Lisa Finegan: ICEF Academic Team, Director of K-12 Physical Education, View Park Prep High School Head of PE, VPHS Girls Rugby Assistant Head Coach, Director of Middle School Rugby

Lisa Finegan grew up in Ireland and attended an all-girls Catholic school, where she developed a passion for academics and athletics. This led her to develop a career in sport and education, graduating from St Mary's University, London, completing a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science (Honors). She then went onto Graduate School at Brunel University, London to pursue a Postgraduate Degree in Teaching and Masters in Education. In her first year of teaching, she was responsible for leading as Head of Department at Guernsey Grammar School, before returning to work at Harris Academy for Girls in London. Lisa has worked all over the world; in England, Guernsey, Australia, the East Coast of the United States and now finally settling on the West Coast in Los Angeles, California.

 

From a playing perspective, Lisa has represented in rugby 7s, 15s and touch rugby at club, regional and international level in Ireland, England, Guernsey, and now for the USA. Currently, Lisa has also been a member of the Los Angeles Royals team for the past five years, captaining the side in 2016 and are currently ranked #2 in the USA. Additionally, Lisa was selected on Team USA and finished seventh at the World Cup in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2019. Lisa has been named on the Women's High Performance Squad for the USA after the recent USA Nationals and post tournament development camp. 

 

Now, Lisa has been able to passionately develop her career in sport and education as part of ICEF Public Schools Academic team as the Director of K-12 Physical Education and as an ICEF Rugby Coach. Responsibilities include the educational leadership and management of Physical Education across the federation of seven charter schools. She coaches View Park Prep High School Girls Rugby and is the Director of ICEF Middle School Rugby managing over 20 high school rugby players who act as intern coaches for an extensive co-educational 5th-8th grade rugby program.

 

Lisa loves traveling the world, representing the Los Angeles Royals and Team USA Rugby, and is looking forward to the LA2028 Olympic Games here in Los Angeles!