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National Lacrosse Coaches Association

2021 NILCA Hall of Fame Inductee Bios

Rob Ambrose

Rob Ambrose - Brother Rice High School

Rob began his lacrosse career playing defense for the Detroit Country Day School, earning NILA All American honors. He continued his playing career at the University of Pennsylvania earning 3 varsity letters.


In 1983, the Athletic Director at Brother Rice High School in Birmingham, Michigan tapped the newly graduated Ambrose to start up a lacrosse program at the all-boys Catholic school. In just his second year at the helm, the Brother Rice Warriors shocked the Michigan and Ohio lacrosse community by winning the Midwest Scholastic Lacrosse Association’s title over the more established midwest programs - such as his alma mater Country Day(, MI), Upper Arlington (OH) and Sewickley Academy (PA).  This auspicious beginning was the first of many seasons that Rob would lead and guide the Warriors to titles.

Rob took a leave of absence (to focus on a family business) returning to the helm of Brother Rice ten years later. Returning to Brother Rice brought a revival to their lacrosse success for 21 years, In fact, the year of his return, the Warriors were again crowned Midwest Scholastic Champions.

Throughout his coaching tenure, Ambrose’s teams have excelled both on and off the field and their success is unparalleled in Michigan. His Brother Rice Warriors won 16 Catholic League Championships, 16 Michigan Championships, and a total of 8 Midwest Championships. In 2008, Inside Lacrosse pronounced the Brother Rice Warriors the number 1 ranked prep program in the nation. During his Brother Rice career, his squad was recognized 4 times as the Michigan High School Coaches Association team with the highest GPA and the most representative members selected to All-State academic honors.


During his coaching career, Rob was named Midwest Coach of the year- 4 times. Michigan Coach of the Year -6 times, Catholic League Coach of the Year -13 times. In 2009 he was awarded National Coach of the Year by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association. More importantly, Rob has coached 52 NILA All Americans who extended their career into college. His mark on that program was concretized by the naming of Brother Rice’s turfed Lacrosse Field after Rob in 2003.

A retirement from Brother Rice did not close the door to his career. Moving east to New York Rob has begun coaching at Bronxville High School winning the Section 1 small school championship.


Over the years, Rob has been president of the Michigan and Midwest Coaching Associations. He was instrumental in assisting the start-up of numerous Michigan public and parochial lacrosse programs. Ambrose has been inducted into the Michigan and Brother Rice Halls of Fame.

Jon Barocas

Jon Barocas - Denver East High School

Coach Barocas devoted his life building more than a successful lacrosse program at Denver East High School, he shaped and changed the lives of thousands of young men. Long considered one of the pioneers of Colorado lacrosse. Under his guidance, Coach Barocas helped design the future of the sport in Colorado developing numerous youth programs, men’s and women’s club teams, 2 professional teams, and was the driving force and advocate behind high school lacrosse becoming a recognized varsity sport in Colorado.


As unheard of as it was, in 1985 Coach started taking the Denver East team on road trips throughout the country playing the top-ranked high school teams throughout the US. He always said that playing, not the winning or losing, made us a better team, better men. He wanted us to play the best teams like Boy’s Latin, Taft, St. John's, McDonogh, Gilman, Deerfield, Georgetown Prep, Garden City, Calvert Hall, Darian, and Lawrenceville. These are only a small sample of the teams he led us to play. The respect and admiration he garnered throughout the lacrosse world are special. When we returned home to play Colorado teams he was always heard before and during the game huddles asking if the team we were playing were better than the competition (occasionally beating) on the East coast.  Of course, they weren’t, which was our inspiration. When the high school association demanded he stop taking trips because our team was too good, Coach's answer to them was, “instead of trying to hold us back, you should aspire to do the same for your team and be better for it.” Over the years his efforts were greatly rewarded.  Throughout his tenure, several of the Denver East, an inner-city non funded public high school team, gained national recognition, ranking in the top 25 of the nation's best.


