In the 1998/99 season when Girls and Boys lacrosse first became CHSSA sanctioned sports at Columbine High School, I was in my first year of teaching. I was asked to be a coach on the Girl’s staff and agreed, although I had never seen a lacrosse game in my life. This will be my 20th season coaching Lacrosse. My two oldest children played lacrosse here at Columbine. Lauren was in the class of 2012, lettered in two sports, and was part of a squad that went on to the final four (Curt was a coach on that staff). Lauren played club lacrosse in college at Pacific Lutheran University and served as a Captain. Lucas graduated from CHS in 2015. Lucas also enjoyed a very successful Lacrosse experience here. He earned multiple All-Conf. awards and was selected to the Colorado ALL-State Lacrosse Team at the LSM position. He was named as a Captain both junior and senior years. He currently attends the University of Detroit Mercy where he will play his first season of Division 1 after a red-shirt year. I’m eager to watch him play here in March when they take on the Air Force Academy. My youngest son, Samson, is a junior at Highlands Ranch High School where he has lettered in Music and Theatre. Samson has qualified for Nationals in back-to-back years as a Thespian.
My wife, Kallie, also serves in education. She is patient beyond my understanding. I’m ever grateful for my family and their support.
I’m humbled that Sonorah asked me to be a part of this staff. I look forward to serving as a Varsity assistant and supporting the program any way I can. Lastly, I’m pleased to say I was Sonorah’s first coach here at Columbine. I’ve enjoyed witnessing her growth on and off the field. We are fortunate to have Sonorah. I firmly believe that we need outstanding female role models and coaches for our daughters.
Sonorah Hunter- Varsity Head Coach
Sonorah grew up in Evergreen Colorado and graduated from Columbine High school in 2009. She started playing lacrosse sophomore year and immediately fell in love with the sport. Being the first girls lacrosse player from Columbine to play Division 1, she attended The University Of Denver. Sonorah specialized in draws and was a solid defender for the team. In 2014 she helped lead the team to their first conference championship and second straight appearance to the NCAA.
Sonorah has always loved sharing her passion for the game with other players and teaching the fundamentals. She coached at a competitive high school club program Denver Summit for many years and also coached the Girls Mountain Lacrosse team. She then went on to coach with 3d Lacrosse, which is one of the largest club lacrosse teams in the country.
Since coming on board at Columbine in the fall of 2015, Sonorah has dedicated her time and energy in creating the best possible girls lacrosse program. In 2015, she lead the Varsity team to their first conference championship since 2010 and took the team to the second round of the playoffs.
She is incredibly grateful for the opportunity to work with such amazing girls and their parents and is excited to continue the progress in the program.
Curt Ahrendsen Asst. Varsity Coach
Kiki Leyba, Asst. Coach
Jenna Hofmann - Goalie Coach
Curt grew up in the Town of Irondequoit in Rochester, NY. He found he couldn’t hit a baseball so he starting playing lacrosse in grade school. After a successful high school career, Curt was recruited as a defenseman at Johns Hopkins University, where he played in three Division I NCAA National Championship games and won two (1978 and 1979). He earned All-American honors his senior season and played in the annual North-South lacrosse game.
After college, Curt moved to Colorado and played club lacrosse for many years until injuries cut his playing days short. He then coached lacrosse at the club level for a number of years. When he moved to the Columbine area with his wife and three daughters, he coached youth boy’s lacrosse until his daughters were old enough to play. At that time, he began coaching his daughters’ youth girl’s lacrosse teams and moved to the varsity program at Columbine when his oldest daughter reached high school. He helped coach the Rebel girls to a Final Four state championship appearance with a team lead by Sonorah. He left the coaching ranks few years ago after his youngest daughter graduated and is excited to have been asked back by Sonorah (even at his advanced age) to help out.
Curt looks forward to helping the Rebels reach their potential and become the best team they can be. He continues to have a great passion for the game and wants to extend that to all the girls in the Rebel lacrosse program.
Dirk Visser- JV Head Coach
Jenna grew up in Littleton and graduated from Columbine in 2012. She started playing lacrosse in fourth grade, splitting time between field and goalie. Once in high school, she focused full time on goalie and helped lead the team to two league championships, including a trip to the semifinals.
After graduating from Columbine, she went on to play goalie at Augustana College, a Division III program in Rock Island, Illinois. At Augustana, she went to the “Sweet Sixteen” of the NCAA Tournament all four years, ending with a final record of 79-10. She won multiple awards, including First Team All-Conference, First Team All-Region and Academic All-Conference.
Since high school, she has been an assistant coach for elementary and middle school teams for the Coyote Lacrosse Program, and is currently the goalie coach for 3d Lacrosse. Jenna is excited about the opportunity to share her love for the game, especially at Columbine.
Kacy has been coaching the Level 3 girl’s lacrosse team at Columbine High school since 2013. Like many of the girls she's coached, she started playing lacrosse her freshman year of high school (at ThunderRidge High School in Highlands Ranch). After high school Kacy attended Colorado School of Mine where she helped to start the Mines Women’s lacrosse team. In her three years with Mines lacrosse her team won a total of two games, but she had a great time coaching, playing, and growing the program.
Her coaching experiences in college lead her to pursue coaching at the high school level. She loves being able to introduce new players to the game, as well as helping more experienced players improve their skills.
When she isn’t coaching, Kacy is a product development engineer at a science education company. She also enjoys snowboarding, camping, and cheering on the Broncos.
Kacy Bill - Level 3 Head Coach
I have been a coach in some capacity every year of his 30 year teaching career. This will be my tenth, and last, year of coaching Girls Lacrosse at CHS. I would like to thank everyone who has allowed me to serve in this role; it has been an honor to do so. Coaching has allowed me to relate to many kids who I might never have had the opportunity to get to know and letting me do so in a much more unique way than a classroom allows. It is my hope that beyond the playing of the game that my teams have learned how to work hard and never give up. I am a true believer that hard work and perseverance will outperform talent in almost every case.
I have been married to my wife, Peige, for 26 years.
I have 2 Children; Lieutenant JG Zachary Visser USN is a 2010 Columbine graduate now flying helicopters.
Jordan Visser is a 2013 CHS graduate finishing her last semester at Roanoke College where she is an industrial psychology major and lacrosse player.