In December 2014, the Intercollegiate Men's Lacrosse Coaches Association elected a new president — Limestone head coach J.B. Clarke — to lead the organization in succession of founder and Past President Emeritus Richie Meade.
In December 2015, the IMLCA voted to significantly limit early recruiting, which began the process toward endorsing the IWLCA’s proposal to the NCAA, which will be voted on in May.
Relative to those two meetings, the 2016 IMLCA Convention will be remembered as fairly quiet.
With the recruiting issue in 'wait-and-see' mode and the rules in a 'non-change' year, the most substantial topic of conversation last weekend surrounded the future of assigning and paying referees for games. Formerly conducted by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association — the group that awards the All-America honors and conducts the annual North-South Game, among other responsibilities — the organization will no longer be responsible for assigning college officials the way it has. The USILA has undergone its own organization changes, primarily a presidential transition from former Johns Hopkins AD Tom Calder to Empire 8 Chairman Chuck Mitrano. While some uncertainty remains, especially in the DI process, it appears that conferences will take on a greater role in officials assignment going forward.
Another significant point of emphasis was the IMLCA second Hall of Fame induction, held Friday night at the Marriott Waterfront in Baltimore’s Harbor East, also the site of the Convention. Eight men joined the inaugural 11 that were inducted in May, highlighted by appearances from inductees Tony Seaman, Willie Scroggs, Renzie Lamb and Paul Doherty.
A third point of emphasis throughout the weekend was the increased engagement among IMLCA member coaches. More than 90 are currently engaged in an association committee, highlighted by Penn coach Mike Murphy’s leading the development of the organization’s first strategic plan. The membership communicated to leadership that they wanted the IMLCA to move forward upon four 'pillars': 1. Support Coaches, 2. Champion the Game of Lacrosse, 3. Liason with Other Groups, 4. Grow the IMLCA Organization.
Watch the video interview with IMLCA President J.B. Clarke and check back for more from the 2016 Convention.