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Juan Diego Girls Get New Head Coach

Megan Goodhand
Juan Diego Head Coach Megan Goodhand
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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      1. Can you prove me otherwise? Juan Diego has one solid player, young, but solid. They will win half their games and not make playoffs. Still 2 years out from contending. Defense is not their worry, it is offense.

      2. Can you prove me otherwise? Juan Diego has one solid player, young, but solid. They will win half their games and not make playoffs. Still 2 years out from contending. Defense is not their worry, it is offense.

      3. Can you prove me otherwise? Juan Diego has one solid player, young, but solid. They will win half their games and not make playoffs. Still 2 years out from contending. Defense is not their worry, it is offense.

      4. Can you prove me otherwise? Juan Diego has one solid player, young, but solid. They will win half their games and not make playoffs. Still 2 years out from contending. Defense is not their worry, it is offense.

      5. Can you prove me otherwise? Juan Diego has one solid player, young, but solid. They will win half their games and not make playoffs. Still 2 years out from contending. Defense is not their worry, it is offense.

      6. Can you prove me otherwise? Juan Diego has one solid player, young, but solid. They will win half their games and not make playoffs. Still 2 years out from contending. Defense is not their worry, it is offense.

      7. Can you prove me otherwise? Juan Diego has one solid player, young, but solid. They will win half their games and not make playoffs. Still 2 years out from contending. Defense is not their worry, it is offense.

      8. Can you prove me otherwise? Juan Diego has one solid player, young, but solid. They will win half their games and not make playoffs. Still 2 years out from contending. Defense is not their worry, it is offense.

      9. Can you prove me otherwise? Juan Diego has one solid player, young, but solid. They will win half their games and not make playoffs. Still 2 years out from contending. Defense is not their worry, it is offense.

      10. Can you prove me otherwise? Juan Diego has one solid player, young, but solid. They will win half their games and not make playoffs. Still 2 years out from contending. Defense is not their worry, it is offense.

      11. Can you prove me otherwise? Juan Diego has one solid player, young, but solid. They will win half their games and not make playoffs. Still 2 years out from contending. Defense is not their worry, it is offense.

      12. Can you prove me otherwise? Juan Diego has one solid player, young, but solid. They will win half their games and not make playoffs. Still 2 years out from contending. Defense is not their worry, it is offense.

        1. Whatever. your comment serves no other purpose but to try to diminish the program and the girls – your argument to 19biggestfan is an attempt to camouflage this under the guise of “reason,”. The girls, the coach and the program will be unaffected by any of this and I won’t be chasing your discussions further.

        2. Whatever. your comment serves no other purpose but to try to diminish the program and the girls – your argument to 19biggestfan is an attempt to camouflage this under the guise of “reason,”. The girls, the coach and the program will be unaffected by any of this and I won’t be chasing your discussions further.

    1. Honestly bro, get a life. Quit prowling on the high school girls’ articles, it’s kind of creepy. The Utah Lacrosse community is a tight knit group, how dare you threaten one of our fellow teams. As Laxers, it is our duty to support and protect our kind; no matter the team or organization. You have brought dishonor to the sport.

    2. Dear David Jones, whomever you might be, I am offended by your ignorance to take a great moment for Juan Diego, and post them in a negative light. I, as both a Bingham High School and a Mamaci parent, have always loved the Juan Diego program, players and parents. Megan is an excellent coach, having coached my All American and State Championship daughter, I give her enormous faith and credit in strengthening the program at Juan Diego. Go Megan!!!

      1. Whereas I understand that your emotions are involved, it does not take away from the fact that Juan Diego is going through a rebuilding phase. Did I ever say that this is not a great moment for Juan Diego? Did I ever say that Megan is a bad coach? I simply stated my allowed opinion that Juan Diego will still struggle to beat the likes of conference foes Bingham, Alta, and Jordan. I am perplexed why your daughters stats matter in this discussion but I would hope that it at least justifies your emotions.

      2. Whereas I understand that your emotions are involved, it does not take away from the fact that Juan Diego is going through a rebuilding phase. Did I ever say that this is not a great moment for Juan Diego? Did I ever say that Megan is a bad coach? I simply stated my allowed opinion that Juan Diego will still struggle to beat the likes of conference foes Bingham, Alta, and Jordan. I am perplexed why your daughters stats matter in this discussion but I would hope that it at least justifies your emotions.

      3. Whereas I understand that your emotions are involved, it does not take away from the fact that Juan Diego is going through a rebuilding phase. Did I ever say that this is not a great moment for Juan Diego? Did I ever say that Megan is a bad coach? I simply stated my allowed opinion that Juan Diego will still struggle to beat the likes of conference foes Bingham, Alta, and Jordan. I am perplexed why your daughters stats matter in this discussion but I would hope that it at least justifies your emotions.

  1. Go Megan!!! I’m so excited to see what you add to Juan Diego’s lacrosse team. I LOVE that the quality of the high school programs is growing each year. Utah is catching up with the other parts of the country and it shows in parents commitment to bring great coaching to the High School level. Good luck this season. Can’t wait to see Juan Diego bring it to the field!!!

  2. Congratulations to Juan Diego girls! Megan will be a great addition to your program. It’s exciting to see such great coaching stay with our local schools. Good luck this year!

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