Jack Curran racked up dozens of Coach of the Year awards and was inducted into nine different Halls of Fame, but those who knew him say his character outshone his trophies.
Jack Curran spent more than a half century compiling records in high school basketball and baseball that won't be toppled anytime soon. Maybe never.
The 82-year-old coaching great from Archbishop Molloy High School died Thursday, the school said. Despite years of medical problems, he rarely missed a day at school, let alone a game or practice.
When former players, opponents, friends and colleagues spoke of him, the wins and titles were secondary to the character of the man.
"He was one of the true saints in scholastic sports," said Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame coach Lou Carnesecca, whom Curran succeeded at Molloy. "I can't think of anyone with a better record for two sports than Jack. His records will always stand and be tough to break. However, it's what he did for kids that was more important and not necessarily just athletes from Molloy but from the New York area."
Curran's teams won five city championships in basketball and 17 in baseball. No other New York City coach has ever won a title in both sports in the same year. Curran did it four times — 1969, 1973, 1974 and 1987. His record was 972-437 in basketball and 1,708-523 in baseball.