Rob Ambrose retired this week as the most successful boys lacrosse coach in Michigan history and one of the most successful coaches in the state in any sport.
He is moving to New York to focus on his expanding paper company, Ambrose International.
Ambrose guided Brother Rice (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.)
to the last nine state championships, having won every title since the state began sanctioning a state tourney in lacrosse. Counting the earlier years when lacrosse was basically a club sport, he won an overall 16 state titles and the national crown in 2008.
He started the program in 1983, stepped down in 1985 to concentrate on his business, then returned in 1995 to revive the program which had slipped. The Warriors posted a 17-3 record in the first year. Fifty-seven of his players were named All-Americans and over 40 went to Division I colleges.
Ambrose told Inside Lacrosse
, "I'm really going to miss the players and parents that supported us, but, as the business grows, I have to make it my family's top priority. The names would change every few years, but the commitment of the players and their families never changed."
Brother Rice principal Brother Michael Segvich added, "We were very blessed to have a coach that made sure his players were more than just winners on the field. He made sure they were leaders in the community and demanded academic excellence from them as well. His entire staff was made up of alumni that wanted to come back and pay it forward to the next generation of students."