By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 12/6/14
Pennridge has named Central Bucks South graduate Karen Schnurr as its head girls’ lacrosse coach.
Schnurr was a four-year starter at Shippensburg and has served as as assistant at CB South the past four years. She also has served as Bucks Select’s 2018 head coach and head coach of the 2018 LaxEdge Girls Team. She answered these questions on her new position:
What is your general philosophy on coaching?
Schnurr: “I have a few philosophies about coaching. The biggest one is hard work. Any player that is willing to put in hard work and determination is someone who will always play for me. Attitude is another big philosophy. Each player on the team needs to have a positive and encouraging attitude. We are one team; no matter if you are on JV or Varsity, the girls wear the Pennridge uniform together. Passion is something that can’t be taught but instead is found in that player who truly loves the sport. This is a quality that makes a stand out player and it shows in their playing. To me it is simple, hard work and dedication will take you far and that is with all things in life.
What are your short-term goals for the program?
Schnurr: “My short-term goal is to get back to basics. I want to establish strong fundamentals in each girl so they have a strong base to grow from. I want this to be a successful season for not only the team as a whole but for the girls individually. I want to take steps towards competing with the powerhouses, while making sure the girls have fun and develop a passion for the sport.”
What are your long-term goals for the program?
Schnurr: “My long-term goal is simple: become a powerhouse. I want to compete at the highest level and make waves in the playoffs.”
What coaches have helped you as mentors/role models?
Schnurr: “My biggest mentor/role model is Janique Craig. She was my high school lacrosse coach at Central Bucks South and really the one to push me to play in college. She helped me develop my skills and my love for the game. Then when I graduated college I came back and was able to be her assistant coach. I learned so much about the sport and how to run a successful team from her. She not only taught me about lacrosse but also helped me grow as a person.
“The other two mentor/role models that I have are Naomi Radio and Mia Gambino. They were my college lacrosse coaches at Shippensburg University. They both developed me into a successful player and furthered my lacrosse skills. My passion for the game really grew while those two coached me.”