March 9, 2011
Middlebury College Director of Athletics Erin Quinn was recently honored by the Institute for International Sport (www.internationalsport.com). The group recently celebrated its 20th Anniversary of National Sportsmanship Day, one of its signature initiatives. National Sportsmanship Day was launched in 1991 by Institute Founder and Executive Director Dan Doyle with the objective of engaging athletes and other community members in thoughtful discussions about the concepts of sportsmanship and fair play. On March 1, thousands of schools, universities, teams, conferences and associations throughout the United States participated in this worthy initiative.
In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of National Sportsmanship Day, a team of Institute staff members and outside consultants has worked to select 20 living Americans, 20 deceased Americans and 20 American organizations/initiatives that have made significant contributions to the practice of fair play and have enhanced the national consciousness regarding the central importance of sportsmanship. States Doyle, “We wanted to recognize individuals as well as organizations and initiatives that have brought fair play to the forefront through their actions and example. Notables joining Quinn on the list were Jack Nicklaus, Cal Ripkin, Jr., Dee Row, John Wooden and “Bear” Bryant.
The release stated that “As a coach, Quinn’s lacrosse teams won three national championships and two James “Ace” Adams awards for sportsmanship. As an athletic director, he has fostered in the Middlebury College Athletic Department a culture of sportsmanship that serves as a national model.” He is now in his fifth year as the school's Director of Athletics, taking over the job in July of '06.
Throughout his time at Middlebury, Quinn has been involved in many other endeavors off the field. He is nationally respected as an advocate for the growth of lacrosse and has been a sought-after clinician and speaker for several years. He was the winner of an outstanding contribution award in 2004, given by the Vermont chapter of the U.S. Lacrosse organization. Quinn has been involved with several local charities, volunteering time as well as fundraising.
Quinn is a 1986 graduate of Middlebury College, where he was a member of the football team, captaining the squad his senior year. He began his coaching career at his alma mater, working with the lacrosse and football programs in the year following his graduation. After a year at Middlebury, Quinn moved on to Tufts University, where he was an assistant coach in lacrosse and football while earning his master’s degree in teaching. After two years at Tufts, Quinn landed his first head coaching job, heading up the men’s lacrosse program at Lake Forest College in Illinois. Following a year at Lake Forest, Quinn returned to Middlebury in 1990 as an assistant coach in lacrosse and football. The following year he was named head coach of the men’s lacrosse team, while continuing his football duties.
Quinn directed the men's lacrosse program at Middlebury for 15 seasons, with his final season taking place in the spring of '06 where he amassed an amazing 202-38 career record. His .842 winning percentage is second among his peers in the history of Division III lacrosse.
He led the team to 10 NCAA tournament appearances in an 11-year span, while capturing all six NESCAC championships. His teams won three straight NCAA championships (2000, 2001, 2002), while setting a school record with 18 wins in '02. He also led the team to ECAC championships in 1992, 1995 and 1997.
Quinn is a five-time winner of the NEILA (New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association) Division III Coach of the Year award, earning the College Lacrosse USA Division III National Coach of the Year award in 2001. He also earned NESCAC coach of the year honors in 2004. Quinn was elected to the New England Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2003 and his teams have twice won the James “Ace” Adams Sportsmanship Award from the National Intercollegiate Lacrosse Officials Association (NIOLA).