Mourning the death of legendary Archbishop Molloy High School Coach Jack Curran

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION mourning the death of legendary Archbishop Molloy
High School Coach Jack Curran

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to pay proper tribute
to individuals of great character whose lives exemplify the highest
ideals of humanity; and
WHEREAS, Coach Jack Curran of Rye, New York, died on Thursday, March
14, 2013, at the age of 82; he spent more than a half century compiling
records coaching high school basketball and baseball that might never be
toppled; and
WHEREAS, Jack Curran grew up in the Bronx and graduated from St.
John's University; he played minor league baseball for both the Dodgers
and Phillies; and
WHEREAS, In 1958, Jack Curran was living in West Springfield, Massa-
chusetts, working as a building supplies salesman, when one morning he
read in a newspaper that St. John's University, his alma mater, had
hired Lou Carnesecca as an assistant basketball coach; Lou Carnesecca
had been the baseball and basketball coach at Archbishop Molloy High
School in Queens and Jack Curran applied for the newly vacant job, was
hired and held onto the position for 55 years; and
WHEREAS, When former players, opponents, friends and colleagues spoke
of him, the wins and titles were secondary to the character of Jack
Curran; he did so much for youth throughout New York City; and
WHEREAS, Coach Jack Curran's teams won five city championships in
basketball and 17 in baseball; no other New York City coach has ever won
a title in both sports in the same year, but Coach Curran did it four
times during the 1969, 1973, 1974 and 1987 seasons; and
WHEREAS, Coach Jack Curran's record was 972-437 in basketball and
1,708-523 in baseball; many of his former players included some of New
York City's biggest names in high school basketball such as 1972 Olympi-
an Kevin Joyce, Brian Winters, Kenny Smith, Kenny Anderson and Russ
Smith; and
WHEREAS, A great teacher and mentor who was humble and taught many how
to behave by example, Jack Curran is the only high school coach in the
New York State Hall of Fame in both basketball and baseball; he is also
the only coach to be selected as National Coach of the Year in two
different sports; and
WHEREAS, Jack Curran was honored as Catholic High School Athletic
Association Coach of the Year 25 times in baseball, 22 times in basket-
ball and won city championships in three decades; he was elected into
nine different Halls of Fame, including the New York City Basketball
Hall of Fame; and
WHEREAS, Armed with a humanistic spirit, imbued with a sense of
compassion, Coach Jack Curran leaves behind a legacy which will long
endure the passage of time and will remain as a comforting memory to all
he served and befriended; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
mourn the death of legendary Archbishop Molloy High School Coach Jack
Curran; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the family of Jack Curran.


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