New Canaan Old Timers Spotlight: Andy Towers


Recently inducted into the United States Lacrosse Connecticut Hall of Fame as well as the Brown University Sports Hall of Fame, Andy Towers had an illustrious career as a player.


Andy Towers (#44) while starring for NCHS. Credit: Contributed

A 1987 graduate of New Canaan High School, Towers played both varsity basketball and lacrosse for Hall of Fame coaches Don Usher and Howard Benedict. As a lacrosse player, he helped the Rams win three straight CT State Championships, earning high school All-American honors as a junior. In 1988, Towers played for the 19 & Under USA Team that won the World Championship in Adelaide, Australia.

Towers attended Brown University and played for legendary Hall of Fame coach, Dom Starsia. While at Brown, he led the Bruins to Ivy and New England Championships, earned Division 1 All-American three times at two different positions (1st-Team AA at midfield twice & honorable mention at attack once), All-Ivy three times, All-New England three times, and Ivy League Player of the Year honors once.

Towers graduated with both the single-season and career goal scoring records. The career mark stood up until this past spring until it was broken by 2016 Tewaaraton Award winner, Dylan Malloy.

After college, Towers continued his playing career in the professional indoor (National Lacrosse League – Philadelphia Wings, Boston Blazers, NY Saints) and outdoor (Major League Lacrosse – Boston Cannons, Bridgeport Barrage) leagues, earning All-Star Honors in Major League Lacrosse while leading the league in face-off winning percentage at 58%.

As a Division 1 College Coach, Towers held head coaching positions at Dartmouth College (2009-2014) and at the University of Hartford (2003). He also has assistant coaching stints at Yale, Brown and Fairfield in the mid-late 1990’s.

Andy Towers. Credit: Contributed

Andy Towers. Credit: Contributed

Currently, Towers resides in New Canaan with his wife of 16 years Carlene, his daughter Tyler 13, son James 9, and their dog, Franc. He works selling diamonds for Elemetal Diamonds based out of NYC and owns/runs Lacrosse Draws, a company committed to moving the game of lacrosse forward for boys and girls at the youth and high school levels through individual and small group player development camps and clinics.

The New Canaan Alumni Athletic Association/New Canaan Old Timers Association will hold its annual picnic on Sunday, September 18 at Waveny House.

This year’s event will feature eight honorees: Bill Brown, Kara Devlin Yonker, Paul Devlin, Cari Hills, Mario Lopez, Jeff Mellick, Bob Schott and Andy Towers.

The celebration runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and includes a continental breakfast, beverages and lunch. The cost is $50 for adults, $20 for students. Children under 14 are admitted for free.

Checks may be made payable to New Canaan Old Timers and mailed to P.O. Box 1642, New Canaan, CT 06840. Tickets also available at the door.

Proceeds from the event go toward the Vin Iovino Scholarship, named for the former NCHS athletic director and presented to selected senior athletes at the annual sports picnic and award ceremony held at the end of every school year.

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