St. Lucie West Centennial High School’s Baseball Program honored outgoing Athletic Director John Messina prior to their last scheduled regular season contest against Port St. Lucie High School. The longtime AD/coach threw out the first pitch to his former catcher, Johnnie Rhoden, who is now the Head Coach at PSLHS.
Messina’s resume as a head coach includes over 400 victories, State Championships, multiple Major League players and countless collegiate scholarships at Monsignor Pace in Miami, Port St. Lucie High School, and Jensen Beach High School. As an Athletic Director, Messina brought the State Sportsmanship Award to SLW Centennial a record three times and had a great influence in bringing the FHSAA State Baseball Championships to Tradition Field. Currently, Messina is the host of the St. Lucie County Education Channel show, “Hey Coach”, where he interviews and highlights the accomplishments of local sports figures.
As Messina approaches retirement, he is anticipating the arrival of his first grandchild and is looking forward to spending time with family and being a grandpa!
He will be missed at SLWCHS!