Lake Washington’s Hush named by US Lacrosse to All-American Showcase coaching staff

Lake Washington head lacrosse coach Dejon Hush (right) was named by US Lacrosse to lead one of eight high school all-star teams at the 2012 Champion All-American Showcase. Hush is in his second year at Lake Washington. Photo Courtesy: Michael Jardine / Sound Lacrosse

SEATTLE — Lake Washington High School lacrosse coach Dejon Hush has been named by US Lacrosse to lead one of eight boys teams at its 2012 Champion All-American Showcase national prep all-star tournament.

Featuring 200 of the top high school lacrosse players in the U.S., the annual event is a part of the 2012 ESPNHS Games presented by GNC. The event takes place July 22-27 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Hush, a second-year head coach at Lake Washington High School in Kirkland, was selected as one of the top 16 boys and girls prep coaches in the country by the US Lacrosse High School All-American advisory team after being nominated by the national governing body’s area chair. Prior to coming to Lake Washington in 2011, Hush coached for eight years at Bainbridge High School following two-year stints with Mercer Island High School and Franklin High School.

Hush is the only high school coach from Washington among coaches from 14 states selected to the honor. Washington state is one of just five in the group where lacrosse is not yet sanctioned by its state interscholastic activities association.

“High school lacrosse is becoming a main-stream national game and is truly recognized in all regions of the U.S.,” said Tony Olney, a member of the US Lacrosse national board of directors and high school teacher at Bothell’s Secondary Academy for Success. “The selection of Dejon (Hush) among this group of national leaders demonstrates the increasing visibility of Washington state’s high school lacrosse teams, players and coaches on the national stage.”

High school coaches from the following states were selected to lead teams at the 2012 Champion All-American Showcase: Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington, Wisconsin.

The finals of the Boys’ 2012 Champion All-American Showcase will be televised on ESPNU.

To learn more about the Champion All-American Showcase, please visit www.uslacrosse.org/2012ChampionAllAmericanShowcase

Boys’ 2012 Champion All-American Showcase Coaches
Team Freedom – Coach Chris Cos, Hoover (Ala.)
Team Freedom – Coach Thomas West, Ponte Vedra (Fla.)
Team Liberty – Coach Brooks Sweet, Poly Prep Country Day School (N.Y.)
Team Liberty – Coach Carl Houser, Glen Ridge (N.J.)
Team Pride –Coach Mark Kelley, Shepherd Hill Regional (Mass.)
Team Pride –Coach Joseph Hezley, Scarborough (Maine)
Team Spirit – Coach Dejon Hush, Lake Washington (Wash.)
Team Spirit – Coach Richard Pruszynski, Marquette University HS (Wis.)

Girls’ 2012 Champion All-American Showcase Coaches
Team Freedom – Coach Russell Mackey, Mt. Notre Dame (Ohio)
Team Freedom – Coach Shannon Nolan, Phoenix Country Day School (Ariz.)
Team Liberty – Coach Jessica Sardella, Walkersville (Md.)
Team Liberty – Coach Abby Mead, Green Hope (N.C.)
Team Pride – Coach Brooke Fritz, Radnor (Pa.)
Team Pride – Coach Emily Lovercheck, Parkway West (Mo.)
Team Spirit – Coach Katie Quist, Lawrence Academy (Mass.)
Team Spirit – Coach Stacey Williams, Bishop Moore Catholic (Fla.)

About High School Lacrosse in Washington State
Lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in the US and in Washington state has experienced double-digit annual growth throughout the past decade. With a 34-year local history, 157 individual boys and girls high school teams are available to students attending nearly 200 WIAA schools across eastern and western Washington. Governed by the Washington High School Boys Lacrosse Association and the Washington Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association, the sport is played during the spring season and capped by annual boys and girls state championships in late May. To learn more about lacrosse in Washington or to receive daily high school results visit www.WashingtonHSLAX.com or follow us on Facebook or Twitter @WashingtonHSLAX. To learn more about the history, traditions and values of lacrosse, college opportunities available to students and the 21 US states now sanctioning high school lacrosse visit USLacrosse.org.

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