* Friend * Leader * Hero *
Many of the younger players in the Great Plains Lacrosse League did not know our first lacrosse coach here at Kansas State, but the older players remember him well. He was a coach that took a motley assortment of young athletes and formed a team; a team that on its first outing was surprisingly competitive. Our goal is to have a tournament that has many of the qualities that we knew in our coach: well-played, organized lacrosse; good sportsmanship; and above all, fun. He coached us because he enjoyed watching us grow from the “bad news bears” team of yesteryear to a team that played like a precision tuned sports car. Donnie instilled in us what it took to be a winning team and not a group of losing individuals. For many years to come, the Kansas State Lacrosse team will honor our past coach with a tournament in his name. The Tillar Classic is quickly becoming a highly competitive, quality tournament for teams in the Midwest
First Lieutenant Donaldson P. Tillar, Company D, 4th Battalion, First Aviation; was killed in action on February 27, 1991, while serving in the Persian Gulf.
The Tillar Classic is held in late September/early October every year. All interested team should contact us.