Michael French has been a former Philadelphia Wings player, coach, general manager and team advisor since their inception in 1987. He entered into a partnership agreement as an owner in 1997 and took the reins as President of the team prior to the 2013 season.
French brings local leadership and ownership to a team that has historically been one of the league’s strongest performers. He has been an integral component in the team’s six league championships in 1989, 1990, 1994, 1995, 1998, and 2001.
An accomplished player, French led the Wings in scoring in the inaugural season and prior to that was a three-time First Team All-American atCornell University. He captained the 1976 undefeated National Championship team at Cornell and was named The Ivy League and NCAA College Player of the Year. Two years later, French also captained the Canadian National Team to its first World’s Championship and was voted the tournament’s “Best and Fairest Player.” He also represented Canada as a player and captain in 1974 and 1982.
In 1991 French was honored as the first Canadian player inducted into the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame and was inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2001. On February 16, 2007, French was inducted to the National Lacrosse League Hall of Fame.
French is a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, overseeing their National Hospitality and Leisure Advisory Practice. He, his wife Liz, and their daughter Sara, reside in Radnor, PA.