Former Western New England coach led Golden Bears to 32-14 record from 1986-89
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (January 1, 2018) – Former Western New England University men's lacrosse coach Joel Castleman is set to be inducted into the Western Massachusetts Chapter of the United States Lacrosse Hall of Fame on Wednesday, January 24 at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Castleman served as the fourth head coach at then Western New England College from 1986-89, leading the Golden Bears to a 32-14 record over four seasons, the first four winning campaigns in program history. His 1987 squad posted a 10-1 mark and captured the team's first Pilgrim League Tournament title in only the sixth year of the program's existence.
Castleman, who is recognized for starting the winning tradition in men's lacrosse at Western New England that continues today, was inducted into the school's Downes Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004. The Longmeadow, Mass. native earned his law degree from Western New England in 1987 after receiving his undergraduate degree from Colby College, where he set single game records for goals (eight) and points (13) and was a 1981 East-West All-Star Game selection.
Castleman's other lacrosse accomplishments include founding the Pioneer Valley Summer Lacrosse League in 1988 and serving as its commissioner for seven years. He was also a lacrosse official for 11 years, officiating three NCAA Tournament contests.
The five-person induction class also includes Jay Caron, the founder of East Longmeadow Youth Lacrosse, Francesca DenHartog, a two-time All-American at Harvard and current women's lacrosse coach at Northfield Mount Hermon, as well as former University of Massachusetts standouts Norm Smith and Jeff Spooner.