St. Francis High officials last month named Anne Stricherz the school’s new varsity girls golf coach.
Stricherz spent the past 17 years teaching religion at St. Ignatius College Prep in San Francisco, where she also served as the school’s junior varsity girls golf coach. St. Francis and St. Ignatius are both part of the West Catholic Athletic League.
“I am grateful and yet humbled to work as the varsity girls golf coach,” Stricherz said in a press release St. Francis issued May 28. “My love for this great game and my appreciation for competition in the WCAL is something I am eager to share.”
A graduate of Carondelet High, Stricherz attended the University of Notre Dame, where she competed in rowing.
Stricherz comes from a family of educators and athletes. She is the granddaughter of a high school football coach and All-Ireland runner, and the niece of a 35-year veteran Pac-12 Conference referee.
A member of San Francisco’s Olympic Club, Stricherz is the author of “Pray and Practice with Purpose: A Playbook for the Spiritual Development of Athletes” and speaks nationally about the ministry through sports. At St. Francis, Stricherz also will serve as a full-time religion teacher.
“I am so excited to have Anne Stricherz as our new head girls golf coach here at St. Francis High School,” Michael Pilawski, the Lancers’ director of athletics, said in the release. “I have known Anne for many years and could not think of a better role model and teacher to take over our program. She comes to us with a wealth of experience and is a great Catholic educator.”
Stricherz replaces Phil Marrone, who stepped down in May. Named the 2018-19 Central Coast Section Girls Golf Honor Coach, Marrone spent 17 years at St. Francis.