Anne Weaver McBride
Outstanding coach and athletic director at Georgetown Visitation School, Women’s Sports Foundation coach of the year, selector and coach of regional high school teams at USL national tournament, graduate of Springfield College and Penn State, area pioneer for lacrosse development, frequent participant in lacrosse camps and clinics.
The phenomenal growth of girls’ lacrosse in the greater Washington, DC area over the past twenty years was not happenstance. Among the leading coaches and officials who devoted substantial portions of time to facilitate this growth, the name of Anne Weaver stands out.
Anne came to the game after graduating from Springfield College, when the Long Island native took a teaching position with a lower school that included coaching responsibilities for lacrosse. Subsequently, she took up playing with a club team and then continued her involvement during graduate school at Penn State.
When Anne arrived in Washington, DC in 1987, she had already done coaching stints at Northfield Mt. Hermon School, Penn State, and Middlebury College. For the next 12 years, Georgetown Visitation School was the beneficiary of her talents. Coaching lacrosse and field hockey and later as director of athletics, Anne took the Cubs’ lacrosse program to a new level, earning more than 200 victories during her tenure. She instituted an annual spring training trip to Florida with a tour to England every third year. Under her lead, Georgetown Visitation frequently hosted visiting British schoolgirl teams.
Anne helped to develop superb high school players from the DC area. All-Met player of the year Chrissy Flynn (Georgetown) and all-Met player Melissa Hayes (Virginia) topped the list of accomplished athletes that she tutored. In her final season at Visitation, she earned coach of the year honors from the Women’s Sports Foundation.
Anne’s contributions to the development of lacrosse in the region were not limited to the Visitation campus. She co-founded and directed the Washington Women’s Summer Lacrosse League and the Washington Area Girls’ Lacrosse Association. She coached various teams in post-season all-star games and at the All-Star Express. She served as selector and official for national tournament try-outs and assisted with selection of high school all-Americans.
Anne and her husband, Dan, reside in Stormville, NY with stepdaughters Kelly and Kerry Kate. Her niece Katie plays lacrosse at Marywood University and nephew CJ plays at Oceanside High School in New York.