Many of his players went on to become leaders of their respective college teams, serving as captains, achieving national championships, NCAA All American honors, playing on USA national teams and professional teams throughout the league. Coach always defined lacrosse not as a sport, but as a small slice of our life. The team was a mold, built to guide young men on and off the field. His players became better players, men, fathers, and community leaders. Every one of us who went on to play at the highest collegiate level was prepared because of coach.


Coach Barocas is known to his many former players, to this day, as B-Rock, which aptly fits his personality.  Coach retired in 2011 after 33 seasons with 9 state championships, 348 wins, 102 losses, and 34 All Americans. He has inspired generations of young players throughout Colorado. His last words for 33 years, to every team, on every turn in the day were:


“Always remember fellas, playing lacrosse will always be a tiny piece of your life, but what you learned on and off the field and the friends you made as an East player will shape the rest of your life, your entire life, and hopefully inspire those yet to play and everyone you meet, which makes your time here the biggest part of your life.  And never forget, I’m always a phone call away.”


Coach B-Rock was not only our mentor, he was and always will be our life inspiration.

Bob Deegan - West Genesee High School

Bob Deegan’s athletic career began at Plainedge HS in North Massapequa, NY where he played football and basketball.  Plainedge didn’t even have a lacrosse team at that time.  He excelled in his studies, graduating in the top ten percent of his class.


Bob attended Cortland State College and played football for Coach Paul Wehrum who, along with Coach Jack McGetrick, first taught him the game of lacrosse as a freshman.  A few years later, Bob was on the 1975 Cortland State team that won the Division II/III NCAA Championship under the guidance of Coach Chuck Winters.  


After graduating from Cortland, Bob Deegan has coached lacrosse literally around the world:  Homer HS as the JV Lacrosse Coach, Slippery Rock Lacrosse Club as a player/coach along with BJ O’Hara, Defensive Coach at Geneseo State for head coach Paul Rose, and, finally, West Genesee HS where he taught and coached football and lacrosse with Coach Mike Messere for 40 years. The Wildcat Lacrosse team compiled a 699-77 W-L record, appeared in 22 state finals, won 13 state championships, and achieved a 91 game win streak. He coached 42 High School All Americans. He was voted CNY Asst. Coach of the Year in 2008, 2009, and 2013.  And as a classroom teacher, Bob was recognized as the West Genesee Optimist Teacher of the Year in 2017.  To say his accomplishments are impressive would be an understatement. 


In addition to working at West Genesee, Bob served as an assistant coach for the 1980 Gold Medal Team in the Empire State Games alongside co-head coaches Mike Messere and Tom Acee.  He also served as co-coach for the Silver Medal Central Team along with Laddy Horyl and the Upstate All-Star Team with Chris Kenneally.  Bob served as an assistant coach for the Irish National Lacrosse team which competed in the World Games in London Ontario, Manchester England, and Denver Colorado under head coach Richie Moran. He was the defensive coach for Dom Starsia and the Chrome Lacrosse club in 2019 during the initial year of the PLL and a volunteer assistant coach at Cortland State.


Bob spent his summers at Shove Park coaching lacrosse players from 7 to 17 and refereeing an indoor box lacrosse league for middle, high school, and college-age players. This program is still open for all student-athletes in the town of Camillus.  


Bob has played post-club lacrosse for a number of teams including Miller Lacrosse Club, Legends Lacrosse, the Paladin Lacrosse Club since 1978.  He currently plays for the Cloudsplitters Lacrosse Club and continues to compete in Weston, Florida, and summers in Lake Placid since 1978.  Bob still works as an instructor for the Platform Lacrosse Academy in Syracuse, NY.


Bob Deegan has devoted his life to lacrosse and the sport is better for it.

