Albert W. Twitchell
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A native of Dedham, Massachusetts, Twitchell attended Dean Academy before attending Rutgers. During his college years, he was an All-American defenseman, an honorable mention All-American football player, and the recipient of the Donald Coursen Outstanding Athlete Award.
Upon graduation from Rutgers in 1935, Twitchell taught and coached at North Plainfield High School, Sewanhaka High School, and Hofstra University. Two of his Sewanhaka teams won Metropolitan Interscholastic Lacrosse titles.
In 1947, Twitchell returned to Rutgers, and in 1950 he became head lacrosse coach in addition to his duties as varsity football line coach. He compiled a 12-year record of 90-39-1, and was awarded the Morris Touchstone Coach of the Year Award in 1958 and the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Man of the Year Award in 1962. Twitchell served as director of athletics at Rutgers from 1961-1972.
Twitchell was president of the USILA, USLCA, and NACDA, chairman of the North/South All-Star Game, chairman of the USILA Long-Range Planning Committee, and was an honorary life member of the USLCA. He was inducted into the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Hall of Fame in 1974, the Rutgers Olympic Sports Hall of Fame in 1995, and the US Lacrosse New Jersey Chapter Hall of Fame in 1997.
Al Twitchell passed away in February, 2005, He was 94 years of age.