Legendary coach dies at 82
by Beatrice Liu
Mar 20, 2013 | 1076 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jack Curran, the influential coach at Archbishop Molloy high school for the past 55 years, died last Thursday. He was 82.

Last month, Curran fell and broke his kneecap while he was on his way to church. His broken kneecap along with the lung cancer and kidney problems that he had been battling, took a tremendous toll on his health.

Under Curran, the school has 972 victories in basketball and 1,708 in baseball. “Those marks will never be broken,” said Molloy President Richard Karten.

The school’s first game of the season with Iona Prep was postponed last Saturday for the coach’s memorial service. To most of Curran’s student-athletes, he was more than a coach; he was also their mentor and friend.

“He stays connected with all of his players, and he’s always just a phone call away,” said Mike McLeary, director of athletics at Molloy.

Many of the coach’s students were awarded with athletic scholarships in college, and many took on professional roles following their athletic careers.

“He helped them academically and in their lives,” said McLeary. “The work place is a competitive arena, and the players are equipped for the real world.”

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