Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

All-North Jersey Girls Lacrosse: Coach of the Year: Brian Girardi, Mahwah

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

All-North Jersey Girls Lacrosse: Coach of the Year: Brian Girardi, Mahwah

Article excerpt

Brian Girardi deflected any praise.

It was the leadership of his eight seniors, he said, that propelled the Mahwah girls lacrosse program to new heights.

Girardi is The Record Girls Lacrosse Coach of the Year following a season in which the Thunderbirds won a school-record 17 games and advanced to the North Group 2 final for the first time in program history.

But the eighth-year coach is taking little credit.

"It's the girls who play and make things easy for me," Girardi said. "We had a great group. They did everything I asked. And that's why I'm getting this kind of recognition."

Girardi is calm, quiet and in charge on the sideline. And Mahwah exemplified its coach's personality. The seniors set the tone. …

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