Legends of the Game

In the eightieth edition of Legends of the Game we look at the career of Tony Resch.

A big thank you to Wikipedia and Stats Crew for the information.

Resch is a retired lacrosse player, and current field and box lacrosse coach.

– Former head coach of the Philadelphia Wings of the National Lacrosse League from 1994 to 2001, and led the Wings to four Championships.

– Was named to the NLL Hall of Fame in 2008.

– Returned to coaching as the head coach of the Philadelphia Barrage of Major League Lacrosse.

– Graduated from Yale University, where he was a two-time All-American and three-time All-Ivy League player.

– Won a gold medal in the 1990 World Lacrosse Championship held in Perth, Australia as a member of Team USA.

– Currently a guidance counselor at La Salle College High School, in Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania. He also serves as Defensive Co-ordinator for the La Salle Lacrosse team, and assistant to head coach Rob Forster.

Resch played as a defenseman with the Philadelphia Wings of the National Lacrosse League for six seasons, and was Team Captain for three of those. He scored 12 goals and was credited with 10 assists during his playing career. He was a member of the MILL Championship Philadelphia Wings teams in 1989 season and 1990 season.

Resch was the Wings Head Coach from 1994 to 2001. Under the guidance of Resch, the Wings went to the playoffs every season he was head coach, and won the Championship in 1994, 1995, 1998, and 2001. As Head Coach of the Wings, Resch had a 59-27 regular season record.

In 2003, Resch joined the Colorado Mammoth midway through the season as associate coach, and helped guide them into the playoffs. He did not return for the following season.

Resch joined the Philadelphia Barrage of Major League Lacrosse as head coach. In his first season as coach, the team finished 4-8, and missed the playoffs.

In his second season as head coach in 2006, Resch led the Barrage to the Major League Lacrosse Championship while finishing the regular season 10-2.

In 2001, Resch was presented with the inaugural NLL Coach of the Year award. The award was renamed to the Les Bartley Award in 2004. In 2006, Resch was awarded the Warrior Major League Lacrosse Coach of the Year Award. Resch was inducted into the National Lacrosse League Hall of Fame in February, 2008.

Coaching Career 1994-2008:

Tony Resch compiled a record of 83 wins and 43 losses in his coaching career with the Philadelphia Wings, Philadelphia Barrage and Barrage. He began coaching during the 1995 season and last coached during the 2008 campaign.

Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.