The Richmond Chapter of US Lacrosse is honored to announce the 2020 Hall of Fame Honorees: Steve Shoul and Heather Quinn.
Steve Shoul comes to Richmond by way of the Baltimore, MD lacrosse enclave. As a high school player he had aspirations of playing at the highest levels. During his senior year of high school, Steve was faced with a decision that carries through to this day of his life: Family First.
For more than ten years, he had to leave the game. After Steve had relocated to Richmond, and eventually settling on a career with Henrico County Police, he came upon a sight that overwhelmed him: two boys with lacrosse sticks playing catch.
Steve was unaware of any lacrosse being played in Richmond. Supposedly, he kept his stick on the trunk of his cruiser for some downtime wall ball. The boys he met that day on patrol filled him in on the happenings in the Richmond Lacrosse scene at the time.
Steve was reenergized upon hearing about the lacrosse community in Richmond and was compelled to get into the game.
He was a founder of Army of Darkness Lacrosse. Many of their players have come into or honed their game under his coaching. Many of their players went on to play in college, others have become certified as officials, and some have even made their way into the coaching ranks here in the Richmond area. His excitement about the sport has been notably infectious, he has very successfully shared the gifts that the sport provides by Growing the Game.
Steve continued to grow in the sport as well, as he has spent more than a few summers playing with Richmond Summer League Lacrosse.
Steve went on to coach with startup club teams at Glen Allen & Hermitage High Schools. Most notably, he stepped in to the be the Head Coach at a startup program at Highland Springs High School. The program is in its fourth year, and its third as a VHSL program. His accomplishments have been documented in US Lacrosse Magazine and WTVR Channel 6’s television segment “Beyond the Roster”.
Steve’s role in the foundation of the Highland Springs program itself would be worth of consideration for the Hall of Fame. The Highland Springs Community will see the positive impact that the introduction of lacrosse has made on the young men of this school, which is well known for its football and basketball programs. Steve applied for and was awarded a ‘First Stick Grant’ for the inaugural season.
In January 2017, Steve introduced the sport to the predominately African American student body, who had never seen the game before to putting a team on the field to compete in March. The support that was given to this effort came from throughout the Richmond area, but it would be rightfully asserted that much of that support was out of respect for Steve Shoul.
Heather was one of the best players to come through the University of Richmond. She made a mark on the program and left a legacy on the field. Over her career at U of R she:
· Finished atop the UR record books in career points (196), goals (134) and assists (62)
· Broke UR career goals record as a Junior
· Broke UR career assists record as a sophomore
· Second player in UR career assists record as a sophomore
· Second player in UR history to reach over 100 points and 100 career goals
· Consistently ranked among the nation’s leaders in points and goals each season
· 1994 & 1995 Third Team All-America
· 1994 and 1996 First team All-CAA
· Led Spiders in goals and points as a sophomore (1994) and Junior (1995)
· Two-sport athlete in field hockey & lacrosse
To this day, Heather still ranks in the top 10 in program history for career points, goals, and assists.
Heather’s playing career alone is enough earned her a spot in the Richmond Chapter Hall of Fame, but she continues to contribute to our community today. Upon Heather’s return to the Richmond area about a decade ago, she immediately made an impact on the growth of the sport. Since returning to Richmond she has:
· Become Vice President, Girl’s Division, Blackhawk Lacrosse 2013 to present.
· Was honored as 2-time Blackhawk Lacrosse Volunteer of the Year
· Became board member and youth girl’s lacrosse representative, US Lacrosse Richmond Chapter 2015 to present
· Volunteers as an Assistant Coach for Hanover High School, 2015 to present
· Coaches multiple teams each season for Blackhawk Lacrosse