Paul prepares for rigors
of varsity-level lacrosse
By DAVID CASSLEMAN
Daily Sports Writer
Michigan men's lacrosse coach
John Paul graduated from Ann
Arbor Pioneer High School in 1984
without having played a single orga-
nized game of lacrosse.
A quarter century later, with
several MCLA championships in
his swollen trophy case, Paul leads
the newly announced varsity men's
lacrosse team into the competi-
tive and bureaucratic challenges of
In the beginning, playing catch
with friends at Burns Park in Ann
Arbor, some bystanders mistook
Paul's lacrosse stick for a Jai alai bas-
ket. Others wondered ifhe was going
fishing with his peculiar-looking
"I knew I wanted to play in high
school, but at the time there were
maybe 13 high school teams in the
state," Paul said. "Pioneer didn't
have a program yet, but there were a
number of us trying to get a program
going. I had a stick in high school,
and I had buddies who had grown
up around lacrosse."
In the past 25 years lacrosse has
exploded in popularity, rising from
an East Coast-dominated sport to a
national and even international phe-
Paul attributes the growth of
lacrosse to cultural considerations.
"The 90s brought on this oppor-
tunity for new sports, even though
ours is a very old sport," Paul said.
"All these sports that weren't con-
sidered sports now became main-
stream. It provided a cultural
opportunity for new sports."
And no one's mistaking lacrosse
for Jai alai anymore.
In the mid-1980s, Paul trans-
ferred from Albion College to Michi-
gan, where his father was a professor
and deanofthe College ofPharmacy,
and began playing club lacrosse.
"When I played it was very much
a club team," Paul said. "You showed
up when you wanted to show up.
We'd hop into each other's cars to
get to games.
"It was pretty good lacrosse but
it was nothing like it became as an
Paul's coaching career began
shortly after his playing career,
when he started helping out at his
alma mater, Ann Arbor Pioneer.
After receiving his undergraduate
degree in 1992, Paul took a position
in the development office in the Ath-
letic Department, while assisting
with the Michigan club team. Paul
became head coach in 1998.
In 14 seasons Paul's overall record
is 223-43, with 11 CCLA conference
championships and three MCLA
national championships. And Paul
helped create an environment where
the club varsity team flourished, by
attracting donors, building infra-
structure and attracting talented
The success of Michigan lacrosse,
along with a host of other factors,
contributed to the team's promotion
to the varsity level.
Another significant factor was a
change in leadership in Michigan's
Athletic Director Dave Brandon
arrived in Weidenbach Hall with a
strong plan concerning the future of
Michigan athletics. Part of that plan
was the elevation of men and wom-
en's lacrosse, which Paul learned
about as soon as Brandon took over.
Former Athletic Director Bill
Martin, while generally supportive
of the lacrosse team, did not make
the team's promotion a priority.
"He was very supportive of our
program in every way except mak-
ing it varsity," Paul said. "It's not
something I ever approached him
about in any serious way because I
knew it wasn't on his agenda."
Now in the world of the NCAA,
Paul faces a demanding landscape
of compliance issues, scholarships
and the other frustrating realities of
big-time college athletics. Of course
there is also the essential challenge
of playing better teams.
"We go from a program that's 76-2
over the last four years to a program
that realistically is going to struggle
for a few years as we build our talent
base up to an elite level," Paul said.
"That's going to take some time."
With new obligations come new
privileges. As a club team Michigan
lacrosse had to do everything by
themselves - from hiring and sup-
porting a training staff to providing
IT support. Now they have the full
support of the Michigan community.
For the players, the change will
begin to be understood when they
come back to Ann Arbor in the fall.
"Theyare excitedbutI'm not sure
that they full realize yet what this is
going to mean," Paul said. "This is a
dream for a lot of them."
Monday, June 13, 2011
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