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John Desko retires as a Syracuse men’s lacrosse legend

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.
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3 takeaways from Syracuse lacrosse coach John Desko’s farewell

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...
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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.
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Read John Desko's retirement speech after 46 years with Syracuse lacrosse

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.
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In Appreciation of John Desko

Syracuse made the official announcement, followed by Desko's statement, confirming that the 4th Head Coach of the Syracuse Lacrosse program has elected to retire. In the history of the Syracuse program, John was just the 4th head coach in over 100 years of playing lacrosse. And, like all of his predecessors, he too is in the Lacrosse Hall of Fame. So upon his retirement, we at Orange::44 need to celebrate the contributions and legacy of John Desko.
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Past Players, Coaches Celebrate Storied Career of John Desko

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.”
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Syracuse lacrosse coach John Desko announces retirement; Gary Gait reportedly his successor

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.
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John Desko Announces Retirement

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...
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Syracuse Coach John Desko Announces Retirement

(Photo courtesy of Syracuse Athletics) Syracuse head coach John Desko formally announced his retirement Monday morning, in the wake of Sunday's report that Gary Gait would take over as the next head coach of the Syracuse men's lacrosse team. The announcement did not include a mention of Gait's hiring for...
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Instant Juice: Gary Gait to succeed John Desko as Syracuse men’s lacrosse coach

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.