Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/16/16
From Press Release
The Saint Joseph’s men’s and women’s lacrosse programs will honor the memory of longtime Saint Joseph’s men’s lacrosse coach Pat Cullinan during the squads’ doubleheader this Saturday, March 19. The women’s team will host Columbia at noon, while the men’s team will host Delaware at 3:00 p.m. on Sweeney Field.
Cullinan passed away this past October 14 after a lengthy bout with cancer.
Both teams will wear t-shirts in memory of Cullinan during warm-ups, and donations will be collected for both games. All collected donations will go to the HEADstrong™, an athletic-rooted organization committed to improving the quality of life for cancer patients and their families through providing essential programs and services. The Cullinan family will be honored between games.
Cullinan was the third head coach in the history of the Saint Joseph’s men’s lacrosse program, guiding the Hawks for seven seasons from 2005 to 2011. He led Saint Joseph’s to an appearance in the 2007 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship, where they fell one win short of an NCAA Tournament berth. In 2006, the coach piloted the Hawks’ turnaround from the previous year’s record, thus earning him the 2006 MAAC Coach of the Year award.
During his coaching career at Saint Joseph’s, Cullinan saw his players earn nine All-MAAC selections and 11 MAAC All-Academic Team honors. Prior to coaching at Saint Joseph’s, Cullinan was the head coach at West Chester University, where he led the program to the ECAC Division II Championship and garnered NYCAC Coach of the Year honors twice. A 1979 graduate and two-sport standout at Lebanon Valley College, he also started the lacrosse program at Glen Mills High School.
Cullinan is survived by his wife, Donna, and their four children. His sons, Sean and Scott, played for him at Saint Joseph’s, while his daughter Meghan was a member of the Hawks’ women’s lacrosse team and his daughter Sarah played lacrosse at Elizabethtown College.
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