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Longtime Coach Ed Garrone Honored

Whitman’s Girls Varsity Basketball Team presented Coach Garrone with a commemorative plaque, honoring his dedication to South Huntington athletics and education for over half a century.  thumbnail161669
Whitman’s Girls Varsity Basketball Team presented Coach Garrone with a commemorative plaque, honoring his dedication to South Huntington athletics and education for over half a century.
Athletes, alumni, parents and coaches joined together in congratulating Coach Garrone and thanking him for his many years of wisdom and commitment to coaching. thumbnail161670
Athletes, alumni, parents and coaches joined together in congratulating Coach Garrone and thanking him for his many years of wisdom and commitment to coaching.

The Girls Basketball Program, along with the entire South Huntington Community, owes a tremendous thank you to Coach Garrone. Coach has been a loyal and significant part of South Huntington athletics for literally over half a century, and there are hundreds of kids and families who are indebted to him.

Since the 1990’s, Coach Garrone has helped the girls basketball team amass well over three hundred wins, but he has been piling up the victories for the Wildcats decades before that. In 1967, Coach Garrone began coaching in the boys football program, and for 26 years he coached Freshman, JV and Varsity teams. He has helped shape many Division I athletes, received numerous Coach of the Year Awards, and was named Booster Club’s Man of the Year; however, his impact is not limited to just inside the lines. For fifty-two years, Coach Garrone has been the ideal role model for each and every athlete, and his former athletes fondly reminisce about their days with him and all of his memorable sayings. They proudly recall his physically demanding practices and never run out of compliments when his name is even mentioned.

Coach Garrone graduated from Holy Cross High School in 1963 and then graduated from St. John’s University in 1967, where he was a starter on the football team. He then began his career as an educator and taught Social Studies at Memorial Junior High School, Stimson Middle School, and Walt Whitman High School. Coach Garrone retired from teaching in 2002, but not surprisingly, he is still a history professor at Suffolk Community College. His students are as lucky to have him as they were back in 1967.

Lastly, and most importantly, Coach Garrone’s love for teaching and coaching is only surpassed by that for his family. During the hundreds of bus rides together, it became obvious that he is a hardworking man who is proud of his family. His wife Pat, his daughters Kelly and Kathleen, and his son Brendan are equally proud of him. Thank you, Coach, for the years that you’ve devoted to the student-athletes in South Huntington. We are all better people for having been your teammates. Good luck in retirement and see you at the games!