Jamieson to Be Inducted in Amer. Indian Athletic Hall of Fame

LEWISBURG, Pa. Bucknell coaching legend Sid Jamieson will be recognized at halftime of Wednesday's Bucknell-American men's basketball game in honor of his recent election to the American Indian Athletic Hall of Fame. Jamieson, an Iroquois whose parents were both raised on the Six Nations Indian Reservation in Brantford, Ontario, founded Bucknell's varsity lacrosse program and coached it for 38 years. He has also served as a coach, administrator and advisor to the Iroquois National Team.

The induction ceremony will be held on March 16 at The Loretto in Kansas City, Mo. The first American Indian Athletic Hall of Fame class was inducted in 1972 and included the most famous Native American athlete, Jim Thorpe, along with Baseball Hall of Famer pitcher Charles "Chief" Bender. Other members of the American Indian Hall of Fame include former Major League pitcher Allie Reynolds and Olympic gold medalist Billy Mills. The Hall of Fame is located on the campus of Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kan. More than 100 athletes and coaches representing more than 50 tribes are enshrined.

Jamieson's Bison lacrosse teams captured seven championships in three different conferences the Patriot League, the East Coast Conference and the Mid-Atlantic Conference. His Bison squads won or shared four straight Patriot League titles from 2000-03 while producing a 21-3 conference record over that span. In 38 seasons, Jamieson compiled a coaching record of 242-232 (.511). At the time of his retirement, he ranked 10th in NCAA lacrosse history on the all-time list for coaching wins.

In 1996 Jamieson led the Bison to the greatest season in program history, as Bucknell finished 12-0 and captured the Patriot League championship. Jamieson was named Patriot League Coach of the Year and USILA Division I National Coach of the Year. The Bison ranked ninth in the final USILA Top-20 poll after turning in the first undefeated season in Bucknell history. While the 1996 team was controversially snubbed for an NCAA Tournament berth, Jamieson guided the Herd to their first NCAA appearance in 2001 after capturing another Patriot League crown.

Jamieson coached 17 All-Americans and had 14 Bison invited to play in the illustrious North-South All-Star game. An impressive total of 116 of his players earned all-league distinction. Two players were named Most Valuable Player in the MAC and one in the ECC. In the Patriot League, the Bison had two Players of the Year, four Defensive Players of the year, four Offensive Players of the Year and three Rookies of the Year in Jamieson's tenure. In addition, the Bison coaching staff was honored as the Patriot League's top staff three times, including 2005.

Jamieson has won the prestigious Burma-Bucknell Bowl, given for "outstanding contributions to intercultural and international understanding." In 1994, he took his team on a two-week tour of Japan to compete in the International Lacrosse Friendship Games. Bucknell played the Japanese National Team and participated in lacrosse clinics. That trip led to a young player from Japan, Taro Yoshitome, coming to the United States to study at Bucknell and play on the Bison lacrosse team, where he became a two-time First Team All-Patriot League selection.

Jamieson has also been a dynamic force on the international lacrosse scene through his involvement with the Iroquois National Team. From 1983-86 Jamieson served as head coach of the Iroquois Nationals, a team made up of Native North Americans from both the United States and Canada. Jamieson led the team to the 1984 World Lacrosse Games, a part of the pre-Olympic cultural events of the Los Angeles Summer Olympics. In 1985 he coached the team on a 10-day tour of England with the English National Team. Jamieson took the team to the World Lacrosse Championships in Perth, Australia, in 1990 while serving as the team's executive director, and he is currently an emeritus member of its executive board.

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