Paul has made an incredible career of coaching both men’s and women’s box and field lacrosse. His roles have also included administration and he has been an integral part of the lacrosse community for over 50 years.

Paul began his career playing box lacrosse and he began his coaching career in ‘70 with a youth box team whilst still playing lacrosse competitively.

He continued coaching both at the minor and University level. In ‘78 together with his mother and brother, Stan started the first women’s field lacrosse program since the ‘30s.

He coached at the local, provincial, collegiate, and national level and was one of the assistant coaches for the inaugural Women’s World Championships Team Canada in 1982.

During that time, he was also the head coach of the University of Toronto’s men’s field lacrosse club. Paul contributed directly to the success of 8 world championships, with roles ranging from assistant coach, game commentator, and timekeeper.

Paul’s achievements were met with many awards including the Ontario Women’s Field Lacrosse Award of Distinction, Bob Sloan Award, Contributions to Minor Lacrosse, and U20 Coach of the Year to name a few. Paul was inducted into the Ontario Hall of Fame in 1998 as a builder and in 2013, Paul joined the executive and served as a Museum Liaison and Museum Accessions Chair.

Without Paul, lacrosse would not be where it is today, especially for the women’s field game.

What did you first think about and feel when hearing the news of your induction into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame?

I was very gratified that, through my selection, that my family’s contribution to the game and most importantly the start of the women’s field program in 1978 was recognized. My mother Joan and brother Stan were significant contributors to the success of the this ‘improbable’ start.

I also thought about my late father who played with many early box era CLHOF inductees. He supported/taught us but only saw us play a few years before his early passing. To have the family name listed with so many incredible players and lacrosse leaders is very humbling.

What are one or two special or memorable moments or achievements that you feel were special highlights in your lacrosse career?

Creating the program to expose women box lacrosse players to the international field game in 1978 was very special. A lot of ‘ teamwork ‘was required. To then have six of the players from these first years go on to help Canada win the bronze medal at the first World Women’s Field championship in 1982 was particularly gratifying. Two of these players are now in the CLHOF.

Working with the Brampton lacrosse association in 1998 to start the first girls/women’s field lacrosse program in the storied history of this club was another highlight.

The program went on to graduate many players who went on to university lacrosse in Ontario and the United States. Eight of the players introduced to the field game in Brampton went on to represent Canada at U19 World Championships including my daughter Bryanne, who played on the 2003 U19 Canadian team that won the bronze medal.

Incredibly this was also the first podium finish for Canada since the 1982 Senior team won Bronze ~20 years earlier.

Were there any critical decisions that changed your path?

 In the late 1970’s the existing girls/women’s box league in Ontario did not allow players over 19 years to participate. I was assisting my brother Stan coach a very successful girls/women’s box lacrosse team (Ontario champion 1974 through 1977), the core of the team was not going to be able to play due to age.

This required looking for other opportunities which resulted in starting the women’s field game and playing US College teams.

Are there special individuals whose support or influence made a difference in your journey?

My mother Joan who did much of the organizing and communication which allowed me to focus on the performance of the team/players on the field.

My spouse Mary who supported my strong interest in developing the game over so many years. My daughters Tara, Bryanne and Ainsley who all willingly played and who made the experience so special.

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