Yvonne M. Carey
Pennsauken High School '75
Trenton State College '79
As a Merchantville resident, Yvonne was one of the founders of the Pennsauken High School girls varsity lacrosse team in 1973. She played with the varsity squad three years (1973-1975) and had earned a varsity letter as a freshman at Merchantville High School before they closed their doors in 1972. Upon graduation from Pennsauken, she was prented the Pennsauken Scholar-Athlete Award, earning eight varsity letters in field hockey, swimming, and lacrosse.
Yvonne went on to attend Trenton State College. As a full-time student, she began officiating lacrosse and field hockey in the NJSIAA in 1975, working in the central and south Jersey areas. She also received her U.S. Lacrosse Association and U.S. Field Hockey Association official licenses in 1975 and has been a National Federation of Interscholastic Officials Association (NFIOA) member since 1975.
In addition to attending TSC full-time and working as an official, Yvonne remained active in the game of lacrosse playing attack for the West Jersey club team. She also played midfield for a West Jersey club field hockey team.
While teaching at Cinnaminson and Maple Shade High Schools, she coached freshmen/JV lacrosse and field hockey, and was the head girls' swimming coach from 1980-1984. In addition, she officiated Saturday and night games for both lacrosse and field hockey. In 1984 Yvonne took a break from teaching and coaching to stay at home to raise her family.
Yvonne began officiating at district and national tournaments in 1977 and officiated summer youth camps at Shawnee High School for over 17 years. She has officiated over 25 lacrosse and field hockey state championship and semi-final matches and was also selected to officiate numerous all-star games for both sports. From 1982-2002, she was an NCAA official for Division I, II, and III women's collegiate matches. She has been an official at the Disney Wide World of Sports field hockey tournament each summer for the past nine years. Since 1998, she has officiated winter indoor leagues in central and south Jersey, and was also a member of the selector committee for the New Jersey Girls All-Star team for many years. She served as a cadet trainer for the West Jersey Chapter 5 Lacrosse Officials (1984-1988) and also was the supervisor of officials for West Jersey Chapter 5 from 1988-1998.
In 2000, she was presented the "25 Years of Service Award" from the NFIOA for both lacrosse and field hockey. She currently resides in Sea Isle City, NJ with her husband, Conell, and two sons, Sean Conell and Patrick James, who are presently attending college. Yvonne officiates both lacrosse and field hockey in the Jersey shore area, and recently obtained her real estate license.
James T. Davidson
West Milford Twp. High School '81
East Stroudsburg University '86
New Jersey City University '99
A 1981 graduate of West Milford Township High School, Jim Davidson played for four years with the East Stroudsburg University men's club team during his collegiate years, serving as team captain and earning Most Valuable Player honors in 1986. He also played for the Alliance Lacrosse Club in Philadelphia for two years.
He began his career as the head coach for Chatham High School's boys lacrosse team, helping lead the squad to the state playoffs in 1988 in just the third year of the program. Jim took over as head coach of Upsala College's men's lacrosse team in 1989, where he was charged with restarting and redeveloping the program after a ten-year absence. The team qualified for ECAC playoffs in 1993 and 1994, with two of the team's players ranking among the national scoring leaders in1993 and 1994. He remained at Upsala until 1994, after which he served as head coach for the Kean College men's lacrosse team in 1995, leading the team to the 1995 ECAC NY/NJ Division III Championship and earning Knickerbocker Conference Coach of the Year honors. That year, three of his players ranked among the national scoring leaders, which included the top scorer in the nation. In 1996 Jim was assistant coach for the ECAC runner-up men's lacrosse team at Drew University, and served as head coach for the men's lacrosse team at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine in 1997.
Jim became, and remains, the head coach for Summit High School's boy's lacrosse team in 1999. In nine seasons he garnered a record of 150-38, making his overall coaching record 195-69. He has guided his Summit squads to five Fitch Division championships (1999-2003), seven Iron Hills Conference titles (1999-2005), and three Union County championships (2003-2005); the team won the Group I State Championship in 2005 and was the Group I State-runner-up in 2006, was state runner-up in 2001 and 2005, made it to the "final four" in 2001, 2002, and 2005, and to the Tournament of Champions in 2005. From 1999-2006 his squads won 63 consecutive Iron Hills Conference Games, and through his nine seasons his team have been ranked in the Top 10 seven times and ranked in the top 15 eight times. Twelve of his players have been named high school All-Americans; Summit players also went on to earn N.J. Player of the Year honors in 2000, N.J. Goalie of the Year honors in 2004, and N.J. Midfielder of the Year honors in 2005.
Jim's coaching honors include the 1995 Knickerbocker Conference Coach of the Year, the 1999 and 2003 Len Roland Award presented by the New Jersey Lacrosse Officials Association, the 2000 Newark Star-Ledger Coach of the Year, the 2000 Fitch Division Coach of the Year, and the 2005 NJSIAA Lacrosse Coach of the Year. He was selected to coach in the 1999, 2000, 2002, and 2003 Gil Gibbs All-Star Game and in 2007, was chosen by N.J. Coaches Association to coach the East Squad at the National Senior All-Star Game, who won the National Senior Showcase Championship.
