Emily Gibson | @EGibson32
BALTIMORE — US Lacrosse has announced Bob Hartranft of North Babylon, N.Y., as the 2013 Gerald J. Carroll Exemplary Coaching Award recipient. Hartranft, who had never played the game before being asked to coach his first season in 1966, has served in his current coaching capacity for the Farmingdale High School varsity boys’ lacrosse team for the past 46 years. He has coached his teams to 19 league, county and state championships, and led his team to an additional 21 as finalists.
The Gerald J. Carroll Award was established in 1994 and annually recognizes one high school boys' coach nationwide. The award measures the success of a coach not in victories but in the care and guidance he gives to the balanced development of the young men who play the game.
US Lacrosse is presenting Hartranft with the award at the 2014 US Lacrosse National Convention, presented by Champion, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, Saturday, Jan. 11, during the US Lacrosse Men’s High School Coaches Meeting. The presentation of the award is scheduled for the beginning of the meeting that starts at 6 p.m., in Liberty Ballroom C on the first floor within the Philadelphia Downtown Marriott. All men’s high school coaches are encouraged to attend.
“Throughout my long career I have been fortunate enough to receive various awards like Coach of the Year, but the Gerald J. Carroll Award will be perhaps the award I cherish the most because it exemplifies exactly why I got into coaching,” Hartranft said. “My goal as a coach was to put a competitive team on the field, but more importantly prepare my young men for the biggest game they'll ever play—the game of life. Thank you very much for this great honor.”
In his nomination letter on behalf of Hartranft, Brendan Skakandi, a former Farmingdale and Johns Hopkins player wrote, “Not only is he an unbelievable student of the game, but he is also a man who educated me and my teammates on life lessons during our time at Farmingdale. He mentored us on how to become quality young men. He taught us how to be accountable for everything we did, and how to work our hardest and give everything we had at all times. No one ever quits on Coach Hartranft because he refuses to quit himself and he refuses to quit on his players. These lessons are lessons that I, along with many other former Dalers, still live by to this day.”
“Working with the Carroll family in giving this award, we are humbled every year by the wonderful individuals nominated like Mr. Hartranft,” said Ann Carpenetti, US Lacrosse managing director of game administration. “The award embodies the qualities and achievements that coaches across all sports should strive to achieve. We were impressed with Mr. Hartranft’s accomplishments both on and off the field and truly moved by the letters of recommendation that accompanied it.”
US Lacrosse will accept applications for the 2014 Gerald J. Carroll Exemplary Coaching Award starting February 1. For more information about the award, visit: uslacrosse.org/MensCoachesInfo.
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