GRANVILLE, Ohio-- The Intercollegiate Men's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IMLCA) announced its Hall of Fame Class of 2018 and longtime Denison University head coach Ferris "Tommy" Thomsen is one of four inductees in this year's class.
Joining Thomsen in this year's IMLCA Hall of Fame class is Carl Runk (Townson University), Mort Lapointe (Bowdoin College) and Gene Corrigan (Washington and Lee, University of Virginia).
Thomsen coached the Denison Big Red from 1966-1990 (25 seasons) and elevated the Big Red into not only one of the top teams in the Midwest but a national power who was frequently ranked in the top-10 of the college rankings. Thomsen's Big Red lacrosse teams captured 13 conference championships and at the time of his retirement in 1990, Thomsen was one of only three active college lacrosse coaches in the nation with more than 200 career victories. In 1968, Denison would rattle off 10-consecutive victories earning the college division national championship. One year later, Sports Illustrated featured Denison in an article entitled "Big Sticks of the Midwest." Throughout the decade of the 1960s, Denison lacrosse posted a record of 103-12-2.
Thomsen remained at Denison through the 70s and into the 80s where he ushered in the era of the NCAA Tournament which began as an eight-team playoff in 1982. Denison made five appearances in the tournament under Thomsen.
He was inducted into Denison's Varsity Association Athletic Hall of Fame and the Ohio Lacrosse Foundation Hall of Fame in 1994. He passed away on January 2, 2012, at the age of 80.
Thomsen began his coaching career at River Country Day School in Massachusetts after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 1954. After seven years at River Country Day, Thomsen took over at Denison where he posted a record of 255-97 which ranks him 12th in career winning percentage in Division III.
The IMLCA Hall of Fame was created in 2015 with the intent to honor coaches for their outstanding achievements both on and off the field. This year's group of inductees brings the total number of Hall of Fame members to 30.
The 2018 IMLCA Hall of Fame induction will take place on Friday, December 7 at the Baltimore Waterfront Marriott as a part of the annual IMLCA Convention.