The Delaware Sportswriters and Broadcasters Association has announced that Cape Henlopen girls' lacrosse coach P.J. Kesmodel has been selected as the Harold "Tubby" Raymond Coach of the Year for the state of Delaware.
"It's a great honor for our program at Cape," Kesmodel said of the award. "We have had a lot of girls who have learned to be great lacrosse players."
There will be a luncheon for all DSBA honorees at noon, Monday, Feb. 18, at the new Sheraton right off I-95 in Wilmington. In addition to Coach of the Year, the Team of the Year and Athlete of the Year will be honored as well as the recipient of the Herm Reitzes Award for service. Tickets can only be purchased at www.delasports.org.
The Coach of the Year Award for excellence in coaching over a year and career was instituted in 2000 and encompasses all sports at all levels in the state of Delaware from amateur through high school and college.
Kesmodel joins an illustrious group that includes Tubby Raymond, University of Delaware football 2000; Butch Simpson, Newark High football 2001; Dave Hearn, Delmar football 2002; Bob Tattersall, Wilmington Friends football 2003; George Teague, Dover Downs 2004; Greg Jackson, Delaware State University basketball 2005; Mike Drass, Wesley football 2006; Robin Adair, Tower Hill field hockey 2007; Patrick Castagno, Tatnall cross country and Scott Mosier, Salesianum soccer 2008; George Kosanovich, Concord football 2009; K.C. Keeler, University of Delaware football 2010; and Ray Steele, Indian River football 2011.
Kesmodel-coached Cape teams have won the last four Delaware state championships in girls' lacrosse, including undefeated seasons in 2012 and 2010, and a total team record of 68-4. The Vikings have won 47 straight games against Delaware opponents.
Kesmodel won four Maryland state titles, '92-'93-'94-'95, as head coach of the Mount Hebron, Md. girls' team. His Mt. Hebron boys' team won the state title in 1983. P.J. is in the Howard County Sports Hall of Fame and the founder of Hero's Lacrosse Club, recognized as the most successful in the nation.