Jack Emmer is regarded as one of the top coaches in the history of the sport of lacrosse.
After compiling a 32-6 record at Cortland State from 1970-72, Emmer arrived at Washington and Lee where he coached from 1973-83, compiling a 108-47 (.697) overall record. He took seven W&L teams to the NCAA Tournament, including six straight from 1973-78. Seven of his teams were ranked in the Division I Top 10.
In Emmer’s first season, he led the team to an undefeated regular season and an NCAA Tournament Semifinal berth, finishing the season 14-1 overall. Following the season, he was awarded the Babe Krauss Memorial Award as the nation’s outstanding college division head coach for the second consecutive year.
His 1974 team also finished the regular season undefeated and advanced to the NCAA Semifinals again before falling to Johns Hopkins, 11-10. That team finished 15-1 overall and gave Emmer a third-straight National Coach of the Year award, this time at the University Division level.
Emmer’s 1975 team again reached the NCAA Semifinals and in the process, avenged its loss to Hopkins with an 11-7 win, which ended the Blue Jays’ 27-game home winning streak.
Following his 11-year tenure at W&L, Emmer went on to coach at the United States Military Academy and in 2003 became the winningest NCAA Division I Head Coach with over 300 career victories. I
n his first 21 years as the mentor at Army, Emmer took seven more teams to the NCAA Tournament. In 2002, Emmer led the US National Team to a gold medal and world championship title at the International Lacrosse Federation World Championships in Perth, Australia.