John Giampetroni played at Cranbrook for Hall of Fame Coach Tom Graesser from 1981-84. Three of those years included state championships. In 1984, as captain of the Cranbrook team, John was selected to be a USILA All American and played in the National High School All-Star game at Homewood Field in Baltimore, Maryland.
John went on to play at Michigan State for another Michigan Hall of Fame Coach, Rich Kimball. In his four year career he became MSU's 5th all time leading scorer, 1st as a midfielder with 103 goals and 57 assists. he was also on the 1987 team that played in the 1987 NCAA Division 1 Tournament, the 1st MSU team to make the tournament.
After college, John coached the St. Hugo boy's middle school program for eight seasons. For many of those 6th through 8th graders it was their first experience with lacrosse. But John's impact was evident as many of those boys not only went on to have stellar careers in high school at Brother Rice, U of D, and Detroit Country Day, but some went on to have great college lacrosse careers as well. And after their college careers, several of John's players returned to Michigan to give back to the game. Coach Feldman at Brother Rice and Coach Leary at University of Detroit Jesuit to name a few. John was a great influence on the game.
In 2011, John returned to the sideline to coach the Cranbrook varsity team. The team would only go as far as the Regional Finals but John had the great pleasure of coaching his son,Matt, and Mack Gembis, a high school All American and future standout on the varsity team at the University of Michigan. John is currently in his fourth year as an assistant coach to Mat Wilson and continuing to develop outstanding young men for our community.
US Lacrosse is honored to induct Emily Cochran Jakacki to the 2015 Michigan Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Emily grew up in West Bloomfield, Michigan and started playing lacrosse in 7th grade. She graduated from the Academy of the Sacred Heart as a high school All American and two time All State recipient. She was recruited to play at the University of Pennsylvania where she was an All Region and All Ivy midfield/attack player and captain her senior year. Emily was invited to play in the 2006 IWLCA North-South Senior All Star Game.
Upon graduation, Emily was inducted into the Catholic League Hall of Fame in Michigan in 2006. Emily stayed at Penn working in the Penn Athletics Department in development and admissions for two years while pursuing a masters degree in Higher Education Management.
Emily currently serves as a member of the Penn Lacrosse Alumni Committee and as co-chair of the young alumni committee. Emily moved to Chicago in the fall of 2008. She currently resides in Chicago with her husband Tom, and works for Advocate Illinois Masonic as the director of neruosciences and cancer programs. She has been a coach for over 10 years and currently coaches the rising sophomores and juniors with Lakeshore National Travel teams.
US Lacrosse is proud to induct Ken Rymiszewski into the Michigan Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Ken is very well known in Detroit because of his highly successful lacrosse equipment stores, Detroit Lax. With stores and outlets in Michigan and Ohio, Ken has grown his business by outfitting many of the players we see on the field today. But what many people don't know is how much Ken has helped behind the scenes to make some of these events as successful as they are. From balls to helmets, goals to jerseys, Ken has donated items to events like this as a way of giving back to the lacrosse community so that it will continue to grow and prosper.
Ken is a former player and coach. As one fo the founding members of De La Salle's lacrosse program, Ken was a football and lacrosse star for the Pilots. In 1986, his senior year, having never played before entering high school, Ken was selected as an All State defenseman; a first for the Pilot program.
His career in lacrosse continued after playing into coaching. For eight years, Ken was a coach at De La Salle High School helping the Pilots become a force in Michigan lacrosse arena. When he left the Pilots, he found a home at Oakland University where he coached for three years. During that time, he helped the team with the Central Collegiate Lacrosse Association (CCLA) Championship with a win over Michigan and Miami (Ohio). He also played played for the Detroit-Windsor Club for two years.
Ken is the proud father of on son Kyle whom he shares a love for lacrosse and daughter Isabella Hart.
US Lacrosse is proud to recognize Michael 'Steel' Sennett as a posthumous inductee into the Michigan Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Sennett, a native of Bloomfield Hills, was awarded two varsity letters in lacrosse at Brother Rice High School where, as a junior, he helped the team win the first of its 13 state lacrosse championships.
Following a successful prep school career, Sennett went on to play at the University of Notre Dame. Sidelined by injuries his freshman year, Sennett proved he was as tough as 'Steel' when he battled back to earn three letters and serve as a team captain his senior year. 1990 was a landmark year in Notre Dame program when the team advance to the NCAA championships for the first time, aided, in part, by Sennett's offensive productions of 11 goals and 3 assists.
After graduation in the spring of 1991, Sennett accepted a job offer with Northwestern Mutual and moved to St. Louis where he founded and served as a volunteer head coach for the lacrosse program at DeSmet Jesuit HS. Under his guidance, DeSmet won six state championships over 16 seasons. Sennett continued to serve as a volunteer head coach for DeSmet at the time of his sudden death from a heart attack in April of 2007 while on a road trip with his team.
In addition to his head coaching responsibilities at DeSmet, Sennett was instrumental in the advancement of the sport in Missouri through the development of leagues, camps, and clinics for youth and high school players. In addition to numerous coach of the year and lacrosse man of the year honors, Sennett was recognized for his achievements as an inaugural inductee into the Missouri Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2005. In addition to his lacrosse endeavors, Sennett also served as a volunteer firefighter and was an active member of his church.