The Michigan High School Lacrosse Coaches Association recently announced its 2011-2012 Hall of Fame class and Bob Stevenson of Ann Arbor is one of the seven worthy honorees.
Bob Stevenson has been a promoter of lacrosse since 1969 when he was a player for the Michigan State club team. He was on their first varsity teams from 1970-1972 and was the Varsity Head Coach in 1973 when MSU had their first Division I win against Ohio State.
Stevenson also coached Ann Arbor Pioneer High School boy’s team from 1999-2004 and started the Ann Arbor youth lacrosse league with Ray Maturo in 2003. A man who wears many hats, Bob has also served as the Head Coach of the MSU Women’s club team which had two national championship tournament appearances and as a men’s and women’s lacrosse official as well as a boys and girls youth coach.
“People always say this stuff, but I am very honored indeed”, Bob said.
Here are some career highlights from the other six honorees:
Dana was an excellent player at Ohio State University and played 12 years for the University of Michigan lacrosse club. Dana has 26 years of experience as a Michigan high school lacrosse official and has worked many state final games. Dana is the past president of the Michigan Lacrosse Officials Association and continues to be a mentor and trainer for up and coming officials.
Tom was a founder of the Cranbrook program and is now coaching in Denver, Colorado at Kent Denver School. Tom played at Hobart and was a pioneer in Michigan lacrosse as he offered the first summer instructional camps in the state.
Coach of the Michigan Warriors. Offered top notch instruction to Birmingham / Bloomfield Hills area players. The Warriors are the leading feeder team for the powerhouse Brother Rice lacrosse program.
Founded the lacrosse program at Our Lady of Sorrows in Farmington. Dave is a true pioneer of the game at the middle school level and a generous supporter of lacrosse across the state. He provided hand made goals to any program that needed them.
Co-founder of Detroit Lacrosse Company, the go-to store for lacrosse equipment in the state. Ken played at Warren De La Salle and was the school’s first All State player. He is a varsity assistant coach and current freshman coach at De La Salle. Ken has worked with Oakland University and has given his money, time and expertise to any program in need.
The late Don Sill founded the Novi lacrosse program back in 1991 and coached there until 1997. His legacy can be found throughout Michigan lacrosse with a number of the ex-Novi players coaching and making huge contributions in the game.
The MHSLCA Hall of Fame was founded by lacrosse coaches around the state to formally recognize the dedication, and commitment to excellence of the pioneers of the game as well as current coaches and contributors.
The HOF committee will be holding a formal induction ceremony later this year. The Michigan High School Athletic Association office in East Lansing will be the temporary home for the individual plaques while a permanent site is established.