Dick Garber Chosen for IMLCA Hall of Fame Inaugural Class

Former UMass men’s lacrosse head coach one of 11 selected for enshrinement

AMHERST, Mass. Former University of Massachusetts men’s lacrosse head coach Dick Garber was announced as a member of the inaugural Intercollegiate Men’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IMLCA) Hall of Fame class Tuesday. Garber, who guided the Minutemen to 300 wins as the program leader from 1955-90, was one of 11 chosen for enshrinement.

“The IMLCA Hall of Fame will be the most important program the IMLCA has initiated as we honor those men who paved the way for all the current coaches to enjoy the game as we do,” IMLCA Hall of Fame Ceremony Committee Chairman Richie Meade said. “This will be an event that the lacrosse community and many former players of these outstanding men will come together to honor them as coaches, mentors and educators.”

Garber led UMass to nine NCAA Tournament appearances and 13 New England Championships during his 36 seasons in Amherst, where he compiled a 300-142-3 record. He coached 80 all-Americans, 105 all-New England selections and 40 North-South Game participants. Garber was a three-time USILA Coach of the Year (1969, 1976 and 1989) and 14-time New England Coach of the Year.

The IMLCA was created to help build the game of lacrosse, become the premier organization providing coaches development and monitor the integrity of the game. Its membership is comprised of individual men’s coaches. To further expose its value, the IMLCA has created relationships with the high school, junior college and collegiate club lacrosse coaches so that they too can benefit from the initiatives of the Association.

The inductees were selected by the IMLCA Hall of Fame Committee comprised of Tom Gill, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (chair), Fred Acee (Air Force), Guy Van Arsdale (Jacksonville), Mike Murphy (Colgate), Dan Sheehan (LeMoyne) and Tom Leanos (Drew). Ticket and location information will be release through the IMLCA later this month.

The IMLCA Class of 2016 Inductees

Fred Acee (Farmingdale and Air Force)

Jim “Ace” Adams (Army, Penn and Virginia)

Willis Bilderback (Navy)

Dick Edell (Baltimore, Army and Maryland)

Jack Emmer (Cortland, Washington & Lee and Army)

Richard “Dick” Garber (Massachusetts)

Richard “Richie” Moran (Cornell)

Robert “Bob” H. Scott (John Hopkins)

Roy D. Simmons Jr. (Syracuse)

Richard Speckmann (Nassau Community College)

Dave Urick (Hobart and Georgetown)