A Skaneateles lacrosse coach has received a national recognition for her accomplishments.
Bridget Marquardt, varsity girls lacrosse coach for Skaneateles High School, was recently named a National Federation of High Schools Regional Coach of the Year.
The NFHS recognizes about 450 coaches each year with regional awards and about 20 receive a national honor.
Marquardt said she was surprised to hear that she was nominated and was honored by the recognition.
“I was kind of blown away. It’s a huge honor I think because it doesn’t encompass just lacrosse, it encompasses all my coaching I’ve done,” Marquardt said.
Working in a great district with a successful athletics program has been vital to her accomplishments too, she said.
“I certainly wouldn’t be in this position without my coaching staff and my athletic director and the community.”
Skaneateles Athletic Director Stacey Tice said Marquardt has been a distinguished coach for her work both on and off the field.
“Coach Marquardt has had a distinguished run as Skaneateles girls varsity lacrosse coach and we are looking forward to her continued service for many years. She uses lacrosse to promote the district’s commencement expectations and life skills. Coach Marquardt excels in developing exceptional lacrosse players who play multiple sports and also excel in the classroom. Her focus on developing a team enables students to thrive if they elect to continue playing lacrosse in college. We are very proud of Coach Marquardt and her well-deserved accomplishment as NFHS Regional Coach of the Year,” Tice said.
This spring will be Marquardt’s 13th year as the girls lacrosse coach, and her career has been marked by successes as a coach and a member of the community.
A field hockey player in college, Marquardt coached field hockey at Auburn and lacrosse and basketball at Jamesville-Dewitt before landing in Skaneateles as a high school physical education teacher and lacrosse coach.