Ohio Lacrosse Hall of Fame President Paul Eldridge announced the 27th class to be inducted. "Our 2021 Class is yet another group of outstanding people who have contributed to the growth of the game in Ohio.," Eldridge said in announcing the class.
The four members of the 2021 class are:
Dr. Jay Martin, Coach, Ohio Wesleyan University
Elizabeth Ford, Coach, College of Wooster
Jim Beery, Men's Official
Brett Hughes, Player, Upper Arlington, Univ. of Virginia, MLL
The Class of 2020 will be honored at the 2021 Banquet on June 12, 2021
Dr. Jay Martin, Coach, Ohio Wesleyan University 1978-1985
Dr. Jay Martinwas the OWU lacrosse coach from 1978-1985. His lacrosse teams posted an 8-year record of 104-34, winning 3 Midwest Lacrosse Association titles, earning 6 NCAA playoff bids and twice making Martin the MLA Coach of the Year. And talk about developing individual talent -- in both lacrosse and soccer, in 51 seasons, Martin has turned out 61 All-America and 214 all-region or All-Midwest players. Martin was instrumental in bringing the NCAA Div III finals to Ohio in 1987 when OWU met Hobart for the title. He was an All American Lacrosse player at Springfield College (MA) in 1971.
He is the winningest coach in NCAA men's soccer history with a total of 723 wins. He is the first men's soccer coach in any NCAA division to reach the 700-win mark. Martin is currently OWU’s Director of Sports Performance.
Learn more about Coach Martin at the OWU website.
Liz Ford, Coach, College of Wooster , 2005-Present
Through 16 seasons, Liz Ford has won over 70 percent of her games (171-71-1) and three North Coast Athletic Conference championships, while maintaining Wooster’s reputation as one of the best NCAA Div. III West and now Mid-South Region women’s lacrosse programs in the 2000s.
Highlighting Ford’s tenure, the Fighting Scots added NCAC titles in 2007, 2009, and 2010, marking their fourth, fifth, and sixth over a 10-year period, and with them, received berths into the NCAA Tournament. In 2021 the Scots made the NCAC final game for the third consecutive year. Her teams have reached double-digit win totals 12 times, including 12-5 in 2007, 12-4 in 2009, 12-4 in 2010, 12-5-1 in 2012, 13-5 in 2013, 13-4 in 2015, 11-6 in 2016, 11-5 in 2017, 12-4 in 2018, and 16-2 in 2019, and for her efforts, Ford was the 2009 IWLCA West Region Coach of the Year, the 2007 NCAC co-Coach of the Year, and the 2018 and 2019 NCAC Coach of the Year.
More on Coach Ford at the College of Wooster website.
Jim Beery, Official
Jim Beery took his lacrosse skills to the field as an official in 1993, following his playing career with the Ohio State University and the Columbus Lacrosse Club. He is the consummate official, having done games at all levels, high school, college and professional games in both the NLL and MLL. He has worked numerous Ohio State High School finals, college conference finals, and NCAA tournament games for Div I, II, and III. He served as the District Governor for the NILOA from 2016-2020. Jim also serves as an official for Ohio High School Football, including working regional finals, state semi-finals, and a state final in 2014.
Brett Hughes epitomizes the spirit of the game of lacrosse. He was not only a great player from his days at Jones Junior High School, through high school, college and the professional game, but he continued to give back to the sport following his playing days.
Brett was a four year letter winner at Upper Arlington High School, his team won three state championships and four Midwest Championships during that time, and he was the Defensive MVP of the 2000 State Championship game. Brett was also a four year letter winner at the University of Virginia, where in 2003 his team won both the ACC and NCAA Championships. We was a two time All American and set the record for most starts by a UVA defenseman. He started every game in his four year career with the Cavaliers. He received the Thomas Rixey Scholarship Award for the UVA player that exemplifies the spirit, energy, and talent of lacrosse.
In 2005 he was drafted #1 by the New Jersey Pride. He was the teams MVP in 2007. He also played for the MLL’s LA Riptide, Denver Outlaws, and the Ohio Machine. Following his MLL career he was a high school coach in Los Angles and Nashville. He was a co-founder of Lacrosse the Nations, which brings “lacrosse, education, and opportunity to children around the world.” As an Ambassador for Athlete Ally, Brett summed up his love of the game and what it has meant to him. “We owe it to the sports we love, respect, and honor to stand up with whatever platform they provide to design a new future of acceptance and appreciation of all our differences. Sports has allowed me to get to know so many different people that I have come to love for their differences on/off the field while enjoying this great common love on the field.”
The Ohio Lacrosse Hall of Fame 2021 Induction Banquet and Ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 12, 2021 at the Ohio Union on the campus of The Ohio State University. This year's event will honor both our Class of 2021 and the Class of 2020. As is our tradition, we will also be recognizing the 2021 Boys and Girls All Americans from across the state.
The banquet is open to the public and all lacrosse fans. Tickets are $50, and must be purchased in advance. (No walk-ins please). To purchase tickets Click HERE.
COVID 19 PROTOCOLS
The Ohio Lacrosse Hall of Fame will observe all COVID 19 Protocols of the Ohio State University, the State of Ohio and the CDC. MASKS WILL BE REQUIRED WHEN NOT EATING OR DRINKING.
The Ohio State University wants to make sure we have a successful event. We have moved to a larger space, the Archie Griffin Grand Ballroom. This will allow a greater social distancing between tables. We appreciate your cooperation. For more on the OSU COVID 19 Protocols click HERE
Agenda (Subject to change based on attendance)
11:30 AM - Check in
12:00 Noon - Lunch
1:00 PM - Induction of Class of 2020 and 2021
2:00 PM - Honoring of High School All Americans
(Times for Induction and honoring All Americans are approximate)