Coached By: Aaron Littman
Bob McGuire's initial involvement with lacrosse is odd to say the least. He moved from Commack to Huntington in 7th grade and his allergist recommended he play outdoors and run around to beat asthma, which served as a crippling pain during his childhood.
"He said you have to do something different to get it out of your system," McGuire said. "I was constantly having asthma attacks."
A guy who lived next door asked him to come outside one day and toss a ball around and the rest is history. He would run with ankle weights, lift weights and eventually practiced lacrosse non-stop and grew out of asthma not long after.
He remembers the days of practicing in the neighborhood, tossing balls around in back yards and blasting the radio to what he calls a "social practice."
McGuire played varsity his junior and senior years at Huntington under Aaron Littman and helped lead the Blue Devils past Ward Melville in the Suffolk County championship in 1973, before losing to East Meadow in the Long Island final. The previous year, McGuire remembers losing to a Brentwood team led by the legendary Frank Urso.
The '73 Suffolk title game is one of the best from that era, featuring two prominent programs with extremely skilled rosters.
"It was one of those games where every guy that was good played even better," McGuire recalls. "Ward Melville was just in shock."
McGuire played attack and drove the offense hard and sounds focused in his voice today, just as he was some 30 years ago.
"I could find the open man," he says. "I could always hit them like a quarterback could lead a receiver. We played tight around the crease, used quick dodge moves, picks, rolls, an old basketball style. We'd time things well with a lot of redirects. A lot of our shots were really well executed, in tight, high intensity plays."
Everything clicked his senior year. He set a school record in points with 103, which still stands (he had 130 for his career, which is 16th all-time in Huntington). He locked up All-American honors, and shortly after learning that was told he won the Enners Award as Suffolk's top player.
McGuire originally intended on going to Washington College, but was offered a chance to play at Penn State, which he couldn't pass up. Quickly, he helped change the program around. With the aid of his father, he would recruit players from Long Island to play for the Nittany Lions, breaking today's ethical boundaries of the NCAA. It worked though, and Penn State was ranked as high as No. 10 in the nation by his junior year,
Joe Paterno let some football players play lacrosse during the spring, which helped because of their size and athleticism. Players like Gregg Buttle (Jets) and Rich Mauti (Saints) grabbed sticks and made a major difference in the spring months at Penn State.
McGuire was an All-American his senior year and played club lacrosse until he was 50 years old. He played for the Huntington Lacrosse Club, the New York Athletic Club, a summer league in New Jersey and participated in a tournament at Lake Placid a number of times.
Bob McGuire has been a Senior Executive in the Technology and Healthcare industry for over 20 years and currently owns and operates iWave an industry leading telecommunications consulting and services business in New York City.