Starting Defender: Garrett (#16)
Garrett is a city boy who grew up in Fort Worth, Texas (population: 700,000 ). Garrett graduated from Arlington Heights High School in 2002 and joined the US Navy in 2004. He moved to Jacksonville in 2005 to serve on the USS Klakring as a Sonar Technician and was a Petty Officer, Second Class. Meeting Lauren confirmed his desire to finish his six year commitment and start a new, life-long one.
Garrett’s is finishing his degree in Communications at Jacksonville University where he briefly played on the Men’s Soccer Team. During the summer of 2011 he won the National Premiere Soccer League (NPSL) National Championship playing with the semi-professional soccer team, Jacksonville United FC. He is now “retired” from competitive soccer after sports hernia surgery.
He turned a 2012 summer internship with JaxParks (City of Jacksonville, Parks and Recreation) into a full-time job and he is now the Digital Media Coordinator at JaxParks where he produces, edits, and markets the JaxParks TV show. On top of that, his duties also include social media and website management.
Garrett has a thing for video games, movies, Journey and turtles. Three words that Lauren uses to describe Garrett are: clever, enlightening, and adorkable.
Starting Forward: Lauren (#5)
Lauren is a small town girl, having grown up in Molalla, Oregon (population:
6,000 8,000 ). Lauren left Oregon for college at Northern Arizona University (2006 graduate), with a brief stop in Ireland (University of Limerick study abroad). Post-college, she worked for brass|MEDIA, a start up media company in Corvallis, Oregon (GO BEAVS!) prior to convincing the PGA TOUR to hire her for a “dream job” (social media & fan outreach) in 2008. She’s been in Jacksonville, Florida ever since.
Her favorite sports include volleyball and golf, and after moving to Jacksonville she took up running (completed a 15K in 2009 & 2011, and half marathon in 2009). Lauren is also involved in Social Media Club Jax (founder) , when not cheering on Garrett during his soccer games.
Lauren has a thing for Twitter, live music, cross-stitching and turtles. Three words that Garrett uses to describe Lauren are: thoughtful, caring & chickadee!