Syracuse, N.Y. -- John Desko’s quick change of heart and abrupt decision to retire from his job as lacrosse coach of Syracuse was all his, Orange athletic director John Wildhack said Thursday. Wildhack made his first public comments about Desko’s resignation at a news conference introducing former SU All-American Gary...
Fraught with emotion at the start of his final news conference at Syracuse, retiring men’s lacrosse coach John Desko exuded confidence that the program he’s helped build over the past 46 years as a player and coach will be in good hands. Desko, 63, announced his retirement on Monday and...
Former Syracuse head coach John Desko addressed the media for the first time since he announced his retirement on Monday. Desko spoke for about 30 minutes in what alternated between moments of humor and other moments of emotion. Here’s three takeaways from his goodbye. Starting with the humor. Desko has...
The old adage in sports is “what have you done for me lately”. For John Desko and the Syracuse Orange men’s lacrosse program, the recent answer has been: not much. The last 12 years have brought a drought of championship success not seen since Syracuse became a lacrosse superpower. As the 2010’s progressed, the postseason failings devolved into regular season failings, with everything coming to a head this past season. The Orange finished with a record of 7-6 and got blown out five times, leaving the Syracuse lacrosse community wondering if the time for change had finally arrived.
ELMIRA, N.Y. (WETM) – Full sportscast from Tuesday, June 8 on WETM-TV. Longtime Syracuse men’s lacrosse coach John Desko officially announced his retirement. Plus, Watkins Glen International is up for another USA Today honor.
After 46-year career with Syracuse lacrosse, John Desko isn't going far: 'The coffee’s free for me here'
During his final press conference after 46 years with Syracuse men's lacrosse, John Desko stopped to appreciate the small conversations he had with coaches and members of the media earlier on Tuesday multiple times. The experience resonated with Desko, one day removed from the announcement that he would step down from the helm of the program -- so much so that he mentioned it at the very start of his speech.
After 46 years as part of the Syracuse lacrosse program, John Desko held his retirement press conference inside the Ensley Athletic Center on Tuesday. One of four individuals to lead the program in its 105-year history, Desko steps down with a 258-86 all-time record, including five national championships (2000, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2009), four Big East championships and two ACC Tournament titles. He was named USILA Division I coach of the year in 2008 and ACC head coach of the year from 2015-18, earning a spot in the Hall of Fame last year.
Syracuse, N.Y. -- After 46 seasons of association with the Syracuse lacrosse program as a player, assistant and head coach, John Desko has accumulated a lot of gear spanning several eras of fashion. He doesn’t need it any more, or at least not nearly so much. So Tuesday, he unveiled...
Syracuse, N.Y. – For years afterward, he would occasionally appear at Syracuse lacrosse practices, always at road games and in his box at the Carrier Dome, continuing to connect with the sport that shaped his life. Long after Roy Simmons Jr., retired as the head coach at Syracuse University, he...
John Desko spent 46 years as a part of Syracuse Mens Lacrosse. As a player, assistant coach and head coach he's been a part of 529 wins. So to officially retire and address his Orange family along with the local media was an emotional moment. "To be part of so...
John Desko had another announcement to make at his retirement press conference. “I want to take this time to advertise I'm going to be having a yard sale at home,” Desko deadpanned at the end of his opening remarks. “Especially for those who like SU apparel, mostly extra-large and some double-X stuff going in there. A lot of throwback stuff, new and used … I’m so scared to go in my office and try to clean up and bring things home because I’ve already got 46 years of stuff at home. It seems like there’s even just as much at home as there is in the office. I’ll keep you updated on the dates.”
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Syracuse men's lacrosse coach John Desko, who built a Hall of Fame career as both a player and coach, announced his retirement on Monday in the wake of a disappointing season. "The last 46 years at Syracuse have been an incredible experience and I'm so grateful for...
Syracuse lacrosse head coach John Desko announced his retirement on Monday in an SU Athletics release. One of four individuals to lead the program in its 105-year history, Desko steps down with a 258-86 all-time record, including five national championships (2000, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2009), four Big East championships and two ACC Tournament titles. He was named USILA Division I coach of the year in 2008 and ACC head coach of the year from 2015-18, earning a spot in the Hall of Fame last year.
Legendary Syracuse men's lacrosse head coach John Desko announced his retirement on Monday. The news comes one day after reports surfaced that Desko was going to retire and Gary Gait would take over as the men's lacrosse head coach. “The last 46-years at Syracuse have been an incredible experience and...
A quick take on a report on Sunday that stated Gary Gait would succeed John Desko as the Syracuse men’s lacrosse coach:. WHAT HAPPENED: An Inside Lacrosse report on Sunday said that Gary Gait, widely regarded as one of the best lacrosse players in the history of the game, will become Syracuse men’s lacrosse’s next head coach. He will succeed John Desko, a five-time NCAA champion and Hall of Fame, who has been head coach since 1999. Gait has been the head coach of the women’s lacrosse team since 2007 and has led them to the NCAA finals, as recently as this season, but never won a national championship. He will now have that opportunity with the men’s team, which has won 15 national championships, but none since 2009. He will become just the fifth men’s head coach in school history.
The John Desko era is officially over for the Syracuse Orange men’s lacrosse program. And it turns out the Gary Gait era has come to close for the women’s program as well, given Sunday’s Inside Lacrosse bombshell report that Desko will retire and be replaced by Gait. As College Crosse...
Syracuse, N.Y. -- Syracuse lacrosse legend Gary Gait will take over as head coach of the men’s team, replacing John Desko according to a report in Inside Lacrosse. Gait is a Syracuse lacrosse legend and a successful coach of the Orange women’s team, guiding that group to the NCAA title game this year. Desko is a hall of famer who has coached SU since 1999, leading the team to five NCAA titles.
‘John Desko is an absolute legend:’ What they’re saying about longtime Syracuse men’s lacrosse coach
Syracuse, N.Y. — The John Desko era of the Syracuse men’s lacrosse program is officially over after the longtime coach announced his retirement on Monday. Desko spent 46 years with the program as a player, assistant and head coach. He’s been a part of 11 national championship teams, five of which he won as a head coach.