(Photos by Dave Adams)
Jason Lamb enters the MCLA Hall of Fame as an outstanding coach.
The head coach at Brigham Young from 1995 to 2010, Lamb established the Cougars as one of the preeminent programs in the MCLA. He posted a 213-69 record (.755) during coaching days at Provo while guiding BYU to three national championships in four visits to the finals. In 2006, he was named the MCLA Coach of the Year.
“Jason’s BYU teams were the benchmark we used to build our program,” said former Michigan coach John Paul. “They were the best. On the field they played tough and fast. They were organized and looked and acted like a varsity team. Their home games had a big-time event feel. He built the program we wanted to be.
“I’ve had the privilege of coaching with Jason on international and professional team staffs, and he’s pushed me to become a better coach and person every time.”
Lamb, who is now the head coach at NCAA Division III Southern Virginia, was a two-time captain for Brigham Young before transitioning to the first non-playing coach in the program’s history. He led the Cougars to seven Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference (RMLC) titles – a league that also included Colorado State – during his tenure.
The Rocky Point, N.Y., product was critical in the development of the MCLA into a national entity. Lamb worked with five others in establishing the national organization and served as the MCLA president from 1997-2003. He was inducted into the MCLA last year as a founder.
Lamb has also been successful head coach at the international level of lacrosse leading the USA West All-Stars to a 34-5 (.872) mark to go along with several international titles, including the 2002 Open Division Championship at the Lacrosse Federation World Games in Perth, Australia, the 2004 Prague Cup in Prague, Czech Republic, and the 2006 ASPAC Championship in Osaka, Japan.
“Jason Lamb is a true lacrosse visionary and one of the greatest coaches to have coached in the MCLA,” said current BYU coach Matt Schneck. “For more than 20 years, I have had the privilege of seeing Jason take his passion for the game of lacrosse and make it better for everyone that followed.
“His shared vision for what was possible for college lacrosse players became a reality as the MCLA took shape and has provided an unprecedented opportunity for thousands of players around the country for the past two decades.
“I am personally grateful for Jason's continued dedication and support to his alma mater, for the BYU lacrosse legacy he helped create, and for what I have learned from him both as a man and as a coach. I will always cherish the championships that we won together as a program. From all BYU lacrosse players, both past and present, I would like to congratulate Jason on his induction into the MCLA Hall of Fame.”