EUGENE, Ore. — The senior class of 2020 had their season stolen from them.
For reasons outside of their control, they will never be able to pursue goals for which they worked so hard.
As part of a recurring segment for the remainder of this spring, coaches have the opportunity to thank their seniors one last time.
Continuing the series is the Oregon seniors honoring their late coach, Charlie Jackson.
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For our senior letter, we chose to go about it a little differently than what we've been seeing on the MCLA.us site. We had all of our seniors write a note to Charlie Jackson, showing their appreciation for all he did for the program.
#3 Jack Thoren, Defensive Midfield
Lafayette, Calif. (Acalanes)
“I really wish I could tell you how much of an impact you made on my life in the two years we knew each other. I have a feeling you already knew, though. I looked up to you as a coach and a friend.
"The enthusiasm you had to move this program forward both on and off the field was incredible. I have no doubt you would’ve taken this program as far you dreamed you would. I wish we could’ve been together for longer but I am so grateful for the time we did spend together.
"I will do my best to carry on your empathy and care for others, as well as a few of your jokes. Love and miss ya, Charlie.”
#15 Josh Spain, Long-stick Midfield
Palo Alto, Calif. (Gunn)
“Thank you for always believing in me on and off the field. You used to tell me how we shared a passion for the game. I will never lose that passion and the memories of you.
"Your love for the game showed everyday at practice. Thank you for everything you did for this program and me personally. You were the best coach I’ve had and I wish I could tell you that in person.”
#16 Ethan Glaze, Goalie
Beaverton, Ore. (Westview)
“It was only your second season with us and already you had made a profound impact on the team. You made a culture of support around you that reverberated to the rest of us. You’d call the captains, the kids who were struggling with school, or trying to do better on the team.
"It wouldn’t just be a business call. You’d tell the guys you loved them, that you were there for them no matter what. It’s never easy to show that you have a heart, and to show love while you’re coaching. There’s this stereotype around coaching that to be in charge you can't show feelings. You disproved that in everything you did.
"Your passing meant so much to us. In the hours we spent on the bus in and out of California and in the weeks following your death, all I could do was picture what it would have been like to have you there; sitting in the front seat where you should have been, laughing and joking like you always did. Just know that your presence was felt. All that love you had for us left a hole in its place with your passing. You will be forever remembered.”
#17 Tyson Johnson, Faceoff Specialist
Salem, Ore. (Sprague)
“Obviously, I’m devastated that the season had to end like this, especially since you always said this year’s team was the best you’ve ever coached. I’m missing lacrosse like crazy right now and am mad at the world, but I’m sure if you were here right now you’d be even more mad because of how much you cared about and how hard you worked for this team.
"Regardless, because of how well I know you, I also know that you would be prioritizing our futures over the season that could’ve been and constantly checking in on us. That’s just the way you were, and I aspire to mentor others half as well as you mentored me. Thanks for everything coach, miss ya.”
#33 Brandon Blonder, Attack/Midfield
Annapolis, Md. (Indian Creek)
“Charlie was the most selfless, caring coach i ever had the opportunity of playing for. He would go out of his way to make sure all 50 guys were doing good. He will never be forgotten by me and my brothers.”
#38 Elijah Johannigman, Midfield
Denver, Colo. (Denver South)
“Our field will always carry the wise words you once said, whether it’s fully clear or not. That image you wanted for UO lacrosse will always be in our hearts. Much love Charlie. Trout.”
#40 John Finegan, Attack
Tigard, Ore. (Lakeridge)
“It’s a great day to play lacrosse, boys.”
#55 Connor Rode, Defensive Midfield
Santa Cruz, Calif. (Pacific Collegiate)
“Thank you, Coach, for believing in us. You gave us all the confidence to do big things on the field, and brought us closer together off of it as well. I know that wherever you are, it will always be a beautiful day to play lacrosse.”