Dave Low, a former Bainbridge High boys lacrosse coach and longtime board member of the Washington State Chapter of US Lacrosse, was inducted into the Washington State Lacrosse Hall of Fame in ceremonies Saturday at Kirkland’s Heathman Hotel.
Low was part of the six-member Class of 2013 to join the Hall of Fame.
The other inductees are Brandon Fortier, Issaquah High School boys lacrosse coach and program founder; Todd Thorpe, the founder of the Tacoma’s youth lacrosse association which has since grown to serve elementary, middle and high school students in communities throughout the South Sound; Jamie Asaka, longtime Lakeside School educator and girls head coach; Maggie O’Sullivan, founder of the state lacrosse officials association; and Steph Terrien, founder of a popular youth lacrosse program on Seattle’s Queen Anne Hill.
The inductees are among a group of now 28 ground-breaking lacrosse leaders from across the state to be enshrined in the Washington State Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
Low — a longtime state lacrosse leader, coach and player — brought the same tenacious spirit and respect for game and opponent that he displayed on the field of play to leadership roles in the state of Washington during a period of the sport's unprecedented growth.
While serving as Washington High School Boys Lacrosse Association president from 2003 to 2007, and as president of the Washington State Chapter of US Lacrosse since 2007, Low helped guide the sport at all levels while opening its doors to educators, families and new players across the state.
Officials with US Lacrosse-Washington State Chapter said high school lacrosse under Low’s leadership has prospered since he first served as president of the WHSBLA in the early 2000s.
In a decade and a half, the sport has experienced a growth rate of more than 230 percent — expanding from just 39 boys and girls teams state wide to nearly 100 from Spokane, Tri Cities, Wenatchee and Selah in eastern Washington to western Washington communities from the Canadian border south to the Oregon state line.
Today under Low’s leadership, some 4,000 student-athletes across the state attending more than 200 high schools have an opportunity to play prep lacrosse.
An astute All-State attackman at New Jersey’s Blair Academy from 1986-89 who excelled at not just lacrosse, but soccer and basketball, Low earned the New Jersey state scoring title, which he held for two decades and was selected as a New Jersey “Player of the Decade” for the 1980s.
As a senior captain at Middlebury, Low was named the school’s scholar-athlete award winner and was a John P. Stabile Memorial Trophy winner awarded to a student-athlete who best exemplified the school’s spirit.
After arriving in western Washington, the Blairstown, N.J. native who makes his home on Bainbridge Island, brought his intelligence and work-ethic on the field of play to both playing opportunities and leadership roles with the local game.
While playing for the Seattle Lacrosse Club from 1993-2001, Low found time to follow the educational spirit instilled by his father, teaching and advocating a passion for the game, first as a coach of the Bainbridge middle school program in 1995 and 1996 and later as boys coach at Bainbridge High from 1997-2001.
As a state leader, Low was instrumental in the formation of the Washington’s lacrosse hall of fame and in 2012 and 2013 brought NCAA Division I men’s and women’s lacrosse to the state for the first time through the NCAA Seatown Classic.
In Washington state, Low’s passion for lacrosse and respected leadership skill has unified players, officials, families and leaders alike, inspiring all to come together and creatively build on lacrosse's great history and traditions in the state, officials with US Lacrosse-Washington State Chapter said.