On a beautiful Saturday afternoon in Groton, MA, head boys’ varsity lacrosse coach Ned Herter '73 earned his 300th career win as Middlesex defeated the Zebras of Groton by a score of 13-8. Surrounded by his team and family, coach Herter was presented with the game ball by captain AJ Lucchese '13 to help commemorate the monumental milestone.
A graduate of Middlesex, Ned returned to his alma mater in 1980 where he first served as the assistant boys’ lacrosse coach and later went on to take over as head coach in 1989. Now in his 25th season as head coach, Ned has amassed an impressive record of 300-56, which calculates to a .843 win percent average. Over his tenure, he has won outright or shared 14 Independent School League championships, and he was inducted into the Massachusetts Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2004. Many of his players have gone on to play at the DI and DIII level, including his current two assistant coaches Doug Worthen '96 and Jeff Cohane '96 who were All-Americans in high school.
Of coach Herter’s success, Al Lucchese, parent of captain AJ Lucchese commented, “Ned is a special man who is an outstanding educator and lacrosse coach. As a full time faculty member, Ned is totally invested in his players' lives. He knows them as students and as lacrosse players. His compassion for the individual is sincere and personal, while he demands the absolute best from his athletes and his teams. As a fully invested educator and coach, Ned understands high school kids and how to motivate, encourage, and develop them. He has the secret sauce for winning consistently, winning championships, and preparing his student athletes for the significant opportunities that await Middlesex graduates.”
Over celebratory cake in the dining hall at lunch, coach Herter attributed his success to those around him, saying "it's a team effort!"