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Editorial: Coaching Counts

Recently, the Garden City High School girls basketball team helped Coach Anthony Sparachia notch his 200th win. It’s a significant achievement that has Sparachia joining a number of other Trojans coaches that have stuck around long enough to rack up the wins and championships including Community Achievement Award Winner Diane “Chappy” Chapman (357 field hockey wins; 203 lacrosse wins) and football head coach Tom Flatley (five Long Island Championships).

Longevity is the key to this kind of success and with it comes the stability needed to maintain a quality sports program. As loath as the Jets fan in me is to admit, look no further than New England Patriots and Bill Belichick, who has managed to lock up three Super Bowl championships with a good shot at corralling a few more before he hangs up his whistle. It’s this kind of consistent demand of excellence that’s made Belichick as much of a winner as the coaches that are such an integral part of the Garden City School District athletic program.

– Dave Gil de Rubio