By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 11/22/10
Bill Leahy says it’s been an honor to serve as head lacrosse coach at La Salle College High for 19 years.
“We’ve had intelligent gentlemen that are tough and go out and compete,” said Leahy. “Off the field they are really kind people. Everyone shares the same values, whether it’s on the field or in an academically-demanding classroom.
“We have a saying at La Salle: Boys will be boys, but La Salle boys will be gentlemen. In every classroom that mantra is repeated. That helps academically and spiritually. And emotionally, it makes it easier to teach young men when we are all on the same page.”
That page states that Leahy, who started the Explorers program in 1992, has compiled a brilliant career record of 345-65, while winning three state championships (2004, 2008, 2009) and 16 Catholic League titles (231-3 league mark).
Leahy’s success will be recognized Tuesday when he is inducted into the Montgomery County Coaches Hall of Fame at a banquet at Westover County Club in Jeffersonville. He will be honored along with Roger Grove (Norristown football), Joe Iacovitti (Plymouth Whitemarsh football), George Marinkov (Methacton football) and Tom McGee (St. Pius X basketball).
Leahy, a guidance counselor at La Salle, will be the first boys’ lacrosse coach honored by the Hall of Fame.
“It’s kind of humbling,” said Leahy. “Tommy Lasorda (an original 2002 inductee) and Bill Leahy? Something is not right about that.
“It’s been an adventure, but this is not a Bill Leahy award; it’s a La Salle award,” he added.
Leahy played scholastic lacrosse at Baltimore power Calvert Hall and then at Loyola College (Class of 1992). He was hired at La Salle and asked by the late La Salle president, Brother Rene Sterner, to start the lacrosse program.
“I think in the beginning, when we created it, it was like a child just learning to crawl,” said Leahy, who also played several years with the Philadelphia Wings. “Then in the middle years we won some and lost some closer ones, and got closer to (the top).
“We got to the Final Four and then we got Tony Resch as an assistant coach and we won the first state title in 2004. By that time, we were all grown up. It was a maturing process.
Leahy wished to thank all his assistant coaches, most notably, Mark Dardaris (first assistant), Brian Harrington (teammate at Loyola), Chuck Cirelli (also a La Salle teacher who has been with the program almost every year), and Resch, considered one of the top coaches in lacrosse history.
“We’ve also had lots of great kids. Many have graduated and come back to coach. Probably seven or eight have come to La Salle. That’s great, and shows the program is working.”
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