When I first heard the news that Fox Lane coach Joe Amuso had announced his retired last Tuesday night, it sort of caught me off guard. With New Rochelle’s Jim Guccione and Carmel’s Bill Twardy officially announcing their retirements at the All-Section Brunch a few weeks back and no word from Amuso, I along with many others assumed that Amuso would be back for his 42nd season. In fact, I had even had a conversation with Amuso about his team’s outlook for next season.
This is apparently something that Amuso has considered for a few years now, and he said that he wasn’t completely sure of his decision until some point in the middle of the Fox Lane team dinner last Tuesday. He leaned over and told assistant coach Anthony Rodrigues, and then promptly made the announcement — similarly to how one might rip off a band-aid in one full swoop to limit the pain. I know this sport means everything to Amuso, which is why it was so hard for him to walk away.
Amuso’s place in history can be debated, but statistically, he’s the best coach in Section 1 history. He’s the all-time wins leader with 406 and coached five section championship teams. Incredibly, he’s only had one losing season in the last 36. He finished his career on a high-note, winning four of the last five Division 1 section titles. For the full story, here is the link.