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William Shoop

Hall of Fame


Inducted 1984



Bill Shoop graduated from Sunbury (Pa.) High School in 1949 where he played varsity football and basketball for three years. He matriculated to RPI where he was co-captain of the undefeated 1950 freshman team. Shoop earned third team All-American honors in 1952. That same year, under coach Ned Harkness, RPI was undefeated and shared the national title with Virginia. As a senior in 1953, Shoop co-captained RPI and earned first team All-American honors. He represented RPI in the 1953 North/South game as co-captain of the North Squad.

Following graduation, Shoop moved to California and began his efforts to promote the game on the West Coast. His career included eight years as president of the California Lacrosse Association; 18 years on the board of directors of the C.L.A.; 16 years as a member of the California Lacrosse Officials Association; and 18 years as a member of the Southern California All-Star Team. 

Shoop also served as captain of the Los Angeles Lacrosse Club beginning in 1962; he won the Helms Athletic Foundation award as his league's best player on two occasions; and was instrumental in establishing the West Coast North/South All-Star game. In 1981, Shoop was elected to the RPI Athletics Hall of Fame.