BALTIMORE, Md. – MIT men's lacrosse head coach Walter Alessi was named the Howdy Myers Man of the Year as announced by the Intercollegiate Men's Lacrosse Coach Association at its annual convention last week. The award recognizes a person who has contributed to the game of lacrosse in a capacity over and above the normal efforts and in so doing, has shown unselfish and untiring devotion to the game.
Entering his 40th season at the helm of the MIT men's lacrosse program, Alessi has compiled a ledger of 245-260, ranking first all-time in wins at the Institute by a substantial margin. The 1995 New England Division III Coach of the Year, Alessi received his eighth Pilgrim League Coach of the Year award in 2009. He was named the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) Man of the Year in 2007 for his outstanding years of service. Since then, the honor was renamed "The Alessi Award" and is given out annually at the NEILA East-West All-Star Game. Alessi was elected to the Hall of Fame of the Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the Lacrosse Foundation in 1999 and was the inaugural recipient of the Vincent Lobello Sportsmanship Award in 1980. He was also a finalist for the USILA Coach of the Year award the same season. In 1977, MIT won the Marster's Award as the most improved team in New England.
Howdy Myers coached 17 championship teams at St. Paul's School (Md.), Johns Hopkins, and Hofstra and was elected to the Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1971. Previous recipients include Dick Garber, who Alessi played for at UMass Amherst, Dom Starsia, the longtime head coach at Virginia, and Jim Berkman, who has led Salisbury University to 10 NCAA Division III National Championship titles.
The Engineers will kick off their 2014 campaign on Wednesday, March 5 when they host local foe Emmanuel College.