Nearly 150 alumni, parents, friends and student-athletes gathered at the Providence Biltmore Hotel to dedicate the Rothman Head Coaching Chair for Men’s Lacrosse on Friday, April 19. Honored were primary benefactor of the endowed chair Thomas E. Rothman ’76, P’11 ’13 and fellow lacrosse alumni donors Kenneth Fitzsimmons, Jr. ’68, P’13, John Keogh ’86, and Zachary ’95 and Lori Schreiber.
The endowed chair serves to ensure a lasting legacy for the program that will exist in perpetuity to support the continued excellence of Brown Men’s Lacrosse.
President Christina H. Paxson spoke at the celebration dinner, marveling at the passion and exuberance of the men’s lacrosse alumni, parents and student-athletes. Athletic Director Jack Hayes stressed the importance of an endowed coaching chair as a measure of respect, importance, and validation.
“Endowing a coaching chair, in many ways, gets a benefit even beyond
the economics,” said Rothman. “It puts a coaching position on the
level of a professorship. There has been a wide amount of support. Ken Fitzsimmons, John Keogh and Zach Schreiber all contributed mightily. That group effort really elevates the position overall. It also supports the larger athletics initiative, showing that our sports are here to stay and are a major part of the University.”
Lars Tiffany ’90 is the recipient of the inaugural chair. “I am truly humbled to be the first recipient of this prestigious honor,” he said. “Endowing the coaching position is a statement by the alumni that they are 100% behind us. Our alumni will do everything they can to ensure that the men’s lacrosse program is the best it can be.”