By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/10/19
Brooke Fritz, who took Radnor to a 2017 PIAA championship and into the state finals two other times in 9 years, has resigned as Raiders head coach.
Fritz led Radnor to an 18-6 season this year, including a share of the Central League title with Harriton. Radnor won the PIAA Class AA crown in 2017 and also fell in the PIAA finals in 2013 and 2016 when the state had one classification. Fritz’s teams also had a share of three Central League titles and went 167-52 overall, reaching the state tourney seven times.
Fritz said the decision to step down was a mutual one between her and the administration.
“I felt it was best,” said Fritz. “We have a really strong program and a ton of potential.
“I like the culture and the kids made it literally the best coaching job. They are all driven and really made it easy to succeed. They were all in it together; they liked each other and they are still close. It’s definitely a close family that makes it a special place.”
Fritz was proud of how many Radnor grads have had success at the college level.
“It’s rare when our girls don’t go play in college; even ones that play club,” she said. “They love it. That’s what has made it fun; the girls love the sport.”
Said Radnor Athletic Director Michael Friel: “Brooke Fritz has resigned her position as head coach. The administrative team and I would like to thank Brooke for leading our girls’ program the last nine years. We appreciate her leadership, guidance and support of our athletes during her tenure.”
Fritz was formerly the head coach at Springside School (Now Springside Chestnut Hill Academy) and came to Radnor in 2008 as the assistant under US Lacrosse Hall of Fame coach Phyllis Kilgour. The Raiders won the District 1 Class AAA title in 2008 (the year before the PIAA sanctioned state playoffs) and won the first two PIAA titles (one classification), in 2009 and 2010, before Fritz took over as head coach.
Fritz also is the director of the Philly STEPS travel program and is a Radnor Girls Youth Lacrosse Board Member. She also is the PASLA academic chair and the Central League rep. She also serves as a National Tournament Selector and has been a coach in Philly at the national Tournament for over 20 years. She also is a member of the All American Committee. Fritz also is a PLA At Large Executive Committee Member.
Fritz was a head coach at Springside Academy for nine years before becoming an assistant at Radnor. She also was head coach at Baldwin School for one year.
Fritz was a two-sport athlete (lacrosse, soccer) at Bates College where she was a First Team Brine All-American in lacrosse. She was a three-sport standout at Shipley School.