Bob Deegan
Tom Duquette

Tom Duquette - Norfolk Academy

Baltimore native Tom Duquette, whose father, a Hopkins lacrosse alum gave him first stick when he was eight, has been an adopted son of Virginia since matriculating at the University of Virginia in 1969. While at UVA, he met his wife, earned a degree in mathematics, played on two national championship lacrosse teams (USILA in 1970 and NCAA in 1972), and was a four-time All-American. Remaining in Charlottesville after graduation, he taught math and coached lacrosse and soccer at St. Anne’s-Belfield, did graduate work in Sports Psychology at UVA, assisted in UVA’s lacrosse program, and directed the St. Anne’s-Belfield Middle School. In 1974, he represented his country as a member of Team USA, winning a gold medal at the Lacrosse World Championships in Melbourne Australia.

In 1981 Coach Duquette and his young family moved to Norfolk Academy. In his forty-one years at NA, Coach Duquette has taught math (everything from Pre-Algebra to Calculus and beyond) and senior English, coached lacrosse, basketball, and football, and chaired the math department. He has brought mathematics into the biology, government, and history classrooms and been published in the NCTE’s English Journal as well as the Virginia Academy of Science’s Virginia Journal of Science.


A member of the US Lacrosse National Hall of Fame (2001) as well as regional lacrosse Halls of Fame in Charlottesville (1996) and Baltimore (2000), Coach Duquette is also a member of the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame (2009) and was recently inducted into the Hampton Roads Sports Hall of Fame (2021). In 2002, he was honored by the Atlantic Coast Conference as a member of its 50th Anniversary All ACC Team.

Coach Duquette’s overall coaching record was 559 – 187, 31 – 15 in four seasons at St. Anne’s-Belfield, and 528 – 172 in thirty-eight seasons at Norfolk Academy. His Norfolk Academy teams won seven state championships, thirteen Virginia Prep League titles, and twenty-one Tidewater Conference of Independent Schools championships, and twenty-three of his players were named US Lacrosse High School All-Americans. Twenty-four times Coach Duquette was named a conference, regional, or state coach of the year, and twenty of his former players went on to captain their college teams. In 2012 he served as an assistant coach under Tim Flynn for the gold medal-winning United States Under 19 National Team in Turku, Finland. Remaining active in the game after retiring from coaching, Coach Duquette does play-by-play for the streaming broadcasts of Norfolk Academy Lacrosse on NATV and coaches the youth league teams on which his three local grandsons play

Tom and his wife Susan are the parents of three Norfolk Academy graduates: Bryan (NA ’96 and Hampden-Sydney College ’00), Christopher (NA ’98 and Hampden-Sydney College ’02), and Michael (NA ’99 and UVA ’03), each of whom captained their college tennis teams their junior and senior years, and the grandparents of five, all boys, ages 10, 9, 7, 6, and 5.

Larry Glenz

Larry Glenz - Lynbrook High School

Coach Larry Glenz was hired as a Lynbrook high school social studies teacher and Freshman lacrosse coach in 1972. Vice Principal John Cannella, the founder of LHS lacrosse in 1958, and Coach Tony Seaman were essential to his hiring. Coach Glenz coached the Lynbrook freshmen for 6 seasons and served as Tony Seaman’s varsity assistant for 3 seasons. From 1982-2008, Coach Glenz won 390 games with some form of a championship in 14 of those seasons. 5 teams won the Nassau County title, 3 were LI champs, and 2 were NY State champions. After retiring from teaching and as a head lacrosse coach, Coach Glenz passed the torch to Coach Bill Leighley, his dear friend and assistant for 15 seasons. For the past 14 years, Coach Glenz has served as a volunteer assistant; for 2 years as Coach Rob McCurdy's assistant for the middle school program and 12 more seasons with the varsity Lynbrook lacrosse team. This Spring marks Coach Glenz's 50-year tenure with LHS Lax and he feels blessed and lucky to have been a part of this excellent program. Aside from lacrosse, Larry coached varsity wrestling from 1972-1981 and coached varsity, JV and middle school football for more than 20 years - all at Lynbrook.


