Roosevelt taps Smith College standout, prep champion Hanna Landherr as girls lacrosse coach

SEATTLE – Roosevelt High School’s girls lacrosse program has hired former Smith College standout Hanna Landherr as its varsity coach and added Anne Pedersen as JV coach and Olivia Hull as an assistant.


Former Smith College standout Hanna Landherr takes over as girls varsity lacrosse coach at Seattle’s Roosevelt High School. (Photo: Roosevelt Lacrosse)

Landherr, who coached the Roughriders girls JV program in 2013, replaces Vinca Swanson who relocated to Portland, Ore. after coaching Roosevelt from 2009-13.

“I’m really excited about this opportunity,” said Landherr, an NCAA standout during the 2004 and 2005 spring seasons for the Division III Pioneers before finishing out her collegiate career at Ontario, Canada’s Queen’s University.  At Queen’s, her team twice reached the Ontario University Athletics Patterson Cup championship game.

“This is a chance to take the program in my own direction,” Landherr said.  “Last season I saw how cohesive of a group this could be,” she said.   “With a full-team-effort this team should be stronger.  This team’s in good shape and is running hard.  We’ll be well conditioned going into the season.

Losing just three players to graduation, Roosevelt returns 11 from last year’s 6-6-0 North Sound Conference squad including 2013 All-Conference players Caroline Painter and Nicole Larson and will have a number of talented student-athletes moving up from the JV ranks.

“As the JV coach I was pretty lucky to have some great, natural athletes turn out,” said Landherr who inherits a Roughriders program that had 32 Roosevelt High School girls playing at varsity and JV levels during the 2013 season. “There will be some good competition to make the varsity this year.”

Like many student-athletes in Washington state, Landherr began playing lacrosse just prior to high school.  As a prep player in rural Southeastern Connecticut at the Saint Bernard School and later the Norwich Free Academy, the first team All-Eastern Connecticut Conference defender led the Wildcats in assists on the way to conference titles in 2002 and 2003.


Roosevelt High School girls varsity lacrosse coach Hanna Landherr (center) working with the Roughriders JV squad during the 2013 season. (Photo: Joe Nakahara)

Landherr’s coaching career began while working as a civil engineer in Vancouver, B.C. where she coached at the U-12, U-15 and U-19 levels.  After landing a job as a project manager with the Seattle Department of Transportation and relocating to Seattle, Landherr took over the Roosevelt girls JV squad for the 2012-13 school year.

“We’re very excited to have Hanna on board,” said Roosevelt lacrosse parent board president Ritchie Larson. “She’s driven, works incredibly hard to be current in coaching techniques and strategies and has high expectations of her players and their fitness,” he said.  “Landherr is a good role model for our student-athletes.  She knows what it takes to succeed academically and play at the NCAA level.”

At Roosevelt, Landherr’s staff includes Pedersen, a former Texas high school lacrosse state champion and York University rookie-of-the-year along with Hull, a 2009 Roosevelt graduate and former Roughriders lacrosse player.  A 2013 graduate of Gonzaga University in Spokane, Hull played at the club level for Bulldogs all four years.

About Lacrosse in Washington State
Lacrosse has over 100 years of history in Washington state with clubs playing in the early 1900s and high schools now in their fourth decade of state competition.  With Native American origins, lacrosse is one of the oldest organized sports on the continent and today is considered the fastest growing sport in America.  In Washington state, some 4,000 student-athletes attending over 200 high schools play prep lacrosse, while another 6,000 play lacrosse at the youth, adult and collegiate club levels throughout the state.  For more information on high school lacrosse in Washington state visit

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