Lacrosse Foundation, the Colorado chapter of US Lacrosse, has announced that
Chris Clark, Dave Devine, and Tom Graesser will constitute the 2012 class of
inductees into the Colorado Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
After playing collegiate lacrosse at Denison,
Chris Clark played Club lacrosse in San Francisco where he founded the Golden
Gate Lacrosse Club. Moving to Denver in 1976, he coached the East-Manual HS team
and then as his children started playing, coached for 7 years with the Panthers
and has been involved locally ever since. Chris was Executive Director and
coached Team Colorado U-15/U13 teams from 2004-2008. He helped coach the
Heritage-Littleton Girl’s HS teams in their fall/winter leagues and announced
home games at Littleton HS for many years. Since 2005 he has served Colorado
youth boys as President of the Colorado Youth Lacrosse Association and its
predecessor, the Colorado Junior Lacrosse Association. During this time, he
oversaw explosive growth in boy’s youth lacrosse in Coloado: over 6,500 players
participated on 325 youth teams from 36 Club organizations within Colorado in
2012. Chris has been instrumental in obtaining corporate sponsorships for the
CYLA, implementing age-based playing divisions, standardizing coach and referee
training, and a creating a CYLA State Championship weekend held at Dick’s
Sporting Good Park every spring. In January 2012 Lacrosse Magazine recognized
Chris as one of the 10 people “Changing Youth Lacrosse Now” and is currently
spearheading an effort to have the CYLA awarded a “Gold Stick Standard for
Excellence” designation by US Lacrosse.
Dave played lacrosse for Nassau Community College
and for Cornell University. Along the way he garnered many awards. Dave was also
chosen as the co-captain of the 1975 North-South All Star Team. He then went on
to play on the Team USA team that played at the World Games in England in 1978.
Then Dave went on to coaching for both collegiate (Nassau Community College and
Colorado University), professional (Denver Rifles), and youth (Team Colorado,
West Side Lacrosse and Storm Lacrosse). Dave currently serves as a Director for
CYLA (Rules and Regulations) and has served as the President of West Side
Lacrosse organization and of Storm Lacrosse. Dave started out as an outstanding
lacrosse player who has continued to support and helped to grow the sport of
lacrosse in Colorado.
Tom has spent over 40 years in the lacrosse
coaching community with 31 of those in Colorado and has inspired many along the
way. Young men and women have learned about humility, integrity, sportsmanship
among other values from Tom. Numerous of his former players have gone on to be
coaches themselves. His mantra was always, “win with class, lose with class and
play with class.” Tom played high school lacrosse in high school in
Massachusetts and went on to play at Hobart College in NY. Kent Denver was Tom’s
coaching home for the past 31 years. Tom also coached at other schools before
starting at Kent. Over the years he has accumulated Coach of the Year awards
(7), Man of the Year award (2012), and numerous State Championships.
All three inductees will be honored at the 2012
Hall of Fame Dinner on Saturday, October 6, 2012. Tickets for the event are
still available and can be purchased
Congratulations to this year’s hall of fame inductees!