Stan Cockerton has served as the Executive Director of the OLA since 1986, after launching his career in amateur sport in 1982 as the OLA Program Director. He was then promoted to OLA Technical Director and eventually to Executive Director – a position he held for 35 years.

Cockerton began his legendary playing career after picking up his first lacrosse stick at the age of 12. He would become an all-star box player for Oshawa, with a playing style that was an immediate threat to his opponent’s goaltenders. As a Junior “A” player, Cockerton ranked 5th in all-time goals with 319 for the Gaels and was named ‘Most Valuable Player’ in Junior “A” in 1975 and 1976, he went on to be named Major Series Lacrosse’s ‘Rookie of the Year’ in 1977.

Cockerton’s international career began in 1976 as a three-time member of Team Canada’s field lacrosse program (1978, 1982, and 1990), leading Team Canada to a World Championship gold medal in 1978 by scoring six goals and tallying three assists. This included the game-winner in the 17-16 overtime win against the United States. The 1978 World Lacrosse Championships were a watershed moment for the sport throughout Canada and a springboard for the growth of field lacrosse throughout Ontario. At the time, Cockerton was named “Player of the World.”

Cockerton played collegiate lacrosse in the United States for NC State University. He was a four-time All-American selection and still ranks among the all-time NCAA leaders in total goals scored (193), points (280), points per game (6.36). He still holds the NCAA Division I record for goals per game (4.39), 41 years later.  

Cockerton’s accomplishments as a player have been recognized through his inductions into the Oshawa Sports Hall of Fame (1990), Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame (1997, Inaugural Class), Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame (2003), USA Lacrosse Hall of Fame (2014), and NC State Hall of Fame (2016).

A Builder, Cockerton’s passion for the sport led him to serve as Vice President of the International Lacrosse Federation (now World Lacrosse) from 2003-2010, and President from 2010-2017. Cockerton’s contributions to the game internationally have helped shape the movement to return lacrosse to the Olympic Games. Cockerton was proud to witness a historic moment for lacrosse: the official recognition of the sport by the International Olympic Committee on July 20th, 2021. He was honoured with the Lester B. Pearson Award in 2011 by Lacrosse Canada for his outstanding contributions to the sport, as well as the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018 by World Lacrosse for his international growth and development efforts.

 

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