
2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 U19 Regional Club Champions
2018, 2019 U16 Regional Club Champions
2018 U14 Regional Club Champions 
2017 U14 National Club Championships- 2nd place
2019 U14 National Club Championships- 3rd place
Current National Ranking
Overall: #1 (MAX Field Hockey)
U14: #1 (USA Field Hockey, MAX Field Hockey)
U16: #8 (USA Field Hockey, #9 (MAX Field Hockey)
U19: #1 (MAX Field Hockey), #2 (USA Field Hockey)
USA National Indoor Team, U15 Head Coach, 2019-2020
Married to William Strydom and have three children: William Grayson (6), Berkeley (5), and Campbell (3). Currently resides in Edgewater, MD.



Liz Stroud first fell in love with field hockey at the age of ten. She played in middle and high school at McDonogh School but took time off during college. When Liz returned to Baltimore after graduating in 2010, she started playing with Baltimore Field Hockey Association. She still plays for BFHA in their seasonal leagues and tournaments.

Liz also coached for Cockeysville Rec Council from 2011-2016. She has always dreamt of teaching and coaching in the same school and can’t wait to fulfill that dream as a Grizzly!  




Liza Blue ’10 returned to Garrison Forest in 2016 to join the External Programs Department and coach lacrosse and field hockey. Liza was a standout athlete in field hockey, basketball and lacrosse at GFS, earning honors such as High School All-American, All-Metro, All-State, and Player of the Year.

She went on to the University of Virginia, where she played field hockey and lacrosse. Liza reached two NCAA Final Fours with both teams and became a two-time IWLCA All-American in lacrosse and was a member of the ACC All-Academic Team all four years. Liza holds a B.S. in Kinesiology and a Masters in Teaching from the University of Virginia.

Since graduating from Virginia, Liza has been the assistant varsity lacrosse coach at St. Anne’s-Belfield, lacrosse clinician, and a club coach in lacrosse and field hockey. She is thrilled to be back at her alma mater and be a part of GFS Athletics. Go Grizzlies!




Derek Phillips was born in Trinidad and Tobago and grew up in Columbia, Maryland. His soccer career started in Howard County where he played for Atholton High School and represented the Maryland State Team. His outstanding play as a collegiate player at UMBC landed him a position with several Professional teams including Dallas Sidekicks, Cocoa Expos, Shamrock Rovers, Derry City, SW Wehen. The highlight of his career was when he represented his native country, Trinidad and Tobago against the Republic of Korea.He attributes his soccer career to the guidance received from many exceptional coaches including his father, Lincoln Phillips, world-renowned Goal Keeper and FIFA Coach.

Upon retiring as a soccer player, he was excited to start a new chapter in his life and began the journey as a Strength and Conditioning Coach. His technical ability as a soccer player, fascination with the intricacies of movements of the body, he founded Inside Out Performance, LLC. Derek’s hunger to improve a player’s functional movement with and without the ball, he is always learning new techniques. He has had the opportunity to coach the U-13 and U-16 Boys Super Y-League, Women's Soccer Team at Loyola University, Men's Soccer Team at Howard University, and proudly with the ECSC for the past 3 years. His passion for soccer is evident in his positive attitude, and the time and effort he gives to any player he comes in contact with. Developing soccer players is his #1 goal!




Stephanie first started coaching with Baltimore Celtic Club in 2015. She coached the 2004 Celtic girls team for four years; two as an assistant coach and two as a head coach. Shortly after starting her club coaching career, she began coaching the GFS varsity outdoor and indoor soccer teams in 2016.
This year Stephanie will continue with Celtic, coaching the 2005 and 2011 girls teams and continue in her fourth year coaching at Garrison Forest School. As an alumnae and female player and coach, she is excited to continue building the soccer program to be competitive and enjoyable for all of our student-athletes! 


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Titorian Richardson was raised in Pikesville, Maryland where he graduated from Pikesville High School. After studying Culinary Arts in New York, he returned to the area to make the city of Reisterstown his home. He is a father of two sons, and a grandfather of two.

Coach Richardson is a CIC, Certified Interscholastic Coach (Nationally Certified). He has been coaching for over 20 years, with 10 years at the High School level. He also owns Royals Athletics Organization, a non-profit organization that conducts clinics and camps for volleyball and basketball (and hopefully more sports in the future!).

Coach Richardson relates to each athlete and treats the players with dignity and the utmost respect. He is interested in developing the whole person, which in turn, develops the entire team. This development includes, but is not limited to, skills relevant to the sport, off court winning, a positive competitive spirit, and most importantly good sportsmanship/citizenship.

In his free time, Coach Richardson can be caught outside practicing his Photography.




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