My favorite sports event/memory/moment is ... It is hard to pick one favorite memory but I think my favorite memory is when we were in the State Sectional Final game which was neck and neck the entire time with both teams were fighting so hard to win. We had just relinquished the lead with only a few minutes left in the game. I called a time-out. Our goalie, one of the quietest kids on the team and not a captain, pushed to the middle of the huddle and took over the time-out. She stated that we were going to win this game and that under no circumstances were we walking away empty-handed because we had the State Championship to win. Those moments, when the athletes take charge of their team, those are the moments I love and cherish because it is a growth moment for that player and the team. For me, the joy is in the process.
Beth Larkin joins Centercourt Girls Lacrosse with 20 years of experience coaching at the youth and high school levels. Beth has been the head Coach at Glen Ridge since 2009 where she turned the girls lacrosse into a state top-ranked powerhouse: winning 2 New Jersey State Championships, 3 Sectional Championships, 5 Essex County Championships and 5 Conference Championships.
In 2010 Beth was named the New Jersey Coach of the Year and has been honored by the NJSIAA with the Sports Award in Lacrosse. Beth has coached 7 All-Americans and numerous Academic All-Americans and has seen her players succeed at the collegiate level at schools including Notre Dame, Virginia, Dartmouth, Yale, Stanford, Penn State, Lafayette, Drexel, Rutgers, Bowdoin, Washington & Lee, Franklin & Marshall, Colby, Skidmore & Swarthmore.
Beth is one of the initial founders for Montclair’s girl youth lacrosse program to which Glen Ridge was added a few years after until both programs grew into their own respective clubs. As a coach at MKA, Beth was named Conference Coach of the Year 3 times.