Larry is proud of his background as a Lax player for Freeport HS under Coaches Dick Finley and Harry Mohrman in the late 60's. At Cortland State, in the early 70's, Larry was coached by Jack Emmer and Chuck Winters. Larry credits legendary Coach Emmer (Cortland, Washington and Lee and West Point) as his greatest role model as a coach. Glenz considers Coach Tony Seaman (CW Post, UPenn, Johns Hopkins and Towson) to be one of the most innovative lacrosse coaches ever, and Glenz' greatest teacher of the game. Coach Glenz considers his lifetime friend, Paul Wehrum to be his greatest influence on the philosophy and joy of coaching.


Most important to Coach Glenz are the close relationships he has enjoyed for many years with his former players. During the toughest moments of his life, he received overwhelming support, in many forms of love from his former players, which helped sustain and heal him in his grief. This LHS Lax network of players have become his cherished friends and he counts himself as one of the world’s luckiest men because of it. Coach Glenz would like to thank his two sons, Matthew and the spirit of his son Kevin, for being the joys of his life. Larry's 1976 Freshman lacrosse manager, Laura McDougal, became his wife 25 years later.  She has been his confidant and greatest supporter over the past quarter century. A special thanks to Coach Bill Leighley for allowing him to stick around and reach the 50 year mark with the Lynbrook team.


Coach Glenz has previously been inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Long Island/Metropolitan Lacrosse Association (1999), the New York State Athletic Coaches Association (2007), and the U.S. Athletic Coaches Association (2008). Coach Glenz is grateful to NILCA for the work they do for high school lacrosse nationally and for this great honor of induction into their Hall of Fame.

James Kaspar - MacArthur High School | Baldwin High School

When you talk about Long Island Lacrosse, there may be some names that come to mind.  Whether you’re thinking of players or coaches, these are the men who paved the way and had an influential impact on what Long Island Lacrosse is now.  Jim Kaspar is a name that definitely comes to mind.  He has seen it all and has had a big hand in shaping lacrosse on Long Island.


Jim played both football and lacrosse at Massapequa High School.  After graduating High School, he was part of the first recruiting class at Hofstra University.  He played three years for the legendary Howdy Meyers.


After his career at Hofstra, Jim was hired to coach at a first-year program at Nassau Community College along with Head Coach Mike Candel. He coached for fifteen years from 1967 to 1982.  At Nassau CC, his teams recorded 8 National Championships.  He also coached football at Nassau for 32 years. After leaving Nassau, Jim took over the program at MacArthur High School. He spent 6 years at MacArthur and had the opportunity to coach Seth Tierney (Hofstra Coach),


After leaving MacArthur, Jim went over to Baldwin High School where he was the head coach from1990-2001.  He had the pleasure of coaching many fine lacrosse players like Terry Riordan (NCAA Player of the Year), the Smith brothers (Chad and Michael), Anthony Gilardi (Head Coach at Stony Brook), Tim Byrnes (Syracuse), Eric Wolf (Head Coach at LIU), and Casey Carroll (Duke), and many others.


Other stops along the way included Ward Melville and Northport as an assistant coach. He became the Head Coach at Long Beach High School in 2006 until2017.  From 2018 to 2021, Jim was the Head Coach at Locust Valley High School.  He took the Falcons to the County finals in his second year.


For many years, Jim was the co-owner of Four Star Lacrosse Camps along with fellow Hall of Famer, Bob Hartranft.  Four Star was a camp where high school coaches could bring their teams to practice and play tournament-style lacrosse games while being recruited by college coaches.


In the summer of 2014, he was an assistant coach for the New Zealand National team which finished 9th at the World Championships in Denver.  In 2020, Jim was awarded the Whitey Hendrickson Lifetime Achievement Award by the LIMLF.

Jim and his wife Susan reside in Setauket.  They have two adult children, Peter and Thea.  Peter is a High School and College Official.  Over 40 of his former players have coached or are now coaching Junior High, High School, or College.

James Kaspar
Rick Mercurio

Rick Mercurio - Sachem High School

One of Suffolk County’s winningest high school lacrosse coaches, the life and career of Rick Mercurio has extended far beyond the fields of Sachem High School.

