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Blue is inducted into Hall of Fame

By FRANK ACETO Associate Sports Editor Published: June 14, 2017 12:00 AM
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During his high school days, David Blue made a suggestion to whoever would listen.

"Why not lacrosse?"

Thanks to his persistence, Walsh Jesuit had a lacrosse team for the first time in school history.

Since then, the sport continues to be Blue's passion.

And his love for the sport recently was awarded with the highest honor.

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The longtime Hudson head boys lacrosse coach was inducted into the Ohio Lacrosse Hall of Fame June 10 in Columbus.

Blue has led the Explorers to a 14-6 record and a trip to the Division I, Region 2 title match in 2017. He has guided Hudson to a 307-111 record during his 22 years at Hudson.

The Explorers have reached the state semifinals 10 times during Blue's tenure. Hudson won the Ohio High School Lacrosse Association state title in 2011 and was the runner-up in 2000 and 2007.

Former Hudson player and coach Bobby Lyle, who is now Massillon Jackson's head boys lacrosse coach, presented Blue, who was inducted into the North Coast Chapter of U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2015, during the ceremony.

"To me, this is a big deal," Blue said. "I feel like I've done a lot of things with the sport. Most people know me as a coach for Hudson, but the people in Columbus remember me when I played at Ohio State. I started a team at Walsh when the sport was in its infancy.

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"For me to be recognized says of lot of the long-term commitment. The guys who mentored me told me to try to give back. I always try to give back and I want to leave the sport better than when I found it."

Blue, a 1989 Walsh graduate, was a midfielder for the Warriors. He switched to attack when he played for the Buckeyes. Blue is a 1993 Ohio State graduate.

Blue was inducted as a player, a coach, a pioneer to the sport and as a contributor. Coaches need to be with an institution for 15 years to be considered.

"It's a cool feeling to say you're in the Hall of Fame," Blue said. "It has been a long journey. Lacrosse has been a big part of my life."

Assistant coaches, Logan Parsons, Todd Sidle, Eli George, Charlie Joyce and Tyler Zickel accompanied Blue at the ceremony. Long-stick midfielder Danny Saxon, a rising senior, also attended and was honored for recently being named a U.S. Lacrosse-North Coast Chapter All-American.

"It's not about just me," Blue said. "My assistants have been part of this. This is recognition of all the success we've had as a group. They have been a very important part of it.

"I also want to thank my family. We spend so much time with lacrosse stuff. They have been huge supporters."

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