Jamie Asaka first learned to play lacrosse as a 9th grader at Lakeside School in Seattle, WA. After graduation, she attended Pitzer College where she was a member of the Claremont College lacrosse team and served as team captain her junior and senior years. Jamie started a high school lacrosse team at Northside College Prep in Chicago, IL before moving to Seattle where she coached middle school lacrosse for a year.
Jamie became the head coach of the Lakeside School girl’s lacrosse team in 2005. While at Lakeside, she coached the Lions to six state championships, and for her efforts she was named the 2010 Washington High School Girls Coach of the Year. Aside from coaching at Lakeside, Jamie Asaka has coached both U-15 and U-19 teams at the US National Tournaments in addition to her work with Puget Sound Select.
Jamie Asaja attended both public and private schools throughout her adolescence. She later moved to Claremont, CA to obtain her undergrad at Pitzer College. During Jamie’s undergraduate years she played lacrosse, but also participated in a number of service learning projects and internships. She worked with the LAPD’s Youth Gang Unit program, a social justice project with the Asian American Resource Center at Pomona College, and the mentorship of local Pomona teenagers. Jamie graduated from Pitzer with B.A.’s in Psychology and Asian American Studies.
Jamie Asaka later moved to Chicago, where she taught 6th grade at Victor Herbert Elementary School. She also earned her teaching certificate at National Louis University and started a high school girl’s lacrosse team at Northside College Prep High School. Jamie eventually returned to Seattle upon her acceptance of a new teaching position at Meany Middle School. Meanwhile, she coached soccer, basketball, and lacrosse at Lakeside Middle School during her downtime.