Connect with us

News

Michigan Head Coach John Paul Named 2011 Lacrosse Magazine Person of the Year

BALTIMORE —Lacrosse Magazine, the flagship publication of US Lacrosse, has named University of Michigan men’s lacrosse head coach John Paul its 2011 Person of the Year. Read More…

BALTIMORE —Lacrosse Magazine, the flagship publication of US Lacrosse, has named University of Michigan men’s lacrosse head coach John Paul its 2011 Person of the Year.

Paul, who grew up in Ann Arbor, Mich., and played collegiately at Michigan, built the school’s club lacrosse team into a powerhouse in the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association during his 14 years as head coach. But it was his tireless leadership and work behind the scenes with university administrators, lacrosse alumni and boosters that paved the way for the athletic department’s historic May 25 announcement to sponsor NCAA Division I lacrosse beginning in the 2011-12 academic year.

In doing so, Michigan became the first institution that participates in football’s Bowl Championship Series to add varsity men’s lacrosse since Notre Dame did prior to the 1981 season. Michigan named Paul its first varsity men’s lacrosse head coach in June.

“This is a great honor,” Paul said. “I’m very proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish here at Michigan. The people I work with, coach with and coach for deserve just as much recognition. We still have a lot of work to do and a long way to go, but we wouldn’t be where we are now without a great group of people who are all passionate about two things I love, the University of Michigan and lacrosse. I’m incredibly fortunate to be part of this, and I’m thankful to Lacrosse Magazine for recognizing our efforts.”

“Michigan going varsity was a landmark moment for college lacrosse, one which will hopefully inspire more brand-name universities to invest in the sport at its most visible level,” said Matt DaSilva, editor of Lacrosse Magazine. “John Paul made it happen. He did it for the love of the game.”

Paul, a 1992 Michigan graduate who has spent 26 years overall with the Wolverine lacrosse program as a player and coach, approached Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon with a proposal to make the then-club lacrosse program varsity shortly after Brandon was hired in January 2010.

“There was no question that from the minute I met JP he was on a mission and had a passion for getting his program to the D-I level,” Brandon said.

After researching growth trends of the sport and potential benefits for the university, Brandon agreed lacrosse was a sport worth adding. Paul quickly rallied a group of about 70 donors, who in five months last spring raised nearly $6 million to start varsity men’s and women’s programs, according to Brandon. Paul had previous skills as a fundraiser. Before becoming club head coach, Paul had worked as a development officer for the university and athletic department.

University of Virginia men’s lacrosse coach Dom Starsia, a 2008 inductee into the National Hall of Fame, called Michigan’s sponsorship of NCAA lacrosse “probably the biggest news in our sport perhaps since the Final Four concept.” The Wolverines begin their inaugural season Feb. 12, 2012, against the University of Detroit.

US Lacrosse initiated Lacrosse Magazine’s Person of the Year in 2007, and it is an honor reserved for the person who has had a tremendous positive influence on the sport and transcended all levels of the game. Previous winners include Duke University men’s coach John Danowski (2007), Northwestern University women’s coach Kelly Amonte Hiller (2008), University of Denver men’s coach Bill Tierney (2009), and Long Island Lizards player Tim Goettelmann (2010). A complete 2011 year in review, including the cover feature on Paul, will run in the December issue of Lacrosse Magazine.

About US Lacrosse

US Lacrosse, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, is the national governing body for men’s and women’s lacrosse. US Lacrosse has nearly 375,000 members in 63 regional chapters around the country. Through responsive and effective leadership, US Lacrosse strives to provide programs and services to inspire participation while protecting the integrity of the game. To learn more about US Lacrosse, please visit www.uslacrosse.org.

In 2009, Adam O’Neill, Harry Alford and Thomas Alford launched Lacrosse Playground as the preeminent site for lacrosse gearheads. For years Lacrosse Playground provided lacrosse fans with tutorials and tips on how to string a lacrosse head, up-close looks at the gear the top players used and sneak peeks at equipment and uniforms before they were released. More than 10 years and millions of visits later, Lacrosse Playground has relaunched with a focus on storytelling. Our mission is to provide comprehensive coverage of the latest lacrosse news, share insights into the sports betting and fantasy lacrosse world and showcase the lifestyles and personalities of the sport of lacrosse through articles, videos and podcasts.

1 Comment
0 0 vote
Article Rating
Subscribe
Notify of
1 Comment
Newest
Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Scott_G
Scott_G
9 years ago

guy didn’t do shit yet, relax, never be as good as EAST COAST !

More in News

1
0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
()
x