Megan Goodhand, niece of Westminster Coach Mason Goodhand, has accepted the head coach position for girls lacrosse at Juan Diego. Megan will be replacing Gina Stahla to help the Soaring Eagle become the best in their division.
Megan comes a long history of lacrosse. She grew up in New Hampshire under a father who played at West Point and spent any free time growing the game. This passion for lacrosse was passed on to her, and increased with a move to Annapolis. Here she played with some of the top players in the Nation. Her senior year she was offered D1 scholarships to Quinnipiac University and Denver. She chose to stay on the east coast and attend Quinnipiac. Graduating with a degree in Communications, she interned for the Baltimore Bayhawks coordinating players and press events. After a summer with the Bayhawks she was a head coach for a San Diego high school and travel team. Following San Diego, she moved to Utah, working at Tribal West for a time and coaching the Mamaci.
Megan plans making a few changes to how things are run and what the focus is.
“My focus for the first year will be defense, defense, defense!” she said.
She loves the speed of boys game and hopes to bring that speed over to her team. Being in Division I, there are many fast, skilled teams that they will be up against.
“There are so many talented teams in Utah lacrosse and a lot of stiff competition. My priority will be building this program off of a strong defensive unit and not making this year about transition. We’ll be ready to compete,” she said.
Megan will be at the helm of a solid lacrosse program.
“We have an unbelievable support system in the Juan Diego School system and community and are really poised to take this team to the top,” Goodhand said.
The Soaring Eaglie will be starting off their season by heading down to Best of the West in Las Vegas.
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