OUR COACHES

Courtney McBean

I grew up in Massachusetts, where larosse was the norm. I played field hockey and lacrosse in High School, at The Wheeler School in RI, and  college at Skidmore College in NY.

I've always been an athlete, in both team and individual sports, and I value the impact of hard work, pushing your boundaries and working together as a team. A former USAT triathlon coach, I now coach girls’ lacrosse and love helping kids realize their potential through positive coaching.

During the day, I manage Cascadia Global Research. When not working, you can find me trail running, Mt. Biking with Ainsley and Avery and skiing at Mt. Baker.  

Fun Fact:  I'm old enough to have played with one of those "antique" wooden lacrosse sticks (which my kids think is hilarious). 

John Russell

 I grew up in Northern Virginia, just West of Washington DC. In the ninth grade I had the opportunity to attend The Mercersburg Academy in South Central Pennsylvania where my Lacrosse career began. 

In my four years at Mercersburg, we won two conference championships in the Mid Atlantic Prep League and went to the finals all four years. I was elected co-captain my Junior and Senior year and won an m.v.p. award as well as was elected to the mid-Atlantic all-star team.  I attended Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR for two years where both years my team won the PNLA tournament.  I then played for 1 year at Western Washington University.

Now I have two girls, Georgia and Violet. I coach girls soccer in the fall and girls lacrosse in the spring. Being new to coaching, I have the chance to enjoy watching the improvement and enthusiasm of our teams and look forward to doing the same in the upcoming seasons. 

You can usually find me at The Fork at Agate Bay, which my wife, Gina, and I own. Or I'm on my bike taking advantage of all the terrain Bellingham offers.

Duncan McBean

When my family moved to Maryland in 1979 I started playing lacrosse and fell in love with it. I was lucky enough to be surrounded by outstanding talent and coaching throughout my lacrosse at the Gilman School and University of Pennsylvania. 

I have been coaching youth girls lacrosse for about 5 years, starting when Ainsley was in kindergarten and she played boys lacrosse.

 Interacting with and coaching these children is an awesome experience and I am wholly thankful for it. My greatest reward thus far was hearing from a parent that her daughter came home after practice and said, "Mom, I am no longer a loser". She had, through the encouragement and camaraderie of her teammates, found friends and a reason to be happy. I am passionate about sports and how they contribute to self esteem and happiness.

Outside of lacrosse, I am an Emergency Physician at St Joseph Hospital in town. In my free time, I love mountain biking at Galbraith with the girls, skiing at Baker and the backcountry, fishing for salmon and playing on the lake in the summer.

I am continually struck by the ability of sports to transform kids - their attitude towards their own potential, their confidence on the field, their positive interactions with teammates and their recovery after disappointment. These experience are so powerful in girls’ lives and help shape the strong, confident leaders they will become.
— Courtney M.

 

WGYL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Our Board of Directors is vital to the WGYL organization. Our Board works to ensure our organization stays true to the WGYL vision and mission to build strength and self-confidence in athletes through a love of lacrosse and positive coaching. Our Board works to run a positive, rewarding organization and grow the girls' lacrosse community in Whatcom County. 

Current Board Members:

Catherine Hull

Gina Russell

Courtney McBean

Duncan McBean

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