Who was Paul Schimoler
Paul Schimoler grew up as the youngest of six children, in Upper Brookville, Long Island, and attended St. Mary's High School in Manhasset before Cornell University. Paul was an incredibly beloved coach, lacrosse player, husband, and father, perhaps known best for holding the Division I record for most saves in an NCAA Tournament. Others closest to him also know him for his great wit, as a bona fide chef/grill master, and for having a tireless willingness to help others in need. He was a four-time All-America lacrosse goaltender, earning second-team honors in 1987, third team in 1989 and honorable mention in 1986 and 1988. He was also a four-time All-Ivy selection, including first-team honors in 1987 and '89. He was named Ivy League Player of the Year in 1989 and was the Ivy Rookie of the Year in 1986. In three of his four years, the Big Red advanced to the NCAA tournament, with runner-up finishes in 1987 and 1988. Schimoler set the NCAA tournament record for saves (85) in 1988. He was tri-captain in 1989 and was named team MVP. Over his collegiate career, he made a Cornell and NCAA record of 787 saves. He allowed only 440 goals and had a save percentage of .641. He set nearly every goalie record at Cornell, including saves in a game (34), season (241). Schimoler enjoyed an eight-year post-collegiate club career and was the USCLA’s Player of the Year (North) in 1990. Internationally, he played for the U.S. National Team in 1990 and 1994, winning the gold both times. He was an assistant coach at Cornell from 1991-94. He was drafted by the Boston Cannons of the Major Lacrosse League in 2001 and continued to be active in the national tournament circuit, while coaching part-time at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), and working in hospitality. During his eight years as Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach at Saint Michael’s College (2004-2011), Schimoler put together a school-record 61 wins. His squads reached the Northeast 10 Conference Championship six times, advancing as far as the semifinals on four occasions. Paul was named the 2011 New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) Coach of the Year in his final season at Saint Michael’s College. Schimoler joined the Dartmouth College coaching staff as an assistant in 2012. Paul continued to be involved in club lacrosse over the years, notably playing for team Rusty Red, who enjoyed many championships at the annual Lake Placid Classic Lacrosse tournament. He was also very proud of founding the Vermont based lacrosse club, VTribe, which he saw to success, before passing away in 2013. Schimoler was inducted to the Cornell University Hall of Fame, The Long Island Metropolitan Lacrosse Hall of Fame, St. Michael's Coaching Hall of Fame, and posthumously into the National Hall of Fame in 2019.
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