June 17, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan men's lacrosse head coach John Paul has been selected for induction in the United States Lacrosse Michigan Chapter's Hall of Fame, the organization announced Monday (June 17).
"I am honored that the Hall of Fame committee has included me in this year's class," said Paul. "So many people do so much to help grow the game. To be inducted into a group that recognizes so many of the greats in lacrosse in our state is humbling. I'm proud of the role we've had here at the University of Michigan."
Paul built the Michigan men's lacrosse club team into a national powerhouse, compiling a 241-44 record in 14 seasons as head coach (1998-2011) and leading Michigan to three straight Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association national championships from 2008-10. The team was 76-2 the final four seasons as a club program, helping drive the addition of men's lacrosse to the school's Division I varsity sports programs prior to the 2011-12 school year.
Paul was chosen to lead the varsity program in June 2011, and he was named Lacrosse Magazine Person of the Year in November 2011 for the role he played in Michigan's becoming the first BCS school in 31 years to add varsity lacrosse. Paul also previously served on the US Lacrosse board of directors (2002-07) and on the board of the Michigan Chapter of US Lacrosse.
"John Paul has been a giant for the game in Michigan," said Bob Stevenson, chair of chapter's selection committee. "As the very successful men's club coach at U-M, he utilized that position to improve the quality of lacrosse play and coaching in Michigan. He brought in other top coaches and held clinics for local players and coaches. He was a one-person force for improving the game in the state. All lacrosse people in the state of Michigan should salute and appreciate his efforts, and he has been that rare coach who is calm, reasonable and gracious, whether in victory or defeat, in or out of season, regardless of the situation."
Paul will be formally inducted into the Hall of Fame on Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. at Peabody's in Birmingham, Mich., along with former U-M player Michael Campbell (1978-82), Tom Mitchell, Mike Mehall and Jennifer Dunbar.
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