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Cookie Krongard

Cookie Krongard (Lacrosse. Born, Baltimore, MD, Dec. 12, 1940.) Howard J. Krongard, an all-America goalie, led his Princeton Tigers to three successive Ivy League lacrosse championships (1959-61). As a junior, he became the first goalie known to have scored a goal in a match, and, as a senior, he was named the outstanding goalie in the country in 1961. Following his graduation from the Harvard Law School, Krongard was chosen for the All-South-of-England and All-English Universities teams while leading Cambridge University to its first championship in many years. As a star goalie for the New York Lacrosse Club, Krongard was twice voted the Outstanding Player in Club Lacrosse in the U.S. and was selected to the U.S. Club All-Star team seven times. He also played on championship teams for the Mt. Washington Club of Baltimore and the Long Island A.C. One of the unique moments in American lacrosse occurred on May 21, 1960 at Princeton when Krongard saved a Cornell shot early in the first period of a scoreless match. Sensing an opportunity, he then rushed 70 yards downfield, dodging four Big Red defenders, shot and scored. Returning to more mundane work, Krongard finished with 15 saves and the Tigers finished with a 6-5 victory that clinched the Ivy championship. That win was Princeton’s 22d straight without a defeat in the league. Krongard was also unusual by dint of longevity. In a contact sport traditionally dominated by players in their 20s, he was regarded as a star player at the highest level of competition in the country well into his 40s.

Chief Miller

Chief Miller (Lacrosse. Born, Cherokee, NC, July 15, 1895; died, New York, August 1961.) As long-time coach of the City College varsity, Leon A. (Chief) Miller, was one of the few highly-visible exponents of lacrosse in New York City. In the days when the Beavers played at the old Lewisohn Stadium, Miller infused local kids with an enthusiasm for a high quality version of the old Indian game. Perhaps it was a little easier for Miller since he was a full-blood Cherokee who played the game for four years at Carlisle (where he graduated in 1916). He was also a football player for three years and ran track. But lacrosse was his abiding passion. While working as an engineer for the Ford Motor Company, Miller was a leading lacrosse official from 1919-29. He gave up officiating in 1930 when he became the head coach at City College, starting a run of thirty years during which time he produced numerous all-America and all-North players despite the fact that most of his pupils played the game for the first time while at C.C.N.Y. He was named coach of the year in 1940 and coached the North team in the annual North-South Classic in 1948. Miller may have been the only Cherokee who mastered a complete range of Yiddish, German and Italian phrases which he picked up from his charges and used to great advantage in expressing his thoughts on their play to them. He retired due to illness early in the 1960 season. While at City College, Miller also served three years as an assistant football coach under Benny Friedman and was head coach of the Beavers varsity for three seasons (1942-44) during World War II. But after the 1944 squad was winless in seven games, he gladly yielded the job to Louis Gebhard in 1945.

Bob Naso

Bob Naso (College football, lacrosse.  Born, Garden City Park, NY, Sept. 11, 1937.)  A successful lacrosse coach at Rutgers, Robert J. Naso was much less successful with Columbia football.  Naso became Columbia’s 13th head coach Dec. 18, 1979, but his five seasons (1980-84) produced a dismal 4-43-2 record.  His teams never won more than one game in any season and went 0-9 in 1984.  At Rutgers, Naso was a football center (1956-58) and played lacrosse (1957-59).  As head lacrosse coach there (1962-74), he was 95-59-1.

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