The Jordan High School Boys team has hired Brett Bird to be the new head coach heading into the 2014 season. Bird is a Utah native, playing lacrosse at Park City and Murray high schools and collegiately for the Westminster Griffins.
“Although I played for Park City and Murray, I have shared the field with amazing individuals from schools all over the state, Jordan being included,” said Bird. “When the Jordan coaching position was presented I felt it was a great opportunity which I needed to pursue. Throughout my high school tenure Jordan was a top notch program with a strong foundation. It is great to see that same foundation and support still functioning strongly. My love and dedication to Utah lacrosse has allowed me to take up any opportunity which could help better the youth lacrosse players of Utah. I have felt very welcomed by the Jordan lacrosse Community, and am excited to be part of their program.”
Bird has had the opportunity to be mentored by Mason Goodhand and Brad Lavoie, as well as coaching for the Starz and Westminster Summer Camps.
“Teaching and Coaching lacrosse has always been a prevalent attribute of mine,” said Bird. “In 2010 I had the opportunity to be an assistant offensive coach for the Utah Starz, where I was able to work with 15-17 year old high school boys from all over the state. From 2009-2012 I have been an offensive instructor, face-off instructor, and staff director of the Westminster College Lacrosse Summer Camps. Those summers were a very exciting time for me. It was an absolute pleasure working with youth players from all over the state and in many different age brackets. I consider Mason Goodhand and Brad Lavoie two of the best lacrosse coaches in the western United States. I have fortunately been under both of their coaching influences since I was playing for Team Utah at age 17. It was only fitting to play collegiate lacrosse for both of them. Mason Goodhand has taught me the importance of strengthening key fundamentals and always reverting to the basics of lacrosse. I will no doubt carry his mentality with me to Jordan. Brad Lavoie has helped change the culture of Utah lacrosse. This culture includes the mentality, accountability, and dedication a collective team should strive for on and off the field. This culture has allowed Westminster College to become a nationally recognized lacrosse team with matched growth and development to the rapid changing sport. My goal is to take the culture produced at Westminster College and begin to prepare Jordan Lacrosse for it.”
Bird will taking the helm from Noah Hollander who spent two years as the head coach of the Beetdiggers, recording an 11-17 record and losing to Alta in the 2013 Quarterfinals.
“In my mind lacrosse season can never come soon enough,” said Bird. “Next season I look forward to seeing the growth and development of each player at Jordan High. It is amazing what fruit a single season of lacrosse can produce. I hope to see players come into a season with the will and heart to become better people. At the end of the season I not only expect to see my players become better at their sport, but also better individuals who are ready to contribute to their communities and become good examples in their future endeavors.”
Bird is currently working at ARUP where works in their Infectious Disease Division, specializing in identification and susceptibility testing of pathogenic mycobacterium. Bird has made it a goal to not be stuck in the lab by traveling abroad.
“For the last year I have also made it a goal to travel the world and experience other cultures,” said Bird. “I had the chance to backpack England, Ireland, Holland, Belgium, and most recently Peru. I am planning on applying to grad school where I hope to get a Masters Degree in Physician Studies. My future career goals in life would be to medically help individuals as a PA while coaching lacrosse in Utah.”
Photo courtesy of Westminster College & ShootingStar Photography