Harry Wooley has been involved in all facets of lacrosse as a player, coach, referee, manager and administrator for 42 years.
His coaching career started in the youth levels in 1959 in North Burnaby; in Quebec in the 60’s; and in Surrey and North Delta in the 80’s. Woolley joined the BC Lacrosse Association (BCLA) Coaches Association in 1988 as the Chair where helped produce coaching manuals for the development of coaches. He coached all levels of lacrosse for over seventeen years.
If Harry wasn’t coaching he donned the black jersey and whistle to officiate games from 1960-’84 including Mann, Minto and President’s Cups, as well as the Nations ’80 World Box Lacrosse championships. Harry’s most prominent appointments have been as Commissioner of the West Coast Senior Lacrosse League (Senior B) and BC Junior A Leagues; Chair and Vice Chair positions with the BC Coaches Association and Minor Lacrosse Commissions; and as President of the BC Lacrosse Association in 1996.
His efforts never went unnoticed winning the BCLA’s Tom Gordon Shield twice for outstanding service and the Hugh Gifford Merit Award for accomplishments of instilling sportsmanship in players, their leadership and contribution toward improving the image of lacrosse.
Harry has remained close to the game organizing a new Senior C league in BC while continuing as a scout for the New Westminster Salmonbellies.