A Legend Leaves

Coach Dan Fleming, the school’s longest-tenured and all-time wins leader, announced his retirement, ending his career with the Lancers after 27 seasons, La Salle athletic director Keith Pantling confirmed.  Fleming, who went 381-175 at La Salle, retires as the only coach to raise a state championship banner in 96’ and 11’.)  Fleming succeeded Hep Cronin, the father of current UC head coach and La Salle grad Mick Cronin.

Fleming, a 1981 graduate of Summit Country Day who went on to play college basketball at Northern Kentucky University.  Flemming said, “This was the right time,” Fleming told Cincinnati.com Monday evening. “We’ve had a nice run. I’ve been blessed to be the coach for 27 years. Our school is good. The administration, everybody has been outstanding.”  (Cincinnati.com)

Longtime assistant basketball coach Pat Goedde, a 1991 La Salle graduate, will succeed Dan Fleming as the fourth head basketball coach in school history.  Goedde was with Flemming, and La Salle, from 1989-1991.  Goedde was a player for the Coach. The day the season ended Goedde said Fleming offered him a job.  26 years later, Goedde is now taking over.  Goedde said, “Just to get the opportunity to become the fourth head coach in La Salle history, it’s unbelievable. Totally unbelievable. It’s a dream come true. I know what the La Salle community is about. I know the alumni. I know the past players. I know the administration … it’s just unbelievable.” (Cincinnati.com)

This doesn’t mean that Coach Flemming is done with sports.  He has three children who are active in sports either in playing or coaching.  So, he will have plenty to do.  Let’s just hope he has a nice comfortable car while doing all that traveling.  Good luck Coach!!!