July 16, 2013

Rollins Men Name Desko Assistant Coach

from press release

WINTER PARK, Fla. – Rollins men's lacrosse has added Tim Desko as assistant coach and offensive coordinator, announced Head Coach R.J. Rossi on Monday.

Desko enjoyed a stellar career playing for his legendary father John Desko at Syracuse University, earning All-BIG EAST honors and serving as team captain his senior year. His coaching career started last season at Atlanta McIntosh High School.

"Tim's lacrosse pedigree brings a new dynamic to Rollins," said Rossi. "He was a terrific player, won championships and showed incredible determination, coming back from a major knee injury."

Desko was a four-year letterwinner for the Orange, playing 56 games and scoring 63 goals with 22 assists. In his five years as part of the program, Syracuse posted a combined 69-16 record with three BIG EAST championships and two NCAA Division I National Championships (2008, 2009).

As a junior, he was named second-team All-BIG EAST despite missing seven games due to injury. Desko had a career day in Syracuse's win over Virginia, scoring five goals and leading the Orange to a 12-10 win. For the effort, he was named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week and NIKE/Inside Lacrosse Player of the Week.

Desko was named co-captain his senior season, playing and starting all 17 games. He was third on the team with 33 points (22 goals, 11 assists) and led the Orange with three game-winning goals. Named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll after tallying two goals and an assist against St. John's, including the game winner with 1:25 left.

After graduating from Syracuse in 2012, Desko joined the coaching ranks, serving as Varsity Community Coach at Atlanta McIntosh. He also worked for Liam Bank's "LB3 Program" and was responsible for coaching high school aged players while running camps and clinics.

"While it's never easy to follow in your parent's successful footsteps, Tim is determined to make his own name in the coaching ranks," added Rossi. "I am proud and honored to have him as a member of our staff and the Rollins community. I look forward to working with him and guiding him as he embarks on his college-coaching career. "

Rollins is coming off a 3-14 season, but is set to start a new era as members of the Sunshine State Conference. The Tars are charter members of the SSC, which will begin sponsoring men's lacrosse in 2014.

"There is no doubt Tim's presence will enhance the experience for a lacrosse student-athlete at Rollins. He is a consummate competitor, has a winning attitude and has demonstrated a positive influence on young players, both on and off the field."

Rollins begins its seventh season in February 2014.


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