Thursday, October 04, 2012

Organized Lacrosse in Oakland Public Schools

Lacrosse has had its ups and downs in Oakland, with early efforts to launch the game going back more than twenty years. Despite great effort and dedicated coaches most of those early efforts failed. But efforts continued and it may be that Oakland's large school population may be on a path to critical mass. Here is a terrific story about the Oakland Lacrosse Club and Kevin Kelley, who are organizing a major effort to expose Oakland boys and girls to our sport. I wish them the very best of luck:


Kevin played Division I lacrosse at Providence College, where he graduated in 2000. After graduation he moved to the Bay Area and helped start the Piedmont high program. He was assistant coach in 2002 and 2003 and head coach from 2004-2009, compiling a 73-42 record and three straight NCS appearances (2006-2008).


Oakland Lacrosse Club

2 comments:

Coach Ben said...

"Lacrosse has had its ups and owns in Oakland, with early efforts to launch the game going back more than twenty years. Despite great effort and dedicated coaches most of those early efforts failed. "

The Skyline Lacrosse Club has been in continuous operation since 1975. To say that efforts failed is a disservice to the people who have maintained lacrosse in Oakland since then.

Skyline is a huge supporter of Kevin & the OLC, as its a large city and its great to have more local competition.

Dilettante in Orinda said...

Thank you for your post, Ben. I am aware of Skyline's long and continuous presence in Oakland, and am a fan of that club. That's why I used the modifier "most" in my second sentence. Other organizations have failed.

In my opinion, ending a program does not reflect poorly on any of those who tried to establish lacrosse in Oakland, nor does it reflect poorly on those who organized or coached lacrosse in Oakland.

Perhaps we can agree to disagree?