HS SPORTS: Dunmore To Fill Coaching Vacancies Tonight
Dunmore will fill coaching vacancies tonight within its high school basketball and football programs.
Following the high school basketball season, Tony Lacertoso announced he would retire as a teacher at the end of the school year and did not re-apply for the position he has held since the 2004-05 season.
“I was really fortunate to have taught and coached so many student-athletes. It was really a lot of fun and a great experience for me,” Lacertoso, a math teacher, said. “I have a number of good opportunities ahead of me and it’s a good time to take advantage, but I am going to miss it.”
Last month, longtime football head coach Jack Henzes, citing a health issue, resigned after 52 seasons overall and 48 at Dunmore where he became a coaching icon in the state and the country, earning 444 wins. He ranks behind the late George Curry, who won 455 games at Lake-Lehman, Valley West and Berwick.
The school board is expected to fill both positions tonight.
Lacertoso, 61, made the leap from junior high to varsity and became the program’s all-time wins leader with 256.
He guided the Bucks to Lackawanna League Division III championships in the 2009-10 and the 2015-16 seasons, and earned The Times-Tribune Coach of the Year award after the 2008-09 season when he led the Bucks to 21 wins after they started 0-3.
“It was an honor to coach and to coach against such great coaches in the league, including Ken Bianchi and his assistant Jeff McLane, and Jack Lyons, and I have to thank them for all the encouragement and guidance through the years,” Lacertoso said.
“Starting from my first year, it’s hard to mention all the great kids at Dunmore, but every time they stepped on the floor they gave their hearts and souls, and always played hard, and I enjoyed every minute of it.”
During more than four decades with the Bucks, Henzes led the program to the PIAA Class 1A championship in 1989 and three other appearances in a state final (2007, 2012 and 2014).
Dunmore won 11 District 2 championships (10 in Class 2A, one in 1A), nine Lackawanna Football Conference division championships, eight Big 11 titles, and an undefeated season and Eastern Conference Class A title (1985).
Last season, Henzes did not coach due to a heart procedure he had in August. In his absence, assistant coaches, Kevin McHale, Jeff Mills and Michael DeSando guided the Bucks to a 9-4 record and the District 2 Class 2A championship.
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