BALTIMORE – 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 2011 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 ESPN RISE Games July 17-22 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando.
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 will each 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 17-19, and the championship game will be shown on espn3.com. Girls’ showcase coaches:
Team Freedom – Coach Brooke Watson, Germantown Academy (Pa.)
Team Freedom – Coach Dara Robbins, St. Francis High School (Calif.)
Team Liberty – Coach Edward Clark, Sycamore High School (Ohio)
Team Liberty – Coach Julie Jerrell, Bishop Chatard High School (Ind.)
Team Pride – Coach Meredith Miller, Liberty High School (Colo.)
Team Pride – Coach Lauren Anderson, Lake Oswego High School (Ore.)
Team Spirit – Coach Legare Vest, Harpeth Hall (Tenn.)
Team Spirit – Coach Samantha Adey, University School of Milwaukee (Wis.)
"The opportunity this showcase offers to not only coaches, but to players who are from unconventional lacrosse areas is amazing," said Team Spirit Coach Legare Vest. "It’s a platform to show off the country’s best talent and a great way to highlight the sport’s national growth."
The boys’ showcase takes place July 20-22, and the championship game will be broadcast on ESPNU. Boys’ showcase coaches:
Team Freedom – Coach Andy Hilgartner, McDonogh High School (Md.)
Team Freedom – Coach Andrew Bolger, Pope John Paul II (Fla.)
Team Liberty – Coach Doug Bailey, Red Lion High School (Pa.)
Team Liberty – Coach Ken Marsh, Ridge High School (N.J.)
Team Pride – Coach Bob Streeten, Corning High School (N.Y.)
Team Pride – Coach Dean Corkum, Essex High School (Vt.)
Team Spirit – Coach Jon Fox, Foothill High School (Calif.)
Team Spirit – Coach Pete Schroeder, Trinity High School (Ky.)
"I am both honored and thrilled to be part of this year's Champion All-American Showcase," said Team Freedom Coach Andy Hilgartner. "With the outstanding student-athletes that will be represented at this event, the coaches are truly fortunate. We will emphasize an unselfish approach to the games featuring great effort and fast-paced play. I have no doubt that this will be a fun and rewarding experience for all involved."
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