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Letter: Amityville coach deserved better

Amityville head coach Jack Agostino directs his players

Amityville head coach Jack Agostino directs his players against Jericho in the Long Island boys basketball Class A final at the David S. Mack Arena on March 9, 2013. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

If it weren't so serious a subject, the dishonorable discharge of Jack Agostino ["Agostino out as Amityville coach," Sports, Oct. 17] as the Amityville boys basketball coach after 27 exemplary years could be sardonically termed the "Amityville Horror."

How can a reputable school district summarily dismiss such a popular and successful mentor and role model without recognition of the inspiration and pride he bestowed upon generations of young athletes?

Agostino used an ineligible player, who appeared briefly in two playoff games last season. It was bad enough for Section XI, the Suffolk high school sports governing body, to strip Amityville of it Suffolk Class A championship three days after beating Glenn, 74-73, fair and square. This particular youngster was not a superstar, although he might be someday. No, he was a benchwarmer who Agostino felt deserved to wear a varsity jersey for the playoffs.

Now Agostino, who ranks fifth all-time in Long Island history with 473 career victories, has been cheated of perhaps becoming No. 1. An admirable career ignominiously shattered by blind and blunt bureaucracy.

Joe Krupinski, Sea Cliff

Editor's note: The writer is a former sportswriter for Newsday.