FORT WASHINGTON, PA – Germantown Academy Director of Athletics Tim Ginter has announced the hiring of Diana Shumar as the new Head Coach of Girls Lacrosse.
“We are very excited to announce the hiring of Diana Shumar to take over our girls lacrosse program,” Ginter said. “It was apparent early in the process, that she has a passion for the game as well as a desire to share that passion with our student-athletes. Many of the players she met in the process commented about how quickly she was able to connect with them, and that was great to hear because it was one of the focal points of our search. We are excited to watch her lead and grow this proud program.”
Shumar got her first taste of coaching as a lacrosse camp director and coach for Triple EDGE/Advantage Lacrosse, where she taught beginner lacrosse skills to players ages five to 14. As a high school athlete, Shumar was a three-sport athlete at Centreville High School in Northern Virginia, playing lacrosse, field hockey, and swimming. As a four-year starter on the varsity lacrosse team, Shumar led the team to win the Virginia State Title in 2000 and 2001. In addition, she was a First Team All-Concorde District selection three times and First Team All-Northern Region selection twice. She was also an Academic All- American in 2000 and 2001, and Honorable Mention All-American in 2001. Shumar also has an extensive athletic training background, serving as a surgical athletic trainer and orthopedic technologist for Einstein Regional Orthopedic Specialists and holding a Pennsylvania Athletic Training License since 2009.
Shumar has USA Lacrosse Level 1 coaching certification and also coaches the North Penn Dragons, teaching basic lacrosse skills and game logistics for the Kindergarten to Grade 2 boys club team.
“I'm honored to be a new member of the GA athletics family through the girls lacrosse program,” Shumar said. “I'm excited that I'll be able to share a sport I love so much with the student-athletes while helping them grow into strong, hard-working, passionate young women. I can't wait to see what the future holds for all of us.”
As a student-athlete at the University of Delaware, Shumar was a member of the women’s lacrosse team from 2001-06, serving as the team captain from 2004-06 and receiving the Scholar Award and Student Services for Athletes Dr. Janice Jordan Memorial Award. Shumar was also a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Council and mentoring programs at Delaware. She graduated in 2006 Magna Cum Laude from Delaware with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science with a minor strength and conditioning, and coaching science. Shumar graduated from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2008 with a master’s degree in Health and Human Performance.
GA’s new coach will inherit a team that went 6-11 overall and 2-10 in Inter-Ac League competitions in 2022. The Patriots will return 19 student-athletes, including Second Team All-League performers Mia Raven '23 and Emma Goodwin '24.