A Brentwood graduate who played for the legendary Bob Hoppey, he went on to play at Rutgers University for another all-time great in Tom Hayes. With the Scarlet Knights, he played in three NCAA tournaments in 1972, 1974 and 1975 and earned the school’s Fred Fitch Trophy as the most improved player. 

He began his coaching career at the junior high level in 1978 and just a few years later he was named head lacrosse coach at Suffolk County Community College from 1982 through 1984. One year later in 1985 he began a 22-year journey as the head varsity lacrosse coach at Sachem High School and created a legacy that may never be topped in the community. His teams won 316 games, 16 league/division championships, two Suffolk County championships (1993 and 1995), two Long Island championships (1993 and 1995), and one New York State title (1993). Sachem made the playoffs for 21 straight seasons in arguably the toughest high school lacrosse conference in the country. He is a three-time Suffolk County Coach of the Year in 1987, 1995, and 1996. 


Mercurio was recognized as the United States Lacrosse Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 1995. According to U.S. Lacrosse, he is one of only 55 coaches in the world to record 300 or more career victories in the sport. More than 50 of his former players are now coaching across the country at various levels, including Navy head coach Joe Amplo and Rutgers head coach Brian Brecht, making Mercurio one of the only people in America to have two alumni coaching at the Division I level at the same time. 


He coached 15 All-Americans and 200 players who were All-Long Island, All-Suffolk County, or All-Conference, respectively, including Sachem alum Doug Shanahan, the first winner of the Tewaaraton Trophy given to the top player in college lacrosse. He also coached three Enners Award winners, Will Campbell, Justin O’Connell, and Pat Perritt, who were the top players in Suffolk County.


Following his retirement from Sachem, he spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Mount Sinai High School under longtime rival and friend Joe Cuozzo, the legend from Ward Melville. Together they built an instant contender and won Suffolk County titles in 2008 and 2009, as well as a Long Island and New York State title in 2008. 


Passionate about his alma mater, he is dedicated to serving the Rutgers lacrosse community in a number of capacities as a color commentator for their lacrosse broadcasts and as a member of the university’s hall of fame committee. 


On an international level, Mercurio has dedicated his time to growing the game in dozens of countries across the world. Through World Lacrosse, he has hosted clinics in Thailand, Belgium, Russia, China, Mexico, Taiwan, Croatia, Canada, Greece, Israel, Luxembourg, and Australia. 

Mercurio has dedicated his life to growing the game and nurturing future generations of players and coaches and for that, he is one of this year’s NILCA Hall of Fame inductees. 

Mercurio is also an inductee of the Sachem Athletic Hall of Fame, the Suffolk County Sports Hall of Fame, and Long Island Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

Chuck Ruebling - Delbarton High School

Chuck Ruebling was introduced to the sport of lacrosse in the fall of 1974 at Delbarton School by Coach Mathew Levine, Delbarton’s first coach, and later the founder of both Doc’s NYC Lacrosse and CityLax, NYC.   Chuck would continue at Delbarton to be a four-year varsity member on Delbarton’s first teams.   Beyond introducing him to the sport, Chuck gives credit to Coach Levine for instilling in him the significance and importance of the lacrosse community, family, and service.   

Chuck the son of two high school teachers and educators, got his first opportunity in coaching as a Sprint Football coach at his alma mater, Cornell University. At Cornell, Chuck had the good fortune to be mentored by two legends of the sport, Terry Cullen and Richie Moran.  Following graduation from Cornell, Chuck returned to Delbarton as an assistant coach in 1984.  In 1987 he was named the varsity head coach.  Chuck has a storied history of lacrosse success having served as Delbarton’s head lacrosse coach since 1987. His dynamic career grew from local to state and even national renown with a career record of 523 wins – 114 losses and an impressive 82% winning percentage. Chuck coached forty-five US Lacrosse Scholastic All-Americans and eleven US Lacrosse Academic All-Americans while leading Delbarton to a state record six NJ Tournament of Champions Championships and fifteen NJ State Championships, plus a county-record sixteen Morris County Championships and fifteen Conference Championships.

