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Coach Mike Remembered

Mike Torrellas was many things; a father, husband, son, brother, a friend. But for thousands of athletes in Hicksville and neighboring communities, Mike was known as a coach. His sudden passing on Dec. 30 at the age of 53 was a shock to the community, and the legacy he left on Hicksville athletics will not soon be forgotten.

Mike coached several youth football, basketball and baseball leagues. In 2002, him and his brother, Kim Torrellas, founded the Hicksville Crusaders.

“He was very excited and passionate about it, right from the beginning,” says Mike’s wife Tonia. “It wasn’t easy, but he loved it. He woke up every day for it. ”

Mike poured money and time into the program, and today the Hicksville Crusaders boasts 500 players.

“He really was the driving force and founder of the program,” says Kim. “He was always there early in the morning and would always stay late. He was a fixture there.”

When he wasn’t coaching, Mike loved spending time with his family, including Tonia, his wife of 25 years and their two children. A funeral mass was held for him last week.

See Mike Torrellas' Obituary