Chris Hupfeldt Obituary, Death – Chris Hupfeldt, a stalwart in the Philadelphia lacrosse community and a veteran national volunteer with USA Lacrosse, passed away on Saturday. Hupfeldt helped lead teams that won two gold medals and one silver during his time as deputy general manager for the 1998 U.S. Men’s National Team and general manager for the 2002 and 2006 squads. Hupfeldt participated on both the Men’s Game Committee for USA Lacrosse and the U.S. Men’s National Team Committee as a volunteer.
Hupfeldt, a native of Baltimore, played lacrosse in college at Washington College, but after graduating, he moved to the Philadelphia region. He persisted in his club career, eventually rising to the position of general manager for the Eagle’s Eye and MAB Philadelphia club clubs. He was a manager. Besides being very involved with the Ashbee youth lacrosse programme, he was also quite active with the United States Club Lacrosse Association, where he served as president from 1992 to 1998. He co-owned the Competitive Edge retail store with his wife, Carole, for many years.
Bob Mongeluzzi, a former Penn player and lifelong coach and volunteer in the Philadelphia area, told PhillyLacrosse.com that Chris Hupfeldt was “the MVP (Most Valuable Person) in Philadelphia lacrosse for almost four decades, touching almost every aspect of the sport in the region.” When Philadelphia’s lacrosse community was at its commercial and cultural hub, “He had the go-to lacrosse store. The Eagle’s Eye Lacrosse Club was founded and led by him, and he put together some of the best lacrosse teams in Pennsylvania history. He was him. “He was the driving force behind Ashbee Lacrosse, the youth league in Lower Merion. His influence on the Philadelphia Lacrosse Association was significant. He managed the teams that won numerous USA World Championships.
He was simultaneously everything and everywhere in Philadelphia lacrosse. Hundreds of players and their families have benefited from his contributions as a lacrosse legend. He needed assistance. His devoted wife Carole, together with his sons Chris and Reilly, were by his side at every stop and are just as much a part of the game’s fabric as he is. His lasting legacy will be that of a man who had a great love and passion for lacrosse and who helped Philadelphia’s lacrosse scene flourish. We’ve