John Wesley Patterson, who played both defense and attack and graduated
from Springfield College in 1951, was inducted to the National Lacrosse
Hall of Fame as an outstanding player, who was also an outstanding
coach or official, who has contributed noteworthy service to the
game. A two-time All-New England player in college, he played Native
American box lacrosse for 33 years. He also spent over 20 years
coaching at Kenwood (Md.) High School, Niagara University, the Buffalo
Lacrosse Club and the Iroquois All-Stars.
An official for 19 years, he was the referee-in-chief of the Niagara
Frontier Lacrosse Officials Association from 1977-79 and the founder
of the Western New York Officials Association. He was the first
executive director of the Iroquois Nationals, serving in that post
from 1983-88, and started lacrosse programs for boys and girls at
the junior high, high school and college levels. In 1969 he started
Tuskewe Krafts, producing Native American and women's lacrosse sticks.
He conducted countless clinics and camps and earned numerous service
awards, including the Mark Kreiger service and contribution award.
He was a 1993 inductee in the US Lacrosse Greater Rochester Chapter Hall of Fame.
Wes Patterson passed away on June 26, 2000, after a battle with leukemia.