Shaun R. Cherewich
University of Connecticut '67
Head Coach, Westfield High School (1977-1996)
The head coach at Westfield High School for two decades, Shaun Cherewich coached the Blue Devils to a 204-108 record, three division championships, and two NJSIAA state championships. Cherewich is a 1968 graduate of the University of Connecticut, where he was a member of the Huskies defense from 1965-67. He joined the faculty at Westfield High School in 1974 as a teacher of British Literature. In 1977, he was instrumental in the formation of the Westfield Lacrosse Club and the Summer Lacrosse program, and was named head coach of the first junior varsity and varsity lacrosse teams at WHS in 1978 and 1979. He facilitated the creation of the seventh, eighth, and ninth grade town lacrosse teams for Westfield as well as the recreational Summer Lacrosse Program. Cherewich was honored as the Garden State Lacrosse League Coach of the Year in 1981 for his efforts, and in 1984 he was named the Press Box Award Winner by the Suburban News for his contributions to the development to youth sports in Union County. Just eight years after the formation of his WHS lacrosse varsity squad, he guided his squad to the first of four successive state lacrosse championship runs in 1985. His 1986 and 1987 squads went on to capture the Gibbs Division titles and the NJSIAA state titles, earning the number one ranking in the state by the Star-Ledger and Suburban Cable (Comcast). Cherewich earned Coach of the Year honors from the Star-Ledger (1986) and the Courier News (1986, 1987), and was named the New Jersey Coach of the Year by the U.S. Lacrosse Coaches Association in 1987. Cherewich's 1988 team again went on to participate in the NJSIAA state championship game, and earned the Suburban Cable (Comcast) number one ranking.
For his efforts, he was named the National Federation of Interscholastic Coaches Association Outstanding Coach for Boys Lacrosse in New Jersey. Just two years later, the Sports Folio Tenth Anniversary Issue named the Westfield High School squad the "Team of the Decade" for the 1980's. Before retiring from coaching in 1996, Cherewich guided his 1992 squad to the Pitt Division title, and earned Coach of the Year honors from the Courier News in 1992 and 1995. He was honored by the NJ Lacrosse Coaches Association in 1992 for "dedication and contributions to New Jersey lacrosse".
Cherewich, who also chaired and served on various committee for the NJLCA, presently serves as an official for the New Jersey Women's Lacrosse Officials Association and has continued teaching at WHS. He was awarded three grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities to study at Oxford University.
He and his wife, the former Hope Frasier, have five children - Courtney, Scott, Tiffany, Justin, and Tyler.
Bruce D. Davis
Boonton High School '73
Wilkes College '77
As a midfielder during his playing career, Bruce Davis earned both all-state and All-America honors. A graduate of Boonton High School in 1973, Davis was named first-team all-state in 1972 and 1973 and was a high-school All-America selection in 1973. He was named the Maplewood Lacrosse Club's "Outstanding High School Opponent" in 1972, and served as captain of the squad during his senior season in 1973. In 1973, Davis helped BHS to the New Jersey State Championship.
Davis went on to compete at Wilkes College, earning all-conference honors in the Middle Atlantic Conference during all four years of competition. He also was named to the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference first team in 1975, and helped Wilkes to the the Middle Atlantic Conference championship title. Davis was the Colonels team captain in 1977 and 1978, and was named the squad's Most Valuable Player during those same years.
Davis returned to his alma mater as an assistant coach from 1980-1992, and also had brief stints as the Boonton head coach in 1984 and 1999-2000. At Boonton, he helped guide the squad to the 1980 Fitch Division title and the 1991 Gibbs Division title. He also served as the head coach at Morris Catholic in 1994 in its' inaugural season.
A teacher and department supervisor at Boonton High School, Davis was honored as a selection to Who's Who in American Teachers. He and his wife, Dina, reside in Boonton with their son, Casey.
Paul G. Edwards
Montclair High School '70
Johns Hopkins University '74
Paul Edwards was a member of the Montclair High School team that helped establish Montclair's dominance in New Jersey lacrosse. A two-time New Jersey all-state honoree in 1969 and 1970, Edwards helped guide his team to Fitch Division titles in 1969-1970, a co-state championship in 1969, and a state runner-up finish in 1970. He was named a team co-captain in 1970. During that season, he was awarded the Maplewood Lacrosse Club's "Opponent of the Year" and competed in the New Jersey High School All-State Senior Bowl North/South game, having been one of the top scorers in the state with 38 points (16 goals, 22 assists). At the conclusion of his senior season at Montclair, Edwards was selected to play on the New Jersey High School All-Star team, which upset the Baltimore County, MD All-Star team in the pre-game of the NCAA North/South game.
