THE BRONX - Legendary high school basketball and baseball coach Jack Curran has died at the age of 82.
The Bronx native and St. John's University graduate played minor league baseball for the Brooklyn Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies before starting his coaching career at Archbishop Molloy High School in Queens. He was in his 55th season at the time of his death.
Curran was named the Catholic League's baseball coach of the year 25 times, and received the same honor 22 times for basketball. He also won city championships in three different decades, and has been elected into nine different halls of fame, including the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame.
Curran won 972 basketball games and more than 1,700 baseball games in his coaching career.
Several of Curran's players went on to play professionally, including Kenny Anderson and Kenny Smith.
Curran suffered several health setbacks over the past few years, including lung cancer. He recently fell and broke his knee, but was expected to be back at Molloy for the upcoming baseball season.
His cause of death is not known.