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Former Lower Merion coaching legend Linehan to be inducted in inaugural Hall of Fame class by NILCA

Wednesday, 7th August 2019

Categories Boy's/Men's, High School  

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 8/7/19

The National Interscholastic Lacrosse Coaches Association (NILCA), which strives to provide dedicated service to high school lacrosse coaches throughout the United States, has announced that former Lower Merion boys’ coach John Linehan (Haverford High grad) will be in its inaugural Hall of Fame Class.

John Linehan

The NILCA seeks to honor those coaches whose mentorship and groundbreaking coaching careers have left an indelible mark on the high school game of lacrosse.

The Induction Ceremony will be held Nov. 9, 2019 at Plandome Country Club in Plandome, near Manhasset on Long Island.

Linehan was head coach at Lower Merion from 1972-2004 (397-185 record) and guided the Aces to four Avery F. Blake Memorial Trophy championships (Eastern PA titles, accepted as state champions, 1977, 1979, 1984, 1999) and 10 Central League crowns (1977, ’79, ’80, ’83-87, ’93, ’95). He was inducted into the Eastern PA Chapter of the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame and has served on many committees in the region.

He also was Head Coach of the Eagles Eye Lacrosse Club in the United States Club Lacrosse Association from 1985-87.

“I am very humbled to be included in the inaugural class of the NILCA Hall of Fame with men who not only had extremely successful coaching careers at their respective schools, but also played a major role in spreading the great game of lacrosse throughout their own states and across the nation,” said Linehan.

“Over the years at Lower Merion High and with the Eagles Eye Lacrosse Club, I was blessed with many talented players and assistant coaches, and this great honor belongs to them as well.”

Linehan began playing lacrosse in his senior year at Haverford High School in 1966. He went on to play at the University of Pennsylvania for legendary National Hall of Fame coaches Avery Blake Sr. and James “Ace” Adams.

After graduating from Penn in 1970, his playing career continued with the Philadelphia Lacrosse Club for four years and two years with the Philadelphia Wings in the original National Lacrosse League. While playing for the Phila. Lacrosse Club, he was selected twice to play as a member of the South Squad in the United States Club Lacrosse Association’s annual All-Star Game.

Linehan’s service to the game shows at all levels. He served on the board of the Philadelphia Lacrosse Association (a chapter of US Lacrosse) in various capacities for 26 years. He also helped build the Ashbee Youth Lacrosse Program. See all his accomplishments and leadership positions held.

Leadership Positions
1978-1980 Vice President of the Pennsylvania Scholastic Lacrosse Coaches Association
1980-1982 President of the Pennsylvania Scholastic Lacrosse Coaches Association
1978-2004 Eastern PA Area Representative to the National Interscholastic Lacrosse Assoc.
1988-1992 Secretary of the National Interscholastic Lacrosse Assoc.
1992-1996 Vice President of the National Interscholastic Lacrosse Assoc.
1996-2000 President of the National Interscholastic Lacrosse Assoc.
1998-2000 Chairman of the High School Committee of the Men’s Division of US Lacrosse
1998-2000 Member of the Board of Directors of US Lacrosse
1997-2010 Member of the US Lacrosse Men’s National Hall of Fame Nomination Committee
2009-2011 Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association District One Boys Lacrosse Chairman
Pennsylvania Scholastic Lacrosse Association Coach of the Year: 1977, ’79 and ’84
1986 United States Club Lacrosse Association Coach of the Year
1992 Assistant Coach on the World Championship U.S. Men’s Under 19 Lacrosse Team
1998 U.S.Lacrosse “Gerald J. Carroll, Jr. Exemplary Coaching Award”
1998 Inducted into the first class of the Eastern Pennsylvania Lacrosse Hall of Fame
2005 Eastern Pennsylvania Scholastic Lacrosse Assoc. “Man of the Year”
2005 Philadelphia Lacrosse Association “Founders Award”
2008 Inducted into the first class of the Lower Merion High School Lacrosse Hall of Fame
U.S. Lacrosse Century Club Awards: “100”, “200”, “300”, and “400” wins.

Honored Inductees:
Joe Cuozzo Ward Melville HS (NY)
William ‘Doc’ Dougherty Garden City HS (NY)
Thomas Hall Fayetteville Manlius HS (NY)
Bob Hartranft Farmingdale HS (NY)
John Linehan Lower Merion HS (PA)
Alan Lowe Manhasset HS (NY)
Mike Messere West Genesee HS (NY)
Bobby Shriver Boys Latin School (Md)
Bob Streeten Corning East HS (NY)
Guy Whitten Wilton HS (CT)

Plandome Country Club address: 145 Stonytown Road, Plandome, NY 11030.

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