Along the way, Chuck has been a factor in youth lacrosse on the local, state, and national levels.  He served as President of the NJ Lacrosse Coaches Association from 1988 to 1994. As an active member of US Lacrosse, he chaired the US Lacrosse Men’s Game Coaches Sub-Committee from 2010 – 2014, served as a member of the US Lacrosse National Convention Committee from 2008-2011, and was a gold medal-winning assistant coach for the USA National U-19 team at the 2016 World Championships.

Ruebling has collected many honors and awards during his coaching career, from NJ Lacrosse Coach of the Year in 1994, Daily Record All-Area Coach of the Year in 1988 and 1997, NJ Lacrosse Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 1999 and again in 2007, and NJ Scholastic Coaches Association in 2014. In 1998, he received the Len Roland Sportsmanship Award from NJ Lacrosse Officials and in 2007 the Frank Maguire Foundation honored him with its Mike Pressler Award. Ruebling has been inducted into three Hall of Fames prior to his NILCA nomination, the New Jersey Lacrosse Hall of Fame (2001), the New Jersey State Coaches Association Hall of Fame (2005), and the New York City CityLax Hall Fame (2018).

For all of his successes, Chuck credits the incredible network of support and culture he has been provided with at Delbarton School including the administrators, assistant coaches, parents, alumni, and foremost the players.   

Chuck has been blessed by the support of his family throughout including his wife of 35 years, Donna, his two grown children, Chelsea and Derek, and daughter-in-law Sarah.

Chuck Ruebling

Doug Tarring - St Anne's-Belfield School

For 45 years Doug was a teacher, coach and administrator at St.Anne’s- Belfield School in Charlottesville, Virginia. He began his time at STAB in 1973 and retired in 2018.During his tenure, he was the Head Varsity Lacrosse for Coach 31 years from 1979-2009. Doug also held the position of Athletic Director from 1980-2012. 


He played his high lacrosse at St. Paul’s School in Baltimore, graduating in 1968. Attending the University of Virginia and played and lettered during his 4 years- 1969-1972. Doug’s first college coach was Buddy Beardmore followed by Glenn Thiel. At Virginia, Doug was a member of two national championship teams in 1970 and 1972. 

In 1979, following his Virginia playing career, Doug started his coaching career by mentoring the UVa Junior Varsity squad – succeeding in the footsteps of Tom Duquette, a former Virginia teammate. Tarring was tapped to be the head coach at the

St.Anne’s-Belfield, in Charlottesville which he guided for 31 years. Over those years, Doug amassed a record of 407-173 winning 7 state championships from 1980 to 2009. 

While attending the National Coaches Conventions, Doug became involved in the NILA. With the support and encouragement of Tom Hall, John Linehan, Guy Witten and his fellow coaches, Doug served as Vice President and President.  


The game of lacrosse has given Doug many great opportunities and rewards.

 He was a member of the original committee that established the first North-South High School in 1983 and was Head Coach of the South Team.

In 1988, Doug was on the staff of the first USA Under 19 team that won the World Championship in Australia.  The Coaching staff Guy Whitten, Bob Shriver, Doc Dougherty and Tom Flatley – all members of the NILCA Hall of Fame. 

In 1985, Doug was inducted into the Charlottesville Chapter of US Lacrosse Hall of Fame for his community efforts to grow the game. In 1997 he received the Gerald J. Carrol Coaches Award – given annually by USA Lacrosse. 

In 2008-2009 Doug was honored by being named Virginia Independent School Coach of the Year. Throughout Doug’s coaching tenure, the STAB lacrosse program has produced numerous HS All Americans and Collegiate Players. 


As Head Coach, Doug was (and is) always quick to give credit to his exceptional staff of coaches who provided the players with their knowledge, their loyalty to the program and love of the game. These include: Rodney Rullman, Dr. Tom Schildwachter, David Riddick, present Coach Bo Perriello, Myron Ripley, Graven Craig, and Michael Woodfolk .  Moreover, Doug credits his successes to the outstanding former players and STAB alumni. Simply stated, Tarring affirms “Ultimately, it was the student-athletes that made the choice to wear a STAB uniform that have built and sustained the traditions of a winning program” .


