Moccasin lacrosse coach Rory Whipple was inducted into the National Junior College Lacrosse Coaches Association Hall of Fame in a ceremony at Utica, N.Y., over the weekend.
In two seasons at SUNY-Farmingdale, before it became a four-year institution, Whipple earned All-America honors in lacrosse in 1973 and 1974.
Producing successful programs at every stop in his coaching career, Whipple completed his second season as the Moccasins' head coach this year and has a career collegiate coaching record of 232-180. He came to Florida Southern after making Bryant (R.I.) a nationally-ranked Division II power in seven seasons. He started the program at Bryant in 2000 and compiled a 75-40 record, producing six straight winning seasons. Bryant was nationally ranked all seven of Whipple's seasons.
Before going to Bryant, he coached Hartwick College (N.Y.) for 12 seasons and compiled a 114-65 record to become the most successful coach in that program's history. Prior to his stint at Hartwick, Whipple coached Clarkson (N.Y.) for seven seasons and set the school record for wins in a season with 10 in 1986.
In addition to his collegiate coaching success, he also has enjoyed success at the international level in lacrosse. In 1994 he was head coach of the Iroquois National Team and led the squad to a fifth-place finish at the World Lacrosse Championships in England. He also coached the team at the Commonwealth Games in Vancouver that year. In 1996 he coached the Iroquois National Team in the Under-19 World Championships and in 1999 he coached the teams to a bronze medal in the World Games in Australia. He was an assistant coach in 2002 with the Iroquois National Team that placed fourth in the 2002 World Championship in Australia.