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CDM Girls Lacrosse Coaches are the Best of the Best!!

ALY SIMONS
Head Lacrosse Coach

Formerly coached UCI’s club team & assisted at Chapman University | NCAA DIII
Coach Aly is originally from Portland, OR and was a pioneer for girls lacrosse in that area, running girl’s lacrosse camps in Lake Oswego for 5 years before moving to Southern California. She graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in Psychology and a minor in African American Studies and earned a Masters in Social Welfare from UCLA in 2008.
In 2009 she took over the Corona Del Mar High School program and was a pivotal part in growing Wedge youth lacrosse in the Newport Beach area. As the Corona Del Mar coach, she won the OC High School Coach of the Year in 2011 when the Sea Kings made it to the OC CIF Finals. In 2011, Coach Aly helped lead Chapman University to a WCLA DII National Championship and 18-0 season, and in 2012 helped the Panthers to a #12 National Ranking in WCLA DI. In the fall of 2012 she took the helm at UC Irvine.

Outside of lacrosse, Aly is the founder of the Be Better Movement, www.bebettermovement.com, which creates an environment for female self empowerment. Aly resides in the City of Orange with her husband, Cory, Baby Cooper, and Tucker the dog.


JESSICA MURRAY
Lacrosse Coach

Coach Jess is originally from Annapolis, Maryland, where she attended Broadneck High School and was an All American as a senior. Jess then attended the University of Virginia where she graduated with a degree in Economics. On the field, the team went to the National Championship three out of her four years, and as a senior she captained the team and earned All American status. Since then, Jess has coached at one of the most prestigious high schools (St. Stephen’s St. Agnes) and colleges (University of North Carolina). She is currently assisting Coach Aly at Corona Del Mar High School. She resides in Newport Beach with her husband, Alex, three children, Tatum,Tucker, and Boden, and dog Tugboat


JOHN STUART
Lacrosse Coach & Assistance Administrator

Former college player at M.I.T.
Coach John is originally from Dallas, Texas.  He moved to Southern California in 1962 following graduation from M.I. T. with a BS in Industrial Management.  His collegiate lacrosse tenure spanned a 4-year period during which M.I.T. was twice named National Co-Champion of NCAA Class C (now called Division III).
 
After a diverse career in aerospace, mass transit and electronics, John retired at the end of 2011 as the Chief Financial Officer of a public company.  His post-retirement exercise regimen around the Bluffs area of Newport Beach, where he has lived since 1971 with his wife, Margo, produced a chance encounter with the tryouts for the CdM High School Girls’ Lacrosse team in February 2012 at the Eastbluff Elementary School field.  This encounter set in motion a sequence of events that eventually led to him becoming recognized as the team’s “#1 Fan” in 2012, a team statistician in 2013, and ultimately, a district-certified assistant coach from 2014 on.  As such, John provides coaching support for all three teams as well as well as handling a variety of administrative and logistics tasks for the overall program.
 
John had extensive youth coaching experience prior to his affiliation with CdM Girls Lacrosse.  When his son and daughter were attending Eastbluff Elementary and CdM High, youth lacrosse was not available in this area, and they participated extensively in soccer.  Over a 13-year period, John supported both his children’s participation and that of others in the local American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) program, initially as a coach and referee and then as the first Regional Commissioner of AYSO Region 57 when it split off to operate separately from West Newport.  He received Coaching Certifications from both AYSO and the United States Soccer Federation and eventually became the Section Head Coach, in which role he organized clinics to certify other AYSO coaches.

 


GENA WUESTE
Strength and Conditioning Trainer


CHRIS AMENTA
Weight Lifting Trainer