U.S. Lacrosse, the national governing body of lacrosse, has recognized longtime Warren De La Salle lacrosse coach Mike Jolly with the 2012 Gerald J. Carroll Exemplary Coaching Award.
Jolly, now the JV coach for the Pilots, has coached at De La Salle for 29 years, including a long stint as the varsity lacrosse coach. Jolly, who lives in Clinton Township, has also coached numerous football, basketball and baseball teams since 1960.
The Gerald J. Carroll Award, established in 1994, annually recognizes one boys high school coach nationwide, according to uslacrosse.org. The award measures the success of a coach not in victories, but in the care and guidance he gives to the balanced development of the young men who play the game, according to the website. Carroll played high school lacrosse in Baltimore and collegiate at Boston College. He also coached high school and college teams.
Jolly said he’s read up on Carroll and believes he’s a great teacher and coach. He said receiving the award was a surprise to him.
“It was totally out of the blue,” Jolly said. “I never expected to be honored with this award.”
Jolly, who is the 20th recipient of the award, was nominated by former DLS player and assistant Jason Gratson.
“It’s really very special to know that former players and assistants remember you and, in a way, appreciate the type of job you’ve done,” Jolly said.