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Longtime Lakeland softball coach Joe Alsup retires after 42 total seasons, 1,140 wins

By: Matthew B. Mowery, July 18, 2019, 1:01 pm

One of the most iconic softball coaches in Oakland County — and the state of Michigan — has decided to hang up his lineup card, as Lakeland’s Joe Alsup announced his retirement after 42 total seasons, 1,140 wins and two state championships. 

The news was posted on Lakeland’s Facebook page earlier this week. 

Only Regina’s Diane Laffey (1,212), Frankenmuth’s Brad Walraven (1,195), Saginaw Swan Valley’s Tom Kennelly (1,184) and Stevensville Lakeshore’s Denny Dock (1,170) accumulated more wins than Alsup (1,140-275) in his career. 

Mt. Pleasant’s Ted McIntyre, who ranked sixth in the state in wins (1,081), just behind Alsup, announced his retirement earlier this summer.

Alsup’s career started with nine seasons (1975-83) as the coach of Waterford Township, followed by 11 seasons (1984-1994) at Waterford Mott and four seasons across town at Waterford Kettering (1998-2001), before heading west on M-59 to White Lake, where he coached Lakeland from 2002 to last season, earning a district championship in his last go-round.

Alsup won a Class A title with Waterford Township in 1978, and a Division 1 title with Kettering 20 years later, taking the Captains back to the title game in 2000 and 2001, before taking Lakeland to three D1 title games (2006, 2007 and 2010) in five seasons.