Former Oswego State Men’s Soccer Coach Ernest Luongo Passes Away

Ernest Luongo
Ernest Luongo

OSWEGO – Former Oswego State men’s soccer coach Ernest Luongo passed away Sunday, October 2, 2011 in Oswego, N.Y at the age of 88. Luongo was the seventh coach for the Laker program from 1957-1966, compiling a record of 62-27-5 in his 10 seasons at the helm. During his final season of coaching in 1966, Luongo led the Lakers to a record of 7-2-1 and claimed the first and only SUNYAC Championship in program history.

Luongo joined the SUNY Oswego faculty in 1957 as an assistant professor of Health and Physical Education and the head men’s soccer coach, and remained a faculty member until he retired on August 1, 1985. In 1967, Luongo took a sabbatical leave when Governor Nelson Rockefeller appointed him as the Chief of the Bureau of Professional Education for the Narcotic Addiction Control Commission. In 1970, he was cited for Distinguished Service by Commissioner Laurence Pierce of the Narcotic Commission Control.

Luongo, who was named the 1970 recipient of the SUNY Oswego Alumni Association’s Distinguished Faculty Award, remained active within the Oswego community by serving on numerous health related committees. He was one of the earliest drug education voices in the State University system, and authored numerous scientific articles related to critical health issues. He was also a visiting scholar at St. Lawrence University and a visiting professor at SUNY Potsdam.

Luongo earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Cortland in 1948 and a Master of Science degree from the same institution in 1957. During his time at Cortland, he was a member of the men’s soccer team and a starting outfielder for the baseball team. In 1948, Luongo served as a physical education and science instructor and full-time coach in St. Michael’s, Maryland, Between 1951 and 1957, he taught and coached at Middleburgh (N.Y.) High where his soccer teams had a 50-5 record and won three sectional titles during a five-year stint without a league loss.

Luongo was inducted into the SUNY Cortland “C-Club” in 1983 and later inducted into the Oswego State Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, October 8 at 1 p.m. at the Church of the Resurrection, 120 West Fifth St. Oswego. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Church of the Resurrection or the charity of one’s choice. Additional information may be found at www.nelson-funeralhome.com.