2013-06-21 / Sports

Coach Tom Flatley elected to the Hall of Fame

BY JAKE WHITE

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association has announced the election of veteran Garden City High School football and lacrosse coach Tom Flatley. Now in his 50th year of coaching at the scholastic level, Flatley is still at the top of his game. In 2012-13 he led the Trojan football team to an unexpected Long Island Championship, then produced yet another undefeated J. V. Lacrosse team. The induction will take place July 31 in Rochester.

At Sewanhaka, Tom was an assistant football coach for three decades, including the Indians’ Conference Champion grid teams of 1979 and 1980, which produced a quarterback named Vinnie Testaverde. Four years later, Tom returned to Garden City High School, his alma mater (class of 1957), to serve as Defensive Coordinator for Doc Dougherty in 1983 and 1984. Garden City compiled a record of 16-2-1, including a Conference II Championship.

In 1985, Tom became the Trojans’ head coach, beginning the most successful scholastic football coaching career in Long Island history.

In 28 seasons, Flatley has compiled a record of 246 wins, 40 losses and 7 ties, the best winning percentage (.852) among all New York coaches with 100 wins. His teams have won 18 Conference Championships, five Long Island titles and four Rutgers Cups. Garden City set a (then) Long Island record of 30 consecutive wins from 1990-92 and went unbeaten in 47 consecutive Conference II games. Tom was named Newsday’s Nassau Coach of the Year four times and was once selected as Metropolitan Area Coach of the Year.

Tom Flatley, a graduate of Lehigh University, is known for his outstanding organizational skills and meticulous preparation. His teams always play excellent defense and this has paid off with 27 playoff appearances in his 28 years as head coach.

Tom’s lacrosse resume’ is impressive as well. He compiled an excellent record as head coach at Sewanhaka, including the 1981 L.I. Championship. He coached the U.S. National team to a World Championship and was the General Manager of seven U.S. 19-andunder World Championship squads (1988, 1992, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2008 and 2012). He served as General Manager of the New York Saints of the M.I.L.L. As coach of Garden City’s J.V. lacrosse team since 1988, he has helped build the foundation of the Trojans’ success, compiling a record of 357 wins, 31 losses and 2 ties - a .918 winning percentage. He is a member of the Metropolitan NY Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

- the best winning percentage (246- 40-7, .852) of any L.I. football coach

- 18 Nassau Conference Championships

- 4 Rutgers Cups

- most appearances in L.I. Championship and five titles

- 7 undefeated seasons

- L.I. record 30 consecutive wins 1990-92

- Unbeaten in 47 consecutive Conference II games

- Won a record six straight Conference titles

- Four-time Newsday Nassau Coach of the Year

- Metropolitan Area Coach of the Year

- Won L.I. lacrosse championship at Sewanhaka in 1981

- The first coach to win L.I. Championships in both lacrosse and football

- 357-31-2 .918 as J.V. lacrosse coach at Garden City

- Coached U.S.National team to World Championship

General Manager of seven World Champion U.S. 19 and Under teams

- Member of the Sewanhaka and Garden City H.S. Halls of Fame

- Member of the Metropolitan-NY Lacrosse Hall of Fame

- Member of the NYPHSAA Hall of Fame

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