Cambridge, Mass. (December 5) – The Intercollegiate Men's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IMLCA) named former MIT head coach Walter Alessi as the recipient of the 2018 Lifetime Service Award. The award will be presented at the annual IMLCA coaches convention on Friday, December 7 in Baltimore, Md.
During his legendary MIT lacrosse career that began in 1975 and concluded at the end of the 2017 season, Alessi amassed a record of 288-287 in 43 seasons at the helm and guided his teams to the conference tournament on 12 occasions. Ending his career with nine straight appearances in the conference playoffs, Alessi's teams also advanced to the ECAC New England Tournament three times and made one appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
The 1995 New England Division III Coach of the Year and a 10-time conference coach of the year, Alessi received the Howdy Myers Man of the Year Award from the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) in 2013. In the spring of 2017, he was honored with the James "Ace" Adams Sportsmanship Award, which is presented annually to the college or university in each of the 11 officiating districts whose men's lacrosse coaches, players and fans exhibit the best sportsmanship throughout the season.
Alessi was named the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) Man of the Year in 2007 for his outstanding years of service. That award, given out annually at the NEILA East-West All-Star Game, has since been renamed "The Alessi Award" in his honor. He was elected to the Hall of Fame of the Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the Lacrosse Foundation in 1999 and was the inaugural recipient of the Vincent Lobello Sportsmanship Award in 1980. Alessi was also a finalist for the USILA Coach of the Year award in the same season and, in 1977, MIT won the Marster's Award as the most improved team in New England. According to the USILA, he retired as the career leader in number of seasons coaching men's lacrosse at the college or university level.