Germantown Academy clinics and clubs are open to the public and run by GA coaches. See below for current offerings and registration details.
Learn the game of lacrosse from GA Varsity Head Coaches Mary Dean and Billy McKinney! Each event date will offer two sessions for Lower School and Middle School students.
Saturday, February 24
- 9-10am: Lower School, 1st-5th Grades
- 10-11am: Middle School, 6th-8th Grades
Clinics will be held in GA’s Field House and are $20 per clinic . There will be no walk up registrants allowed. Questions? Contact Mary Dean, Varsity Girls Lacrosse Coach, or Billy McKinney, Varsity Boys Lacrosse Coach.
ABOUT COACH DEAN: Mary Dean is in her first year as the varsity head coach of girls lacrosse. In this role, Dean oversees the entire 6-12 vertically aligned girls lacrosse program.
Dean comes to Fort Washington with an impressive coaching background. Currently, she is the Lacrosse Director at LifeSeeds Summer Camp, a role she is held since 2006. She’s also served as a girls lacrosse head coach at Big 4 HHH lacrosse club since 2015. From 2008-15, she was the head coach at Ultimate Goal Lacrosse and from 2014-17 she was the head coach at her alma mater, Cheltenham High School. Prior to that, Dean was a valuable member of Chestnut Hill College’s program where she implemented practice plans and game plays, evaluated game film and managed team expenditures, and created and implemented a preseason lifting program as an assistant coach.
As a student-athlete, Dean starred at Cheltenham where she still holds the record for goals (332) and assists (274). In 2007, Dean led the Panthers to its first-ever Suburban One American League championship and to an undefeated league record. For her efforts on the field, she was named First Team All-Suburban One as a sophomore, junior, and a senior. She was named All-League Honorable Mention as a freshman. She also earned All-America honors in 2006 (Honorable Mention) and 2007 (First Team) in addition to being named the MVP and team captain for both seasons. Dean was the recipient of the Outstanding Athlete Award of her senior class and the inaugural recipient of the Beth Stone Award for Outstanding High School Lacrosse Player in the senior division of the 2007 U.S. Lacrosse National Tournament.
As a club lacrosse player, Dean played for Ultimate Goal where she earned First Team honors in 2006 and Second Team honors in 2005. During her tenure with Ultimate Goal, she was also named the Keystone Games MVP in 2005 and 2006 and the Delaware Valley Athlete of the Year in 2005.
Following her impressive high school years, Dean went on to shine at Penn State where she played for three years. She finished her college career with 41 goals and 23 assists and was one of just seven Nittany Lions to net at least 20 goals in a single season, accomplishing that feat in her junior year (2010) when she racked up 33 points (20 goals, 13 assists). Dean finished that season fourth on the team in points, an achievement she repeated in her senior season (2011) when she tallied 27 points (18 goals, nine assists).
Dean graduated from Penn State University’s College of Health and Human Development in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management.
ABOUT COACH MCKINNEY: William “Billy” McKinney is in his second year as head coach of the boys lacrosse program. In this role, McKinney provides general oversight to the entire 6-12 boys’ lacrosse program .
As a 2001 graduate of Penn Charter, McKinney is well-versed in Inter-Ac League history. While playing for the Quakers, McKinney earned All-League honors three times for lacrosse and twice for football. He was also honored by the Markwood Memorial Basketball Club as one of the top seniors in the league.
McKinney graduated from the University of Denver, earning a dual Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Economics. He was a long stick midfielder and captain of the Pioneers and he led the program to its first top 10 national ranking and its first berth to the NCAA Tournament. For his efforts on and off the field, he was a two-time recipient of the Student Athlete Medallion Award for outstanding academic achievement.
After college, McKinney went on to play in Major League Lacrosse for two seasons where he helped the Philadelphia Barrage win a MLL title in 2007.
Following his playing days, McKinney founded Big 4 Lacrosse with the intention of giving top lacrosse players in the Philadelphia Area an opportunity to fine-tune their skills and showcase their talent. He served as the Director of Operations for LEAPS (Lacrosse Education Attitude Perseverance Success), a non-profit, which is dedicated to enriching the lives of underserved youth in Philadelphia through lacrosse. He was also instrumental in developing the lacrosse curriculum for the Physical Education Department of the Philadelphia School District.
Before coaching at GA, McKinney coached at his alma mater, William Penn Charter School, where he served as a defensive coordinator for the Quakers from 2007-2008 and 2012-2016. McKinney spent the 2008-12 seasons on the lacrosse coaching staffs of Lafayette College (2008-2009), Haverford College (2009-2010) and Saint Joseph’s University (2010-11).
In addition to varsity and junior varsity sports, Germantown Academy also provides its student-athletes with a chance to participate in club sports.
- A Club Sport is an activity supported by Germantown Academy. A club may or may not have financial support from the activities budget of the Upper School. Clubs have no ties with the athletic department.
- A Trial Sport is a sport that is supported by the athletic department, but does not have varsity status.
- A Varsity Sport is a sport that is supported by the athletic department, including varsity letters and certificates.
- Squash Club
- Cheerleading Club
- Sailing Club
- Middle School Water Polo Club
- Middle School Ice Hockey Club
- Middle School Running Club
This club is an introduction to water polo as student-athletes practice three days a week and watching a varsity home game on the fourth. Equipment: Swimsuit, sneakers, workout clothes for dryland exercises. Water Polo Club Page »
The Germantown Academy Middle School Ice Hockey Club program which aims to prepare student athletes in grades 5–8 for varsity level hockey. As a coaching staff, we strive to instill confidence in our players, and inspire a shared vision where respect and love for the game of ice hockey is paramount. Ice Hockey Club Page »
The running club is not a competitive team, but offers the chance for middle schoolers who are not playing a winter sport to get in/stay in shape and learn about healthy training techniques. Running Club Page »
GA Athletic Clubs
Open to students from any school! Visit the club websites for more information and to register.
GAAC is a year-round swimming and diving program, with training and competitions offered 12 months a year. Training opportunities are available six days a week for swimming and five days a week for diving. Our more than 120 GAAC members range from beginners to Olympic hopefuls. There is a place for everyone, so long as they have a love for the water and a passion for the pursuit of excellence. Although attending competitions is not required of our members, it is strongly encouraged, because we know that student-athletes who don’t compete will eventually leave the sport. LEARN MORE»
The Maverick Wrestling Club provides student-athletes of every age opportunities to wrestle and learn more about the great sport of wrestling throughout the year. The doors are always open to anyone in the area who wants to learn and train. It is run out of the Germantown Academy wrestling room and has Germantown Academy alum, coaches and guest clinicians all making contributions to the success of the people who come to train. Maverick continues to be a place where excellence and unbridled passion for the sport of wrestling flourish. LEARN MORE»