Today I’m talking to West Genesee (Camillus, N.Y.) head coach Mike Messere.
This was special for me because Messere has the most wins of any high school lacrosse coach, boys or girls, in history. He starts this year with 811 career wins and is the only coach in history to surpass 800.
He has the most state championships of any coach in history with 15 and if that’s not enough, Messere also led the Wildcats to a 91-game win streak that stared in 1981 and ended in 1984. That streak ties for most all-time and is sure to stand for a lot longer.
To put it into a little perspective, the closest any team has come to that since 1984 was when Bedford out of New Hampshire won 72 straight from 2012 to 2015.
Currently, Victor out of New York now has the longest active streak at 44 games, so if they repeat what they’ve done that last two seasons, it will still take them another two seasons, plus three games just to tie the records. Quite the impressive feat.
So, I took this opportunity to talk with Coach Messere about winning, how coaching has changed since he started at head coach in 1976 and what are the habits and people that have made him successful.