Bishop Montgomery is thrilled to announce the addition of boys' and girls' lacrosse to its athletic program. In the 2019 spring semester, lacrosse will be a BMHS club sport with students practicing fundamentals and, hopefully, competing in a few matches at the end of the school year. Lacrosse will become a sanctioned CIF sport, for both the boys' and girls' teams, at Bishop Montgomery in the Fall 2019.
Recently, after an extensive search, Bishop Montgomery hired Andrew Shank (pictured at right) to lead the newly-established program. Shank will oversee both the boys’ and girls’ programs while the school conducts interviews for a girls’ coach.
Shank, who is originally from Ridley Township, Pennsylvania, has coached extensively on both the east and west coast, primarily at the club level. Most notably, he has coached at Ridley Youth Lacrosse Club in his native state and Leverage Lacrosse Club here in the South Bay. He began his coaching career in 2009, teaching the sport to students from kindergarten through high school.
Shank played lacrosse at Ridley High School where he won a state title in 1994 for the Green Raiders. Following graduation, he attended Greensboro College (NC) and earned his degree, cum laude, in Sport & Exercise Studies with concentrations in Athletic Training and Sport Behavior. He also earned a minor in Psychology.
Bishop Montgomery is excited to add lacrosse to our athletic offerings. A popular sport on the east coast, lacrosse is growing in popularity in California and Shank is sure to bring a wealth of knowledge in the sport to our student-athletes. “My main goal is to acclimate the students to the game,” says Shank. “I am excited to build and grow the program at Bishop Montgomery and to help put a quality product on the field for the school and the community.”
Shank resides in Redondo Beach with his wife and two children. We welcome Coach Shank and his family to the BMHS community!