Michael French is the Co-Owner of the New England Black Wolves lacrosse team in partnership with the Mohegan Sun Tribal Authority. The Black Wolves are members of the National Lacrosse League (NLL) and play their home games at Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut.
French, prior to moving the team to Connecticut, was a player, general manager, minority owner then principal owner of the Philadelphia Wings lacrosse team that played at the Spectrum and then the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Wings were one of the founding members of the NLL and won six league championships between 1987 and 2014.
As a player, French led the NLL (then called the Eagle Box League) in scoring in its inaugural season and as a collegian he captained Cornell University to the NCAA, Division I National Championship in 1976. He was a 3-time All American while at Cornell and voted the NCAA player-of-the-year in 1976. He was the nation’s leading, Division I scorer for three consecutive seasons. French was also a member and captain of the Canadian National Team in 1974, 1978 and 1982. In 1978, he led the Canadian team to a stunning overtime upset win over the highly favored US team in the World Championships in Manchester, England. French was named the Best and Fairest Player in the World in 1978.
French is a member of the Cornell Athletic Hall of Fame, the US and Canadian Lacrosse Halls of Fame and the National Lacrosse League Hall of Fame.
French retired as a partner from PriceWaterhouseCoopers in 2013 where he led their Hospitality and Gaming Advisory Practice, specializing in financial structuring, transactions and market strategy. He also worked in New York in the Investment Banking sector in the 1990’s.
French resides in Villanova with his wife Liz and 20-year-old daughter Sara.