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CHS Girls Lacrosse Head Coach Jess Battle Retires

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Posted: Wednesday, September 2, 2015 8:57 am

Terming it, “A difficult decision, but I think one that is best for everyone,” last week CHS Head Girls Lacrosse Coach Jessica Battle resigned her position at the school after 19 seasons. Battle’s decision was prompted by a desire to return to school full time to pursue a career in psychology.

Battle said in correspondence to her players and friends of the program,”I have learned and grown so much over the last 19 years. You have all let me into your lives and many of your homes and for that I will be eternally grateful. Thank you to the parents as well for all your support and help. Coronado lacrosse would not be where it is today without you. I feel blessed to have been able to work with so many incredible young woman over the years. Being given the opportunity to coach truly is a gift and one I have not taken lightly.”

Battle’s teams were incredibly successful, especially since for much of her coaching career there was just one division in high school lacrosse in San Diego County. She directed teams to Division II titles in 2011 and 2012 and coached the San Diego County Player of the Year Kaitlyn Couture in 2011. The Islanders were Open Division runners-up in 2013 to La Costa Canyon, finished second to eventual Division I champions Torrey Pines in 2010 and to La Costa Canyon in both 2008 and 2005.

From a personal perspective, Battle never ducked a phone call in the 18 years I covered her teams, even when the losses were of the heartbreaking variety. Off the field, Battle was named one of 14 winners of the CIF Model Coach Award in 2015. The award was presented to coaches who have served as positive role models in their schools and communities while reinforcing the principles of CIF’s Pursuing Victory with Honor program. Battle hails from Baltimore originally and was an All-American player at Ohio Wesleyan University. She also served on the U.S. Lacrosse National Board of Directors in 2004 and was the president of the San Diego County Girls Lacrosse Chapter.

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