As one of the forces behind the formation of what is now known as the Colorado Lacrosse Foundation, it is only fitting that Mike Sheehan is this year being inducted into our Hall of Fame.
Mike was a gifted player known for his offensive and defensive prowess. He began his forty-plus year involvement in the game at Grayland and went on to Kent Denver where he played in three State Championship games and was a member of two Championship teams. He was Colorado’s first two-time All American and selected to three All-State teams. His collegiate career at Bowdoin saw two New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) championships and All-NECAC recognition his senior year. During college and after, Mike was a member of Team Colorado for nine years with numerous All Tournament selections.
Mike began his coaching career at Kent Denver in 1984. As Head Coach, his team won the State Championship his first year and he was selected as “Coach of the Year” in 1985. He then served as the Offensive Coordinator at Kent from 2000 until 2014. His tenure at Kent Denver produced many State Championships. As both a player and coach, Mike participated in 18 Final Fours, 12 State Championship games while winning seven titles.
Mike was a co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Foundation and served as President from 1990 to 1994. He was instrumental in bringing Team USA to Colorado in advance of the 1990 and 1994 World Championships and insured their games were broadcast on television, a first for Colorado lacrosse. In 1994 he began his junior coaching career by organizing some of the first local teams to play in the National Junior Lacrosse League, a predecessor to the CYLA. That same year, Mike organized the Foundation’s Hall of Fame and presented its first class; Pam Bent, Bob Mauney, Bill Cooper and Hank Toll.
In his letter nominating Mike for the Hall of Fame, Class of 2012 member Tom Graesser stated “In a great four part harmony or chorus, the bass or the bass section is the foundation upon which all great harmony is built. Mike, behind the scenes as an administrator, and many years as an assistant coach, was a fundamental building block in what we now see as an area of the country with the greatest growth in the sport of lacrosse”.
As many who supported Mike’s nomination wrote, nobody respects and understands the soul of the game more than Mike.