Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Norfolk Academy boys lacrosse coach notches 500th victory

Coach Duquette. (Courtesy of Norfolk Academy)
Norfolk Academy coach Tom Duquette recorded his 500th career victory Tuesday. (Courtesy of Norfolk Academy)

Norfolk Academy boys lacrosse coach Tom Duquette netted his 500th career win as a varsity coach with a 22-2 win Tuesday against Hampton Roads Academy in the semifinal round of TCIS championship play.

Duquette is the 14th high school boys lacrosse coach in the nation to compile 500 wins, according to the school. He has coached the Bulldogs since 1982, winning seven Virginia Independent School Athletic Association state titles with the program. He has recorded 469 of his wins at Norfolk Academy. The other 31 came at St. Anne’s-Belfield in Charlottesville from 1975 to 78.

After Tuesday’s win, Norfolk Academy Headmaster Dennis G. Manning spoke at a short ceremony honoring the occasion. The school said Manning presented Duquette with “a commemorative Challenge Coin, embossed with his years as a coach and one of his signature rallying points: ‘Respect the Game.’ The coins will be given to the more than 500 players that he has coached.”

The No.1-seeded Bulldogs (13-7) play in the TCIS championship game Thursday against Cape Henry Collegiate (14-6).

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