MIHS coach tapped for state lacrosse hall of fame

Mercer Island High School assistant lacrosse coach and youth program founder Mark Larson has been tapped for 2010 induction into the Washington State Lacrosse Hall of Fame by the Washington State Chapter of U.S. Lacrosse.

Larson, 53, the Mercer Island High School boys assistant coach, co-founder of the Mercer Island Youth Lacrosse (MIYL) program and former Washington Chapter President of U.S. Lacrosse is the first Islander to be enshrined in the state hall.

The Saturday, Oct. 23 induction ceremonies get underway at 6 p.m. at the Washington Athletic Club in Seattle.

Under Larson’s seven-year guidance, MIYL grew from just 20 participants to over 70. Today, over 250 Mercer Island youth participate in the program, which has become a model youth lacrosse program in the State of Washington.

The former Florida State University player will join the 2010 class of six inductees that includes youth lacrosse champion and coach Harry Ostrander of Edmonds; longtime high school officials Janet Lennon-Jones of Redmond and Lorrie McKay of Seattle; Whitman College and Vashon Island High School program founder Charley Rosenberry; and Bainbridge High School coach and former Canadian National Team member Tami Tommila.

A total of 22 lacrosse standouts are now a part of the Washington State Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

“Mark Larson, Harry Ostrander, Janet Lennon-Jones, Lorrie McKay, Charley Rosenberry and Tami Tommila have all made incredible contributions to the sport of lacrosse in Washington state,” said Dave Low, Executive Board President of the Washington State Chapter of U.S. Lacrosse. “Their work has fostered exponential growth in the sport so that today thousands of youth, high school, collegiate and professional athletes and spectators in Washington can enjoy lacrosse.”

Tickets for the induction ceremonies are $66 and available at the Hall of Fame Web site.

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