John Schimoler, Syracuse '85, Dies Unexpectedly at Age 50

John Schimoler, a member of Syracuse University's 1983 NCAA Division I championship team and a 1985 graduate, passed away unexpectedly in his sleep on Aug. 12 at his Anne Arundel county MD home. He was 50 years old.

Born in 1962, Schimoler grew up in Glen Head in Nassau County on Long Island and graduated from St. Mary's in Manhasset in 1981. John was a part of the second midfield line.

John is the older brother of former Cornell University standout Paul Schimoler, who coached Division II St. Michael's for eight seasons before being hired as Dartmouth defensive coordinator in the summer of 2011. After John graduated from Syracuse with a major in marketing, he settled in Anne Arundel County MD, where he was involved with youth lacrosse. John worked in the construction industry in the Baltimore and Washington D.C. areas.

John leaves behind his wife, Jane, and their two children: a daughter, Heidi, and a son, Gunnar.

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My former Syracuse University (SU) lacrosse teammate John Schimoler (class of 1985) died unexpectedly in his sleep at his home in Anne Arundel, Maryland on Sunday August 12, 2012. He had a fever and upset stomach the night before, but the cause of death his yet undetermined.

Born in 1962, Schimoler grew up in Glen Head, New York in Nassau County, Long Island. "Schimolls" as his friends and teammates called him, was a 1981 graduate of St. Mary's High School in Manhasset, where he was captain of the lacrosse team his senior year.

He entered Syracuse as a member of a talented freshman class, which included Fred Cambria, Brad Kotz (National Hall of Fame), Frank Lanuto, Derek Maltz, Emmett Printup, and Eric Jeschke. Kotz and Schimoler remained roommates during their four years at SU.

A member of the second midfield in his sophomore year, Schimoler contributed 12 goals and two assists when SU won its first national championship in 1983. Teammate Derek Maltz (his son is currently a starting SU attackmen) recalls that Schimoler, a 6-2 190 pound midfielder, "pushed members of the first midfield to be better players during practice."

Kotz recalled that "John's nickname was Mr. P" because he enjoyed practice as much as games. He was a teammate that kept the team in rolling in laughter and therefore loose and relaxed because of "his ability to find humor in just about everything" says Eric Jeschke who ran on second midfield with Schimoler in 1984.

The excerpts above are courtesy of Frederick Douglass Opie. You can read his full blog post about Schimoler here. Opie played college lacrosse at Herkimer County Community College before playing at Syracuse University. He was a member of the U.S. National Lacrosse Team in 1990. Opie is a Professor of History and Foodways at Babson College and blogs at and


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