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July 30, 2019
Intercollegiate Men's Lacrosse Coaches Association Hall of Fame Class of 2019 Announced
Baltimore, MD – The Intercollegiate Men’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Board of Directors recently approved the nominations from the Hall of Fame Committee for the induction class of 2019. Inductees include Don Leet (St. Lawrence University), Tom Postel (C.W. Post), William Schmeisser (Johns Hopkins University), Cliff Stevenson (Oberlin College, Brown University), Dick Watts (Kenyon College, University of Maryland, Baltimore County), and Chuck Winters (SUNY Cortland).
IMLCA president, J.B. Clarke, head coach at Limestone College recently said: “The Class of 2019 is responsible for many inaugural championships at their respective institutions and were instrumental in mentoring countless young men. The IMLCA is eternally grateful for their contributions to our great sport.”
The ceremony will take place on Friday, December 6, 2019 at the Baltimore Waterfront Marriott. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.IMLCACoaches.com/
More about the inductees:
Don Leet was the Head Coach at St. Lawrence University where he racked up 251 victories in his illustrious career. His 1979 team was the last team to beat Hobart before it went on a run of 12 straight NCAA championships as the Saints upset the Statesmen 12-11 in Geneva, New York. Leet was also honored as a 1993 inductee to the Upstate New York Chapter of US Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
Thomas Postel played lacrosse at C.W. Post where he also coached for 20 years. As a player, he set multiple offensive school records and as a coach won the national championship in 1996. Postel was also a player and coach for Team USA. He was inducted as a member of the National Lacrosse Foundation Hall of Fame.
William Schmeisser was a defenseman and player-coach at Johns Hopkins University where he won eight national championships and compiled a 57-15-1 record beginning in 1900. Schmeisser was instrumental in establishing the Mount Washington Lacrosse Club in 1904. The USILA honors the top NCAA Division I defenseman in Schmeisser’s honor.
Cliff Stevenson attended Springfield College where he played lacrosse for the first time. His coaching career began in 1952 at Oberlin College where he complied a 56-12-4 record. Stevenson then spent 20 seasons at Brown University compiling a 168-81 record with two Ivy titles.
Dick Watts started the first team at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County where he accumulated a 178-148 record in 23 seasons. His 1980 team won the national championship. Prior to UMBC, Watts spent three seasons at Kenyon College, earning a 20-15-1 record. Watts began coaching at the Friends School in Baltimore after graduating as an All-American defenseman at Johns Hopkins University. Watts was also instrumental in guiding the physical education, intramural, and intercollegiate athletics programs at Stevenson University during his 23 years as the Director of Physical Education.
Chuck Winters coached SUNY Cortland from 1973-1983 compiling a 94-55 record while winning two national championships in 1973 and 1975. Prior to SUNY Cortland, Winters played collegiately at Bowling Green State University and served as a graduate assistant coach in 1970. Winters was inducted into the Ohio Lacrosse Association Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Bowling Green State University Hall of Fame in 2004. He also served as Vice President of the USILA from 1990-92 and received USILA’s Lifetime Service Award in 2007.
About IMLCA: The IMLCA was formed in 2004 to serve the intercollegiate men’s lacrosse coaches community. To develop among intercollegiate coaches a deep sense of responsibility in teaching, promotion, and maintaining the growth of lacrosse in accordance with the highest ideals of fair play. To stimulate the development of quality leadership for lacrosse programs by recognizing professional contributions to the sport and keeping members informed of current coaching techniques and trends. To identify and pursue issues relevant to lacrosse coaches and to the sport of lacrosse; and to provide a forum for the discussion of matters of interest to members of the Association. To promote cooperative efforts with other professional organizations interested in the development of lacrosse and athletics in general. For more information on the IMLCA please go to imlcacoaches.com.
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