Building Blocks Lacrosse - Florham Park, New Jersey – September 5, 2023 - Building Blocks Lacrosse (BBL) is pleased to announce the hiring of Maria Grant as the new Director of BBL’s Girl’s North Division. Grant has coached for the BBL North Girls travel organization for the last several years and has a very impressive resume coaching at the D1 and D3 level at schools such as Syracuse, Rutgers University and Vassar College. While coaching at the collegiate level, Grant’s teams achieved top 15 National rankings. She coached All Americans; Regional All Americans as well as All Big East Conference Players.
Grant was a four-year varsity letter winner for both field hockey and lacrosse at Rutgers University. For Rutgers lacrosse, Coach Grant was both team captain and MVP during her senior year, while earning First Team All-American honors, leading the nation in saves and save percentage during that campaign. While playing field hockey, Coach Grant was a two-time Regional All-American and Most Valuable Defensive Player while leading Rutgers to the NCAA quarterfinals and also serving as a member of the USA National Squad.
In addition to her collegiate playing and coaching credentials, Maria has also coached at the high school, middle school and youth levels. She served as President of the Hunterdon Mohawks Girls and Boys Youth Lacrosse program and under her leadership the club
was the first youth organization in the United States to earn the Gold Stick Award from US Lacrosse for best practice, best safety, and best lacrosse experience in 2016.
“Maria has been elevated from within the BBL North Girls lacrosse club because quite simply she is the best person for the position. Her resume is stellar, experience set extensive having coached at all levels of the sport, she’s passionate about building the BBL North Girls program for the long haul, and she brings fresh ideas to how we can bring the club to the next level. Maria is committed to building a powerhouse club in Bergen County.”
Coach Grant is focused on developing each student-athlete to become their best selves. She places an emphasis on the academic, social, and emotional well-being of each student-athlete, while ensuring that they conduct themselves in a manner that represents values of integrity, sportsmanship and giving your best effort. Grant has experience recruiting at the collegiate and club levels, and has also been on the parental side while her three children were all recruited to play lacrosse at the collegiate level. Her focus is on building a great future for BBL North Girls - providing a premier developmental system for our players while guiding them towards success in the middle school, high school and college levels.
“I would like to thank BBL for providing me with this opportunity to revitalize, grow and advance the Girls North travel program. BBL management is committed to building a bright long term future for our players. Together we will build a strong girls lacrosse program that will permit our athletes to reach their maximum potential. I am excited to quickly move forward with bringing more training opportunities for our players in specialized areas of the game (Draws, goaltending, advanced offense and defense etc.) and a support system that will provide for advanced early player development (K-4th) and recruiting support. Each of these items will enhance the overall growth of our athlete’s each step of the way during their lacrosse journey.”