Monday Jan 16 2012
Folsom lacrosse chooses new coach
By: Matt Long Telegraph Sports Editor
Rebecca Hintz has a passion and that passion is lacrosse. Hintz, 23, is the new high school girls’ lacrosse coach for the Folsom Lacrosse Association and wants nothing more than to build a successful program. She’s seen the popularity of lacrosse in the San Diego area and wants to bring it to Folsom. Hintz, a 2006 graduate of Bella Vista High School, helped start the lacrosse program at the school in 2004. After playing three years at Bella Vista, Hintz attended San Diego State University and played four years on their club team. Though Folsom’s lacrosse program has been around since 2005, the program is still in its developing stages. Hintz is familiar with building a program. “Our first year at Bella Vista wasn’t easy,” Hintz said. “We didn’t have any coaches, so the one senior girl with experience basically showed us how to play and we were basically self-taught. We only had 10 players, not even enough to field a whole team and we weren’t that good. My last two years, though, we got some good coaches.” After playing four years at the University of San Diego, Hintz began coaching; assisting with the team at San Diego, while also assisting at Patrick Henry High School. She also has experience running, organizing and coaching at various camps and clinics. “Lacrosse is very big in San Diego and we pushed community outreach and all the girls helped out with clinics,” Hintz said. “I love being able to work with the girls, especially in lacrosse, because they’re so willing to learn. I like the feeling of having an impact on them and since I can’t really play anymore, coaching was the next step.” Hintz moved back home from San Diego in November and now lives in Folsom and is eager to coach. “I’m excited,” Hintz said. “I’ve only met a handful of girls and they’re relatively young. I want to bring more opportunities for them in the offseason on club teams and such. Because I have worked in that area before, I think I can bring that to Sacramento.” Folsom Lacrosse Club President Lollie Hernandez is thrilled to have someone of Hintz’ caliber to lead the girls’ high school team. “We’re excited to have Becca,” Hernandez said. “She’s got all the right qualities we were looking for to lead the girls. She’s energetic and enthusiastic and for as young as she is she’s very experienced with four years at the university level. She’s dedicated to promoting lacrosse for girls and that’s something that we’re looking for.” Any girl in eighth through 12th grade who is interested in playing lacrosse is encouraged to stop by practice from 3:45 to 5:15 p.m. at Kemp 2 (behind the Folsom Sports Complex) today through Friday to talk to Hintz and play with no commitment needed.