Klepacki led Golden Bears to seventh CCC title last spring
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (December 19, 2018) – Western New England University head lacrosse coach John Klepacki will be inducted into the Western Massachusetts Chapter of the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Wednesday, January 23 at 7 p.m.
In his 17 seasons at the helm of the Western New England men's lacrosse program, Klepacki has built the Golden Bears into one of the premier programs at both the regional and national levels.
Klepacki owns a career record of 225-97 (.699), including an incredible 125-9 (.933) mark in conference play. His squads have captured nine conference championships (seven Commonwealth Coast Conference, two Pilgrim League) and appeared in the NCAA Division III Tournament on nine occasions. Klepacki led the Golden Bears to three consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals from 2007-09.
The Southington, Conn. native has received numerous coaching accolades, including earning USILA National Coach of the Year honors in 2007 following Western New England's program record 17-1 campaign. He has collected six conference Coach of the Year awards, garnering Pilgrim League honors in 2002, '04 and '07, to go with CCC recognition in 2011, '12 and '16.
Klepacki's student-athletes have also enjoyed unprecedented success during his tenure at Western New England. In addition to countless All-Conference selections, 24 Golden Bears have received a total of 37 USILA All-America awards.
A 1996 graduate of Springfield College, Klepacki was a four-year starter at defense for the Pride, serving as team captain his senior year. He was a member of Springfield's 1994 Division II national championship squad.
Klepacki is joined in the 2018 Hall of Fame Class by UMass coach Greg Cannella, as well as David Stockwell, Chris Larson Mason and Don Johnson.
2018 marks the second straight year that a Western New England coach has been inducted into the Western Massachusetts Chapter of the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame, as former coach Joel Castleman was inducted in 2017.