Acacia Walker-Weinstein Joins Elite Company in Boston College History
Boston College Women’s Lacrosse Head Coach Acacia Walker-Weinstein brought her home on Sunday, along with the program’s first National Championship, placing the young coach in elite company in the history of British Columbia Track and Field.
Walker-Weinstein became the first woman to lead a BC team to an NCAA championship, and the lacrosse team was the first women’s team (and any non-men’s hockey team) to win a league title. the NCAA at Boston College.
The two other coaches who won the NCAA Championship trophies for British Columbia are both true luminaries in British Columbia history: Snooks Kelley, who won the men’s hockey title in 1949, and of course, Jerry York, who won titles in 2001, 2008, 2010 and 2012.
Since Kelley bears her name at the BC ice rink and York is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, Walker-Weinstein is already in elite company.
If you’d like to add a little asterisk to the conversation, we can also add Frank Leahy, head coach of the 1940 Boston College football team, who claimed a contested claim to the National Championship after finishing 11-0 and winning. the Sugar. Bowl.
Beyond his national title, however, Walker-Weinstein is poised to cement his own unique place in British Columbia history, if the program continues on its current trajectory – and with Walker-Weinstein still aged under 40 and with a team producing multiple superstars, there’s no reason to think they can’t.
Walker-Weinstein was an associate coach in British Columbia when the team made their first appearance in an NCAA tournament in 2011. She took over as head coach for the 2013 season and competed in the tournament every year. year since (excluding the canceled 2020 tournament), with four Final Four appearances along the way.
That record – one national title, four Final Fours and eight NCAA tournament appearances – is already rare in British Columbia history.
Jerry York has 12 Frozen Four appearances as a BC men’s hockey coach, Snooks has 9 and Len Ceglarski has 4. Katie King Crowley has six Frozen Four appearances leading the team. female hockey. Eddie Pellagrini led British Columbia to three College World Series appearances in the 1960s. Alison Foley took British Columbia to an NCAA College Cup during her tenure as a women’s soccer coach.
Beyond that, there isn’t a lot of historical company for what Walker-Weinstein has already accomplished in British Columbia. (Outside of sailing, although sailing is not an NCAA sport, that said, Greg Wilkinson also deserves to be recognized as one of the best coaches in British Columbia history, leading the ship (so to speak) to several national and regional sailing championships.)
Now is the time to savor and reflect on BC’s journey to the top – but when the focus begins to shift to next year and the years to come, Walker-Weinstein has the chance to not only consolidate. British Columbia’s status as a national lacrosse power, but also a unique legacy in the history of British Columbia athletics.