Ware Receives Trailblazer Award

Collage of pictures featuring Lanetta Ware in team pictures, coaching action pics, and a head shot
Lanetta Ware was honored with the IWLCA Trailblazer Award

Lanetta Ware, a retired former athletic director and coach at Hollins College (now Hollins University), is one of eleven women's lacrosse coaches selected to receive the Trailblazer Award, a special honor, on October 21st in Baltimore, MD.

The award will be presented by The Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association. Ware will receive the award for her love of the sport, passion for teaching, and dedication to coaching. Her efforts in coaching and in rule establishment was one of the driving forces in advancing women in collegiate athletics during the Title IX era.

The recent gold-medal success of the U.S. women's national team is rooted in the work of Ware and the other honor recipients. The IWLCA Board of Directors worked with US Lacrosse to acknowledge these trailblazers in order to ensure that future generations will not forget their contributions to women's sports.

Under Ware's leadership, Hollins College was the Division II Virginia State Champions in women's lacrosse in 1978 and 1979 and they were the USWLA Division II Runner Up in the National Championship in 1979. Additionally, Ware co-authored and served as editor of the USWLA Umpiring Manual as well as the International Federation of Women's Lacrosse Association Rules Book and Umpiring Manual. She served as an official and as chairman of numerous USWLA and IFWLA tournaments and held numerous offices in both the USWLA and the IFWLA. She remains an honorary member of the VWLA, USWLA and the IFWLA.

She has been named to four halls of fame for women's lacrosse: Hollins, the University of Richmond, US Lacrosse, and Virginia Lacrosse. The Virginia Umpiring Award for Service and Devotion to the game is known as the Lanetta T. Ware Award.

Ware now lives on a farm in Troutville, where she raises beef cattle.

Other IWLCA trailblazers who will be recognized on October 21 with a plaque are Chris Sailer Trail, Pat Genovesee (William Smith), Tina Sloan Green (Temple), Caroline Hausserman (William & Mary), Kathy Heinge (USWLA), Carol Kleinfelder (Harvard), Gillian Rattray (Penn State), Sue Stahl (Old Dominion), Sue Tyler (UMD), Marge Watson (URSTNUS), and Judy Wolstenholme (West Chester).


Some of Lanetta's lacrosse accomplishments include:

  • USWLA Division Collegiate Championship, Hollins College, May 11,12,13,1979
  • Varsity Lacrosse Player at University of Richmond, VWLA 2nd Team, 1959
  • Graduate - University of Richmond and Smith College
  • Co-author and Editor of USWLA Umpiring Manual
  • Editor of Upchecks (USWLA Umpiring Newsletter)
  • Co-author of International Federation of Women s Lacrosse Association Rules Book and Umpiring Manual
  • USWLA National Umpire Rating, IFWLA International Umpire Rating
  • Official, National AIAW Division I Collegiate Lacrosse Tournament at West Chester State College and AIAW Eastern Regionals at Baltimore Maryland
  • Tournament Chairman USWLA National Tournament, Washington, DC
  • IFWLA World Cup Chairman 1986, Swarthmore College
  • Tournament Chairman USWLA Collegiate Tournament 1979, Hollins College
  • Chair, USWLA College Coaches Committee Division I and II, 1979 and 1980
  • Honorary Member VWLA, USWLA, IFWLA
  • Hall of Fame: Hollins College 2005, US Lacrosse 2003, University of Richmond 2001, Virginia Lacrosse 1994
  • Virginia Umpiring Award for Service and Devotion to the game - Lanetta T. Ware Award


Offices Held:

  • VWLA Umpiring Chair
  • USWLA Umpiring Chair
  • Member of USWLA Rules Committee
  • IFWLA Rules and Umpiring Chair
  • VWLA Secretary
  • South Umpiring Chair
  • 1st Vice President USWLA, 1980-1986
  • Vice President, Rules and Umpiring, 1984-1991
  • President IFWLA 1993-2001
  • Tour Umpire USWLA to England, 1984
  • Umpiring Service to IFWLA World Tour, 1989 to Hong Kong, Tokyo, Prague, Pilson, Stockholm for 2 months
  • Hollins College, Division II Virginia State Champions, 1978,1979

USWLA Division II Runner Up in National Championship, 1979


2012 video of Lanetta Ware: Title IX Trailblazer