Edwards went on to compete at Johns Hopkins University, where he became known as one of the first face-off specialists in modern day lacrosse, setting a single-game record for most face-offs won (20 of 21). He was a member of the Hopkins team that competed in three NCAA championship games (1972, 1973, and 1974), and culminated in their NCAA title in 1974.
After college, Edwards competed with the Chesapeake Lacrosse Club. He began coaching New Jersey youth lacrosse in Montclair in 1989, and also coached in West Essex.
Edwards is recently retired from Lehman Brothers, where he was a Managing Director for 22 years. He is currently a member of the board of trustees for The Center for Hospice Care in Millburn, NJ, a member of the Board of Trustees for the Montclair Golf Club, and a former member of the Board of Trustees for the Montclair Kimberley Academy. He and his wife Liz have been married for 26 years. Currently residing in Essex Fells, NJ, they have two sons - John, a graduate of Lehigh University, and Kevin, currently a sophomore at Lehigh.
Alden C. Hess
Lafayette College '58
Head Coach, Morristown Beard School (1992-1997, 2000-Present)
Alden Hess is nearing his golden anniversary for participation in lacrosse, having begun his career as a player at Lafayette College in 1957. He was a member of the Leopard's defense for two years before transferring to Mt. Union College, from where he graduated in 1961. Although he did not compete at Mt. Union, he was instrumental in initiating support for the men's lacrosse program there, a program which began in 1962 but ended in 1986. Hess joined the New Jersey Lacrosse Club as a player and coach in 1962. He was named secretary of the NJLC in 1965 and president of the organization in 1971, and served as a head coach from 1973-1979. In 1973, he participated in the initial meetings that went on to formulate the North Jersey Junior Lacrosse League. He co-founded the Chester PAA lacrosse program in 1981, serving as one of the first head coaches of the program, and in 1983 chaired the formation of the Mendham High School lacrosse program. Hess was also a charter member, and served as the first treasurer, for the New Jersey chapter of the Lacrosse Foundation in 1989, serving as president in 1995 and re-joining the Trustees in 1998.
In 1992, Hess became the assistant boys varsity lacrosse coach at Morristown-Beard School. During his years with the team (1992-1997, 2000-present), MBS squads have never had a losing season, combining for a 140-63 record in that time. Hess also served a brief stint as head coach of the girls lacrosse team at MBS.
In addition to his lacrosse contributions, Hess is president of the Board of Education and president of the Library Board of Trustees in Mendham, NJ, and serves as president of Sigma Alpha Epsilon National Fraternity (Evanston, IL). He was previously employed in financial service operations for several large banking entities, including a period of time on the New York Stock Exchange.
Hess is presently on the faculty at Morristown Beard School. He was honored as the namesake of the Alden C. Hess Award at MBS, an award given annually to the MBS boys lacrosse player who exhibits a strong work ethic and a genuine love for the game. Hess and his wife, Betty reside in Hackettstown, NJ. They have three children - Ellyn, Gayle, and Scott - and two grandchildren, Jaden and Griffin.
Robert S. Krueger
Pingry School '65
University of Virginia '67
Head Coach, Princeton Day School (1976-1985, 1990)
Robert Krueger is a graduate of the Pingry School and the University of Virginia. He is best known for his contributions to the boys lacrosse program at the Princeton Day School, where he coached for a decade. Krueger competed on the lacrosse squads at both Pingry and Virginia as a member of the attack. He was a high-school all-section selection at Pingry in 1964 when he held the New Jersey state scoring record with 56 points, and helped Pingry to the Interstate Lacrosse League titles in 1962, 1963, and 1964. Pingry also went on to capture the New Jersey State championship title in 1963.
He became the head coach at Princeton Day School in 1975, serving as the team's mentor until 1985. Krueger returned to PDS in 1990 for a one-year coaching stint; during his years, he compiled a 130-46 record. His teams captured the Prep "B" Division State Championships in 1976 and 1977, and won the NJSIAA state titles in 1980, 1981, and 1985. Krueger was named the New Jersey "B" Division Coach of the Year in 1977 and the New Jersey "A" Division Coach of the Year in 1985. When he returned to PDS in 1990 for his single season, he was named the Trenton Times Coach of the Year. He also served as coach for the Central Jersey Lacrosse Club from 1989 to 1990, compiling a 16-2 record, and mentored the Princeton Lacrosse Club in 1992.
After leaving PDS, Krueger became the high school director at Cape Fear Academy in Wilmington, North Carolina. Krueger, who is being honored posthumously, is survived by his wife, Eugenia, of North Carolina, and two sons, Col and Kent.
