John Yeager
John Yeager

The greatest lacrosse goalie in Boston State College history was John Yeager - period. He was named to the All-New England team all four years of his career, including the First Team as a sophomore and senior and was selected to the All-Colonial League First team in each of his four seasons for the Warriors. In just his first season with Boston State, he led it to an 11-2 record and its first-ever appearance in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association National Championship tournament, where it advanced to the quarterfinals. That was just the beginning as the Warriors would win three Colonial League titles and a pair of ECAC Division II and III championships with Yeager in net. He was tabbed Boston State's Most Valuable Player for his senior campaign to wrap up a lacrosse career that saw him finish as the program's all-time leader in games played (54), victories (39), saves (937) and lowest goals against average (5.3), while leading the Warriors to a 39-15 mark for a .722 winning percentage. Yeager spent time in the fall playing for Boston State's soccer team, earning three letters in four years for the varsity team and the title of co-captain in his senior season. Before graduating in 1976 from Boston State, Yeager earned the institution's Sportsmanship Award in both 1973-74 and 1974-75. Yeager continued his lacrosse career with the Brine Lacrosse Club from 1976-85, before moving on to the USA Box Lacrosse team from 1979-80, where he was the MVP at the World Championships in Vancouver, Canada. He also enjoyed two seasons with the New England Blazers of the Major Indoor Lacrosse League from 1989-90 and was an Assistant Coach and the General Manager for the Blazers from 1990-93. Yeager also had coaching stints with Framingham North and Marblehead High Schools, Tufts University and the College of the Holy Cross as well as Culver Military Academy, where he led the program to a pair of Indiana State championships. He was the Founder and Director of Peak Performance Lacrosse Goalie camps and, after receiving a Doctorate degree from Boston University in 1982, he went on to co-author Character of Coaching - Building Virtue in Athletic Programs and in 2006, he wrote The Character and Culture of Lacrosse, a book he dedicated to his former head coach, Gordie Webb. Yeager was also a counselor in the Massachusetts public schools for 12 years, an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at Boston University for 12 years and is currently the Director of the Center of Character for Excellence at The Culver Academies in Culver, Indiana.