John Desko

John Desko is the head coach of the men's lacrosse team at Syracuse University, taking over in 1999 from Hall of Fame coach Roy Simmons Jr.

John Desko
Current position
TitleHead coach
Biographical details
Born (1957-08-10) August 10, 1957
Union, New York
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1980–1998Syracuse (assistant)
Head coaching record
Accomplishments and honors
5 NCAA Division I (2000, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2009)
National Lacrosse Hall of Fame

Desko has won five NCAA Championships as head coach and six more as an assistant coach. In eleven years as head coach, he has coached the Syracuse lacrosse team to seven NCAA finals appearances and nine Final Fours. Desko also coached Team USA to a runner-up finish at the 2006 World Lacrosse Championship.

John earned All-America honors as he helped Syracuse to a 10–5 record in 1979 and the school's first NCAA playoff berth. Desko's two younger brothers, Dave and Jeff, were also All-American lacrosse players at Syracuse. John was named USILA Division I Coach of the Year for 2008 after guiding the Orange to a title over Johns Hopkins.[1]

The Desko family grew up in Camillus playing high school lacrosse at West Genesee, the 15-time state champions.

Desko resides in Syracuse with his wife, Cindy, and their four children; Timothy, Nicole, Casey and Ryan. Timothy attended Syracuse and played on the lacrosse team.

Most recently, Desko led the Orange to their 10th National Championship with a thrilling 10–9 overtime comeback victory over Cornell on May 25, 2009.

Desko won back-to-back Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) championships in 2015 and 2016.


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