Well another summer season is coming to a close and this year has a been a whirlwind of activity.
Our Coyote teams have done well and our new program the Road Runners showed grit and resolve. They did not win any games in the two tournaments they entered but they did get better which was the intent when several booster clubs and parents asked if we could put together a development team.
It still amazes me how caught up we get in winning a tournament and the behavior of adults and sometimes players during these contests. Luckily most of our players and parents have been brought up with our tenets ” Fun, Fundamentals, Sportsmanship and Honoring the Game”. While we all have our moments and sometimes stray off path it is refreshing to see that our message shines through from our youngest to oldest players.
Our entire Coyote and Road Runner programs were given the Sharyn Price Memorial Sportsmanship award voted on by the lacrosse officials at the Southern Open. When Coach Price gave us this award I was thrilled. I have had the pleasure of being honored for many things in my sports career as a player and coach. No award comes close to this because it shows that all the hard work Mary Jo and I do for our program pays off with such a tremendous honor.
Lacrosse is a physical, mental and emotional game and it has to be played with pride and enthusiasm.
This past weekend I had the pleasure of coaching against two friends in the playoffs of the Southern Open Lacrosse Tournament. Brian Dowd who coached a very good Birmingham team and Frank Cecere my childhood friend from West Babylon who I sweated and bleed with while we were Captains of our High School Football and Lacrosse Teams.
Franks team was put together for Jamie McHenry a young man who tragically lost his life two years ago. Jamie wore number 8 and Frank formed Team 8 to keep Jamie’s memory alive.
Both teams were raring to go before the face-off and Frank and I gathered the teams at midfield to talk about Jamie and carry on his memory with a friendly game of lacrosse. Both teams competed hard and worked their tails off.
I think we both honored Jamie and his families legacy with a hard fought game and putting it all into perspective. Lacrosse is not about wins and loses it’s about respect and the lifetime relationships you build.
God speed Jamie 🙂 Coach Frank and Coach Lou