Laurie Usher has been synonymous with peninsula lacrosse for
Usher was instrumental in starting the sport on Bainbridge
Island in 1987 and now hopes to have more of a hands-on approach to
organizing girls lacrosse once again. To that end, Usher is
stepping down as the Klahowya girls coach at the end of the
“I’m looking forward to having more influence as a retired
coach,” said Usher, who is currently working with U.S. Lacrosse to
put together a training program for physical education and
recreation coordinators. Usher said she’s hoping to have that
available to schools in the fall.
Usher said she’d like to see more strides in the sport on the
“When we started in 1987 we started with three girls teams and
now we have two,” she said. Klahowya and Bainbridge field varsity
teams while Bainbridge also fields junior varsity as does North
Kitsap. Gig Harbor also has a varsity team.
Usher said the teams in the county are on a downswing, but
believes that will change when players from the Kitsap Youth
Lacrosse Association are able to play in high school. The KYLA
fields team for third through sixth grade.
Klahowya finished the season with a 3-9 record, Usher’s first
losing record as a coach, but she focused more on the intangibles
to playing sports rather than a win-loss record.
“As a team we looked at that individually and really looked at
our hearts and how do we define winning and losing. Really, getting
back to the real meaning of sportsmanship,” she said. “In many ways
it’s been a great experience for me.”