Unknown tidbits of local coaches

Published May 14, 2017 at 9:00am

I have been friends with so many coaches over the years that this column is about something you might not know about them.

Tom Hoke: Everyone knows about his legendary football career but did you know he was one of the best boys IAABBO basketball officials back in the 80s and 90s?

Tom Myslinski Sr.: Did you know he played with the New York Jets after college until he had a career-ending injury? Tom was a huge football star at the University of Maryland.

Mike Adey: He holds the record for most Section lll high school basketball victories (566) but did you know he spent a few years coaching college hoops at Utica College?  He might have had over 600 if he stayed with high school.

Don Bruce: He was a tremendously successful football coach at Rome Free Academy yet voluntarily stepped down to be an assistant coach so Tom Hoke could get the job. The rest is history.

Stan Evans: He worked the famous Five Star basketball camp in the summers and would bring talented local high school athletes with him. I know he paid for most of their expenses out of his own pocket. Pretty special stuff. 

Bill Fleet: He is famous as an outstanding hockey coach but back in 1983 he coached the varsity baseball team at Rome Catholic High and took them to the League title, Section lll championship and State Championship game.

Mike Davis: He is known as a great football player and coach but back in 1968 a Yankees scout came to his house and wanted him to sign a baseball contract. He said “no thanks” and the rest is history.

Don McLellan: He coached most of his career at Westmoreland Central School as the varsity boys basketball coach but did you know back in 1971 he was a finalist for the Hamilton College job? He got beat out by a small school coach from Belleville named Tom Murphy. Don is the Bulldogs’ all-time winningest basketball coach.

Dick Meiss: When he coached the RFA varsity hockey team he won two state championships back in the 80s. Did you know he is a veteran of the US Army? 

From the mailbag: I had so many e-mails and phone calls for picking the winner of the Kentucky Derby last week. Stay tuned for the next leg of the triple crown.( Preakness)

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms reading this column. May you have all the joy your heart can hold....All the smiles a day can bring....All the blessings a life can unfold.....may you have God’s best in everything.