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Longtime lacrosse visionary embraces technology

By Loren Nelson, 11/28/16, 1:45AM CST

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Cathy Samaras, 72, described as 'Godmother' of Maryland girls lacrosse

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Name:

Cathy Samaras

Site:

Chesapeake Club Lacrosse

Position:

Head Honcho

Use of platform:

Registration, Sitebuilder

Background:

Samaras, 73, attended Annapolis High School (now Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts) where she captained the cheerleading squad and met her husband, George, of more than 50 years. Samaras graduated from Towson University and initially planned on teaching physical education back in Annapolis. Instead, life intervened and she focused on raising her six kids, all of whom were standout lacrosse players like their mom. A lacrosse visionary with an entrepreneurial spirit, she started a recreation summer league that attracted 125 girls in its first year. She went on to form multiple operations (Synapse, Quick Stix and Chesapeake Club Lacrosse) that provide year-round coaching and tournaments. She been called, among other titles, the “Godmother” and “Peter Pan” of girls’ lacrosse in Maryland’s sprawling Anne Arundel County area that sits just south of Baltimore and just east of Washington D.C. She labels herself “Head Honcho” of Chesapeake Club Lacrosse and her other business ventures, “Because I think titles are stupid,” she said. “Who cares.”

What she does:

Samaras switched to the SportsEngine platform more than a year ago after the servers hosting her old online registration system crashed. Her larger-than-life personality shines through on the Chesapeake Club Lacrosse site, most notably in the About Us section where the club’s goals and philosophies are laid out in no uncertain terms. Samaras is immensely proud of her former club members who have gone on to play in college, and she lists the more than 600 of them on the Alums page through a survey report. She directed the creation of an online apparel store through SportsEngine’s registration system and even helps keep the club’s social media channels updated. “I’m a very inquisitive person,” she said. “If something is sitting in front of you, don’t you want to know how it works?”

Making her mark:

Samaras oversaw the creation of the Coaches page that starts at the top, fittingly, with photos, bio and contact information for the club’s Head Honcho (Samaras, of course). Samaras’ daughter, Stephy, the club’s Recruiting Coordinator, is also among the coaches and administrators listed on the page.

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