Andy Osborn took over the girls program, while Michael Cintineo heads up the boys.
Osborn came to Etowah from Sprayberry, where he coached for 11 years.
Osborn said that while he loved the players at Sprayberry, he came to Etowah for a new challenge and to try to elevate the Lady Eagles’ program. He brought along some tricks he learned at Sprayberry, but he’s ready to embrace the future at Etowah.
The team’s new motto — “greater than yesterday” — embraces Osborn’s view as he expects the Lady Eagles to grow into a stronger team and learn new things that will lead to greater success and a state playoff berth at the end of the season.
Osborn inherited a team stocked with experience. Seniors Victoria Stairs, Alexia Audet, Caylin Roszina and Sheniya Moore will be key this season, as will junior Marie Butz.
Osborn believes the success of the team will depend largely on the character of his players.
“Lacrosse offers a tremendous opportunity for girls to learn to be leaders and to develop life skills that will help them succeed in all aspects of life,” Osborne said. “Teams that embrace that process are the most successful, and that is what I envision for the Etowah lacrosse program.”
Cintineo took over the Etowah boys program after one season at Duluth.
The new coach is looking for leaders to step up on the field.
“Everyone knows their role and we expect them to focus on executing their roles as best they can,” Cintineo said. “If everyone does that, our team will be hard to stop.”
Among the players Cintineo will look to for leadership are senior goalies Will Sheridan and Matt McCarthy, senior midfielder Zach Lord and senior defender James Varley. A trio of sophomores — Sean Smart, Daniel Zimney and Alex Lord — will also play key roles.
The Eagles have a tough schedule, but Cintineo expects them to be in the hunt for a state playoff bid.
“Our goals and expectations are to work hard every day in practice, take it one game at a time and compete for one of the four playoff spots in the (area),” Cintineo said.