A member of Summit Lacrosse Club Board of Directors since 1999, Jim organizes clinics and camps for the development of youth lacrosse in Summit. He has been member of the N.J. Lacrosse Hall of Fame Committee and served as a board member of the N.J. Lacrosse foundation chapter from 1998-2003. Since 1999 he has been a coach of the Garden State Challenge and has assisted in the development of youth and high school lacrosse programs both locally and internationally. In 2007 he was appointed to the NJSIAA state Boys' Lacrosse Committee, which yearly reviews the playoff system for the boys' tournament. Currently a guidance counselor at Summit High School, Jim resides in New Providence with his wife Mary Judith and 5-year old daughter, Mary Catherine.
Ann W. Del Tufo Jackopin
Morristown High School
East Stroudsburg University
Ann Del Tufo Jackopin enjoyed a four-year career as a 3rd home/attack wing at Morristown High School. She went on to play another four years at East Stroudsburg University at 3rd home/center. In addition to being a Health and Physical Education teacher, Ann began her coaching career as an assistant at Lafayette College for the 1983-1984. She was also a coach at the American Lacrosse Camp in St. Petersburg, Fla., and Trenton State College and Drew University camps. In 1986, Ann became an assistant coach at Summit High School, helping the team to a 14-2 record and capturing the New Jersey State Championship. At the Kent Place School in Summit, N.J., Ann served as middle school, junior varsity, and eventually head coach of the varsity team from the years 1985-1989. In 1990 she became the head coach at Moorestown Friends School, serving until 1991 due to the birth of her first son.
Ann began officiating in the West Jersey Chapter 5 interscholastic league in 1992 and continues today. She has held her National rating from U.S. Lacrosse as a Division I, II, III Collegiate umpire, and has worked at this level since 1994. In 2000 she was named the National Federation of Interscholastic Coaches Association Women's Lacrosse Umpire of the Year, and umpired the New Jersey State Championship games in 1994, 1995, and from 1997-2007. She also served as an official for the New Jersey All-Star games from 1997-2007.
Ann served as secretary for the officiating chapter in 1994, and from 1995 through today is active as vice president where her role, among others, is to teach new umpires how to officiate the game. She also served as a U.S. Lacrosse Ratings Chair in 2003-2004 and from 2005-2006 she served as U.S. Lacrosse Region 3 Chair, responsible for the states of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware.
After the heartbreaking sudden death of her husband Jon in 2005, Ann is currently pursuing a career in nursing and attending Burlington County College to acheive her degree. She continues to live in Medford, N.J. with her three sons, Jon-Jon, Jamie, and Jeffrey.
Mark H. Ford
Summit High School '81
Amherst University '85
Mark Ford played for three years at Summit High School and helped Summit earn its first State Championship and Coaches Tournament Championship in 1981. He served as team captain and earned Defenseman of the Year honors in 1981. He was named captain and chosen as the Most Valuable Player of the North-South All Star Game in 1981, and was also an All-America selection. He went on to compete for four years at Amherst College, where he was selected to the all-conference Team from 1982-1985, and chosen as captain and the Amherst Most Valuable Player in both 1984 and 1985. Mark was also a New England West All-Stars Selection in 1985.
Mark played and coached for one year at Bayswater Lacrosse Club in Perth, Australia in 1987. Mark coached at the collegiate level for a total of 10 years; he started as an assistant and then served as head coach at Roger Williams University for four years, where he guided the team to the Pilgrim League Championship in 1991, 1992, 1993, and 1994.
In 1995, Mark entered the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University, where he served as an assistant coach for Tom Hayes for two years. He then assisted Tom Leanos at Drew University, where the squad won ECAC Championship titles in 1998 and 1999.
In 2003 Mark was named the N.J. Lacrosse Coaches Association Man of the Year, and played for the USA Master's Team at the 2002 and 2006 World Games. Mark has been a board member of the N.J. Lacrosse Foundation for eight years, and has been instrumental in the development of many lacrosse programs throughout the state. Mark started and is CEO of Shamrock Lacrosse and Riddell Lacrosse, and is a founding principal of the National Lacrosse League's new professional team the New York Titans. He presently serves as the president of the Lacrosse Industry Council for U.S. Lacrosse. Mark currently resides in Mendham, N.J. with his wife Laura and three children, and continues to coach lacrosse in his community.
Robert K. Schroeder
York Suburban High School
West Chester State College
Bob Schroeder enjoyed a 22-year career as head coach of the Hunterdon Central Regional High School boys' lacrosse team. In addition to compiling a 265-143 record from 1984 through 2005, he guided his teams to the Pitt Division championship in 1984, the Mid-State conference championship in 1990, Skyland Conference championships in 1994, 1995, 1999, 2001, 2004, and 2005, and a Pitt Division tri-championship in 2000. His teams played in the state finals in 1996 and 1999, and he capped his coaching career in 2005 with a Group IV state championship.
