Allen "Jake" Jacobson
Coach, Livingston High School, 1958-1994
Assistant Coach, "Millburn High School, 1994-Present
Allen "Jake" Jacobson was a five-sport athlete during his high school and college playing days-he participated in football, basketball, baseball, track, and golf. But he spent almost 35 of his 50-plus years of coaching as the head coach for the boys' lacrosse team at Livingston High School, a program that he founded in 1965.Joyce Jones
Jake, a graduate of Forest Park High School and Western Maryland College (1950), enjoyed a stellar athletic career. He was captain of his football, basketball, and baseball squads at Forest Park, and also competed in track. At Western Maryland, he served as captain of his basketball, football, and golf teams.
Upon his graduation from Western Maryland, he stayed on as the freshmen basketball coach for one season. He then made his way north to Bernards Township, NJ, to become head coach of the football, basketball, and baseball squads. After a brief stint as head coach of football at River Dell Regional High School, he became head coach at Livingston High School in 1958.
In 1965, Jake was instrumental in founding the boys lacrosse program at Livingston, and became the teams' first coach. In 29 years as the Lancer's mentor, Jake compiled over 200 victories and was chosen as the co-head coach of the Gil Gibbs All-Star Lacrosse teams in 1978, 1982, and 1987. In 1990, Jake was inducted into the Western Maryland College Hall of Fame for his accomplishments on the field and as a coach. He was presented the Sportsmanship Awards by the NJLOA and the NJISA in 1992, and was named the Essex County Athletic Director's Association Retired Coach of the Year in 1994. Currently serving as an assistant coach at Millburn High School, his varsity squad has averaged 12 or more wins since his arrival in 1994 through the 2000 season.
He served for two years overseas with the United States Marine Corps in the Solomon Islands after high school. He was awarded the Purple Heart after being wounded in action in the Battle of Guam, and was honorably discharged from service in 1945.
Jake currently resides in Livingston, NJ with his wife of forty-two years, the former Carol Osterweil. He has four married sons, two grandsons, and three granddaughters.
Coach, Princeton High School, 1979-Present
A graduate of Linden High School, Joyce Jones enjoyed a stellar four-year lacrosse career at Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey) from 1964-68 as a defensive wing. After graduation she continued to actively compete at the club level as a member of the Central Jersey lacrosse organization for 28 years. Joyce has mentored the Princeton High School girl's lacrosse team for 22 years. In 1984 and 1985, she was named the Trentonian and the Trenton Times' "Coach of the Year" for her team's achievements, including Princeton's 1985 Open Division Championship. Also a coach at the club level, she guided her squad to a Central Jersey Division III Club Championship in 1979. A field hockey coach as well, she has earned New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) Coach of the Year awards for both field hockey and lacrosse. A member of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) Lacrosse Committee since 1992, she was active in organizing and sponsoring the first NJSIAA coaches clinic in 1999. Marge Schoenfelt Kirsch
She is the founder of the Princeton Summer Lacrosse League, and is currently serving on the Bobby Campbell Lacrosse Committee, which sponsors clinics for coaches, camps, and scholarships throughout the state of New Jersey.
Joyce is a Physical Education and Peer Leadership teacher at Princeton High School. She currently resides in Newtown, Pennsylvania.
Official, U.S. Lacrosse, North Jersey Chapter, 1986-2000
A longtime member of the U.S. Lacrosse North Jersey Chapter Officials Association, Marge Kirsch served as an official for not just lacrosse, but also soccer and basketball from 1986-2000. Marge served as president of the North Jersey Chapter Umpire Association in 1999-2000, and was the assignor for all women's lacrosse teams in northern NJ. She chaired the Rule Interpretations Committee in 1999, and had the opportunity to umpire lacrosse all over the country, including representing the state at the National Sports Festival in New York in the summer of 1999. Marge was a National-District Rated Official from 1990-2000. Donald Moeller
A former math professor at the County College of Morris, Marge was also a member of the School/College Official Association (SCOA) for soccer, and the International Approved Association - Basketball (IAAB).
Marge is being honored posthumously. She is survived by her husband, Helgard; three daughters, Nanette Holder, Tanya Nizialek, and Jodi Glenn; her mother, Margaret Stopher, and brothers Emmet and John Stopher.
