Mike’s father, the renowned coach Fred Acee, has joined forces with 212 Lacrosse as a consultant and head of curriculum. Having retired in 2009, Acee boasts over four decades of coaching expertise. With a career record of 350-223-1, he led Air Force as head coach from 1998 to 2008 before concluding his tenure with administrative duties in his final year. Notable achievements during his time with the Falcons include an upset victory against ninth-ranked conference rival Notre Dame in 2006 and a historic win against reigning national champion Virginia at the outset of the 2004 season. This victory marked the Falcons’ inaugural triumph over a top-ranked team.
Prior to his time at the Academy, Acee, a 1963 graduate of Cortland State, spent 30 years as the lacrosse coach at SUNY-Farmingdale. Under his guidance, the Rams secured three NJCAA championships and reached 25 Final Fours. Acee received the NJCAA Coach of the Year accolade on four occasions (1977, 1981, 1987, and 1997). Over his extensive career, he achieved numerous honors, including inductions into the IMLCA Hall of Fame, the Long Island Metropolitan Hall of Fame, the Junior College Lacrosse Hall of Fame, and the SUNY Cortland C Club Hall of Fame. He played a role as the defensive coach for the U.S. lacrosse team that clinched the world championship in 1994 and served as the head coach for the South team at the North/South All-Star Game in 2002. Acee was recognized as the Howdy Myers Man of the Year by the USILA in 2001, and in 2007, he received both the USILA’s Frenchy Julien Service Award and the IMLCA Creators Award.
Fred takes immense pride in his three children: Andreana, Paulette, and Mike. Furthermore, he is a doting grandfather to five beautiful grandchildren: Sara, Michael, Paige, Kayla, and Ella.