Welcome to CA’s New Girls Basketball Coaching Staff
Concordia Academy is pleased to announce that Clara Paul has accepted the position of Head Coach for our Girls Basketball program at CA.
Ms. Paul has already established herself as a teacher and coach in our CA community who not only understands who we are and the ministry of sports but is also passionate about connecting with students. Whether working with students in the math classroom, on the volleyball court, or on the track, Coach Paul makes serving our students a priority. Athletic Director Katie DeWitt says, “Her experience as an alum of Concordia Girls Basketball gives her a unique perspective on this program, and, through conversation, it is evident that she cares deeply for the young women on this team.” Prior to Concordia Academy, Coach Paul was a teacher and girls basketball coach for Sioux Falls Washington High School.
Additionally, we are thrilled to announce the additions of assistant coaches Teathloach Pal, Abby Lanari, and Isaac Coutier.
Varsity Assistant Coach: Teathloach Pal attended University of Sioux Falls, where he played basketball before playing professionally for two years. During his time at USF, he earned first-team all-conference honors and finished his career averaging 14.1 points per game while ending 9th in all-time in rebounds per game, 2nd in total offensive rebounds, and 5th in total defensive rebounds. Pal is originally from Fridley, Minnesota, and played for our former Tri-Metro Conference opponent Fridley High School.
JV Head Coach: Abi Lanari has spent the last few years pouring into the girls program at her alma mater, Maranatha Christian Academy, where she played for seven seasons. She was responsible for building up the middle school program at MCA to over 20 girls while also coaching the 5th-grade boys team. Coach Lanari is also actively involved in the Minnesota Suns AAU organization, coaching the 2031 team. After her time at MCA, she went on to play for Anoka Ramsey Community College and graduated with an associate degree in health sciences. She is currently finishing her degree at Concordia University, St. Paul.
C-Team Head Coach: Isaac Coutier comes to CA after graduating from St. Olaf College in May 2022. At St. Olaf, Coutier was s tight end and team captain for the Ole football program, where he was twice named All-MIAC. He graduated from Bloomington Kennedy High School and was involved in football and basketball, playing for the prestigious Howard Pulley AAU basketball organization. Coach Coutier is a financial advisor for retirement planning and volunteers in the toddler ministry at his church.
Welcome to the Beacon Girls Basketball program, coaches!