Long-time head softball coach Steve Miklos won his 500th career game in the Lancers season opener on Saturday, February 12, against Esperanza.
“Reaching 500 wins is a special milestone that has been made possible by having great assistant coaches, talented players, and support from our administration. I especially appreciate having my oldest daughter Jenny Miklos coaching alongside me since 2004,” said Coach Miklos.
Coach Miklos’s coaching career at Orange Lutheran began in 1998, and his daughters, Jenny and Laura, were members of that squad. In the 24 years since, he has coached the Lancers to two CIF-SS Championships, two runner-up finishes, and 11 league titles. Seven of the Lancers’ league titles under Miklos have occurred in the Trinity League, which the school moved into in 2006. His program has produced over 65 alumnae who have continued to play collegiate softball.
For 19 of those 24 years, his daughter Jenny has served as his assistant coach. “It's been a blessing to be coached by him and then, in turn, coach with him,” she said. “He is passionate about the game of softball and the mission of Orange Lutheran High School. He wants the girls to perform and learn on the field and cares deeply about the life lessons they are learning through being part of the softball program.”
“It has truly been a joy and honor to be able to witness the tremendous impact that Coach Miklos and his family have had on Orange Lutheran over the years,” principal Todd Eklund said. “As the longest-tenured coach at our school, his ongoing legacy continues to leave an indelible mark on countless student-athletes, coaches, colleagues, and the community. On behalf of the Orange Lutheran community, we are proud of Coach Miklos and this special milestone and accomplishment.”
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