Eva Shea, a two-time All American and two-time All New England Lacrosse player, has been elected as the 2020-2021 president of the Alexandria Sportsman’s Club. She is the first woman to be elected to that position in the organization’s 74-year history.
“It’s a real honor to follow in the footsteps of people who have led the organization so consistently and impressively over these last decades,” Shea said. “I hope to bring a fresh perspective to the club while continuing to sustain its important traditions.”
Shea most recently was the Executive Director of Capital Lacrosse, one of the most competitive high school girls lacrosse clubs in the country, comprised primarily of players interested in competing in women's lacrosse at the college level. She currently coaches Varsity Soccer and Lacrosse at Maret School in Washington.
Prior to her move to Maret, Shea coached JV Girls Lacrosse at St. Stephens & St. Agnes School, served as head varsity girls lacrosse coach at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, and coached JV lacrosse at TC Williams High School.
“It’s a real honor to follow in the footsteps of people who have led the organization so consistently and impressively over these last decades.”
—Eva Shea, first female president of the Alexandria Sportsman’s Club
“My mission is to coach young women to play lacrosse and learn the lessons it can teach you about life and leadership,” Shea said.
Shea’s experience with women’s sports spans 30 years with much of her life dedicated to playing and coaching. She is a member of the Athletic Halls of Fame at both Wilton High School in Connecticut and Connecticut College, where she played varsity soccer and lacrosse.
Shea also served for more than a decade as a coach and board member of the Alexandria Lacrosse Club and was a coach for a DC Metro team at the US National Tournament in 2014.
The Alexandria Sportsman’s Club, founded in 1947, is a nonprofit and civic organization. Its mission is to support local high school athletics and to recognize the achievements of young athletes on the field and in the classroom.
The organization honors Athletes of the Year chosen from the city’s four high schools as well as the city Recreational Sports program. Scholarship awards are presented to outstanding seniors for athletic and academic accomplishments.
“The organization has been dedicated to excellence in sports and education for over 74 years,” Shea said. “We look forward to the challenge of serving our diverse sports community in the future.”