On Friday, Sept. 7, Director of Athletics Chris Hartley announced the hiring of Jamie Asaka '96 as Girls Lacrosse Program Director and Head Varsity Coach. Asaka is currently Lakeside's Director of Equity and Inclusion and Director of Student and Family Support. Asaka held the title of girls lacrosse head coach at Lakeside from 2004 to 2015.
As a Lakeside student-athlete, Asaka was a member of the girls lacrosse team and girls soccer team that won the 1996 Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) 3A state championship. She then went on to study at and play lacrosse for the Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens where she was a captain during her junior and senior years.
Coach Asaka began coaching girls lacrosse at Lakeside in 2004. From 2006-2010, her teams won five straight state championships. In her ten-year tenure, Asaka won six state championships, was named the 2010 Washington State High School Lacrosse Coach of the Year, and in 2013, was inducted into the US Lacrosse Washington Chapter Hall of Fame.
"Jamie is an intelligent strategist and a gifted motivator," said Hartley. "Beyond those skills, she also cares deeply for her athletes and believes in providing a positive environment for her players to thrive."
Coach Asaka will not be the only Lakeside alum on the sidelines for the girls lacrosse team: She will be assisted by Kaylee Best '13, a former player of Asaka's, and another celebrated athlete while at Lakeside as a volleyball, basketball, track & field, and lacrosse standout. Best graduated from Seattle University in 2017 where she also played basketball.
Please join us in welcoming Jamie Asaka back to the helm of Lakeside girls lacrosse!
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