Carthage Lacrosse Coach Leaving at the End of the SeasonPosted: Updated:
When the 2018 Carthage Boys' Lacrosse season ends this year, it will be the final chapter in the Carthage coaching career of Kirk Ventiquattro.
Thursday night, Ventiquattro announced that he will be stepping aside as head coach of the Comets, a program he started and has been at the helm of for the past 30 years.
"In 1987, Terry Coffman the football coach, Jason's dad, and the athletic director Doug Phillips, both deceased, came to me and asked me if I would take on the lacrosse program which we started in '88 and the only qualification I had was I owned a lacrosse stick, and that's all it took and that's how it all started," said Ventiquattro.
And the rest is history. From there, Ventiquattro built one of the most successful lacrosse programs in the state, producing All Americans like Casey, Ryan and Mike Powell and Jason and Josh Coffman.
Ventiquattro posted a 457-129 record with 24 Frontier League Championships, 6 Section 3 Titles and 3 State Final appearances. But Ventiquattro says it's a different game from 30 years ago.
"You know we just don't have the same investment there once was. My family kept telling me, you know dad - you know..honey - you know kids aren't as committed as they once were. The parents aren't behind you like they were, and I just kept pounding through, Rob, pounding through, and things are changing," Ventiquattro stated.
So Ventiquattro has decided to move on. He says he's not retiring from coaching, instead he will be spending more time with his family and pursuing other opportunites in the lacorsse world.
"No, I'm a coach, Rob, and that's what I do and it's the only thing I've ever been any good at and that if that's true, I know I get great joy from it so iIm not gonna stop coaching iIm gonna go. The Phillipines lacrosse will be next, they have some coaching opportunities, I'll be coaching by early June, I'll be coaching in Florida with my sons. Casey Powell has already reached out to me, you know, I've got some other opportunities that we're gonna look at and see and most of it deals around family and being with my two kids and doing what our family does and that's being involved in lacrosse," enthused Ventiquattro.
As for the legacy he's leaving at Carthage:
"It's my relationship with my former players and kids. That true love that you only get from going through battles and tests with people. I always told these guys no matter what happened the rest of their life that I would always be there for them and you know what, Rob? What's really happened is they've always been there for me so that's my legacy. My relationships."