Men’s soccer alumni and their families gathered in Oswego Sept.
21 and 22 to reminisce, support the current varsity men's soccer team and honor
former Coach Ernie Luongo and his 1966 SUNY Athletic Conference championship
The weekend kicked off Friday with the Oswego State men’s soccer game vs.
SUNY Morrisville, which Oswego won 4-0. Having alumni and former coaches in
attendance was great encouragement for the team.
“I think the coolest thing about the reunion is having Ernie here. He gave a
halftime speech at the Morrisville game that was just great,” said team member
William Bussert ’08.
The Morrisville game was followed by an informal gathering at The Press Box
sports bar and restaurant in Oswego. Saturday’s events began with an alumni
game at Laker field. The men were divided into teams of evens and odds based
upon their graduation years. The evens and odds tied 4-4.
“The best part of this weekend is to come back and see the old team, have
the chance to play, go out and do all the same things we used to do,” said
Dan Kincaid ’04.
Following the alumni game, there was a barbecue for alumni,
families and friends. At 4 p.m. Saturday, the Oswego State men’s soccer team
faced SUNYIT, whom they defeated 5-0. At halftime, Coach Ernie Luongo,
Assistant Coach Harry Nash and members of the 1966 championship team,
represented by Dan Scaia ’68, Larry Smith ’67, Tony Mercep
’67 and John Bome ’68, were honored.
“I really looked forward to seeing my players from 1966,” said Luongo. “It’s
not only a warm and embracing reunion, but it’s just great to see how well my
players from ’66 have conducted themselves in their life pursuits.”
Luongo’s team members from 1966 had nothing but praise, stories and laughter
to share with their former coach.
“Coach created a lot of memories for us. On many occasions we all get
together and reminisce,” said Dan Scaia ’68.
Tony Mercep ’67 spoke of what an inspiration Coach Luongo is, not
only for those he coached, but for future players as well. “Ernie set the bar
very high with his coaching ability. He motivated us and touched many people.
He gave the future teams something to shoot for. He’s a good man.”
Luongo beamed with pride while surrounded by his former players. “I
appreciate what the college has done for the soccer alumni reunion. It will be
remembered for an eternity,” he said.
—Kristin Quinn ’08
Upper: Alumni returned in September to celebrate the 1966 championship team and
Coach Ernie Luongo (right) and Assistant Coach Harry Nash (far left).
Lower: The 1966 soccer team. Photo credit: 1966 Ontarian
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