As the 2018 high school lacrosse season has come to a close, so did the most storied career of one of THE legends of the sport as well. As you may be aware, after 42 seasons at the helm of the West Genesee Wildcats and an overall record of 845 wins, 83 losses and 15 NYS Championships, the most successful lacrosse coach at any level, Mike Messere, decided that the 2018 lacrosse season was to be his last one.

Alongside Coach Messere for many seasons as his assistant coach, Bob Deegan also hung up his clipboard mentoring Wildcat defense and goalies as well.

Coach Messere has been recognized by many in the lacrosse world as the greatest coach of all time. His influence has crossed generations from the early years in the 70’s of establishing the “West Genny” mentality of hard nose fundamental play right on through the 2018 season. The success of the program is unparalleled at every level. The ultimate compliment to his success is the development of lacrosse programs across the USA by West Genny Alumni in the areas where lacrosse was never played using the same fundamentals that were instilled into them when they were Wildcats. Today, lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in America and Coach Messere’s influence is one of the of the reasons why the sport has grown as it has.

Appeal to West Genesee lacrosse alumni and community

On Saturday, July, 28th, the Class of 1981 West Genesee alumni, along with the John Pepper Memorial Athletic Fund Committee is honored to present a "Celebration of Coach Messere" to be held at the Onondaga Community College SRC Arena.

The John Pepper Memorial Athletic Fund Committee members and the class of 1981 West Genesee Wildcats Lacrosse Alumni request your presence at our Celebration as well as our tournament as Coaches Messere and Deegan will have one more time leading the Wildcat program at the 2018 John Pepper Memorial Tournaments on July 28 & 29 at the West Genesee High School Athletic complex in Camillus.

This event is a secret to both coaches so please share with discretion.



Details of the Weekend


Retirement Celebration Ceremony Video

Re-live the touching tributes to coaches Messere and Deegan from their retirement celebration on July 28,2018. Features included: the slide show that was shown at the event, a tribute video that was shown at the event, celebration extra footage video and the celebration speeches. Order yours before September 3rd by selecting the appropriate button below. The content will be available in two formats: DVD - $12 Thumb Drive - $15


Gift for Coaches

A gift for both Coach Messere and Coach Deegan will be presented the night of the celebration. We have elected to send both coaches, along with their spouses on a well-deserved vacation ( destinations of their choice and to be determined by the amount collected). If you would like to contribute to the gift fund, please use the order form below.

Any additional monies received during the weekend and through product sales will be put towards the gifts for both coaches. Gift is tax deductible.



Designed by renowned contemporary music art artist, Mike Dubois ( West Genesee class of 1981), a t-shirt commemorating the legend of Coach Messere is available for purchase. Dubois Studios work has featured commissions by the Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers Band, Hot Tuna, The Jerry Garcia Band, Gov't Mule, The Wailers, Phil Lesh and Friends, Levon Helm, Bob Weir and RatDog, Santana, The Rolling Stones, Furthur, Pink Floyd, Dead & Company and the Jimmy Hendrix estate. Shirts feature artwork on front and back, charcoal color pre-shrunk cotton blend and available in all sizes on the order form below.

Commemorative T-Shirts cost: $20


West Genny Lacrosse — “The Messere Years” Photo Albums ORDERING RE-OPENED THROUGH SEPT 3rd

Photo spreads from all the Messere years including team photos, college information, action shots, candids, nostalgic clippings/stories etc. in an 8.5" x 11" hardcover book. Get the entire album, all teams version or just the year(s) you were a part of the high socks club.

Entire Album - 275 pages featuring all 43 team pages plus 6 pgs of action pics, candids clippings, etc. from each season. $170

All Years Team Page Album - Includes all 43 team pages only. No action pics, candids, clippings, etc. $40

Single Year Album - Includes your individual season(s). Includes 6 pages each for team pic, college destinations, action and candid pics, clippings etc. $25 (up to 3 seasons) Select your first year under Single Year albums(s) and then add each additional year to your cart individually below using the 2nd and 3rd "additional years" selectors.

Sample shown is for the class of 1981 and design is not final yet.  Also –if you have any photos to be included, please send to your classes Captain who is helping coordinate things.  If you don’t have your captain’s contact info please send to Steve Nims ([email protected])