Coach Athanas Inducted Into NYS Basketball Hall of Fame

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The district is pleased to announce that Elwood-John H. Glenn High School girls’ varsity basketball coach Andrew Athanas was recently inducted into the Basketball Coaches Association of New York’s Class of 2016 Basketball Hall of Fame.

Following his nomination by Hall of Fame members Warren Fuller and Rich Castellano and resume submission, Mr. Athanas’ exceptional work experience, numerous coaching awards, volunteer service and track record for successful coaching seasons qualified him as an honoree.

With 40 years of coaching experience, Mr. Athanas dedicated 30 years as the head coach of the varsity girls’ basketball team at Elwood-John H. Glenn High School, Section XI Athletics. Under his advisement, the Elwood Lady Knights team received a state title, federal title, three Long Island titles, four county titles and 13 league titles. As the girls’ basketball head coach at Elwood, he holds a record of 369 wins. Leaving for retirement, the 2015-16 athletic season was his final year coaching at Elwood.

Among his many years of success, Mr. Athanas received the Suffolk County Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (SCWBCA) Service Award, 13 League Coach of the Year awards, five BCANY Coach of the Year awards, Newsday All-Long Island Coach of the Year, among others.

During his spare time, Mr. Athanas volunteers with the SCWBCA 100 Basketball Clinic, serves as league representative for the SCWBCA and volunteers with his team to wrap presents with the Salvation Army during Christmas time. Additionally, he founded the Elwood Summer Sports Program, which services up to 1,000 children each summer.

Among friends, family and other honorees, Mr. Athanas was inducted into the Hall of Fame during a special ceremony held at the Glens Falls Civic Center in Glens Falls on March 13.

“It was an incredibly humbling honor to be included among the current and past inductees,” said Athanas. “I accepted [the recognition] in the name of all the great Elwood-John Glenn kids I've coached over the last 30 years. Without them, none of this would have been possible.”