Shoulberg’s departure signals new era for Mendham girls

By Mark Kitchin

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Mendham girls lacrosse won’t be the same without Jessica Shoulberg on the sidelines. The coach that turned the Minutemen lacrosse program into a North Jersey powerhouse over the past decade quietly stepped down during the fall. She leaves behind some very high standards for future teams to live up to.

Over 13 seasons of guidance Mendham teams posted a 238-50 record. The Minutemen were five-time Morris County champions (2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010). They were Group II state champions in 2007 and 2008 and a Group III state champion in 2010. Along the way they also captured a number of state sectional and conference titles. The Minutemen advanced to the Tournament of Championship title game in 2007 and 2010.

Shoulberg reportedly left for family reasons. She has four children and another on the way.

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Jessica Shoulberg left a legacy of success at Mendham that will be tough to duplicate. (Photo by Mark Kitchin)

Shoulberg, whose maiden name is Grom, attended West Morris High School and learned to play lacrosse in the inaugural years of that program. She went on to become one of the first varsity members of the Notre Dame women’s lacrosse team. She returned to the area to teach and coach.

She married Charlie Shoulberg, a Mountain Lakes grad who has been involved in lacrosse in a number of facets including a former General Manager of Major League Lacrosse’s New Jersey Pride. He also coached the Mendham boys lacrosse team for a short time. Together they founded STEPS Inc, a very popular club program for girls lacrosse.

Shoulberg’s teams were always hard working, well conditioned and well prepared. The detail oriented coach could often be a disciplined task master who did what she could to get the best out of her players. As a result numerous Minutemen over the last decade have moved on to play in the college ranks.

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Shoulberg helped Mendham to three state group titles and coached them to Tournament of Champion finals in 2007 and 2010. (Photo by Mark Kitchin)

Shoulberg could be very tough on officials, whom she often gave an earful over the course of her team’s contests. She was loud but also very supportive of her players in good times and bad.

Mendham has already hired a new coach. Lauren Yee, a Mendham alum, has been a Minutemen assistant for the last few years and also works at STEPS in the offseason. She was offered the job in November and approved soon after.

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Mark Kitchin is a boys varsity basketball writer for the Morris County New Jersey area

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