Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 8/5/20
From Press Release
The MSI Greene Turtle Lacrosse Club is excited to announce the appointment of Heidi Pearce as the new Head Lacrosse Director for the organization.
In this newly created role, Pearce will have the responsibility to lead all lacrosse related activities that directly impact the offerings to the team players. This includes guiding the team coaches, developing the coaching curriculum and individual instruction, the advancement and learning of game IQ and, ultimately, the path to playing at the highest level.
Pearce comes to the organization with an impressive background as a player, coach, and administrator to the sport of women’s lacrosse. She is a native of Chestertown, Maryland and is a Class of 2000 graduate from St. Andrew’s School. She was the Washington College women’s lacrosse head coach from 2013-2018.
She was twice named the Centennial Conference Coach of the Year and led her team to national rankings. In her days as a student at St. Andrew’s,
Pearce was a two-time Delaware State Lacrosse Player of the Year and high school AllAmerican. She led her team to two state championships, earning First Team All-Conference and All-State honors. She also garnered several individual awards including the Coach’s Award and Most Dynamic Player and Most Valuable Player honors in lacrosse, field hockey, and basketball.
After St. Andrew’s, Pearce attended Johns Hopkins University. There she was an outstanding midfielder while playing for Division I Johns Hopkins University, Pearce was a 2004 First Team All-American, a three-time All-Conference selection, and a two-time team captain. She was also
twice named the Inside Lacrosse National Player of the Week and garnered both Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player honors on her team.
As a senior, she helped lead the team to its first-ever NCAA Division I Tournament appearance and was awarded the Cathy P. Cramer Award, given for the most outstanding achievement in women’s athletics at Johns Hopkins. Pearce was also nominated for the Tewaaraton Trophy, given annually to the top women’s lacrosse player in the nation.
She was inducted into the Johns Hopkins Hall of Fame in 2016 and
in 2018 she was inducted into the Delaware Sports Hall of Fame. Presently, Pearce is the Dean of Athletics at the St. Andrew’s School.
“I am extremely excited to return and give back to the sport I love playing and coaching,” Pearce said. ” My affiliation with such a first-class club, such as MSI Greene Turtle, should provide me a great platform to help grow the sport in our region with so many wonderful athletes and families
“Having the current infrastructure and team players already in place should allow me to focus my initial attention on player and coach development.”
General Manager of MSI, Vinnie Bonaddio, stated, “adding Heidi with her extensive background and impressive list of accomplishments will allow the MSI Greene Turtle Lacrosse Club to further advance on our path to have the best directors, coaches and instructors, teaching our players.
“This will ultimately lead us to achieving our mission of growing the game in our region while instructing and guiding the best talent in Delaware, Southeastern PA, northeastern MD and the surrounding regions.”