Wed Jan 19, 2011

Former Mendon coach Joe Borrosh enters Hall of Fame

Jeff  DiVeronica    Democrat and Chronicle  


Joe Borrosh retired in 2002 and he's been inducted in just about every Hall of Fame a soccer coach can be. He provided a profound message when given the stage for maybe the last time while becoming only the eighth high school coach to ever be inducted into the NSCAA Hall of Fame.

"God gave you two ears and one mouth, so use them in that proportion," the man who led the Pittsford Mendon boys to a record six state titles, 16 Section V crowns and 18 Monroe County League championships told the audience at the National Soccer Coaches Association of America convention on Friday in Baltimore.

"Listen to your players and even listen to their parents because they care about their kids. It doesn't mean you have to do what they say, but you've got to at least be approachable. If a coach isn't approachable in this day and age, you're not going to last very long."

Borrosh, 74, also talked about giving back to the sport and the opportunity every coach has to help shape the lives of the young players on their team. He is the first former Section V coach to be in the NSCAA Hall, which includes only 51 people and only last year added former U.S. national team coach Bob Gansler.

The only other Rochester-area coach in the hall is former SUNY Brockport coach Huntley Parker, part of the third induction class in 1993. Borrosh thanked many in his speech, including Parker, who happened to be the reason Borrosh even tried soccer.

A native of Long Island, Borrosh never played the sport until he got to Brockport. Lacrosse was his sport in high school. He already had decided to go to Brockport before he met Parker during a visit by college counselors.

"It was just coincidental I landed in front of him," Borrosh said. Parker told Borrosh about the soccer team and Borrosh told him he played lacrosse and that was about that. Until Borrosh got to Brockport and found out there was no lacrosse team. So in Borrosh's sophomore year he tried out for soccer.

"I was very lucky on a few occasions," Borrosh said, adding that student teaching under former Pittsford boys soccer coach, Ray Davison, which started his affiliation with the school in 1958, was another.

In 32 years, he had a 498-102-63 record. He was named the NSCAA's national Coach of the Year in 1989, a year after his wife, Brenda, Mendon's girls coach, won the award. They were the first husband-wife pair to do so.

His win total ranks third in Section V history and seventh in the state. He coached 12 All-Americans. "I'm happily retired now, playing a lot of golf," said Borrosh.

Parker's lessons, which he passed on to Borrosh, were passed on to current Mendon coach Mark Hurley. He recounted to his club last fall before sectionals what Borrosh once told him. The Vikings went on to win their second straight title and reach the state championship game.

"(Parker) never taught me a lot of Xs and Os, but he taught me a lot about what a coach should do to make every player feel a part of the team no matter how much they get onto the field," Borrosh said. "He also said heart very often can make up for a lack of physical ability."