Four-Time AA Paul Schimoler, Cornell '89, Passes Away at 45

Paul Schimoler, Cornell '89, passed away on Friday, February 13th at the age of 45 after brief battle with cancer. Schimoler was a four-time All-Ivy and four-time All-American goalie for the Big Red, and he was the Ivy League's Player of the Year in his senior season.

Schimoler played on the 1990 and 1994 champion U.S. teams and remained active in lacrosse in the both MLL and the USCLA. He was an assistant coach at Dartmouth College during the 2011-2012 academic year and before that served for eight years as the head coach at Saint Michael's College.

You can read more about Schimoler's lacrosse career at the Dartmouth web site.

Schimoler is survived by his wife Lynn Ellen, their son Jack, daughter Serena, sister Ellen Kelly (NJ), Steve Schimoler (OH), sister Laura Reed (KY), sister Mary Lou Cass (CO), and many nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by his parents, Doc and Bea, and his brother John.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday at 1:00 p.m., February 23rd at the chapel of St. Michael the Archangel on the campus of St. Michael's College in Colchester, Vt. There will be an additional memorial service in Long Island, N.Y. at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made out to 'Paul Schimoler Fund' towards an educational fund for the children and sent to Branch Manager, TD Banknorth, 100 Center Rd., Essex, Vt. 05452.

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COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College is mourning the loss of long-time men's lacrosse head coach Paul Schimoler, who passed away on Friday following a short battle with cancer. During his eight years with the program, between 2004 and 2011, Schimoler not only put together the longest head coaching tenure in the program's 30-year history, but posted a school-record 61 wins. His squads reached the Northeast-10 Conference Championship six times, advancing as far as the semifinals on four occasions.

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HANOVER, N.H. - Former Dartmouth assistant men's lacrosse coach Paul Schimoler passed away Friday evening after a short battle with cancer. He was set to begin his second season on the Big Green lacrosse staff, but stepped down when he was diagnosed with the illness in January.

Well-known for his passion and intensity on the lacrosse field, and his kind and gentle nature off it, Schimoler left a lasting legacy in the sport of lacrosse as a player, coach, mentor and friend.

”Paul was passionate about life and all about people,” Dartmouth head men's lacrosse coach Andy Towers said. “As terrific a lacrosse player and coach as he was, he was always very humble and down-to-earth. He was certainly taken much too early, and his passing is tragic for his family, friends and the sport of lacrosse.”

A 1989 graduate of Cornell, he was a four time All-Ivy and All-American selection and the Ivy League Rookie of the Year as a freshman. During his sophomore year the Big Red were crowned Ivy League Champions and were NCAA Division I runners-up in 1987 and 1988. In his final campaign he was named Ivy League Player of the Year and was selected to the North-South team.

For nearly two decades, Schimoler had been an instructor at numerous lacrosse camps throughout the country. He also co-developed and produced the lacrosse goaltending video “Peak Performance” in 1992 and that same year organized the “Stick it in Stowe” tournament. After a stint at his alma mater as an assistant coach, he enjoyed successful tenures as the head coach at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and St. Michael's - earning the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Coach of the Year award in 2011 - before joining the Dartmouth staff.


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