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M-A adds to staff with new girls lacrosse coach

Menlo-Atherton has hired Juliet Mittlemann as the new varsity girls lacrosse head coach. She comes to M-A via Santa Monica, with a prolific background in the sport.

Mittlemann founded, directed, and coached the girls' lacrosse program at Palisades Charter High School in Pacific Palisades for nine years. During this time she also launched her own private lacrosse company in May of 2009 (Los Angeles Women's Lacrosse).

Mittlemann has been coaching lacrosse for 14 years and started her career as a coach while attending Brown University.

Having been honored in many different fields within the lacrosse community, her most recent recognition is her most impressive -- nominated to coach one of the four girls lacrosse teams at the US Lacrosse Champion All American Showcase Tournament.

Mittlemann also served as the assistant coach for the 2007 women's elite lacrosse travel team, Team USA California. The team traveled to Japan to compete in the 2007 International Friendship Games, playing different teams from the cities of Osaka, Nagoya, and Kyoto.

After the 2007 season as the assistant women's lacrosse coach at Pepperdine University, Juliet became the co-head coach. That following summer she returned to coach the 2008 Team USA California which traveled and competed in China for the 2008 Beijing Games, and in Japan for the 2008 International Friendship Games in Tokyo and Sapporo.

This past spring, she was elected to serve as the head coach for the Women's Developmental National Team (WDNT) Los Angeles/Orange County (LA/OC) Team. The team traveled to Pennsylvania in May to compete in the US Lacrosse Women's National Tournament.

"The greatness of team comes not from the individuality of the athletes but from their collective ability to be the best possible teammates to each other," Mittlemann said. "Success and excellence both as a coach and educator is not a mere act of luck, it is a habit; we are what we repeatedly do."

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Menlo-Atherton Athletics

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