Whenever athletes, coaches or students step on the Floyd high school east gymnasium floor, they will be honoring the memory of former coach Bob Hodgson. The school named the floor in honor of the late coach prior to Saturday's game against Bay Shore.
"It's wonderfully appropriate," said Floyd coach Rob Hodgson Jr., who took over for his father after his passing. "We're honored that they elected to do this. The east gym has always been his home. It was home for a lot of us."
The floor, which now reads 'Bob Hodgson Gymnasium' in green letters, was redone this summer, Hodgson Jr. said.
Hodgson died from heart attack complications in March 2012. He coached Floyd for 23 seasons and compiled a 265-190 record, including Suffolk County championships in 1994, 1997, and 2012. He also won six Suffolk League I titles. He was inducted into the Floyd Hall of Fame in December 2012.
Hodgson took over before the 1989-1990 season, inheriting a team that had won only once in its previous 52 games. The turnaround was fast, with Floyd making the playoffs in Hodgson's first season, needing to win the final game of the season to do so.
"We were 2-4 in the league and lost to Connetquot in the final game of the first half in triple overtime," recalled Hodgson Jr., who played for his father at Floyd from 1989-1994. "We beat Connetquot in the last game of the season after being down double digits at halftime to make the playoffs."
Hodgson was a two-sport star at West Islip. He quarterbacked the football team and was the Suffolk Tournament MVP on the 1967 championship basketball team. After graduating, Hodgson played basketball at Penn State University.
"He was a very good basketball coach and stressed fundamentals," Hodgson Jr. said. "He made me better."
All four of Hodgson's children, Rob, Rex, Rose, and Ryan were in attendance as well as in-laws Kim, Joe Gudreau, and Tina, and grandchildren Alec, Jayce Robert, Kiera, Emma, and Madison.