April 30, 2010

Desko To Be Inducted Into West Genny HOF

from press release

– Orange head coach John Desko will be inducted into the Camillus/West Genesee Community Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday, May 1. Desko is one six individuals along with the 1981 West Genesee boys varsity lacrosse team, that will be honored at the Camillus Elks Lodge.

Joining Desko in this year's class are: Michael Buzzell, Ed Campagna, Rich Homeyer, Jim Rosecrans, Susan Wynne and the 1981 Wildcats lacrosse squad that won the school's first of 15 state championships.

Desko has been part of the Camillus/West Genesee community for roughly 40 years. As a high school standout, he led the Wildcats to three consecutive Section III lacrosse championships (1973-75) and was the basketball team's leading scorer as a senior in 1975. He was also a member of the football team.

Following his scholastic career, Desko played lacrosse at Syracuse University for four seasons (1976-79). He earned honorable mention All-America honors as a senior and helped the Orange reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time.

He's been an integral part of the Syracuse program ever since. Desko served as an assistant coach to Hall of Famer Roy Simmons Jr. from 1980-98 before taking the head coaching reigns upon Simmons' retirement following the 1998 season. During that time, the SU program has developed into a dynasty, winning 11 NCAA titles and producing countless All-Americans.

Desko, now in his 12th season as head coach, has compiled a 145-43 career record and has five national championships to his credit. His .771 winning percentage is the best among active Division I head coaches.

The Camillus/West Genesee Hall of Fame was established three years ago to recognize people who have made a significant impact in the areas of sports and recreation. Each inductee will receive a plaque and a second plaque will be permanently displayed in the Municipal Building.

Desko will not be able to attend Saturday's induction. He and the Orange will be at Notre Dame for a 7 p.m. game against the Fighting Irish.

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