Gary Podesta New MCLA President
The MCLA executive committee is pleased to announce that it has selected Gary Podesta to complete the remaining term of former president Tony Scazzero .
Gary Podesta began his lacrosse career on Long Island, New York and continued to Washington and Lee University where two life-long vocations emerged; physical therapy and lacrosse coaching.
Gary began his coaching career in 1979 at Bethpage High School in New York producing three players who would become college All-Americans.
After moving to California, Gary began to coach at the college level. From 1983-1995, 2000-2009 and again from 2011 to 2012, he was the head coach at Santa Clara University. In 1993 he was selected as Western Collegiate Lacrosse League Division 1 Coach of the Year.
Podesta was the offensive coordinator/assistant coach at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, Ca in 2010. He coached the Argentina National Lacrosse team at the 2010 FILA World Championships in Manchester, England. He is the President of the WCLL and serves on the Board of the Northern California Chapter of US Lacrosse. He also served as the Director of Game Operations for the San Francisco Dragons of Major League Lacrosse.
In 2003, Podesta was inducted into the Santa Clara University Athletic Hall of Fame. In 2010 Gary was inducted into the US Lacrosse Northern California Chapter Hal of Fame.
Podesta resides in Gilroy, CA with his wife Lyndsey and their family. He is a physical therapist working as an ergonomic consultant at Chevron Corporation headquarters in San Ramon, Ca.