Hodgson was admitted to the hospital last Sunday, the day after Floyd, the Suffolk Class AA champion, lost to Baldwin in the Long Island title game. The 63-year-old coach had complained of chest pain.
"He was such a dedicated coach," said longtime friend Paul Longo, who worked with Hodgson for the past 24 years in the Floyd district. "Our William Floyd community has lost a coach who was committed to the student-athletes of our district. He was loved by his players and had built the basketball program into a very successful one."
Hodgson, a 1967 West Islip graduate, turned the Floyd basketball program into a perennial contender. He led Floyd to the Suffolk Class AA title when the Colonials defeated Central Islip at Farmingdale State. Floyd, the Suffolk League I champion, had a record of 20-3.