Volunteer Assistant Chess Coach honored for dedication Thursday, December 27, 2012
A Lincoln-Way Central graduate and volunteer assistant coach for the Lincoln-Way Chess team was honored this month for his time and dedication to the Central chess team.
Mike Pakosz has been a volunteer chess coach for the past two years helping out at every practice and tournament. He was officially recognized by Principal Steve Provis before a practice session on December 10.
"Thank you for your passion for coaching and volunteering here at Lincoln-Way Central. Your attitude and effort reflect your dedication to the Lincoln-Way Knights. It's great that you as an alumni take the time to help our current chess team members," Provis said to Pakosz and members of the chess team and current head coach Dave Davidson.
Mike is a graduate of the class of 2008. He was a member of the chess team all four years he attended Lincoln-Way Central. His record while he attended Lincoln-Way was 108 wins, 40 losses and 8 draws. Mike is a member of the 2007 team that won the class 5A bracket at the state tournament. He placed 5th on Board 6 in the state contest. Mike notes his father taught him to play at age 2.
"I love the game. There is something about Lincoln-Way that makes me want to come back and help. I have very positive memories about Central and still feel connected to Lincoln-Way," said Mike.