Boonton High School, 1973-1976
Donald Moeller, a 1976 graduate of Boonton High School, still holds the lacrosse records at his alma mater for most points in a season (68) and most points in a game (11). Donald was a two-time NJ All-State First Team honoree in 1975 and 1976, and was also selected to the Second Team in 1974. He was chosen as a high school All-American in 1976 and competed in the New Jersey Senior All-Star game that same season. As team captain, he guided Boonton to the 1976 New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association Championship in 1976, and was selected to the Star-Ledger All-Decade Team for the 1970's. Homer Robinson
Donald currently resides in Lincoln Park, NJ with his wife and two children.
Assistant Coach, Montclair High School, 1969-1978
Coach, Montclair High "School Junior Varsity, 1970-1978
Long-time assistant to Gil Gibbs at Montclair High School, Homer Robinson is remembered by family, friends and the hundreds of student-athletes he mentored as a true example of sportsmanship and dedication, as well as one of the founding fathers of the Montclair High School lacrosse success.Charles R. Ruebling
A graduate of Union High School and later Morgan State University, he competed on the football squad and was a commissioned officer through the Morgan State ROTC. Affectionately called "Coach Robb" by almost all that knew him, he began his career as a physical education teacher at the Hillside School in Montclair, NJ in 1964. In 1968 he joined the staff at Montclair High School and began his almost four-decade mentoring career. Coach Robb's career as a Mountie coach began with the football program, where he helped four different coaches leave their mark. He joined head coach Gil Gibbs' lacrosse program in 1969, a 10-year partnership that resulted in a varsity record of 144 wins and just 10 losses, seven Fitch League championships, six New Jersey Lacrosse Coaches Association championships, and four New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association championships. Also the head coach for the Montclair junior varsity lacrosse team from 1970-78, he became the "winningest" coach at Montclair with eight consecutive Junior Varsity State Championships, from 1971-1978, and a record of 106-5.
Upon his retirement from coaching in 1978, he remained active in the sport by serving as a TV analyst for a local cable network. He was recognized for his contributions in 1999 as the New Jersey Lacrosse Coaches Association named him "Man of the Year".
Coach Robb is being honored posthumously. Former wife Charlotte L. Gillette, daughters Dawn L. Taylor and Kimberly Robinson Santos, sons Darrow N. Robinson and Todd C. Robinson, and six grandchildren survive him, as well as brother Walter Robinson and four sisters, Johnnia McCoy, Susan Snell, Anita Coble, and Gail Lockhart.
Coach, Delbarton School, 1986-Present
One of only three Delbarton graduates to ever win four varsity letters in lacrosse, Charles Ruebling returned to his alma mater in 1986 to leave an even deeper impression. In his 15 years as the Green Wave mentor, he has compiled a record of 217-73. He attended Cornell University, where he was involved with the Football and Lacrosse programs. He also competed with the Upstate New York Lacrosse Club while in college and more recently with the Bronze Bulls Lacrosse Club in the American Lacrosse League. Robert L. Sheridan
Chuck took over the head coaching position with the Green Wave in 1986. He guided his young squad to New Jersey State Championships in 1999 and 2000, as well as Morris County titles in 1992, 1994, 1997, 1998, 1999, and 2001. Under his tutelage, Delbarton also won three Fitch Division titles (1992-1994) and two Gibbs Division titles (1995, 2001). His accolades also include selection as the 1999 Coach of the Year by the NJ Lacrosse Coaches Association; the Daily Record Coach of the Year in 1987 and 1997; the Star-Ledger Coach of the Year in 1994; the South team coach for the North/South National Lacrosse Classic in 1993; and the New Jersey Lacrosse Officials Association Len Roland Sportsmanship Award in 1998.
President of the New Jersey Coaches Association from 1987 through 1994, Chuck has also served as a trustee of NJ Lacrosse since 1996. He chaired the New Jersey Lacrosse Coaches Clinic for several years, and was also the chair of the Garden State Challenge Games.
Currently the Delbarton School Science Supervisor and the Summer Session Director, Chuck and his wife, Donna, live in Morristown, NJ with their son Derek and daughter Chelsea.
NJ Lacrosse Foundation Past President, 1999-2001
Bob Sheridan has been involved in the advancement of the sport of lacrosse since he first began playing as a sophomore in high school. A midfielder at the Delbarton School for three years, Bob was a Garden State Lacrosse League First Team honoree in 1980 and 1981, a Daily Record First Team All-Area honoree in 1980 and 1981, and the school's Most Valuable Player in those years as well. Team captain, he was selected to play in the third annual Gil Gibbs North/South All-Star game in 1981. Bob still holds several Delbarton School scoring records: most goals in a season (50); most points in a game (11) and most goals in a game (7). He also ranks third overall in total career points (128). David Sherwood
Bob's playing career ended abruptly after four knee operations after playing one year at Gettysburg College. It was then that he began his coaching career by becoming the Delbarton school junior varsity lacrosse coach (1983-87), and by founding the Chatham Lacrosse Club in 1983 where over 250 players are participating at all levels.
