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Mount St. Dominic's veteran softball coach Lorenzo Sozio (left), here having a discussion with plate umpire Jim Stoeckel, has always gone about his business in a self-deflecting manner although the longtime diamond mentor had to be part of spotlight in a sense recently when he earned 500th win. (Photo by Bill Allen-www.NJSportAction.NET)

Mount’s Sozio Simply Enjoys Daily Sojourn
As New Member Of Softball’s 500-Win Club
By Bill Allen

CALDWELL-Whether it’s acting as one of the chief groundskeepers while grooming his team’s softball diamond – especially ine dealing with the wet weather we’ve been experiencing lately – or performing his daily in-house duties of coordinating the athletic programs at Mount St. Dominic Academy, Lorenzo Sozio is not interested in drawing attention on himself, especially during a week like this one when many who have followed the Mount’s time-honored, very successful softball program have taken time out to commemorate the recent occasion of their longtime coach achieving a particularly noteworthy victory plateau.

With this past Monday’s 11-2 Super Essex Conference-American Division victory over Bloomfield, Sozio won his 500th game, ironically, while directing his team along with co-head coach Rob Stern, against a Bengals squad guided by another recent 500-win coach, Bob Mayer.

The Mount's athletic director, who is in his 21st season at the helm of Mount softball fortunes, has coached his Lady Lion softball teams to six Essex County Tournament titles in addition to copping six Non-Public, North A state sectional crowns and two overall group state championships (one in Non-Public B in 1996 and more recently in Non-Public A in 2014.

“Zo,” as he is known to many in Essex softball circles, had an outstanding 22-4 record in his one season at nearby West Essex in North Caldwell in 1995, prior to his move to the Mount where he began a historic run that continues today with another very talented and title-contending squad.

All the while, in the midst of annually assuming status as one of the state’s top softball programs, the Mount’s veteran coach has never sought to be the center of attention.

Instead, he’s more interested in the daily of sojourn of coaching, keeping his diamond at a top playable condition, and maintaining the Mount as a very viable athletics program in Essex County and beyond.

“To tell you the truth, this is not something that is all that important to me at this point; in my mind it’s the type of thing that you think about after it's all over, after you've retired,” emphasized Sozio, who is 500-148-1 in his 21 seasons at the helm. “Right now, the important thing is to just do our best each and every time we step on the field.

“Also, this not something that I have done by myself. If there's something to be celebrated or noted, it's the fact that we've had, and continue to have, some great coaches and players associated with this program and I'm very, very proud of each and every one of them.

“They're the people who deserve the credit, not me, that's for sure!

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