Fred Acee has been an outstanding coach for 3d Spring Break since 2010. Fred brings a long and illustrious lacrosse career which has spanned four decades. From 1997 – 2008, Fred was the head lacrosse coach at Air Force Academy and stepped down in ‘08 to take on duties as the Director of Lacrosse Operations. Since Acee's arrival, the Falcons have yearly played a top-notch Division I schedule. In 2006, Air Force compiled a 7-8 overall record, including an upset of ninth-ranked conference foe Notre Dame. In 2004, he lead the team to one of its best wins in the Academy’s history; a first-ever win over defending national champion Virginia. It was the first win in school history over a top-ranked opponent. Prior to Air Force, Acee made a name for himself as head coach at Farmingdale, a two-year college on Long Island. He built the Rams into a national lacrosse powerhouse, capturing National Junior College Athletic Association championships in 1977, 1981 and 1987. In his three decades at the helm, the Rams advanced to the NJCAA Final Four an amazing 25 times.
Fred is highly respected by his peers as evidenced by the numerous honors he has received. In 2007, Acee was honored with a pair of national awards, receiving the Frenchy Julien Service Award from the USILA, while earning the Creators Award from the IMLCA. Acee was chosen as a 2005 inductee into the Junior College Lacrosse Hall of Fame. In the summer of 2001, Acee was honored for his lifelong contributions to the game of lacrosse. He received the Howdy Meyers Man of the Year award at the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association's annual banquet in Albany, N.Y. He was inducted into the Long Island Metropolitan Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1992.
In 1994, Acee was the defensive coach for the world champion United States lacrosse team, assisting then-Johns Hopkins head coach, Tony Seaman. Acee was instrumental in the establishment of the Intercollegiate Men's Lacrosse Coaches Association. From 1998-2002 Acee served on the NCAA rules and Championship Committee.
A New York native, Acee played football, basketball and baseball at Clinton Central in Clinton, N.Y. He graduated from SUNY Cortland State with a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education in 1963, and received his Master's in physical education from Ithaca College in 1967. Acee was inducted into the SUNY Cortland Hall of Fame in October of 20010.
Acee is married and has one son, who played lacrosse at North Carolina, and two daughters. Acee also has five grandchildren.