In 2022, Doug was honored by the Virginia House of Delegates, it is reserved for exceptional Virginians who have had an extraordinary impact on individuals and their community. 

Karen, his wife of 37 years and herself a former teacher and coach, has given her support, understanding and invaluable advice to make Doug a better coach, teacher and person. With older Brother Bob, they have shared a lifetime in coaching. 


Perhaps, Doug’s career can be best described in the words of a former player: “Coach Tarring was definitely a great mentor to me, not only as a coach, but also an individual. He could always establish a connection with his players. His message was always the same, forget the previous play, the next one is the most important.”

Doug Tarring

Clay White - Broadneck High School

White is the all-time winningest boy’s lacrosse coach in the public schools in the State of Maryland.  Following the 2019 season White retired after compiling an overall career record of 455-198 in 43 seasons.

Most of the success came at Broadneck High School where White posted a 408-146 (.736 winning percentage) record in 33 seasons.  He spent five seasons at Southern High after serving as an assistant coach at Meade High and as a JV coach at Severna Park for three years.  White led Broadneck to four state championships, which came consecutively in 1992 and 1993 and 1996 and 1997. Broadneck’s first Regional Title was in 1987.   He also directed the Bruins to four county championships and five regional titles.  


Broadneck suffered just one losing season under the leadership of White, who sent dozens of players to the Division I, Division II, and Division III ranks.  He is beloved by his former players for the lasting relationships he built with them.  


White held many leadership roles within the sport.  He helped to establish the Maryland State Lacrosse Coaches’ association in 1996 and served as the organization’s only president for 23 years.  


White was one of the twelve founding fathers of the MSLCA.  Until his retirement White was the President of the MSLCA from 1996.  This organization ran numerous lacrosse clinics as well as the prestigious Kelly Award Banquet at the Naval Academy.  He also initiated and ran Freestate Tryouts for Team Maryland consisting of public and private players.  Select players from these tryouts led to their opportunity to play against NY Empire teams as well as teams from Pennsylvania and Virginia.   


He was inducted into the MSLCA Hall of Fame in 2020 as well as the Chesapeake Chapter of the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2019.  For outstanding contributions to Anne Arundel County lacrosse, the Bilderback Foundation honored him with the Bildy Award. 


White co-founded the Catonsville Indoor League along with Jon Appelt, Dave Mentzer, and Jim Diestch.  He played lacrosse at Severna Park under Butch Young and at Anne Arundel Community College under Mike Ballas.  


He was the first coach in Maryland to recruit special needs managers which became the backbone of his program.  He worked with special needs students and trained Special Olympic athletes for over 20 years.  He also was the Head Coach for Allied Bowling which included special needs kids for ten years at BHS. 


He was also the first coach in Anne Arundel County to have a Rubrix for evaluating players, which later became mandatory for all public school coaches in AA County


For more than 20 years White was the Regional Director for Anne Arundel County Public Schools and well as on the State Committee for  Boys’ Lacrosse   


His exceptional assistants, J.P. Gourley, Rick Gray, Brandon Rowe, and Tim Berquist gave the Broadneck program immeasurable dedication, knowledge, and loyalty for many years.


Also In talking about dedication White feels his wife, Joan, showed this dedication as well by taking his stats for ten years in every type of weather.  She has been his patient wife for 29 years offering advice In his numerous coaching decisions which helped him to keep a level head.


At the beginning of each new season, White would have words to live and play by on team shirts.  These are some of his ‘legendary' ones ‘Together’, ‘Last Ride’, ‘Let’s Roll’, ‘Connect’, ‘Traditions Never Graduate’, ‘3 Peat’, ‘Colluding’, ‘Moxie, Stealth and Guile, ‘Let it Ride'.

Clay White
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