Looking Back ✯ SPRING 2016
NU versus Castleton, 1986
Do you remember a special coach from your time on the Hill? A person whose influence reached far beyond the playing fields? Coach Wallace “Maj” Baines, pictured above, was just such an individual. Stories about Maj’s 20 years at Norwich abound, such as this one from former NU lacrosse player Mark Dahm ’83: “At one practice, Maj kept running an offensive play, which we couldn’t get right. In a desperate attempt to score, an attacker, who was known for being a little clumsy, cut hard to the cage looking for a feed, tripped, and started to fall. The goalie stepped calmly aside, and the runaway attacker fell into the goal, knocked it over, and began to flounder like a fish, his helmet caught in the net. Maj tried to keep his composure but was laughing so hard inside that his big blue eyes flooded with tears. He blew his whistle and told us to take a couple laps so he could pull himself back together.”
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