Carla Farkes took the helm of the Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse (GVL) team this spring after Former Head Coach Kathleen Ragan, who led the group to an ISL championship last year, announced she was relocating to Houston, Texas.
Coach Farkes played lacrosse through high school and later at Syracuse University, where her team had four National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament appearances and three second-place finishes in the Big East. She went on to coach Mass Elite Lacrosse Club and for the past seven years has served as the assistant coach of women’s lacrosse at Harvard University.
The athletic department found Coach Farkes within a few days of Coach Ragan’s announcement and hired her within the week. Interim Athletic Director Chuck Richard said he was glad Coach Farkes understood the game, the school, and the college recruiting process.
“We’ve hired one of the best lacrosse coaches in the greater Boston area,” Mr. Richard said. “Carla has coached the game at the highest level. She understands what it takes to be a successful student-athlete at an academically and athletically rigorous institution. We’re fortunate to hire a coach that brings the total package.”
GVL Co-Captain Rebecca Isaacson ’18 said she is hopeful that Coach Farkes will remain with the team longer than a year or two.
“The girls’ lacrosse program has seen a lot of turnover in recent years, so we were definitely hoping for a new coach that can get to know us so she can help us grow as individuals and as a team,” she said.
GVL Co-Captain Kaitlyn Cohen ’18 also said she has high hopes for Coach Farkes.
“I hope that Coach Farkes can bring a fresh perspective to the team and hopefully move us out of our comfort zone a little, while still maintaining our high level of play,” she said.
GVL’s first game is at home against Lexington Christian Academy on April 4.