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Former Sewanhaka, Garden City coach Tom Flatley receives U.S. Lacrosse's Lifetime Achievement Award

Garden City coach Tom Flatley on the sideline

Garden City coach Tom Flatley on the sideline during a football game against Elmont on Sept. 15, 2012. Photo Credit: Steven Ryan

Tom Flatley is adding another honor to a legendary coaching career.

The Floral Park resident, who guided Sewanhaka’s and Garden City’s boys lacrosse programs and also made his mark on the international level, was named Thursday as one of two recipients of U.S. Lacrosse’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Flatley, 79, won a Long Island boys lacrosse championship at Sewanhaka in 1981 and was 114-18 in seven seasons there. He also spent a combined 30 seasons as the junior varsity coach at Sewanhaka and Garden City, including a 300-29-1 record in 22 seasons with the Trojans’ JV.

Flatley coached the 1982 U.S. men’s lacrosse team that won gold at the world championships. He also was the general manager of the U19 team from 1988-2008. His teams won six world titles, going 36-0 in those championship seasons.

Flatley was the GM for the professional New York Saints indoor team and coached on the club level. He served on the USCLA’s rules advisory committee, was president of the Long Island Summer Lacrosse Association from 1970-85 and is a member of the NYSPHSAA Hall of Fame, the Long Island-Metro Lacrosse Hall of Fame, the Sewanhaka High School Hall of Fame and the Garden City High School Hall of Fame.

Flatley also was one of Long Island’s top football coaches. He won 264 games in 30 seasons at Garden City, second in Long Island history behind Howie Vogt’s 364, and Flatley’s .846 percentage is the highest in Long Island history. Flatley won four Rutgers Cups, awarded to the best team in Nassau, along with five Long Island Championships and 18 Nassau conference titles. He retired after the 2014 season.

According to a release by U.S. Lacrosse, the primary criteria for Lifetime Achievement consideration include: outstanding accomplishment as a player, coach, administrator or official in combination with participation and leadership activities in local, regional and national lacrosse organizations; commitment to lacrosse that exceeds the norm; passion and vision for lacrosse, and character beyond reproach.

U.S. Lacrosse will present Flatley with the award on Saturday, Aug. 24, at Leo’s in Garden City at 6 p.m., Flatley’s daughter, Christine Bellocco, said.

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