Kate Sedgwick is returning to her Georgia lacrosse roots.
The Lambert girls lacrosse head coach has resigned to take the same position at Woodward Academy, a private school in south Fulton County and rival of Westminster where Sedgwick started her high school coaching career.
“These last two years coming back to Lambert have been great,” Sedgwick said. “I’ve seen tremendous growth. … We’ve seen the school grow. We’ve seen the competition get more fierce. I was blessed with a group of girls this year. We just gelled on the field, off the field. It was probably one of my best years coaching.”
Sedgwick’s tenure at Lambert spans six seasons, the first four from 2010-13 when she started the Longhorns’ program. Sedgwick left for two years to coach at Roberts Wesleyan College, a Division II program in New York, before returning to Lambert in 2016. This past season, she led the Longhorns to a 16-6 record and run to the semifinals of the Class 6-7A state playoffs – the best season in school history. Sedgwick’s total record at Lambert is 60-44-1.
But Sedgwick came to Lambert in 2010 after five seasons as an assistant coach at Westminster, one of the flagship lacrosse programs in the state. It was still the early days of the sport in Georgia, and Westminster had just a handful of opponents to pick from – including Woodward Academy.
“Woodward has a strong, strong tradition with the game of lacrosse in the state of Georgia,” Sedgwick said. “I remember when I came on board in 2004 with Westminster, we played them a couple times that season. The coach who started that program, Brent Hilpert, he did really, really good things.”
Woodward hasn’t been as strong of late, going 6-9 this past season with a 22-2 loss to Westminster in the first round of the Class 1-5A state playoffs. Lambert handed Woodward a 17-2 loss early in the season.
Sedgwick relishes the chance to invigorate Woodward. She’s experienced with it now, starting Lambert’s program, helping Roberts Wesleyan transition from NAIA to Division II, then pushing the Longhorns to take the next step this past season.
“I’m just ready to go back into the private school sector and see an opportunity at Woodward to boost their program,” Sedgwick said. “That’s what I enjoy. I love seeing girls that know the game but might not have gotten the coaching that can take them to that next level. I hope to bring that to Woodward.”
Sedgwick said it was difficult to break the news to her Lambert team. She met with players earlier this week, had her last booster club meeting and finished the Longhorns’ schedule for next season.
That Longhorns team will have a new, higher standard of success after what Sedgwick helped Lambert achieve this season.
“It’s never easy to leave. It’s never easy to say goodbye,” Sedgwick said. “…The girls will be left with a strong program. We made a legacy for ourselves, and we put ourselves on the map this year. My hopes would be it’s nothing but growth in the future.”