A registered official in the New Jersey Lacrosse Interscholastic Officials Association since 1990, Bob served as the president of the New Jersey Lacrosse Foundation from 1999-2001 after a four-year tenure as a vice president. During his tenure, he increased membership by 230 percent, making the New Jersey chapter the largest in the nation. The chairperson and founder of New Jersey Jamboree, the state's season-ending all-star finale for high school seniors and eighth graders, Bob was instrumental in raising 90 percent of the funding for the event. He also helped raise over $20,000 in corporate sponsorship to help continue the Garden State Games when the state could no longer fund it. He served as chair of the GSG from 1993 to 1997.
In 1997, Bob received the highest award possible for his many years of volunteer work in promoting youth and high school lacrosse when he was named the New Jersey State "Heroes Award" recipient for all sports by the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association and the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association of America. He was also instrumental in helping to start the state's first Inner City Youth Lacrosse Program in Newark, NJ by raising $25,000 in corporate sponsorship from 1998-2000. Also during his presidency, Bob helped initiate an Ethics and Sportsmanship committee in partnership with the Positive Coaching Alliance, and also devised the content for the chapter's website at www.njlacrosse.org. Bob was chosen as New Jersey Lacrosse's 2001 "Man of the Year" by the High School Coaches Association, and was one of only three alumni selected to the Delbarton School Hall of Honor for 2001. He received the New Jersey Lacrosse Foundation's Richard Rizk "Unsung Hero" Award in 2000, and was chosen as the Garden State Distinguished Service Award recipient in 1998. Most recently, Bob was named the Delbarton "Alumnus of the Year" for 2001.
He currently resides in Morristown, NJ.
Columbia High School, 1980-83
Loyola College, 1984-87
A scholastic and collegiate All-American, David Sherwood is a graduate of Columbia High School and Loyola College. A four-year letter winner with the Cougars, Dave helped his team to the New Jersey High School State Championships in 1983. He was named NJ All-State First Team for three straight seasons (1981, 1982, 1983) and was a New Jersey Interscholastic Lacrosse League All-American in 1982 and 1983. In his senior season, he was chosen to compete in the New Jersey North/South All-Star game. Robert Shields
Dave went on to a four-year career with the Loyola Greyhounds, where he was an attack/midfield. At Loyola, he was named the Most Valuable Player at the Loyola College Invitational Tournament in 1986, and in 1987 was selected as the Loyola Invitational Unsung Hero. That same season, he was the team's Most Valuable Player. Dave competed with the Maplewood Lacrosse Club team for nine years as a midfielder, helping the squad to the Miller Light/Belmar Lacrosse Tournament Championship in 1987. He also boasts three years of professional lacrosse experience, having played with the Baltimore Thunder and New Jersey Arrows.
In the coaching realm, he served as an assistant coach at Severna Park High School for two seasons, helping guide the squads to a 22-4 record over the 1995 and 1996 seasons. Severna Park also was crowned the MSA South Conference Champions in 1995 with his assistance. He founded the Maplewood Cowboys Lacrosse Club and guided the team to the state finals in 1997 and 1998. In 1990 he was selected to the Columbia High School Hall of Fame and was named to the Star-Ledger All-Decade Team.
A former sales manager for All-Lacrosse, Inc., Dave traveled around the country promoting the sport and speaking at numerous clinics. He is currently employed as the vice-president and general manager of XO Communications. Dave serves as a board member on the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, and is an associate member of the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore County Chambers of Commerce.
David and his wife, Beth, currently live in Severna Park, MD with their three children, Abbey, Max, and Will.
Coach, Fairleigh Dickinson University-Madison, 1962-1976
The first full-time head coach for the Fairleigh Dickinson University-Madison men's lacrosse team, Robert Shields guided his team to a 71-61 overall record. In his 15 years as mentor, he had 12 men garner All-American status, more than any other lacrosse coach at Fairleigh Dickinson that followed his tenure. His squads earned three titles during his years, two United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Lydecker Division titles in 1966 and 1967, and the 1969 New York Metro Championship.
Bob also served as the Director of Athletics of FDU-Madison for 29 years. He held numerous positions in the lacrosse world, including a term as president of the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association, as editor of Lacrosse Guide and as a member of the NCAA Council and ECAC Council.
Bob is retired and is currently residing in Basking Ridge, NJ.