Laurie D. Cox – the first coach in the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame

Laurie Davidson Cox (Laurie D. Cox) was a well-known american landscape architect and a Hall of Fame coach and contributor of the sport lacrosse. He was also one of the first five men to be included in the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1957. On the basis of these achievements we would like to tell you something about Laurie D. Cox and his life.

Laurie D. Cox

Facts of Laurie D. Cox

Laurie D. Cox was born on the 18th of August 1883 in Londonderry, Nova Scotia, Canada and died on the 1st of October 1968 at the age of 85 in Henniker, New Hampshire. He was a leading American landscape architect and, in addition, a Hall of Fame Lacrosse coach and contributor. Cox attended the high school, the Bellows Falls High School in Vermont. After high school, he returned to Canada where he attanded the Acadia University, where he graduated in 1903. After this he attended the Harvard University in the USA, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1908 with a Landscape Architecture degree. On the 7th of September 1910 he married Gretchen Smith. In course of this life he was also Professor of Landscape Planning at the New York State College and the Syracuse University of Forestry, where he was also responsible for setting up the lacrosse program. Later, Laurie D. Cox became the President of the New England College.


Professionally, Laurie D. Cox strictly went two ways. On the one hand, he was a successful landscape architect and also a professor at different universities.

Laurie D.Cox - Green Mountain National ForestLandscape architecture

As already mentioned, Laurie D. Cox was one of the leading landscape architects in the United States. After studying at the Harvard University, he worked for four years with the Los Angeles Parks Department. During his working hours here, he designed exterior landscapes of the Lincoln Park and Griffith Park, calling for the creation of a city park to help “the health and happiness of the citizens”. Unfortunaly, his plan was only partly realized.
In 1915, Cox passed the first count of trees in New York City. In his recommendation on the report on this census, he claimed that one should plant 200 trees per square mile in Manhattan, as currently the trees there are in a very poor condition.
In 1934, Laurie D. Cox examined Vermont’s Green Mountains with the intention of building a national park there. His vision of a Green Mountain Parkway (later Green Mountain National Forest) contained moving parts of Vermont’s Long Trail to allow the trail and the park to intersect. Even at this time, Cox thought further and recognized the changed American culture and the automobile. Thus, he erected many “windshield views” over the entire length of 240 miles (390 km).
In 1929 the administrative building was built at the Green Lakes State Park near Fayetteville, New York according to the plans of Laurie D. Cox.
He was also active in the design of many New York national parks.


In 1915, Cox became Associate Professor of Landscape Engineering at New York State College and for Fortune at Syracuse University. From 1915 to 1947 he was head of the lacrosse department in Syracuse. After leaving the University of Syracuse, he served as President of the New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire from 1947 to 1950, and later from 1952 to 1955.
He was also a partner of the Amercian Institute of Parks and an executive and a life member of the Board of Directors of the National Conference on State Parks.


Laurie D. Cox - LacrosseIn addition to his professional career as a landscape architect and professor Laurie D. Cox was recognized as one of the greatest contributors to the game lacrosse in the United States. His influences on the sport were dramatic, not only local in upstate New York but also national. By establishing one of the country’s most widely recognized scholarship programs, he wanted to promote the integrity and growth of the game.
Through his excellent stick handling that Cox proved as a player several times, he could take over any position on the playing field. After starting as a professor at the University of Syracuse, he recruited a lacrosse team at the school in the spring of 1916. In the autumn of 1916, the University recognized Lacrosse as “Minor sport”. Cox was the head coach of the Syracuse team until 1932.
His advocacy of sport encouraged some to call him the “father of American Lacrosse”. The sport quickly grew into intercollegiate ranks, making Lacrosse from a primarily Canadian sport to an elite amateur status among weathly Amercians. As a principle and respect for the amateur tradition of the game, Laurie took no salary for his service as a coach. However, Cox saw the introduction of the box lacrosse rather negatively. He hated the spread of the new version and considered it a separate hybrid sport. His perseverance and respect, which he received from his fellow trainers and the contributors, led to the fact that the field game prevailed.
In 1922, Laurie D. Cox helped along with William C. Schmeisser and Charles Lattig to develop a unified workplace for college lacrosse and established early lacrosse athletic conferences. From 1922 to 1933, when the first Lacrosse All-American committee was founded (from which he was also to be a board member), he selected the honorees and also designed the certificates for the players.
When he became president of the New England College, he began a lacrosse program and served as a head coach.
Laurie D. Cox was admitted to the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame in the initial class in 1957. In 1966 New England College chose him as the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

We hope you could find some new and interesting information about Laurie D. Cox. We found it very interesting to see how different the interests of a person can be and how successful you can still be in both fields.

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