US Lacrosse’s Adirondack Chapter held its annual Hall of Fame & Honors banquet Wednesday night (June 21, 2017) at the Shaker Ridge Country club. This years Hall of Fame inductees included Marylou Vosburgh, and Cort and Blake Kim.
Legendary former University of Virginia Head Coach Dom Starsia, was the key note speaker for the event and he was fantastic. He closed by reminding everyone in the room that all the work you put into the game is WORTH IT. The essence of coaching is convincing young men and women that it’s worth the sacrifices they make. ” It’s hard – if it’s not hard your not working hard enough! It’s supposed to be hard, and hard reminds you that the pursuit is special. ”
First inductee Marylou Vosburgh started lacrosse her freshman year at Castleton State College, VT. She was a field hockey player who was recruited to play lacrosse her freshman year, and then became a three year starter. After graduating from Castleton, Marylou became involved with the Albany Capitals and Capitalland Lacrosse for 25 years. In 1987 she began her physical education teaching career at Averill Park High School, where she is currently teaching and will be retiring from at the end of June. She began the Averill Park High School Varsity team and was a part of forming the Capital District Women’s Lacrosse League. After eight years at Averill Park, she was recruited to coach the University at Albany women’s team, where she coached for six years. During her career at Albany she was at the Division II level for two years and four years at the Division I level.
In 2010, Vosburgh led the Adirondack region to a bronze medal in the Empire State games marking the first time an Adirondack girls team took home a medal.
Marylou also coached Colonie Varsity lacrosse for five years, Albany modified for one year and has coached the Guilderland JV program for the last three years. She has coached from every level from youth to college, for the past several years she has coached year round for the Albany Elite program. She has helped grow the game and has coached thousands of young women. She truly has been a great leader in women’s lacrosse in the Capital District.
Next up were Cort and Blake Kim- our hometown lacrosse legends. They started at Guilderland High School before moving on to the University at Albany. This induction completed the Hall of Fame hat trick for the boys as they were honored by Guilderland in 2011, and the University at Albany in 2002. There have been no better ambassadors for the game of men’s lacrosse to ever come out of this area. They continue to play to this day and have been involved since 2009 coaching Youth Lacrosse for the Firehawks Lacrosse club in San Carlos, CA. Both of the Kim’s have also helped coach at the collegiate level. Cort worked as an assistant for UAlbany 1992-1993 and Springfield College 1993-1995. Blake was an assistant at Skidmore College in 1992-1993.
Both brothers still hold several records at UAlbany to this day. Cort ranks fifth all time assists (108), #7 on all time points (218), and #9 on all time goals with 110. Blake ranks #3 in all time assists with 119 and #8 with all time points with 206.
Statistics only tell some of the story for Cort and Blake Kim. They are the most humble pair you will ever meet, they are unbelievable teammates and they have an unbridled passion and knowledge for this game that few can match. On a personal note, I consider myself extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to play alongside them and even prouder to say they are two of my oldest friends in the game of lacrosse.
The entire night was amazing, it was also great to reconnect with so many other Capital District Hall of Famers like; Russ Ferris(1999), Art Waugh (2000), George Leveille (2001), Skip Spensieri (2002), Dick Auclair (2003), Tom Pillsworth (2004), Ken Fougnier(2005), Steve O’Shea (2006), John Keller (2007), Tad Knight (2008), Dan DePersis (2011), Gary Chatnik and Steve Hart (2013), Scott Marr (2014), and John Morgan (2016).
Other awards given out at the ceremony included:
Boys High School All-Americans:
Nick Pepe– Shaker
Tyler Hess– Guilderland
Anthony Tebbano– Shenendehowa
Girls High School All Americans:
Special thanks to the banquet committee of Steve Hart, Ron Greenfield, Melissa Hirt and David Wardwell for putting on such a fantastic event and to Bill Dollard ( (outgoing President) and Jon Flood (outgoing treasurer) for their countless years of commitment and dedication to growing the sport of lacrosse throughout the Adirondack Region.