Chuck Wilbur

Chuck Wilbur Moving Into New Role

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Chuck Wilbur after the 2015 Men’s Lacrosse National Championship

After 17 years as the Onondaga Community College Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach, 11-time national champion Coach Chuck Wilbur will be stepping down to accept a new role at OCC as Retention Specialist. In this role, Wilbur will focus on student athletes and Native American students to help them enroll and succeed at OCC, and take their next steps to employment or transfer upon graduation.

“Coach Wilbur has been an extraordinary leader both on and off the field, serving as an outstanding example and mentor to his players. While he has had outstanding success as a coach and has received numerous accolades and awards, Coach Wilbur has always put the ‘student’ in ‘student-athlete’ first. We are deeply grateful to Chuck for his leadership and the great pride he has brought to OCC and the Lazer Family, and we look forward to him continuing that forward momentum in this new capacity,” said OCC President Casey Crabill, Ed.D.

“I am very excited to be taking on this new challenge as Retention Specialist at OCC. One of the most rewarding parts of being Head Coach at OCC for 17 years is that I get to work with students every day, helping them become not just great players, but great students and great leaders. I am so proud of the accomplishments that the OCC Lazers have had over the years and of the privilege I have had to serve as their Head Coach. At this point in my career and in my life, it’s time for new Head Coach to take the Lazers to the next level and for me to take on this new opportunity and new professional challenge,” said Wilbur.

A national search to identify Wilbur’s successor will be launched.

As Retention Specialist, Wilbur will be responsible for supporting student athletes through recruitment, enrollment, advisement, and assistance with transfer and employment. He will also serve as a liaison for Native American students and support a Native American student resource center. He begins his new role in July.

Wilbur’s efforts both on and off the field have led to extraordinary success for his players: 25 have become professional lacrosse players; 61 have transferred to Division I colleges; 96 have transferred to Division II colleges; 101 have transferred to Division III colleges; and those that have transferred have won a combined 34 NCAA National Championships.

In May, Wilbur guided the Lazers to their 11th national championship in 13 years. In his 17 seasons at OCC he has a 266-15 won/loss record. In addition, Wilbur has won 17 consecutive Mid-State Athletic Conference Championships, 14 consecutive Region III Championships and guided the Lazers to the longest win streak in college lacrosse history at 107 games (March 30, 2010 to March 5, 2016). The Lazers will enter next season with an active 30 game win streak. Wilbur was named the NJCAA Lacrosse Coaches Association National Coach of the Year in 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2017 and 2018.

Wilbur is a 1995 graduate of Cicero-North Syracuse High School and a member of that school’s Hall of Fame. He and his wife, Laura, are the proud parents of 3 children.

Native American Scholarships

Brine Rice (blue jersey) is a freshman lacrosse player at OCC and recipient of a Native American Education Foundation scholarship.
Brine Rice (blue jersey) is a freshman lacrosse player at OCC and recipient of a Native American Education Foundation scholarship.

Student members of OCC’s Native American community have received an unprecedented level of support from the Native American Education Foundation (NAEF). The NAEF has generously given the College a $26,000 grant to be used on scholarships for Native American students. This is the third year the NAEF has provided funding to OCC students, and the amount of its support has increased each year.

In the first two years 33 students have received scholarships covering approximately half of their tuition costs for that academic year. One of this year’s recipients is Brine Rice, a freshman from the Kahnawake Mohawk Territory near Montreal, Quebec in Canada. Rice is a student-athlete who is majoring in general studies and is a member of the national champion men’s lacrosse team. The assistance he’s receiving from NAEF is helping cover the costs of his tuition and books. “It’s great to have so much support,” Rice said. “I am very proud to be a recipient. Many Native American’s need the help and really appreciate it.”

Like Rice other OCC scholarship recipients are extremely grateful for the support:

  • “Thank you to the Native American Education Foundation. This scholarship has allowed me to pay my expenses without taking out loans which is great! The scholarship allows me to focus more on my studies and provides me with funds to purchase my school books. I hope to avoid taking out loans until I transfer to a four-year school and pursue a degree in science.” –Jurnee J.

 

  • “I am very grateful for this scholarship! It helped me buy books and other essentials needed for my classes. I am planning on joining the men’s lacrosse program next fall. I am also planning on taking a botany course and study different plants and how they can be used as natural medicines. This scholarship keep me motivated to further my education by removing the stress of paying for college. Thank You!” –Kent L.

 

  •  “This scholarship has helped me a great deal. After I graduate from OCC I will transfer to SUNY ESF and pursue a degree in biology.” -Cosmo W.

 

  • “I want to express my gratitude for receiving the Native American Education Foundation scholarship. The money helps me pay for my education here at OCC. I’m very grateful I was considered for this scholarship. I plan to continue to stay focused on my academics and take a Native American History class. Thank you! “ –Jamie G.