Head Coach Diane Chapman announced her retirement, Monday, following a brilliant career with Garden City Girls Lacrosse. Known for her passion and knowledge for the game, she has been paramount in the lives of so many up-and-coming female athletes. Since her start nearly three decades ago, Chapman sports an impeccable resume with 787 wins in lacrosse and field hockey. The coach has led Garden City to 10 state championships in this time while mentoring some of Long Island’s greatest talent. With these types of numbers, Chapman should be recognized as one of Long Island’s High School coaching greats. This was reaffirmed, recently, when Chapman was named Newsday’s Coach of the Decade (2010-2019). Following the announcement of the retirement from coaching and teaching at Levittown’s East Broadway Elementary School, the LILJ spoke to her about her favorite coaching moments and plans for the future. Click below to read the full article!
Q: How did you get started coaching?
A: I will miss coaching a team and the many different relationships and moments that are shared each season. Each team and each season is special. It has always felt like having another family. Each one has a special place in my heart.