HOF Coach Mike Messere Closes in on Another Milestone

By George Baldassare

Hall of Fame coach Mike Messere, who is in his 37th season at West Genesee High School (N.Y.), got career coaching win #743 on Saturday, when his Cats defeated Fayetteville-Manlius.

"That's four behind former Ward Melville/Mt. Sinai coach Joe Cuozzo, who owns the state (and likely national) mark with 747." (See the article on Messere at Syracuse.com.)

Messere is one of the great educators and coaches of our time. I consider it a privilege to know him and thank him for sharing so much with others over the years. He also goes out of his way to let everyone know that, despite the notoriety all of the coaching wins have brought, it has never been about him but about his program and players.

Everyone in lacrosse could learn something from one of the seminal mentors and programs in lacrosse or in any sport for that matter. Congratulations, Mike!


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