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BALTIMORE, May 2, 2012 – US Lacrosse today announced 16 of the best high school boys’ and girls’ lacrosse coaches in the country to lead the eight teams at the 2012 Champion All-American Showcase, a US Lacrosse high school all-star event featuring nearly 200 of the nation’s top players. US Lacrosse returns the Champion All-American Showcase to the 2012 ESPNHS Games presented by GNC, July 22-27 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
US Lacrosse fielded a large pool of applicants from coaches around the country. US Lacrosse High School Area Chairmen nominated the boys’ coaches, who were selected by the US Lacrosse High School All-American Advisory Team. The girls’ coaches submitted applications to a national women’s game selection committee, which then made final selections.
The boys’ and girls’ divisions each will separate Champion All-American Showcase players onto four teams, which will compete in a round-robin format prior to championship and consolation games on the event’s final day.
The girls’ showcase takes place July 22-24, and the championship game will be streamed on ESPN3.com. Girls’ showcase coaches and high school teams:
Team Freedom – Coach Russell Mackey, Mt. Notre Dame (Ohio)
Team Freedom – Coach Shannon Nolan, Phoenix Country Day School (Ariz.)
Team Liberty – Coach Jessica Sardella, Walkersville (Md.)
Team Liberty – Coach Abby Mead, Green Hope (N.C.)
Team Pride – Coach Brooke Fritz, Radnor (Pa.)
Team Pride – Coach Emily Lovercheck, Parkway West (Md.)
Team Spirit – Coach Katie Quist, Lawrence Academy (Mass.)
Team Spirit – Coach Stacey Williams, Bishop Moore Catholic (Fla.)
"I am beyond honored and excited to be coaching at this year’s Champion All-American Showcase," Williams said. "The opportunity to coach some of our nation’s elite high school student-athletes and collaborate with top high school coaches in a great venue is a coach’s dream."
The boys’ showcase takes place July 25-27, and the championship game will be broadcast on ESPNU. Boys’ showcase coaches and high school teams:
Team Freedom – Coach Chris Cos, Hoover (Ala.)
Team Freedom – Coach Thomas West, Ponte Vedra (Fla.)
Team Liberty – Coach Brooks Sweet, Poly Prep Country Day School (N.Y.)
Team Liberty – Coach Carl Houser, Glen Ridge (N.J.)
Team Pride –Coach Mark Kelley, Shepherd Hill Regional (Mass.)
Team Pride –Coach Joseph Hezley, Scarborough (Maine)
Team Spirit – Coach Dejon Hush, Lake Washington (Wash.)
Team Spirit – Coach Richard Pruszynski, Marquette University HS (Wis.)
"It’s an honor to be chosen to coach at the Champion All-American Showcase," said West. "It makes it extra special when I am coaching with a fellow Castleton State alum, Coach Cos. I've coached lacrosse for a long time and I'm excited to have the opportunity to get to know players from all across the country. I hope to teach them to honor and respect the game that we all love so much as they enter college."
To learn more about the Champion All-American Showcase, please visit www.uslacrosse.org/2012ChampionAllAmericanShowcase.
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