By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 9/17/10
Former Temple great Jess Chadwin (Germantown Academy) has been named the head girls’ lacrosse coach at Villa Maria Academy.
Chadwin was an assistant coach at Haverford College the past two years and also was a volunteer graduate assistant at Temple in 2008.
Chadwin was a four-year starter (defender) at Temple and was a three-time Jewish Sports Review All-American. She led Temple to four straight A-10 Tournaments, including a Conference title in 2004. She also earned the school’s prestigious Enterprise Sportsmanship Award for her overall commitment to the program.
Chadwin serves as the assistant athletic director at Villa Maria and is a physical education teacher. She replaces Christa Somits, who recently resigned after guiding Villa Maria to one league title and two second-place finishes in her three years as head coach.
“I have taught most of the girls and I am looking forward to coaching them,” Chadwin said. “I have tough shoes to fill, but I am looking forward to the challenge.
“I am big on team play and I want to develop good stick-work. Having worked under Julie Shaner Young at Haverford College, I learned so much. I will be adjusting to coaching at the high school level. Being a teacher, I want them to have skills and knowledge for life after they leave Villa Maria.”
Somits – a Henderson graduate – led the Hurricanes to the 2008 Athletic Association of Catholic Academies (AACA) championship and two District 1 wins. Villa Maria fell to Merion Mercy in the league finals each of the past two years. Her overall record was a gaudy 46-13.
Somits was a standout at West Chester, and earned Second Team All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference honors in 2006 as a defender. She earned NCAA All-Tournament honors in 2004 when West Chester reached the NCAA Division II finals.