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Opposing coach has lacrosse pedigree

March 4, 2010

When the Mustang Varsity starts its season Saturday at the Rose Bowl Jamboree in Pasadena against Newport Harbor, they’ll be facing a new coach to high school lacrosse. But that rookie status of Sarah Queener can be deceiving as the Daily Pilot explains …

The former Yale University lacrosse standout is going to be a high school varsity coach for the first time. But Queener isn’t a stranger to coaching. Queener coached the Claremont Mudd-Scripps women’s lacrosse team for three seasons. Queener said she decided to leave the post after wanting to become a high school teacher. Queener takes over for Carolyn Smith. The Sailors last season went 12-7, 5-2 in the Sunset League, good for second place. “I didn’t want to be a college lacrosse coach full time,” said Queener, who guided the Athenas to the NCAA Division III championships last season. “I’m going back to school to get my master’s and teaching credential, but I still want to be involved with lacrosse. I originally played women’s lacrosse when it started in my area (Penn Yan, N.Y.) I was able to see it really grow in that area. I see the same growth is happening right now (on the West Coast). It’s exciting and I want to see it develop.” (MORE HERE!)

Oh, and her brother, Brett Queener? Star in professional men’s lacrosse, says a profile from Major League Lacrosse …

Growing up in Penn Yan, New York, (Brett) Queener came from a family devoted to lacrosse. Consequently, his biggest lacrosse influence is undoubtedly his family. “My parents are coaches, and my sister Sarah used to do things that I have never seen girls do,” says Queener. “Most of all though, I would say my brother Brice has been a major influence just because of all the hours we have spent together playing in the backyard. Older sister, Sarah, also comments on growing up in a lacrosse family: “I probably picked up some sort of lacrosse stick as a baby. I would play around with lacrosse sticks as a little kid with my younger brothers and also with my dad, who coached. Both my parents taught me the importance of passion and teamwork.” (MORE HERE!)

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