Well-known for his passion and intensity on the lacrosse field, and his kind and gentle nature off it, Schimoler left a lasting legacy in the sport of lacrosse as a player, coach, mentor and friend.
”Paul was passionate about life and all about people,” Dartmouth head men’s lacrosse coach Andy Towers said. “As terrific a lacrosse player and coach as he was, he was always very humble and down-to-earth. He was certainly taken much too early, and his passing is tragic for his family, friends and the sport of lacrosse.”
A 1989 graduate of Cornell, he was a four time All-Ivy and All-American selection and the Ivy League Rookie of the Year as a freshman. During his sophomore year the Big Red were crowned Ivy League Champions and were NCAA Division I runners-up in 1987 and 1988. In his final campaign he was named Ivy League Player of the Year and was selected to the North-South team.
For nearly two decades, Schimoler had been an instructor at numerous lacrosse camps throughout the country. He also co-developed and produced the lacrosse goaltending video “Peak Performance” in 1992 and that same year organized the “Stick it in Stowe” tournament. After a stint at his alma mater as an assistant coach, he enjoyed successful tenures as the head coach at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and St. Michael’s — earning the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Coach of the Year award in 2011 — before joining the Dartmouth staff.
Schimoler is survived by his wife Lynn Ellen, their son Jack (5) and daughter Serena (19). A memorial service will be held on Saturday at 1 p.m., Feb. 23 at the chapel of St. Michael the Archangel on the campus of St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vt.