Bob began his lacrosse coaching career as a junior varsity coach at Hunterdon Central Regional HS in 1974. In 1975 he began the lacrosse program at the Reading-Fleming Middle School, and coached the team from 1975-1981. He then was an assistant coach for Hunterdon Central's varsity team in 1982 and 1983. He was named the Pitt Division Coach of the Year numerous times, was the Star-Ledger Coach of the Year in 1996, the Trenton Times Coach of the Year in 1999, and the Courier News Coach of the Year in 1987, 1990, 1993, 1996, 1999, and 2005. The New Jersey Interscholastic Lacrosse Coaches Association selected him as the Coach of the Year in 1986, 1996, 1999, and 2005, and he was named the NJSIAA Lacrosse Coach of the Year in 2001. Bob was presented the "Len Roland" Sportsmanship Award by the New Jersey Lacrosse Officials Association in 1991 and 2001. He also coached in the Garden State Games from 1990-2005. In 2004 Bob was inducted into the NJSIAA Coaches Hall of Fame.
Bob currently resides in Flemington, N.J. with his wife Jan. He has two adult sons-Stan, who resides in Flemington, N.J., and Peter, who lives in Louisville, Ky.
Princeton High School '66
Rutgers University '75
A 1966 graduate of Princeton High School, where he helped found the lacrosse program and where he played goalie and defense, Spencer Willard went on to found the intramural lacrosse program at Texas A&M in the fall of 1966. He also played for the Bowie Lacrosse Club in Maryland. He began his head coaching career with the Bowie LC, compiling a 20-10 record from 1968-1970. He also enjoyed a brief stint at Rutgers Preparatory School in Somerset, N.J., garnering a 29-21 record for the years 1973, 1974, and 1976 while also helping found the Garden State Lacrosse League in 1974. That same year, he was named the league Coach of the Year. Spencer also served as an assistant at Rutgers University in 1975.
Spencer took on his first head coaching role at the collegiate level at Montclair State College, compiling a 54-41 record from 1978-1982 and winning the Knickerbocker Lacrosse Conference titles from 1978 through 1982. Currently in his third year as head coach at North Warren Regional High School, he has compiled a 13-20 record in the two years of the program.
In 1978, Spencer began one the first mail-order lacrosse businesses in the country not directly affiliated with a manufacturer. His All Lacrosse business was a staple throughout the United States, covering tournaments, camps, clinics and USLCA/USILA conventions. He has helped to sponsor a variety of lacrosse events through the years, including Most Valuable Player awards for the NJSIAA championships.
In addition to his coaching duties, Spencer was a lacrosse official in Maryland from 1968 to 1970, and was treasurer and a member of the Board of Trustees for the N.J. Lacrosse Foundation from 1989 to 1990. Spencer and his wife, Milla, currently reside in Hopatcong, N.J. with their dogs, Beamo and Baron. He is currently the College/Career Center Counselor at North Warren Regional High School.
Westfield High School '92
Harvard University '96
A 1992 graduate of Westfield High School where he excelled at midfield and attack, tallying 171 career points (106 goals, 65 assists), Chris Wojcik was a first-team Pitt Division selection in 1991 and 1992. He was also a first team All-State selection those same years, and was named an All-American in 1991 as an attackman and selected again in 1992 as a midfielder. In 1992 he was selected to represent New Jersey in the national high school North-South game, and was named as one of three alternates for the U.S. team for the 1992 World Games. A three-sport standout in high school, Chris also excelled in soccer and earned first team All-State honors in 1991, and as a wrestler he was a 1991 state tournament qualifier, placing second in District 11, third in Region 3, and second in Union County while also being a member of the group runner-up squad. He was later named to the Star-Ledger All-Decade team for the 1990's for his exceptional play in both lacrosse and soccer.
Chris went on to play at the collegiate level for Harvard University, where he was selected as team captain in 1996. Harvard was ranked 5th in the nation in 1996 and reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament that same year. He received honorable mention All-Ivy honors 1994 and 1995 and was a first team All-Ivy selection in 1996 as a midfielder. In his final season he was a USILA honorable mention All-America selection and was chosen to play in the 1996 USILA North-South game. He was awarded the prestigious William J. Bingham Award in 1996 as Harvard's top athlete for his lacrosse and soccer play, having been selected the first two- sport team captain in over a decade, and remains the top all-time scoring leader for a midfielder at Harvard with 89 goals and 45 assists.
Upon graduation, he traveled to Australia to play for the Chadstone Lacrosse Club, where he was named the team's Most Valuable Player in 1997 and was selected as the Most Valuable Player of the Victoria League.
In 2003 he returned to Harvard as an assistant for two seasons, and he was inducted into the Westfield High School Hall of Fame in 2002. Chris currently resides in Boston, Mass., and he has been an assistant lacrosse coach at Harvard University since 2003.