Intrepid Girls Lacrosse Club
Board of Directors
John is one of the founding board members of the Club and is the only President to date. His passion for lacrosse started with seeking out developmental opportunities for his daughter Jillian and when there were not many opportunities around Pittsburgh to embrace, he pursued the creation of Intrepid. He is most proud of establishing a firm foundation for the club to always be a not-for-profit club with absolute focus on lacrosse development for the girls. In addition to serving Intrepid, John is a past President of Wagner House Center for Children, for which he was recognized as a Jefferson Award winner in 2009.
Becky began her career with Intrepid in 2008 as a Coach for the HS Elite teams and was hired in early 2009 as Intrepid’s first full-time director. Under her leadership, the club has grown in size and variety of offerings, and the travel programs have expanded to include optional tourneys in Chicago, Florida, and California. Becky retooled the recruiting program and the first class to experience this new approach, the 2013 class, saw 16 players go on to play at the college level with 8 of them seeing Division 1 playing time thus far. The addition of Intrepid indoor teams and the Intrepid Team camp have also contributed to a higher-level experience for our members.
Becky is a 18 year coaching veteran and is the Head Coach at Bethel Park HS and the owner of Winner’s Edge Lacrosse, the area’s most comprehensive lacrosse programming company. Becky is also the founder and past President of the Western PA Girls Lacrosse Coaches Association and has served as the Vice-President of the Pittsburgh Lacrosse Foundation and a member of the USLacrosse All-American Committee. Becky has been a featured speaker at the USLacrosse Convention on the subject of Program Management.
Becky is originally from Southern NJ and now resides in Pittsburgh with her husband, Cliff and dogs Sam and Riley. She holds two Masters degrees and is a die-hard West Virginia Mountaineer Sports Fan.
Brian is the Varsity Women’s Head Coach at Mt. Lebanon High School. Brian is a 10+ year Intrepid coaching veteran. Brian has been involved with Girl's Lacrosse in Western PA for 19 years at the middle school and high school levels, and he is also the girl’s USL All American chair and has been a National Team Selector for 13 years. This will be his 6th year serving on the Intrepid Board. He was also one of the founding members of the club.
Ms. Adriane LaRussa is currently coaching for East End Lacrosse. She was the assistant coach of the Duquesne University Women’s lacrosse team in 2006. She began coaching lacrosse in 2000 as a team coordinator with Three Rivers Lacrosse indoor league and she has continued coaching the varsity team at Taylor-Allderdice HS, and later Winchester Thurston and Shady Side Academy where she coached high school, for over 10 years.
LaRussa served as a volunteer during the 2005 IFWLA World Cup in Annapolis, MD. She was on staff for the 2003 US Scholar-Athlete Games and 2006 World Games in Kingston, RI. She served as the inaugural head middle school coach for Intrepid for 4 seasons. She is a past treasurer of the Pittsburgh Lacrosse Foundation and is the president of WPSLA, a position she has held since 2004.
Member-at-Large, Intrepid WV Liasion
Jerry has coached soccer, softball, or lacrosse since 1980. He was head coach of Peters Township Girls Lacrosse from 2009-2013 and Trinity Girls Lacrosse since 2014. Jerry has been both the assistant and head coach of the Intrepid Middle School Travel and Spark programs since 2010. He has officiated soccer, lacrosse or field hockey for 20 years. From 2009 to 2015, he was the State Rules Interpreter, Ratings Chair and Assignor for West Virginia women’s lacrosse. Jerry helped developed and now manages the Junior Officials Program for the Western Pennsylvania Scholastic Lacrosse Association.
Jerry has been married to Betsy for 40 years and has two daughters and three grandchildren. He retired as a Research Engineer in 2015 from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. He has served on the Executive Boards of the Pittsburgh Chapter of US Lacrosse, Western Pennsylvania Scholastic Lacrosse Association, West Virginia Women’s Lacrosse Officials Board, Peters Township Soccer Association, Peters Township Girls Lacrosse Club, Trinity Girls Lacrosse, and is a past Vice President and President of the PIAA Lacrosse Officials Chapter.