EDISON — Mike Lepore, who coached high school and college baseball in New Jersey for 50 years, recently announced his retirement – sort of. He will continue to assist his son, Mike Lepore Jr., the coach at South River High School. But his days as a head coach have ended.
The senior Lepore served as the head coach for Middlesex County College from 1998 through this season, compiling 350 victories, a school record. He had been an assistant coach at MCC from 1988 to 1997. Before that, he was coach at Madison Township High School, Cedar Ridge and South River, winning 291 varsity games, including several conference championships and a state championship.
At the college’s Athletic Banquet in May, Middlesex County College retired his jersey and presented it to him. No one on the college baseball team will ever wear number 1 again. A retired math teacher at Old Bridge High School, Lepore’s first priority was academics.
“We will all miss Mike’s professionalism and dedication,” said Bob Wisniewski, the athletic director. “He was an excellent coach and a wonderful mentor for students. For years he would tutor athletes in math. He’d help all athletes, not just the baseball players. And he took pride in their success. I think he was as proud of their academic achievements as much as their athletic success.”
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