Lacrosse - Varsity
Lacrosse Program Overview
The first lacrosse squad at Avon Old Farms was established in 1961, although it was the 1962 squad that benefitted from a competitive slate of scheduled games that best resembled a “varsity” program. Faculty member and Johns Hopkins graduate, John Boyton, was the head coach of the team. This former Blue Jay was assisted by Tommy Tounge, a prior lacrosse player for the Generals of Washington and Lee. Thus, the history of lacrosse at Avon Old Farms began on a strong note.
In more recent decades, the Winged Beavers varsity lacrosse program has gained national recognition under Coach Henry E. “Skip” Flanagan, a true Man of Avon. Having led the Avon team to victory in the Founders League Championship for four of the past seven years against Choate, Taft, Hotchkiss, Westminster, Kent, Loomis, and Trinity Pawling, Coach Flanagan and his coaching staff have developed a program considered to be one of the most competitive in secondary school lacrosse by NCAA coaches across the nation.
With four separate teams from the freshman squad, Junior Varsity, Varsity B and Varsity, there is a place for each boy who wishes to participate in this challenging and rewarding sport. The focus of the lower levels remains on instruction and conveying sound fundamentals. As one progresses to the higher levels there is far greater competition and emphasis on maintaining a position of visibility in the boys' secondary school lacrosse world.
Avon Old Farms lacrosse has developed into a nationally prominent program with graduates going on to some of the nation’s best colleges and universities. As of fall 2016, several Avon graduates have received All-America status as well as Hall Of Fame honors and have attended or committed to the following institutions:
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The tradition of pride in the game continues as does the emphasis on good sportsmanship, fair play, and balance in life. As the boys break the huddle you will hear them chant "Be the Best." In doing so, they demand of themselves their finest effort not only for the task at hand, but in all of the challenges that come their way in the months and years to come.
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