(L to R - Ed Stover - HOF Inductee, Greg Barnard - Former Chapter President, KG Braun - HOF Inductee)
Ed became involved when his son Tripp was playing lacrosse at Collegiate, and traveling to Charlottesville to play during the summer months. At the time, Richmond offered no programs except those during the academic year, and only at Collegiate and St. Christoper’s, and the Chesterfield Lacrosse Club. Seeing the need and desiring to fill void for his sone and others, in 1990, Ed founded the Richmond Summer Lacrosse League. This month the League celebrates its 25th season with 8 teams and over 240 players. The ages of players range from 14 to over 50, and there are several fathers and sons playing alongside each other! Ed retired as director after 18 plus seasons, but still remains very involved and enjoys supporting the new leadership.
Coordinating with Janet Rice, at Steward School, Ed helped start the Steward Lacrosse Club that eventually became the West End Warriors club. Ms. Rice wanted to keep lacrosse a part of the Steward program and enlisted Ed to help find enough players to help them field a team large enough to compete. This team was open to all high school students North of the river who were interested in playing club lacrosse. After interest picked up at Steward School they stopped support of the club team, so Ed helped Don Moyer recruit and continue offering a club team for any boy who wanted to play lacrosse. That became the West End Lacrosse Club/Warriors Lacrosse Club. When this club was founded Chesterfield already had club teams, but there were no opportunities for public school students north of the river. Another void was filled. Interest continued to grow with the hope that the West End Club would eventually go out of business by creating enough interest that local schools would start supporting teams of their own, which has happened.
Ed was one of the founders, along with Ax Kemp, of the Richmond Chapter of USLacrosse and served as the Chapter’s Vice President. Ed organized and ran the Virginia State Games Gold Medal Games for club teams from the Commonwealth and the High School All Star Lacrosse Games for a couple of years before making them an annual function of the Richmond USLacrosse Chapter.
Last year Ed retired from coaching 7th grade boys’ lacrosse at Collegiate. Ed coached for eight years at the school.
John Titus, for one, coerced him into the job for one year of reassigning officials for the Central Virginia Lacrosse Officials.
To his delight, the University of Richmond now has a lacrosse team. The Richmond Summer Lacrosse League will play all their games on the UR school fields this year. More evidence of how the sport has grown and the prestige it has gained in the last 25 years in Richmond.
While never having played himself, Ed continues to be active in the RVA lacrosse world, and is delighted to see more and more young people involved in this truly American sport.
Two constant goals during each of these activities was to increase the exposure and growth of lacrosse in the Richmond area and to give boys and meant the opportunity to have fun and play the great game that lacrosse is.
KG was a native of Long Island, NY and was a 4-year starter in lacrosse at Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Buzzards Bay, Mass. In 1979, he and his wife Debbie moved to Midlothian and he played for the post collegiate lacrosse team, the Richmond Rottweilers. He continued to be involved with lacrosse with the growth of his son.
In the late 1990’s, KG help initiate the middle school lacrosse program in Chesterfield County. KG was an integral part of the growth of youth lacrosse in Chesterfield.
After several years of coaching, KG became an official in 2005. He thoroughly enjoyed being back on the field and part of the action. KG served as the President of the Central Virginia Lacrosse Association (CVLOA) and assisted in training and developing young officials.
In 2009, KG continued to grow the game and become a Level 1 Coaching Instructor for US Lacrosse. KG traveled throughout the country and lead clinics to help develop new coaches.
In 2014, KG was diagnosed with lung cancer and passed away on June 10, 2015. In his honor, a KG Braun Lacrosse Scholarship was made to financially assist young men in Chesterfield County that share the love and passion of the game like KG.