The IMLCA mourns the loss of these outstanding men, husbands, fathers and ambassadors of the game.
Coach Buddy Beardmore died January 20, 2016 at the age of 76. He began coaching at the Severn School before leading the Hobart, Virginia and Maryland programs. He coached the Terps to two NCAA championships (in 1973 and 1975). He had a 113-38 career record and nine ACC crowns (at Maryland and Virginia).
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Coach Jack Sandler, age 35, died suddenly on a recruiting trip November 19 2015 while serving as the head coach of Colby College.
Coach Bill Lawson died tragically in a car accident on July 13. Bill retired following the 2002 season, ending a 37-year career at Lafayette in which he coached three different sports. He later returned in 2007 as a volunteer assistant men’s lacrosse coach.
One of the most well-respected lacrosse coaches in the nation, Bill was inducted into the Pennsylvania Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2002. The 1991 Patriot League Coach of the Year, he is the winningest men’s lacrosse coach in Lafayette’s history.
Paul Schimoler died peacefully Friday evening, Feb. 15, 2013, after a short battle with cancer, at the age of 45. He grew up in Upper Brookville, Long Island, and attended St. Mary’s High School in Manhasset, before Cornell University. Paul was an incredibly beloved coach, lacrosse player, husband and father, perhaps known best for holding the NCAA Division I record for most saves in an NCAA Tournament (85, in 1988).
Jack McGetrick died Saturday, October 9, 2010 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. The 60-year-old McGetrick helped found the Bellarmine lacrosse program in 2004 and has been its only head coach since the Knights started competing at the NCAA Division I level in 2005. At Bellarmine, he led the Knights to a 45-41 record, ending with a thrilling 14-13 overtime victory at Ohio State on May 1, 2010.