LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Legendary Bucknell lacrosse coach Sid Jamieson has had plenty of practice writing Hall of Fame acceptance speeches, and now he will get to pen another as he has been elected to the Intercollegiate Men’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IMLCA) Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will take place on Friday, Dec. 8 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront. Tickets are available for purchase at www.IMLCACoaches.com.
Jamieson, who launched Bucknell's varsity men's lacrosse program in 1968 and coached the team for 38 years, will be joined in the IMLCA Hall of Fame Class of 2017 by Dave Cottle (Loyola University Maryland and University of Maryland), Avery Blake Sr. (Swarthmore College, University of Pennsylvania), Tom Hayes (Drexel University, Rutgers University), Jack Kaley (New York Institute of Technology), Dick Szlasa (United States Naval Academy, Washington and Lee, Towson University), and Morris Touchstone (United States Military Academy, Yale University).
Jamieson's most recent Hall of Fame induction came last January, when he entered the US Lacrosse Central Pennsylvania Chapter Hall of Fame. He is already a member of the Pennsylvania Lacrosse Hall of Fame, the American Indian Hall of Fame, the Bucknell Athletics Hall of Fame, and the SUNY Cortland C-Club Hall of Fame.
Jamieson came to Bucknell in 1964 and started the varsity men's lacrosse program in 1968. He went on to coach the Bison until 2005, piling up 242 wins and seven conference championships while coaching 17 All-Americans.
In addition to his numerous achievements as Bucknell's head lacrosse coach, Jamieson made many off-the-field contributions locally, nationally and internationally. He was awarded the prestigious Burma-Bucknell Bowl, given for "outstanding contributions to intercultural and international understanding." In 1994, he took his team on a two-week tour of Japan to compete in the International Lacrosse Friendship Games. Bucknell played the Japanese National Team and participated in lacrosse clinics. That trip led to a young player from Japan, Taro Yoshitome, coming to the United States to study at Bucknell and play on the Bison lacrosse team, where he became a two-time First Team All-Patriot League selection.
Jamieson was a dynamic force on the international lacrosse scene through his involvement with the Iroquois National Team. Himself a Native American -- his parents were both raised on the Six Nations Indian Reservation in Brantford, Ontario -- Jamieson from 1983-86 served as head coach of the Iroquois Nationals, a team made up of Native North Americans from both the United States and Canada. Jamieson led the team to the 1984 World Lacrosse Games, a part of the pre-Olympic cultural events of the Los Angeles Summer Olympics. In 1985 he coached the team on a 10-day tour of England with the English National Team. Jamieson took the team to the World Lacrosse Championships in Perth, Australia, in 1990 while serving as the team's executive director, and he later served as an emeritus member of its executive board.
Jamieson has given numerous lectures for Native American youth on education, self-motivation and self-esteem. He is frequently called upon to speak in classrooms on campus and in the community regarding Native American issues. At all Bucknell home lacrosse games, Jamieson flew the flag of the Haudenosaunee, the six-nation Iroquois confederacy, and in October 2003 he participated in a ceremony with longtime friend Oren Lyons, faithkeeper of the Onondaga Nation, in which a Tree of Peace was planted in front of the Kenneth Langone Athletics and Recreation Center.
Many of lacrosse's most prominent honors have been bestowed upon Jamieson. He won the highly esteemed Gen. George M. Gelston Award in 1985, as the person who most represents the symbol of the game of lacrosse. He received the Howdy Myers Memorial Award as college lacrosse's "Man of the Year" in 1986 and again in 1996. And in 2005 he received the special Spirit of Tewaaraton Award, presented by the Tewaaraton Foundation to an individual who has honored the traditions of the sport.
Also in 2005 he was awarded the Frenchy Julien/USILA Service Award by the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association. The award is presented in honor of former chief referee Joseph R. "Frenchy" Julien, and it is given in recognition of outstanding service to the sport of lacrosse.
A native of Youngstown, N.Y., Jamieson landed at Bucknell in 1964 just after graduating from Cortland State. His first job was as a graduate housefellow and physical education teacher. Shortly thereafter he became Assistant Dean of Men, and in May of 1967 he was picked to be the head coach of the Bucknell men's lacrosse team, which was still a year away from becoming the school's 11th full-fledged varsity sport. Jamieson, who had coached the club lacrosse team for two years, was also named coach of the freshman football team, and he remained with the grid program as an assistant coach until 1988.
Jamieson retired as head men's lacross coach following the 2005 season, and he continued to serve Bucknell in a fundraising capacity until fully retiring from the university in 2014, 50 years after he first stepped on campus.