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Baseball coach Larry Delaney reaches milestone
A long, successful run as Lakewood baseball coach reached an important milestone as Larry Delaney passed 200 wins with a victory over Cedarcrest on March 19.
A number of his colleagues praised Delaney both as a baseball mind and as a role model for the kids he coaches.
Hes a great person, great for the kids. His program has done well and hes earned the respect of students, past and present. A number of good athletes have gone through his program and many of his players have gone on to do great things, said Lakewood Athletic Director Hector Perez.
Current assistant coach Jeremiah Wohlgemuth has been coaching alongside Delaney for the past nine years.
Coach Delaney is a fantastic leader both on and off the field. He sets the guys up for success. Hes developed a reputation for the program where, no matter where we compete, spectators come up to us after the games and say, We enjoy watching Lakewood play.
Delaney has worked to instill the values of the game in his teams, promoting good sportsmanship, fair play and respect for ones opponent.
He is a teacher first and a coach second, continued Wohlgemuth, He wants his players to be honors students, not just athletes.
Another former assistant, Doug Plucker, took over the reigns at Arlington High School.
We had a very positive and strong friendship from the beginning over there. We have a lot of the same views and philosophies, we worked well together. It was a pretty easy working relationship with him and over the years weve become best friends.
As for what Delaney excels in, Plucker said, The things that Larry did well that I learned from him are his patience, planning and setting high expectations within the program.
We also had a lot of fun together and that camaraderie that we shared was a good example for the players.
Delaneys team is off to a 3-2 start to the season this year. Their next game is March 30 versus South Whidbey.