Jean Blievernicht is a long time official in many sports. Jean officiated many of the current high school coaches when they were in high school (including Elaine Torvinen in basketball games at Henry Ford High School). Jean has tirelessly recruited officials. She is known for starting conversations with young players with the phrase: “Can I teach you a little about this great thing I do?”
Jean’s years of officiating testify to “being around youth keeps you young.” She spends her days teaching youth tennis and then officiates lacrosse in the evenings. She does it all with a great attitude and a desire to always get it right.
Muriel Brock came to Grosse Pointe University School in 1956. Muriel was responsible for starting women’s scholastic lacrosse in Michigan, along with Maggie Houston (from Kingswood) and Trish Dow Ashurkoff who taught at GPSU from 1959-1961. They organized the first clinic in 1959 and held the first interscholastic game in 1960.
As an Athletic Director, Muriel was responsible for encouraging other schools to start lacrosse programs. Now, even after her retirement from University of Liggett School (ULS) in 1992, she can still be seen on the sidelines at many ULS games.
Ron Hebert was a varsity goalie at Michigan State University from 1970-1974. In 1973, he led all NCAA D-I goalies in saves. Ron coached several teams in Michigan including: St. Hugo, Brother Rice and Kingwood Cranbrook. Winning 3 state championships at Brother Rice and one at Cranbrook, Ron is the only coach to win two Michigan State Championships at two different schools. He also coached Brother Rice to 2 Midwest Championships.
He has also been recognized on two occasions as Midwest HS Coach of the Year and twice been named Michigan HS Coach of the Year.
Ron has also coached at the collegiate level at Northwood University (varsity D-II) and Oakland University (MCLA). In 2006 Ron coached Oakland University to the CCLA championship.
Ron served as President of the Michigan Lacrosse Foundation, the forerunner of the current US Lacrosse Michigan, from 1988 - 2003. He was the creator and former director of the Michigan 7v7 tournaments.
Ron is considered to be one of the finest coaches in the game at any level.
Don Lutz is known as the “Godfather of Michigan High School Lacrosse” because he created the first high school team in the state of Michigan. Don, a football player in college, also started the club team at Ohio University. Upon receiving a teaching position at L'Anse Creuse High School, Don started the
high school lacrosse program with 15 sophomores in 1969. In 1970, the squad from L'Anse Creuse played the first season of lacrosse against local collegiate club teams (U of M, Wayne State) and Lake Ridge Academy of Ohio. In 1971, Don Lutz's L.C. team and Gene Reilly's Detroit Country Day squad
competed in the first game between two (2) Michigan high school programs. Don coached the L’anse Creuse team to the first championship of the Midwest Lacrosse Association.
Every year the Michigan High School Coaches Association presents the Michigan Don Lutz Award - presented to the player who exemplifies the spirit and dedication to the game that extends beyond the lines of the playing field. Don also started the girls’ lacrosse program at L’Anse Creuse where he is still active as an assistant coach.
Dave Morrow was an All-American defenseman at Brother Rice High School, an All-American defenseman at Princeton, and was twice named NCAA Division I Player of the Year. In 1992, Dave helped lead Princeton to a National Championship.
Dave was named a member of the 1995 US Lacrosse Silver Anniversary Team, which recognized him as one of the 25 best college lacrosse players of all time!
In 1993, Dave started Warrior Lacrosse, a premium lacrosse equipment company. Dave innovated the game by bringing modern alloys to lacrosse shafts and changed the lacrosse equipment field overnight. Prototypes of these titanium alloy sticks were used by the Princeton defensemen during their run for the
1992 National Championship. Warrior Lacrosse and Dave have been great supporters of lacrosse in Michigan and throughout the world. We congratulate Dave for all of his success both on and off the lacrosse field.
Romilly Stackpoole came to the United States from Ireland in 1962 and taught at Dominican High School from 1962-1964. She coached varsity women’s lacrosse at University Liggett School from 1972-1983. In 1977, ULS was the co-champion of the inaugural Midwest School Girls’ Lacrosse Tournament along with Worthington, Ohio. After a series of overtimes, they declared the game a draw and shared the championship.
Romilly started the middle school interscholastic program in 1984, and joined Academy of the Sacred Heart, Grosse Point University, Detroit Country Day and Kingswood as the only schools to offer women’s lacrosse. She continued coaching at the middle school level until her retirement in 2000, when she joined the ranks of officials of both lacrosse and field hockey. She has been a mentor to numerous coaches and officials and has influenced the lives of many students throughout her illustrious career