December 1, 2021
Catawba Men's Lacrosse Coach Peter Bourque Honored for 28 Years of Service
Three decades ago, most people in this area may have heard of lacrosse, but very few had played it. Unlike football, basketball, or even soccer, lacrosse was still an obscure sport that was not commonplace in youth leagues and barely available at most colleges and universities. Enter Coach Peter Bourque. Coach Bourque played lacrosse in his hometown of Westfield, New Jersey. After graduating from Guilford College where he also played, Bourque pursued his MEd from Lynchburg College in Virginia. He then served as an assistant coach at Greensboro College before being offered the opportunity to start a new program at Catawba.
Although recruiting is tough, Bourque has been successful in his pursuit of high caliber student-athletes. Quality lacrosse players were certainly not jumping at the chance to head to a college where no previous lacrosse program existed, but Coach Bourque persisted and overcame the challenge. He made the student athletes understand what a unique opportunity awaited them. He wanted to build a team; but he also wanted to build a community. His personality, style of leadership, and his obvious affinity for the game was exactly what it took to start a previously non-existent athletic program at Catawba.
After 28 years of building the program, Coach Bourque was honored on October 29th by the alumni, administration, family, friends, and players – both current and former. In fact, former players traveled back to Catawba from as far away as Delaware, New York, Massachusetts, Florida, Colorado, Minnesota, Virginia, Maryland, and others. More than 50 former players attended, and of those, 35 participated in the alumni game. The alumni and administration presented Coach Bourque with a plaque to commemorate his accomplishments throughout his tenure.
In addition, the men’s lacrosse locker room was dedicated to Coach Bourque and is now known as the “Coach Bourque Locker Room”. Coach Bourque is quite humbled by this honor. He is extremely proud of his players – current and former - who have provided him with the life-changing opportunity to pursue his passion. Coach Bourque is so dedicated to the sport, as well as his players, that they started the Catawba Lacrosse Alumni Professional Network. This network remains very active staying in touch with not only each other and Coach Bourque, but also with current team members. The alumni take a special interest in networking with each other and current team members, in a concerted effort to promote a clear understanding of post-college life in the business world and beyond. They are an extremely tight knit group of former players who communicate on a regular basis and have managed to help each other out with many of life’s issues.
Furthermore, this alumni network does more than just stay in touch. For the past three years, the men’s lacrosse alumni have raised more money than any other athletic program on the #MyCatawbaDayofGiving. The only fund to receive more support was the Catawba general fund. The players say that they give so generously to Coach Bourque and the lacrosse program because of their dedication and loyalty to the sport that they love. In return, Bourque says about his players, “They have given me everything throughout the years…they are my kids – a part of my family- and I am very proud”.
Coach Bourque’s many accomplishments include being named three-time conference Coach of the Year, as well as coaching 14 D2 All-American players. He has also coached 84 All-Conference players. Under Bourque’s tutelage, his teams have been nationally ranked numerous times.
Throughout his success, the many accolades are not lost on Coach Bourque. He will be the first to tell you that he is nothing without the support of his wife Ann, otherwise known to alums and players as “The First Lady of Lacrosse”. “We are a family on and off the field”, he says. FAMILY FOREVER! has been Coach Bourque’s mantra for decades. For him, this is the most important value that he hopes to instill in his players.
|Track/Field @ Finn Pincus Inv. (Day 1),|
Basketball (M) YOUNG HARRIS (Postponed) 2 p.m.
Swimming FROSTBURG ST. (CANCELLED)
Basketball (W) @ Anderson 81-85
Basketball (W) @ Tusculum 58-48
Basketball (M) @ Tusculum 73-85
Basketball (M) @ Anderson 93-87
Basketball (W) CARSON-NEWMAN 78-83
Basketball (M) CARSON-NEWMAN 81-84
Basketball (W) NEWBERRY 80-44
Basketball (M) NEWBERRY 63-83
Basketball (W) @ Coker 60-56
Basketball (M) @ Coker (Postponed)
Track/Field @ Finn Pincus Inv. (Day 1)
Swimming @ Chowan (Cancelled)
Track/Field @ Finn Pincus Inv. (Day 2)
Basketball (W) LINCOLN MEMORIAL noon
Basketball (M) LINCOLN MEMORIAL 2 p.m.
Basketball (W) LIMESTONE 5:30 p.m.
Basketball (M) LIMESTONE 8 p.m.
Track/Field @ VMI Winter Relays (Day 1)
Track/Field @ VMI Winter Relays (Day 2)
Basketball (W) @ Mars Hill 2 p.m.
Basketball (M) @ Mars Hill 4:30 p.m.
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