here for the History of
USILA Special Awards
USILA Outstanding Player Awards
I - Lt. j.g. Donald MacLaughlin, Jr. Award
Schreiber - Princeton University
II - Lt. j.g. Donald MacLaughlin, Jr. Award
Delaney - Seton Hill University
III - Fran McCall Award
Slavik - SUNY Cortland
Pole Midfielder Award
II - Kevin Kennedy - Adelphi University
III - Brandon Palladino - Dickinson College
I - Lt. Col. J.L. (Jack) Turnbull Award
Thompson - University at Albany
II - Lt. Col. J.L. (Jack) Turnbull Award
Lunney, Merrimack College
III - Lt. Col. J.L. (Jack) Turnbull Award
Cannon - Dickinson College
II - Lou Riley - Dowling College
III - Sam Stanton - Wesleyan University
III - Sam Ozycz - Endicott College
I - Ensign C. Markland Kelly, Jr. Award
Kaut - Penn State University
II - Ensign C. Markland Kelly, Jr. Award
Reagan - Merrimack College
III - Ensign C. Markland Kelly, Jr. Award
Kaminiski - SUNY Cortland
I - William C. Schmeisser Award
Durkin - Johns Hopkins University
II - William C. Schmeisser Award
Wagner - Mercyhurst College
III - William C. Stiles Memorial Award
Callahan - Tufts University
Player of the Year
I - Lt. Raymond J. Enners Award
Pannell - Cornell University
II - Lt. Raymond J. Enners Award
Lunney - Merrimack College
III - Iroquois Nationals Award
Palladino - Dickinson College
year the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse
Association honors three outstanding individuals
for their contributions to the collegiate lacrosse
Doyle Smith Sports Information/Media Award
Leann Parker - The Ohio State University
Leann Parker is in her 15th year in the Ohio
State Athletics Communications office and was
promoted to director in October 2012. She is
in her 14th year as the communications contact
for the men's lacrosse program, handling all
media relations. She always is willing to go
above and beyond for the program. She was honored
with the Service to Ohio State Lacrosse Award
Through her efforts, members of the Ohio State
men's lacrosse team have won, or been finalists
for a number of awards. Leann also understands
the importance of academics and community service
to the program and ensures both receive attention,
through photos, tweets and releases.
Doyle Smith Sports Information/Media Award is
presented in honor of the career of outstanding
service provided to lacrosse by longtime Virginia
Assistant Sports Information Director Doyle Smith.
Smith defined the game of collegiate lacrosse
through his media releases and statistical and
national poll coverage of the sport. His contributions
to the former NCAA Lacrosse Rulebook and Guide
paved the way for many of the sport's great media
efforts today on TV, the Internet, and in print.
The winner of this award can come from college
sports information offices or from the media.
The nominee has contributed greatly to the promotion
and coverage of the sport.
of Leann's responsibilities with the men's lacrosse
program is communication with the team's alumni,
friends and family. She has created a newsletter
to keep the group informed and updated on events.
She also manages all social media accounts for
the men's lacrosse team. The program's instagram
account is second nationally with more than 1,800
followers, while the squad's twitter account is
one of just 11 NCAA Division I men's lacrosse
team accounts with more than 4,800 followers.
The team's facebook page has nearly 1,800 likes.
She keeps the accounts updated regularly, even
when the team is out of season.
Leann is also the communications contact for two
other sports and handles media relations for several
special projects, including the athletics hall
of fame and scholar-athlete programs. She oversees
the student staff in the communications office
and manages many of the day-to-day functions of
the office. She is truly a part of the lacrosse
family and someone that has made a significant
impression on the Ohio State Lacrosse program.
Frenchy Julien Service Award
William "Bill" Lawson - Lafayette
Coach Lawson was the winningest coach in Lafayette
lacrosse. He 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 and for the past three years
had served as a volunteer assistant at DeSales.
Frenchy Julien Service Award
is presented in honor of former Chief Referee,
Joseph R. Frenchy Julien for outstanding and continuous
service to the sport of lacrosse. This individual
has rendered a lifetime of service, accomplishments
and contributions to the sport.
of the most well-respected lacrosse coaches
in the nation, Lawson was inducted into the
Pennsylvania Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2002.
Prior to that he was the 1991 Patriot League
Coach of the Year, the North-South All-star
lacrosse game coach twice, the 2000 USILA Howdy
Myers Man of the Year, and in 2001 was one of
a select few who coached at the U.S. National
Team tryouts for the 2002 International Lacrosse
Federation World Championships. He annually
served as a clinician at the NCAA-sponsored
YES (Youth Education through Sports) Clinic
held in conjunction with the NCAA Men's Lacrosse
Coach Lawson leaves a legacy of tolerance and
appreciation, as well as frankness and honesty.
