CRANFORD - The Cranford High School boys lacrosse head coach Al Reinoso has been awarded the Len Roland Sportsmanship Award for the 2019 season. This award is based on the way a coach runs his program and it is a testament to him, his assistants, his players, and his team's parents.
Roland, a lacrosse standout at Cornell and former NJILOA (New Jersey Interscholastic Lacrosse Officials Association) official in the 70s and 80s, was a consummate professional and great teacher of the game. Following Roland's passing, the NJILOA created the “Len Roland Sportsmanship Award” in his honor, an award given to a coach and/or coaching staff that best emulates Len’s professionalism, sportsmanship, and honor of the game of lacrosse, as displayed during the course of the current season. The award is based on a nomination process, and the voting is undertaken by the entire 500 members of the NJILOA.
"The winning of this award undoubtedly would not be possible without the outstanding efforts, guidance, and quality parenting here in Cranford," said Reinoso in his thank you letter to the parents of his players. "It is a testament to the work you have done in raising fine, young men. Much thanks for the great job you have done."
"This award is a great achievement for our program, and I’m so proud of our coaching staff, players, and parents who made it all possible," he added.
Reinoso was presented the award at half-time of the Tournament of Champions Final held at Kean University on June 8.
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