Posted March 14, 2013 by DJ Enuff in Sports

NYC HS Coaching Legend Curran Passes Away at 82 [Photo]

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The 82-year-old legend missed the Stanners final few games with a broken knee cap, but Archbishop Molloy athletic director Michael McCleary said “he sounded to me like he was doing very well and on the road to recovery. I’m very surprised by it.”

“We don’t know many details at this point,” McCleary said. “We’re waiting to hear from the family.”

“He meant a lot, not only to me, but everybody at the school,” McCleary said. “It’s a huge loss for Archbishop Molloy.” – nypost

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Jack Curran with former NJ Nets NBA star Kenny Anderson.

Kenny Smith John Wooden

Kenny Smith was an original McDonald’s All-American. Here he stands with John Wooden.

NYC (Queens) Archbishop Molloy High School coaching legend Jack Curran passed away at 82 years old on Wednesday night. The immediate cause of death was not revealed, but after a recent fall he was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor in his lungs. He coached NBA players including Kenny Anderson, Kenny Smith, Robert Werdann, Brian Winters and Kevin Joyce. Over his 55 years of coaching, he led the Queens high school to five City Championships in basketball and 17 in baseball. He is the only NYC coach to win the championship in two sports in the same season: 1969, 1973,1974 and 1987. Curran won city Championships in three different decades. He was named the CHSAA Coach of the Year 25 times in basketball and 22 times in baseball, and was elected into nine different Halls of Fame, including the NYC Basketball Hall of Fame. Check out his history and photos below and some tweets and quotes above! Thatsenuff.com sends condolences out to friends and family of Jack Curran, the Queens-NYC HS coaching legend! R.I.P. to one of the greatest coaches in NYC history!

Jack Curran coaching Molloy since 1958 history pic

Curran grew up in the Kingsbridge section of The Bronx and was a three-sport at All Hallows, before going on to play baseball and basketball at St. John’s. He was a pitcher in the Brooklyn Dodgers and Phillies’ farm systems before a balky back forced him to quit.

He took over for Lou Carnesecca at Molloy in 1958 when Carnesecca became the St. John’s coach and never left, becoming a New York City icon. – nypost

Kenny Anderson and Jack Curran

Coach Curran and former NJ Nets NBA star Kenny Anderson.