As soon as Jack Agostino's journey to 400 career coaching wins was finished Friday, he began a less time-consuming trip. It was a one-hour drive (no traffic) from Amityville to Izod Center to see his former player, A.J. Price, suit up for the visiting Indiana Pacers on Friday night against the Nets.
Call it good timing for "a good day," Agostino said by phone on the way to New Jersey. With Amityville's 86-50 victory at home Friday over Westhampton, Agostino became the second Suffolk boys basketball coach to reach 400 wins. Amityville (7-1) also clinched its 23rd consecutive playoff berth.
"It's an unbelievable feeling right now," Agostino said. "In the position I'm in, you have an opportunity to impact someone else's life. But these kids don't know how much of an impact they've had on my life."
He's coached a notable list of players, including active NBA players Price and the Washington Wizards' Mike James. There is also Jason Fraser, who played at Villanova and was part of the Amityville group that won four straight state public school Class B titles from 2000 to 2003.
"When you win that many games, it means you're getting older and you have good players, but the relationships that you build last a lifetime," said Agostino, 47. "That's what you remember about all these victories."