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Rye’s Jack Curran, 55 Year Coach, Dies

Rye resident and legendary high school coach Jack Curran died last Thursday at age 82. CBS New York has the write-up and you can also read the school's news release and see pictures.


NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Jack Curran, who spent more than a half century at Archbishop Molloy High School and was among the nation’s winningest prep coaches in basketball and baseball, has died. He was 82…

Curran coached 55 years at the school. In 1958, he became the basketball coach at what was then St. Ann’s Academy. He succeeded Lou Carnesecca, who left to coach St. John’s.

NBA players Brian Winters, Kevin Joyce, Kenny Smith and Kenny Anderson played under Curran at Archbishop Molloy…

He was just as revered on the baseball diamond.

“He loved talking about baseball and was just a great guy,” said Mets outfielder Mike Baxter. “I think in the outside world he was considered legendary and things like that, but I think the guys who knew him and played for him, he was more. He was just selfless and really put the lives of the kids that he had first. I think that’s why he was around forever. It meant everything to him. It’s definitely a sad day.”

Curran won CHSAA Coach of the Year honors 22 times in basketball and 25 times in baseball. Curran was the winningest coach in New York state, with 972 victories in basketball and 1,708 in baseball…

Curran, who lived in Rye, N.Y., was a star college athlete at St. John’s who went on to play minor league baseball for the Dodgers and Phillies."


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