Resolution J1261-2013

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



  • Apr 17, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Apr 12, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


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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