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Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach John Raba to be Inducted into Middletown Sports Hall of Fame

Photo by Steve McLaughlin
Photo by Steve McLaughlin

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Wesleyan men's lacrosse head coach John Raba will be inducted into the Middletown Sports Hall of Fame on Thursday, Jan. 24 at the Red Lion Hotel in Cromwell. Raba is one of 11 individuals--including former football standout Matt Moravek '92--and four teams inducted into the 26th class.

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Tickets for the event are $50 per person and $15 for children under 12. For information, call Johanna Bond at the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce at 860-347-6924.

"It is an absolute honor and privilege to be inducted into the Middletown Sports Hall of Fame," said Raba. "I feel blessed to be recognized with some of Middletown's finest. I feel extremely fortunate to have worked with so many great administrators, coaches, and players throughout the years. Without their support and effort, this honor would not be attainable!" 

Raba has been at the helm of the Wesleyan men's lacrosse program for 22 seasons and in 2018, he led the Cardinals to the University's first-ever national team championship. Wesleyan had the toughest road to the finals as it defeated No. 8 Cabrini (12-7), No. 2 Tufts (12-11), and No. 1 RIT (19-18) before earning an 8-6 win over perennial powerhouse, No. 3 Salisbury.

In his 22 years at the helm of the Cardinals, Raba has amassed an incredible 265-113 (.701) record with 19 winning seasons, while competing in arguably the most competitive conference in the country. The three-time NESCAC Coach of the Year became the winningest coach in league history this past season. He was also named the 2017 USILA Division III Coach of the Year and is a six-time New England Coach of the Year.

Raba has coached three national position players of the year and 43 All-Americans during his tenure. His teams have qualified for the NCAA Division III Tournament on six occasions and are 14-5 all-time with four semifinal appearances. Additionally, Wesleyan has won two NESCAC Championships and its 23 conference postseason wins are third all-time behind only Tufts (31) and Middlebury (26).

Moravek played linebacker, tight end, and on special teams for the Cardinals' football team. As a sophomore, he set the single-season record for tackles with 135 and was named Second Team All-NESCAC. A two-time captain, he earned First Team All-NESCAC during his junior and senior seasons with 118 and 132 tackles, respectively. He entered his senior campaign as a preseason All-American pick and finished his career as the program's all-time leader in tackles.