Where do you live?
Bruceton Mills, W.V.
Although I have never played, I have had lacrosse exposure for many years. As an undergraduate at WVU in the mid 1970’s, I met my future husband, Jeff, who is truly the ‘father of lacrosse’ in West Virginia. He left Baltimore for WVU in 1971, found that there was no lacrosse there, and started the first men’s team in the state. The WVU club team still exists. I was statistician for the team in 1976-77. I have served as the head coach of the University High School girls’ team since 1998. I also started umpiring this past year.
Spanish teacher, University High School
Current lacrosse interests outside chapter:
Although I love coaching, I really enjoy umpiring women’s lacrosse, and am pursuing some opportunities in that direction, mostly in the Pittsburgh area.
Favorite lacrosse memory to date:
There have been so many! But, my favorite occurred recently. My 15-year-old daughter, Jerri, attended the Johns Hopkins camp in June. I arrived a bit early to pick her up, and had the opportunity to watch the girls finish a game. She was playing close defense, and in the last two minutes or so of the game, she checked the ball carrier, did a crease roll, and scored a beautiful goal! I was a very proud ‘mommy/coach’.
The growth of our sport in West Virginia is so exciting, and I’m so proud to be part of it! Currently, there are two new women’s collegiate varsity programs starting at West Virginia Wesleyan College and at Shepherd University. There are rumors of more high school teams coming on board - it’s all good.