Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/25/21 – Staff Report
Bill Waldron has resigned as head boys’ lacrosse coach at Wilson after leading the Bulldogs to the Berks County and District 3 Class AAA championships.
Wilson was 22-3 this year, bowing in the quarterfinals of the PIAA tournament. Waldron’s mark in four seasons (no games were held in 2020 due to the pandemic) was 81-15; he also won a District 3 championship in his first season in 2017 and Berks titles in each of the four seasons.
Waldron, who played at Lafayette, works as an CRNA in the anesthesia department at the Lebanon VA Medical Center. He told Phillylacrosse.com that his duties at the VA have made it impossible to continue as coach.
“I really struggled with the decision to step down,” he said. “Wilson is a great sports community and I’ve had the opportunity to coach so many great young men.”
Waldron has served in a variety of roles in the field of medicine. As an officer in the US Naval Reserve, he worked at Bethesda Naval Hospital and Walter Reed Medical Center. Additionally, he was a Clinical and Didactic Instructor for multiple graduate nursing programs. He also worked as an Anesthesia Provider at an Indian Health Services Hospital at an Indian Health Services Hospital, and served on the frontline of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic through emergent airway and ventilator management.
“My professional and family responsibilities make it very hard to continue to put the time and effort required to continue to build the program,” he said. “My goal when I accepted the job was to build the Wilson program into one that could compete every year with the top programs.
“Two District 3 Championships and 4 Berks County championships are certainly some great accomplishments. Multiple Wilson players have gone on to play collegiately with great success and the program will continue to be successful moving forward.
“I have been blessed to be part of a great program and great young men. I’m very proud of the positive impact I had at Wilson and grateful to the community and the players for all their hard work and commitment to Wilson Lacrosse.”
Waldron has coached for over 20 seasons, also at Pennridge (2002-05, Suburban One championship, Coach of the Year) and Emmaus (2000-01) as well as The Swain School in Allentown (1990-93), and Palmyra before coming to Wilson. He also coached West Des Moines Valley (in Iowa) to a 2015 state championship.