By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 9/27/19
George Dick, who guided Harriton to the PIAA Class AAA championship in June, resigned today as head girls’ lacrosse coach at Harriton.
Dick, who is the only coach to earn Phillylacrosse.com’s Coach of the Year twice, said the time was right after what he has called a “dream season.”
In 12 seasons at Harriton, Dick had a 204-64 record, won two state titles (also in 2013), one District 1 crown (2013) and three Central League titles. He was named Co-Coach of the Year this season and also was Coach of the Year in 2013.
“It was a very difficult decision but it is the right one,” said Dick. “In today’s crazy environment, it is not often as a coach you get to go out on your own terms.
“I once said to another coach that if you coach, we will all end up forced out or fired eventually. (some more than once!) Going out after winning our second state championship is the way to go.”
Dick said the 2019 Rams (24-2) teams fulfilled every goal he could set as a coach. He informed his team today of his decision and admitted that it was emotional; many of his players also played for him with Quaker City Lacrosse Club.
“That team was particularly special on many levels – it was a true ‘team’ that you don’t get very often,” he said. “When you become a coach, you dream about a season like this.
“We didn’t have super duper high expectations. I thought we’d make the state playoffs. It’s amazing, this team was so special.”
“That being said this is a very difficult decision as being ‘Coach D’ is truly part of who I am. I am not sure what I will do in the future. I am not ruling out coaching again and I will be still running the Lower Merion Youth Program.”
Dick took over Harriton program that was not a major contender. He shared the DelVal League championship in his first year and then turned the Rams into a perennial state power when they moved into the Central League in 2009. In is 12 years, he coached three Phillylacrosse.com Players of the Year (Sabrina Tabasso, Caileigh Foust and Allie Schwab), 15 US Lacrosse All-Americans and 31 Academic All Americans.