Jack Curran, 82, Of Rye, Legendary High School Coach And Mentor

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RYE, N.Y. - Jack Curran of Rye, the famously successful college basketball and baseball coach, died March 13. He was 82.

Curren spent 55 years as a basketball and baseball coach and physical education teacher at Archbishop Molloy High School in Queens, N.Y. 

His record was 972-437 as a basketball coach and 1,708-523 as a baseball coach, The New York Times reported in its obituary for Curran.

Some of his players went on to play in the NBA, including Brian Winters, Kenny Smith, Kenny Anderson and Kevin Joyce, the Times reported, and current Mets outfielder Mike Baxter played baseball at Molloy for Curran.

Curran was born Sept. 6, 1930, in New York City to Helen Matthews and Thomas J. Curran.

He attended All Hallows High School and St. John's University, graduating with a bachelor's degree in English. He captained the St. John's baseball team in his senior year and went on to play in the minor leagues with the Brooklyn Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies organizations.

Curran is survived by his adopted sister, Mary Lyons Manion, of Herkimer, N.Y.; and his nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by two brothers, Thomas and Gerard Curran; and a sister, Helen.

Calling hours will be Tuesday, March 19 from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. at Graham Funeral Home in Rye. Funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, March 20 at 11 a.m. at the Church of the Resurrection in Rye.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Little Sisters of the Poor of 2999 Schurz Ave., Bronx, NY 10645, www.littlesistersofthepoor.org or the Dominican Sisters Family Health Service, 299 North Highland Ave., Ossining, New York 10582, www.dsfhs.org.

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In lieu of the fact that the coach was an international figure in honing the skills of basketball and baseball players, this obit was remarkably insubstantial.