A coaching career that has spanned 45 years is still paying dividends for former Hartwick College men’s soccer coach Jim Lennox.
The man who steered Hartwick to an NCAA Division I championship in 1977 will be honored with the Walt Chyzowych Award for Lifetime Achievement.
The award will be presented to Lennox at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Marriott Hotel’s White River Ballroom in Indianapolis. The public is invited.
Lennox coached Hartwick from 1976-2002. He guided Hartwick to 13 NCAA tournaments, including five final fours. He left Hartwick with a record of 318-163-43.
At the time Lennox left Hartwick, he ranked ninth in career victories among Division I coaches.
Lennox, who began his coaching career in 1969 at Mitchell Junior College in New London, Conn., coached the likes of Dominic Kinnear, Mike Burns, and Jeff Tipping at Hartwick. He also guided Glenn Myernick and Billy Gazonas to back-to-back Hermann Trophies in 1976 and 1977, respectively.
Lennox was appointed by Chyzowych to the position of National Staff Coach for the U.S. Soccer Coaching Schools (1975-1995). He influenced thousands of emerging coaches. He led the United States National “B” team, the USA U-21 team, and was the USA coach at the World University Games.
He would coach a handful of United States soccer’s most notable alumni including Marcelo Balboa, Cobi Jones, Kasey Keller, Brian McBride, Joe Max Moore, and Eric Wynalda.
Lennox served as the NSCAA’s Director of Coaching from 1983-1990. He is the NSCAA’s Director of Coaching Emeritus. After Hartwick, he served as Director of Coaching for the Connecticut Youth Soccer Association for four years.
He is as an assistant coach with the women’s soccer program at The College of St. Rose. Lennox, along with head coach and Hartwick alum Laurie Darling Gutheil, helped the Golden Knights to the 2011 Division II National Championship.
Lennox was enshrined in the Hartwick College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995. He joined the 1977 men’s soccer team with its induction in 2011.
Hawks ranked 16th
Hartwick, coming off a 28-13 season, shared the 16th position in the Collegiate Water Polo Association preseason rankings that were released Wednesday.
The Hawks and Cal-State Northridge were each ranked 16th. Hartwick finished last season ranked 18th.
The Hawks, who finished last season sixth in the CWPA Eastern Championships, also were picked fourth in the CWPA Conference poll.
In nine seasons, Hartwick head coach Alan Huckins has a 256-93 record and has led the team to 25 or more victories in each of those seasons.
He brings back 14 players from last season’s squad and six of the team’s top 10 goal scorers.
The Hawks open their season Jan. 26 at Marist. Their first home games are March 9 against Gannon University, St. Francis College, Siena and Marist.