John McCarthy

John McCarthyJohn McCarthy


WALOA Life-time Achievement Award

A native of Mineola, NY, John played his collegiate lacrosse at the University of Massachusetts in the 1970’s. A life long association with the game continued as he coached lacrosse at DeMatha and Blair. As part of his vision for lacrosse, John promoted the game to such a degree he was recognized as a major sponsor of the game in Montgomery County. John effectively used lacrosse as a tool to steer “at risk” youths to productive activities, materially changing them to motivated young people reaching for positive goals, both within the game and in life. After his high school coaching career, John progressed to officiating and was a Sheckell’s Award winner from the Potomac Lacrosse Officials’ Association (PLOA, now Washington Area Lacrosse Officials Association) in 2007. As an official, John served in all crew positions. More importantly, he served the lacrosse officiating community as one of the key mentors for youth officials and served as an evaluator for WALOA, even as he fought his illness. Mac’s irrepressible spirit and positive attitude, including his emphasis on sportsmanship and character development, had their effect on innumerable individuals over five decades. His genuine interest in all practitioners of the game, and his easy ability to connect with people, distinguish him as one of the most remarkable people we have known.