In his career he has passed these skills on,
to well over 6000 Lafayette athletes (he coached
swimming, diving, and tennis as well.) He taught
the players life lessons while keeping the day
to day operations in perspective.
are please to have Bill's wife Peggy and family
with us today as we honor one of lacrosse's
Howdy Myers Award
Walter Alessi - MIT
Alessi has enjoyed a legendary career at MIT,
collecting numerous postseason honors since
beginning his Tech voyage in 1975. With a 245-260
record in tote, Alessi ranks first all-time
in wins at the Institute by a substantial margin.
Howdy Myers Man of the Year Award
is presented in honor of one of the sport's most
outstanding coaches. Howdy Myers coached 17 championship
teams at St. Paul's, Johns Hopkins, and Hofstra.
Myers was elected to the Lacrosse Hall of Fame
in 1971. The nominee for this award should have
contributed to the game of lacrosse in a capacity
over and above the normal efforts and in so doing,
has shown unselfish and untiring devotion to the
1995 New England Division III Coach of the Year,
Alessi received his eighth Pilgrim League Coach
of the Year award in 2009. He was named the New
England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA)
Man of the Year in 2007 for his outstanding years
of service. Since then, the honor was renamed
"The Alessi Award" and is given out
annually at the NEILA East-West All-Star Game.
Alessi was elected to the Hall of Fame of the
Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the Lacrosse
Foundation in 1999 and was the inaugural recipient
of the Vincent Lobello Sportsmanship Award in
Alessi started his coaching career at Rogers High
School and St. George's School in Middletown,
R.I. Upon departing St. George's, the school named
its lacrosse most valuable player award in Alessi's
honor. From 1973-75, he taught and coached at
Westwood (Mass.) High School, where he started
the lacrosse program on a club basis.
Alessi is currently a member of the ECAC Division
III Tournament selection committee. He previously
served as the president and then the secretary/treasurer
of the NEILA, participated on the New England
rating board, and chaired the East-West All-star
Game. Walter Alessi has given of himself unselfishly
while contributing to the game of lacrosse.
2013 USILA Coaches of the Year
John Danowski - Duke University
as one of the top coaches in college lacrosse, John
Danowski has helped lead the Duke men's lacrosse team
to unprecedented success during his seven-year tenure.
Duke finished 2013 with a 16-5 record and a share
of the ACC regular season title after starting the
year 2-4, the Blue Devils righted the ship and won
14 of its final 15 games of the season and ultimately
the 2013 National Title. In Danowski's seven years
at the helm of the Blue Devil lacrosse program, he
has compiled an impressive 111-29 record in leading
Duke to six ACC regular season titles and four ACC
tournament titles, seven appearances in the national
semifinals, three in the NCAA title match and the
2010 and 2013 national titles. In only seven seasons,
Danowski helped mentor 44 All-America selections,
22 All-ACC choices, two Tewaaraton Trophy winners,
two USILA Attackman of the Year award recipients,
a USILA Defenseman of the Year, a USILA Midfielder
of the Year and 11 USILA Scholar All-America picks.
Danowski, second among active coaches with 330 career
victories, etched his name in the NCAA lacrosse records
book in 2013 as he became the 11th head coach to win
multiple national titles. Danowski's efforts were
recognized nationally as he was picked as one of five
nominees for the 2013 ESPY Coach of the Year. .
Dan Sheehan - LeMoyne College
Sheehan, the only coach at LeMoyne College to lead
his team to a national championship, has served as
the men's lacrosse head coach for 16 seasons. As one
of the nation's most successful lacrosse coaches,
he enters his 17th season with a 220-40 overall mark.
2013, Sheehan led the Dolphins to their fourth National
Championship. After entering the Northeast-10 Conference
Championships as the third seed, they claimed their
11th Northeast-10 Conference Championship. Seeded
third in the NCAA Tournament's North Region, LeMoyne
started its run to a fourth national title. During
the National championship game, the Dolphins rattled
off six straight goals in the third and fourth quarters
en route to the victory.
has guided LeMoyne to 11 NCAA tournament berths in
the last 12 years - its only trips to the national
tournament in program history and four NCAA Championships.
He has also made 11 NE-10 Tournament Championships.
Sheehan is a seven-time Northeast-10 Conference Coach
of the Year, 2000 USILA Division II Coach of the Year
and 2010 FieldTurf Division II Coach of the Year.
Sheehan was just recently inducted into the Upstate
New York Chapter of the US Lacrosse Hall of fame.
Jake Coon - RIT
Jake Coon enters his fourth season at the helm of
the RIT men's lacrosse program. In those four seasons,
Coon has led RIT to an impressive 49-10 record, three
straight conference titles, and three straight trips
to the NCAA Div. III Tournament. Coon has coached
13 All-American selections, 31 All-Conference selections
and three conference player of the year..
2013, Coon led the Tigers to a 16-3 record and a Liberty
League title in the Tigers first season in the conference
and a third straight trip to the NCAA Div. III Tournament.
It was the third straight league title after winning
back-to-back Empire 8 Championships in 2010 and 2011.
is a strong believer in community service. His student-athletes
are the most active in that regard on campus, regularly
volunteering by mentoring young students in the Rochester
was the 2011 USILA Division III Coach of the Year
and was inducted into the Nazereth Hall of Fame in