Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Grasso reaching 1,500 career games

Thursday, April 11, 2019 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

Mike Grasso has been a mainstay at Bethlehem Catholic since 1974 and has spent the majority of his adult life coaching sports for the Golden Hawks.

This week the 68-year-old Grasso was slated to add another feather in his cap when the Hawks were slated to take on Pocono Mountain West on Friday, in what would be Grasso’s 1,500th career game coaching at Bethlehem Catholic.

Grasso has coached baseball for the past 44 years, but also spent 21 years as a soccer coach, five years coaching girls basketball and 10 years coaching football.

With this week’s game slated to be on the road at Pocono Mountain West, the school was hoping to flip the field to the Hawks home turf to recognize Grasso on the grounds he’s devoted so much of his life to.

“I’ve always set personal goals for myself,” said Grasso. “Once I hit 500 games, then I wanted to reach 1,000 games and then I passed that and I wanted to reach 1,500 games. I’ve never missed a game in my life. I’ve been real fortunate to be in this position and be able to do things that I have a passion and love for.”

When you think about the sheer number of games that Grasso has been apart of throughout the years, he’s coached roughly 34 games a year on average over his 44 years at the school.

With Grasso approaching this major feat, it might be the last one he may hit, unless hitting 2,000 game mark is in the realm of possibility.

“I think it is a possibility,” he said. “I just love teaching and coaching. I’ve been lucky to be healthy over these years and I’ll do my best to get another 500 games under my belt.”