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Monday, October 8, 2012

LACROSSE: Gull, six others, selected for hall of fame

The Connecticut Lacrosse Hall of Fame committee announced on Monday seven new members, including former Hand, Cheshire, West Haven and Hamden boys' coach Jeff Gull, will be inducted at a banquet at the Aqua Turf in Southington on Nov. 11 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. 
Also selected are Ted Garber, who coached boys lacrosse at Loomis Chaffee and is currently coach of the the Ohio Machine of Major League Lacrosse; Liz Grote, a former Simsbury and Vermont player who is coaching at Bowdoin College; Jamie Hanford, a former player at Darien and Loyola with professional stints in the National Lacrosse League and Major League Lacrosse; Pam Hammersmith, who started the Simsbury girls lacrosse program in 1982; Will Hunter, who passed away in 1996, started the boys' lacrosse program at Conard in 1963; and Randy McCue, a football and men's lacrosse standout at UConn who started the boys' lacrosse program at Norwalk in 1976. 
According to the Connecticut Lacrosse Hall of Fame press release, in 1979 in Gull's first head coaching job, he won his first sixteen games as a high school head coach and took Hand to the state championship game where it lost to Wilton 7-5. The following year he again guided Hand to the state championship final.
Gull left Hand in 1984 to start a new boys' program at Cheshire where he was named Coach of the Year in 1985. During his twenty-seven year career as a head coach he amassed over 200 wins and a winning percentage of almost 60 percent at numerous schools across the state, including Cheshire, Hand (twice), Guilford, Hall, Hamden, Holy Cross, Norwich Free Academy and finally at West Haven. Gull is credited with starting youth programs in Madison (1981), Guilford (1990) and Southington (1993). 
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