Montclair State University '75
Head Coach/Assistant Coach, Summit High School (1986-Present)
A graduate of East Brunswick High School and Montclair State University, Joann LaVorgna joins the Hall of Fame for her contributions as a coach to women's lacrosse. LaVorgna has been a coach at Summit High School for almost two decades. She served as the head coach for four years (1986-1987, 1991, and 1995), and as the head coach of the girls freshman squad for 11 years. For the last two years, she has been a volunteer assistant coach at Summit.
During her time as head coach of the varsity squad, LaVorgna guided her teams to an overall record of 52-15-1. In her first season as head coach in 1986, the team captured its first ever New Jersey State title. Her 1987 and 1991 squads finished among the top eight teams in the state, losing in the quarterfinals, while the 1995 squad went all the way to the state quarterfinals to finish among the top five teams in New Jersey, capturing the former tri-county girls lacrosse league Starts Division championship along the way. As head coach of the freshman squad, she guided the team to an overall record of 116-21-xx.
LaVorgna is presently a teacher of physical education at Summit High School. She was inducted to the Montclair State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1986, and was named the 1998 Tennis Coach of the Year after mentoring the SHS team to the Group II New Jersey State Championship. LaVorgna currently resides in Denville, NJ.
G. David Pease
Asst. Coach/Head Coach, Summit High School Girls, (1984-86, 1987-90/91-94)
Assistant Coach, Rutgers University Women, (1996-98)
Assistant Coach, Summit High School Boys, (1999-Present)
David Pease has contributed to New Jersey lacrosse at both the high school and collegiate levels. A math teacher at Summit High School, he presently serves as an assistant coach for the boys varsity squad at SHS. A graduate of Summit High School, Union College and the University of New Hampshire, Pease began coaching at his high school alma mater in 1984 as an assistant coach for girls lacrosse. During that time, the varsity squads compiled a 42-9 record and won the team's first ever NJSIAA state championship in 1986.
Pease took over the head coaching reins from 1988 to 1990 and again from 1992 to 1994. Under his guidance, the squad enjoyed an 83-39 mark and finished as the New Jersey state runner-up in 1993 and made it to the state semi-finals in 1994, finishing among the top five teams in the state both years.
He was chosen to coach the North Jersey squad at the Garden State Games in 1986 and 1987, and again from 1995 to 1997. In 1996, he joined the collegiate coaching ranks as an assistant coach for the Rutgers University women's squad. He assisted head coach Anna Marie Vesco to the Scarlet Knights' first-ever post-season play with an Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) tournament berth in 1996; the team also qualified for the ECAC's in the 1997 and 1998 seasons as well. In his three years with the Scarlet Knights (1996-1998), the team enjoyed a 33-19 mark, which included a runner-up finish at the 1998 ECAC tournament. While at Rutgers, he coached four women who were selected as regional All-Americas, and one player who went on to compete with the United States women's team. Pease returned to Summit High School as an assistant coach for the boys program in 1999, and has seen his team finish as the New Jersey state runner-up (2001), and in the state final four (2002).
Also a women's lacrosse official for U.S. Lacrosse, Pease served as president of the U.S. Lacrosse North Jersey chapter in 1999. He was a Rules Interpreter for the North Jersey Lacrosse Officials Association in 1997 and 1998, and has participated in numerous lacrosse coaching clinics in the state. Pease has also coached girl's soccer and swimming at SHS, and was named the Star-Ledger Union County Coach of the Year for girl's soccer in 1993.
He currently resides in New Providence, NJ.
Arthur L. Johnson High School '90
Johns Hopkins University '94
A graduate of Arthur L. Johnson High School in Clark, NJ, Jason Pressman went on to a stellar career as a defenseman at Johns Hopkins University. Pressman competed at Johnson from 1986 to 1990 as a defenseman, and competed in the 1990 New Jersey North-South All-Star game. He was named a high-school All-American on defense in 1989 and 1990. Also a stellar football player at JHS, he was named first-team all-state Group 2 in 1990. At Johns Hopkins, he competed in 1993 and 1994, which included visits to the first rounds of the NCAA tournament. He was chosen as the JHU Defenseman of the Year in 1994, and represented JHU in the North-South Senior All-Star game. He also played with the Mt. Washington Lacrosse Club from 1995-1999 as a defenseman, helping the squad the U.S. Club Lacrosse Association league title in 1995.
Pressman returned to Johnson as an assistant coach from 2000-2001. During that time, he helped guide the squad to an overall record of 33-6.
Currently residing in Rahway, NJ, Pressman is attending Fordham Law School.