Madison’s Sweeney announces retirement

By Mark Kitchin

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Mark Sweeney retired from his post as Madison boys lacrosse coach at the end of the Dodgers’ recent 5-14 season.

Sweeney’s legacy includes more than a decade of success and two appearances in the Morris County Tournament title game.

“I’m proud of what we accomplished,” Sweeney said. “We turned Madison from a “C” Division team to an “A” Division team. We’ve had a lot of success. I’m pleased with that.”

Sweeney finished with a mark of 191-85 over 14 seasons but his relationship with Dodgers lacrosse goes much deeper than the varsity level. Sweeney, a Madison High alumnus, started the Madison Junior Lacrosse Club which helped develop the players for the high school program and make it competitive with some of the best teams in the state.

Two seasons stand out as during Sweeney’s reign.  In 2007, Madison finished with a school record of 20-2. The Dodgers advanced to the MCT title game for the first time in school history where they fell to Delbarton. In the semifinal round the Dodgers defeated area powerhouse Mountain Lakes.The Lakers returned the favor a few weeks later in the Group I finals. Matt Langan, Bobby Caetta and Rob Novak earned honors for the Dodgers that season.

In 2010, Madison finished with a 17-5 mark. One of those wins was a victory over Delbarton in the MCT semifinals. The Dodgers advanced to play Kinnelon in the MCT title game. That year Madison also went to a group final but lost to Summit which won both Group I and Tournament of Champions titles.  Charlie Oldendorp and Austen Lein were standouts on that squad.

Sweeney has been awarded numerous honors over the years. He was chosen for the New Jersey Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2011. He has also been a chairperson of the New Jersey Lacrosse Jamboree boys’ and girls’ lacrosse All-Star games for several years. He also served as the head coach of Team New Jersey at the Adidas National Lacrosse Classic Underclassman Games.

Sweeney plans to continue his Sweeney Triple H sports business including his youth lacrosse camps at least for the next few years. He also may return to coaching at some time in the future, but probably not as a head coach. He will likely be spending some of his time watching his daughter Shannon who plays lacrosse a Wagner College. Despite a difficult varsity season, Madison has a bright future. Its promising freshman team finished at 15-3. Indications are that the Dodgers next varsity coach will probably have a teaching background and be employed within the school district.

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Mark Kitchin is a boys varsity basketball writer for the Morris County New Jersey area

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