Jack Agostino, who ranks fifth all-time in Long Island history with 473 career victories, is out as boys basketball coach at Amityville.
Amityville athletic director Ted Tsirigotis told News 12 Thursday that "as of now, he is no longer our basketball coach," but added that Agostino, the team's coach for 27 years, is one of three candidates who have officially applied for the position.
A source close to Agostino, however, said, "Jack was told he is not getting the job."
A decision on the new coach is expected to be made at the Nov. 3 meeting of the Amityville school board. The first practice is on Nov. 19.
In a statement issued to Newsday late Thursday afternoon, Amityville school superintendent Dr. Mary Kelly said, "As coaching appointments are made on a season-by-season basis, the district is in the process of hiring a basketball coach that will carry on the tradition of excellence for the Amityville basketball program. As we are still actively accepting candidates, the district cannot provide details on the process. However, an appointment is expected to be made at the November Board of Education meeting."
Agostino guided Amityville to a 473-128 record and .787 winning percentage. His Warriors won four straight state Class A public school and state Federation titles (2000-2003), the only Long Island boys basketball team ever to accomplish that feat. Amityville won 23 league, 11 county class titles and nine L.I. titles under Agostino.
Last season, his team beat Glenn, 74-73, for the Suffolk Class A title but was stripped of its championship three days later by Section XI, the Suffolk high school sports governing body, for using an ineligible player. The player in question, who appeared briefly in two playoff games, was "a junior varsity eighth-grade student who was not cleared to play on the varsity level," Kelly said in a statement at the time.