Hall of Famer Lichtfuss to Launch Lacrosse at Hanover

National lacrosse hall of famer and former all-American athlete Skip Lichtfuss has been hired as the first head coach of Hanover College's men's lacrosse program. Lichtfuss, who was inducted into the U.S. Lacrosse National Hall of Fame in 1993, has been involved at every level of lacrosse in the U.S. for nearly 40 years.

Lichtfuss was an all-American player at Washington & Lee University (Va.) in the early 1970s. He also competed with the U.S. national team in the late 1970s, played in the United State Club Lacrosse Association (USCLA) until the mid-1980s, and later played in the Major Indoor Lacrosse League (MILL).

Lichtfuss was a three-time all-American and four-time all-South Atlantic Conference selection at Washington & Lee from 1971-74. He played in the USCLA from 1975-84, earning all-league honors five times while leading the Mount Washington (Md.) Lacrosse Club to three championships.

He played on the U.S. national team at the World Championships in Manchester, England, in 1978. He later came out of retirement to play for the MILL's Pittsburgh Bulls in 1990.

Lichtfuss has served as a coach at every level of play from youth leagues to the national team. He served as a member of the U.S. national team's coaching staff for the World Championships in 1994. He guided Mount Washington for nearly 20 years, leading the squad to three USCLA titles as a coach while producing 11 national team players. He also served two seasons as general manager of the MILL's Pittsburgh Bulls and coached six all-pro players while leading the Baltimore Thunder for three seasons.

He served as a member of the U.S. Lacrosse Board of Directors from 2000-08 and has been a member of the organization's hall of fame selection committee since 1999. He is the only coach to be a member of the selection committee for every U.S. national team since 1986.

Lichtfuss is also a member of the Virginia Lacrosse Hall of Fame, Greater Baltimore Chapter of the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame and the Washington & Lee Athletic Hall of Fame.

He will recruit Hanover's first lacrosse squad during the current academic year. The Panthers are slated to begin intercollegiate competition during the spring season in 2011.

Hanover will join Trine University as only NCAA III colleges in Indiana to sponsor the sport. Hanover will be the second school in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference with lacrosse, joining the College of Mount St. Joseph (Ohio).

Hanover currently offers eight men's and eight women's varsity sports. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis and track & field. Women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field and volleyball.

More than 40 percent of Hanover's student body participates in the intercollegiate athletics program. The last intercollegiate sport added at Hanover was women's soccer, which appeared at the varsity level for the 1995 season.

2009-10-28



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