Though she gave up teaching when she had children, Marquardt has been involved in numerous athletic programs in addition to being a lacrosse coach.
She was one of the people instrumental in establishing the Skaneateles High School’s girls ice hockey team starting in 2003. She also serves as the Section III women’s lacrosse chair on the state committee and is the president of the Skaneateles Girls Lacrosse Association.
As Section III chair she works to bring information from the state to coaches and organize tournaments. Recently, she helped raise money so that the sectional finals could be played in the Carrier Dome, where last year she coached the Lakers to a class C title and berth in the state finals.
The Skaneateles Girls Lacrosse Association is a local group that works to enrich the local youth and high school lacrosse programs. They organize summer programs and workshops to teach fundamentals as well as granting scholarships and giving back to the community. One highly visible act of the association that Marquard helps coordinate is taking donations and setting up American flags every year in Shotwell Park for Veterans Day.
In addition to recent successes on the field, Marquardt has had countless players get recruited to play NCAA lacrosse, some on scholarships. Skaneateles alumni who played for Marquardt have gone on to play at Syracuse University, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Cornell, Duke, the University of North Carolina, Hofstra and others.
Marquardt said her job isn’t just to coach her players, but to help them prepare for their future.
“Hopefully I am going to help them with not just lacrosse, but with their future and moving on to college and some life lessons, because ultimately as an educator that certainly is more important than learning how to pass and catch.”
Joe Genco is the editor of the Skaneateles Press. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.