(ISN) – PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Former Rutgers men’s lacrosse player Rick Mercurio was inducted into the Long Island Metropolitan Lacrosse Foundation Hall of Fame on Saturday, Feb. 7 at the Huntington Hilton Hotel in Melville, N.Y. Mercurio was honored as a member of the class of 2014-15 at the 30th Annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
Mercurio graduated from Rutgers in 1975, appearing on three NCAA Tournament teams with the Scarlet Knights. As a senior, Mercurio earned the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Scholar Athlete Award.
After his time at Rutgers, Mercurio enjoyed a decorated coaching career, serving as the head coach at Suffolk Community College and Sachem High School in Long Island, N.Y. At Sachem, Mercurio was a three-time Section XI Division I Coach of the Year, capturing 316 wins, 16 League/Division Titles while appearing in seven Suffolk County Finals. Mercurio also led Sachem to a 1993 New York State Championship and an appearance in the state finals in 1995.
Named the United States Lacrosse Coaches Association National High School Coach of the Year in 1995, Mercurio also served as an assistant coach on the Russian National team in 2014 and currently serves on the Federation of International Lacrosse Development Committee.
Mercurio coached 15 High School All-Americans during his time at Sachem and over 200 All-League/Division and All-County recipients. Former players who competed under Mercurio include Rutgers head coach Brian Brecht and Marquette men’s lacrosse head coach Joe Amplo.