SLC announces Ian Lee as their new Head Coach
(Sept 4, 2012) Sammamish Lacrosse Club, a six year program supporting boys lacrosse within the boundaries of Sammamish, Newport and Interlake High Schools in Bellevue, WA, has announced the hiring of Ian Lee as the club’s Program Director, and high school Head Coach. With roots in Washington lacrosse, Coach Lee is a former player from Eastside Lacrosse Club and Messiah College, a Pennsylvania program which achieved a top ten national ranking in Division III lacrosse
His five years of coaching experience include Messiah College (PA), Seattle Preparatory School (WA), and the Mercer Island (WA) high school program. His player/coach experience, and his affiliation with Washington state lacrosse, will bring new strategies and leadership to a program in its next phase of growth.
Sammamish Lacrosse Club (SLC) was founded in 2006 to support the growth of lacrosse in Bellevue, Washington. Adjacent to many renowned programs such as Mercer Island and Bellevue, SLC has developed into a mature program supporting grades 3-12, with its high school program reaching the Washington State Division II Championship game in 2011. As the program continues to grow in numbers, the Sammamish Lacrosse Board of Directors created the new role of Program Director to help lead its organization into a premier lacrosse program. The hiring of Coach Lee represents the first step in SLC’s growth plan, to be followed by a comprehensive program and philosophy that will span from its high school team down through its youth programs.
“The hiring of Coach Lee is a huge step for the SLC community,” commented outgoing SLC President Bill Cornell. “In order for our program to compete at the Division 1 level, and to develop into a program that attracts and nurtures a community of players and coaches similar to the expectations of top lacrosse programs, the creation of the Program Director role will help to set a strong vision for our program.”
Coach Lee will begin his role immediately.