Garber, Nickerson Lovejoy, Lamb and Coulson Inducted into Western Mass Lacrosse Hall of Fame
January 11, 2017
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Former UMass men's head coach Ted Garber, two-time UMass All-American Cari Nickerson Lovejoy, longtime Williams College coach Renzie Lamb and Western Mass lacrosse pioneer Jeff Coulson were inducted into the Western Massachusetts Chapter of the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame as announced by the organization at its annual meeting.
Garber led the Minutemen as head coach of the program from 1991-94 during which UMass won 37 games and advanced to a pair of NCAA Tournaments in 1991 and 1993 while the squad won the New England Championship in 1993.
Garber has coached at every level of the game following a standout career at the University of New Hampshire. His professional experience dates back to the creation of MLL, where he was a head coach during the 2000 MLL Summer Showcase Tour. Garber was also head coach of the then-Bridgeport Barrage for the MLL's inaugural season in 2001. Garber's professional career also includes stints as an assistant coach in Boston, Chicago and Rochester.
One of the top offensive players in women's lacrosse history, Nickerson Lovejoy (1977-80) is the only player in program history to be named a two-time IWLCA All-America First Team selection.
In her career, she led UMass to the USWLA Semifinals in 1978, the USWLA Championship Game in 1979 and the AIAW Semifinals in 1980. During her four years, she helped lead UMass to a 58-7-6 overall record – one of the best four-year stretches in program history. That success set the foundation for UMass to win the 1982 NCAA National Championship - the first sponsored for women's lacrosse by the NCAA.
Lamb served as the Williams College Head Men's Lacrosse Coach from 1969-2003. He compiled an overall record of 252-184 (.578) and notched a post-season record of 23-19 (.548). During his tenure, Lamb coached 30 Ephs who earned All-America honors. He is a member of the Manhasset HS Hall of Fame, New England Lacrosse Hall of Fame, and the Intercollegiate Men's Lacrosse Coaches Association Hall of Fame
Lamb has also been honored at Williams College where his name has adorned both the first turf field constructed on the campus and the second turf field, where he shares top billing with retired head football coach Dick Farley. Farley-Lamb Field is home to Williams football and men's and women's lacrosse.
Coulson was a 3-year letterman in lacrosse at Ohio Wesleyan and in 1990 founded the Franklin County Lacrosse Association in Greenfield, Mass. In 1995, he founded Indoor Action Sports and has coached several IAS select boy's lacrosse teams since 1995 and continues to have IAS select teams represented in events from Lake Placid, NY to Vail, CO.
Coulson created the non-profit entity Sports for Life Foundation and was the2014 recipient of the Ohio Wesleyan Robert M. Strimer Honor Award. Coulson has continued his playing career as well, suiting up to play with Columbus LC, Boston LC, Brattleboro LC, and Connecticut Valley lacrosse clubs as well as his Franklin County lacrosse club. He currently plays with the Ohio Wesleyan Legends team in Lake Placid's Super Grandmasters Division.
To learn more about each of this year's inductees, click here.
The Western Mass Chapter also honored the 2016 Boys & Girls High School All Americans, Boys & Girls High School Academic All Americans, the Boys High School Coach of the Year, and the recipient of the 2016 Bob Scott Award.
2016 Boys & Girls High School All Americans
Brett Jones, G Minnechaug Reg HS
Will Lukas, A Longmeadow HS
Sam Christman, M Minnechaug Reg HS
Max Stuckalin, M Longmeadow HS
Meg Szawlowski, M Williston Northampton
Olivia Shapiro, M Longmeadow HS
2016 Boys & Girls High School Academic All Americans
Jack Sarnacki, M Granby HS
Patrick Bruneau, D Monson HS
Claire Fitzpatrick, M Longmeadow HS
Rachel Sit, D Deerfield Academy
Boys High School Coach of the Year - Kyle Cloutier, Minnechaug High School
Bob Scott Award - Joe Gardner, Chicopee High School
Finally, the evening's attendees paid tribute to Jim Dunleavy, a Western Mass Official who passed away suddenly earlier this year at the age of 44. Jim was a devoted teacher and family member, a friend to many and an excellent official. He will be missed.
Class of 2016 inductees into the Western Mass Chapter Hall of Fame were:
To learn more about each inductee and their achievements and contributions to the sport of lacrosse, click here.
Class of 2015 inductees into the Western Mass Chapter Hall of Fame were:
Class of 2014 inductees into the Western Mass Chapter Hall of Fame were: