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GA names Dean as head girls’ lacrosse coach

Saturday, 23rd September 2017

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 9/23/17
From Press Release

Germantown Academy Director of Athletics Josh MacArthur has announced the hiring of Mary Dean as the new varsity head coach of girls’ lacrosse. In this role, Dean will oversee the entire girls lacrosse program.

“I could not be more excited to welcome Mary Dean to the GA Community as our new head coach for girls lacrosse,” said MacArthur. “The search committee was incredibly thorough and thoughtful in our process, and I’d like to thank them for their commitment to bringing someone of Coach Dean’s caliber to Germantown Academy.

“As the leader of our vertically aligned girls lacrosse program, Coach Dean is the ideal person to strengthen connections throughout our girls lacrosse teams, and build upon the existing foundation of our program. Throughout the process, Coach Dean differentiated herself through her warm personality, high integrity, and lacrosse competency. I’m looking forward to helping Coach Dean implement her ideas on developing the program.”

Dean comes to Fort Washington with an impressive coaching background. Currently, she is the Lacrosse Director at LifeSeeds Summer Camp, a role she is held since 2006. She’s also served as a girls lacrosse head coach at Big 4 HHH lacrosse club since 2015.

From 2008-15, she was the head coach at Ultimate Goal Lacrosse and from 2014-17 she was the head coach at her alma mater, Cheltenham High School. Prior to that, Dean was a valuable member of Chestnut Hill College’s program where she implemented practice plans and game plays, evaluated game film and managed team expenditures, and created and implemented a preseason lifting program as an assistant coach.

As a student-athlete, Dean starred at Cheltenham where she still holds the record for goals (332) and assists (274). In 2007, Dean led the Panthers to their first-ever Suburban One American League championship and to an undefeated league record. For her efforts on the field, she was named First Team All-Suburban One as a sophomore, junior, and a senior. She was named All-League Honorable Mention as a freshman. She also earned All-America honors in 2006 (Honorable Mention) and 2007 (First Team) in addition to being named the MVP and team captain for both seasons. Dean was the recipient of the Outstanding Athlete Award of her senior class and the inaugural recipient of the Beth Stone Award for Outstanding High School Lacrosse Player in the senior division of the 2007 U.S. Lacrosse National Tournament.

As a club lacrosse player, Dean played for Ultimate Goal where she earned First Team honors in 2006 and Second Team honors in 2005. During her tenure with Ultimate Goal, she was also named the Keystone Games MVP in 2005 and 2006 and the Delaware Valley Athlete of the Year in 2005.

Following her impressive high school years, Dean went on to shine at Penn State where she played for three years. She finished her college career with 41 goals and 23 assists and was one of just seven Nittany Lions to net at least 20 goals in a single season, accomplishing that feat in her junior year (2010) when she racked up 33 points (20 goals, 13 assists). Dean finished that season fourth on the team in points, an achievement she repeated in her senior season (2011) when she tallied 27 points (18 goals, nine assists).

Dean graduated from Penn State University’s College of Health and Human Development in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management.

The Patriots return 16 varsity letterwinners in 2018 and look to improve upon its 9-12 (4-8 Inter-Ac League) record from a season ago.


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