Jim Wilson, a renowned New England prep school lacrosse coach with 401 career wins, will speak this Saturday at the Utah Lacrosse Association (ULA) annual coaches convention. He will also see one of his former players, Michael O’Malley of Park City, UT, inducted into the state chapter’s Hall of Fame.
More than 100 attendees are expected at the conference, which takes place Saturday, Dec. 5th, at Westminster College in Salt Lake City. Wilson will share his philosophy of coaching developed in 49 years at Loomis Chaffee in Windsor, CT. Other speakers include Wendy Kridel, three-time world championship coach of the US Women’s U-19 team, and Bruce Kracke of Positive Coaching Alliance (www.positivecoach.org).
The day-long event will start with a Hall of Fame ceremony to induct O’Malley, who played for Wilson in the 1970s. O’Malley has officiated 1,200 lacrosse games in 20 years, and served as the ULA’s president during four years of unprecedented growth. He also helped to start and currently directs the ULA’s nationally-regarded youth lacrosse tournament, the Park City Ski Town Shoot Out.
“It’s an honor to be recognized by the Association, and it’s a personal treat to have Coach Wilson on hand to see it. He was an early, positive influence. But I’m only one of many Loomis Chaffee graduates he has mentored who’ve gone on to help grow the game across the country as coaches, officials, and volunteers,” O’Malley said.
Both Kridel and Wilson are hall of famers, with Kridel inducted into the Greater Baltimore Chapter of the Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2003 and Wilson a member of the New England Chapter’s hall since 2006.