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The Life dedicated to coaching by: Liam O’Connor

Posted by on October 28, 2015


Pat Cullinan was born to be a lacrosse coach. His coaching career began in 1981 at the high school level. After seven years of coaching at Glen Mills High School, Coach Pat got the job as West Chester University’s coach. During his time at West Chester, he led the Rams to several ECAC titles in 1994, 1998, 1999, 2002, and 2003. Also during his time at West Chester, he earned the NYCAC coach of the year honors for the 2002 and 2003 seasons. In 2005 Coach Pat was named the head coach of the St. Joe’s Hawks, a division one program. While at St. Joe’s Coach Pat lead the team to winning seasons for four straight years and earned the MAAC coach of the year award in 2006. In 2007 Coach Pat led the Hawks to the MAAC championship. After retiring from his college level of coaching, Coach Pat turned his focus back to the high school level. Coach Pat was a volunteer coach at Downingtown East High School. Coach also instructed the Dukes’ lacrosse program. This past summer I played for Dukes’ lacrosse club and I was lucky enough to have him as my coach. The entire summer was packed with awesome memories that I will never forget. With practice several times a week, I got the opportunity to know Coach Pat. He was always cheerful and always in a great mood. But little did I know Coach was battling cancer. After our last tournament of the summer, coach sat us down and told us about his upcoming chemo therapies and that we would be the last team he coaches. The team was shocked at this horrible news. Coach Pat passed away on the morning of October 15th. Coach died at the age of 58.  Coach Pat’s legacy will live on and I will cherish my memories with him.

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