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Staples Lacrosse Hall of Fame

The Staples Lacrosse Hall of Fame was started in 2019 with an inaugural class of five men important to the history of Staples Lacrosse. Each year the Staples Lacrosse Hall of Fame will grow as we add more of the men who have built our program into what it is today. Please enjoy reading about the members of our Hall of Fame below.

 

Will Mraz – Class of 1968 - Inaugural Inductee - Inducted 2019

Coach Mraz is the founder of the Staples Boy’s Lacrosse program with our very first season taking place in 1975 as a club program. Will grew the program to 30 players following his final season as Head Coach. As a player, Will attended Fairfield University and was a captain, leading scorer, and Team MVP. After starting the program at Staples and coaching for seven seasons, he went on to coach at Fairfield Prep, Fairfield University, the Wakeman’s Boys and Girls Club, the Czech Republic Men’s National Team, the University of Bridgeport Women’s Team, Fairfield University’s Women’s Club team, Maine Maritime Academy Women’s Team, William & Mary’s Women’s Division I team, and is currently both the Czech Republic Women’s National Team Head Coach and the Girl’s Lacrosse Head Coach at Daniel Hand HS. Coach Mraz is already in the Fairfield University Lacrosse Hall of Fame and the Fairfield University Athletic Hall of Fame. He currently lives in Southport with his wife Shane, also a Staples graduate, and has two daughters Hanna and Tess.

 

Ned Batlin – Class of 1985 - Inaugural Inductee - Inducted 2019

Ned is a man who has given to Westport and Staples Lacrosse his entire life. While at Staples, Ned was a three sport varsity athlete playing football, wrestling, and lacrosse. He went on to play two years of football at American International College. After transferring to Sacred Heart University he captained the Pioneer’s lacrosse team in both his Junior and Senior years. Following college, Ned returned to Staples where he was a football and lacrosse coach. In 1994 he resurrected the girls lacrosse program and was their first head coach. Eventually he became the boy’s lacrosse head coach in 1995. Ned would coach the team for seven seasons, leading the team to a 16-7 record in 1999 and the programs first ever State Championship appearance. That year Ned was named the Connecticut HS Lacrosse Coach’s Association’s Coach of the Year. Ned returned to the Staples Lacrosse sidelines as an assistant coach for the 2009 through 2015 seasons. Ned has continued to work with the youth of Westport as a Police Officer in town for the past seventeen years and as the President of the PAL Organization for the past three years. Ned and his wife Anne live in Fairfield and have two wonderful boys, Teddy and William.

 

Chris Aitkin – Class of 1998 - Inaugural Inductee - Inducted 2019

Chris still holds the second highest total for goals in a season with 54 as a junior in 1997. Chris was a four year member of the Staples Varsity team earning All-FCIAC and First Team All-State his Junior and Senior Years. As a sophomore, Chris was coming off of a leg injury so he jumped in goal and became the starting goalie for the Varsity team. As a goalie he still managed to score six goals that season! Chris followed his amazing junior year with a fantastic senior season scoring 47 goals, which ranks as the eight highest total in a season in program history. His 136 career points puts him 15th in program history and he would have surely been higher if he hadn’t played goalie his sophomore season. Chris went on to be a four year starter at Butler University where he would be selected as a captain his senior year. At Butler he played for Division One National Coach of the Year Jon Hind. Chris currently lives in Westport with his wife Susan and two beautiful children Chris Junior and Kasha. He works for Barclays Bank in New York City as a Vice President in the Debt Capital Markets Division.

 

Scott Krauss – Class of 2000 - Inaugural Inductee - Inducted 2019

Scott’s 119 career goals stood as the program’s career goal record for many years and still stands as the fourth highest total in program history as well as the third highest in total points. He was a four year varsity player at Staples High School where he was three time All-State selection and earned Second Team All-FCIAC honors in 1999. He is one of only five players in Staples Lacrosse History to score 25 or more goals in at least three seasons, doing so in 1998, 1999, and 2000. Scott went on to play lacrosse at Loyola College under coaches Dave Cottle & Charlie Toomey. He currently lives in New York City and works at ActionIQ where he sells Enterprise Software. Scott has two children Ryan (9) and Parker (6).

 

Jack Ambrose – Class of 2010 - Inaugural Inductee - Inducted 2019

Jack is Staples Lacrosse’s first ever All-American, receiving that honor in 2010. At Staples, Jack was a four year starter at Defense and Long Stick Midfield, three time all FCIAC, and First Team All-State as a senior. As a senior Jack had 67 groundballs, 5 goals, 9 assists, and was named the Norwalk Hour’s All-Area MVP. He was also named to the CT Post All Star Boy’s Lacrosse Team.  Jack went on to play lacrosse at Yale University where he played in 50 games for the Eli’s. Over his career he picked up 34 groundballs and caused 17 turnovers. After graduating from Yale Jack spent two years living in Austin Texas where he worked for a real estate investment firm and coached high school lacrosse at Bowie High School. Jack currently lives in New York City and was the first outside hire to start the real estate investment platform at WeWork.