As many of us in the game of lacrosse have learned as a father and son and in my case vice a versa. My son Gordon who is the Manager of Men’s Officials Education at US Lacrosse the Governing Body and Education leader of our sport. I learn so much from him every time we talk and frankly he has made me a better coach. I am really proud of him and the young man he has become.
Growing up I was the only kid in my neighborhood that played lacrosse at an early age. Most of my peers played baseball when the spring roiled around. Lacrosse got into my blood in the 7th grade and it has has been a wonderful journey ever since. When I got in to coaching thirty plus years ago I did not think I would be where I am today.
Gordon and I have great discussions about the finer points of the game. I cherish our talks about rules, players, coaches, parents and fans. Gordon was a very good player growing up and one of the smartest I have been around. He was not physically imposing as an LSM or close defender yet he understood his limitations was well as his strengths. He thought several passes ahead before they actually happened. He was a student of the game and trained very hard each and every season.
Like any father I miss watching him play but I so enjoy our conversations about the game.
In two weeks we will both be speaking at the US Lacrosse National Convention in Baltimore on January 22nd to the 24th. You can follow us on Twitter at # Laxcon as well as Coach Lou. This marks the 17th time I will be speaking at the National Convention and the third time Gordon and I will be speaking during the event.
The Lacrosse Convention is the largest gathering of Men’s and Women’s Coaches and Officials in the world with over 7000 attendees. The event is always well run and to me it really begins the lacrosse season because you learn so much.
I know everyone has ups and downs in life but being part of something bigger than you is always a source of pride. I look forward to seeing my son and many of my friends in the coaching and officiating world.
Wish us luck