AMITYVILLE, NY – The Town of Babylon honored legendary Long Island boys basketball coach Jack Agostino with a proclamation for his 500th career win. Agostino achieved this momentous victory as the head coach of Amityville Memorial High School, where he has coached for 28 years.
“I have known Jack a very long time and was so glad to see him return to coach Amityville,” said Town of Babylon Supervisor Rich Schaffer. “Obviously the work he does on the court is incredible, but the impact he has on the lives of the young men in the basketball program is remarkable. Everyone in the community continually speaks highly of him.”
A New York State Basketball Hall of Famer, Agostino’s first head coaching position was at Amityville in 1987. He coached at the high school until 2014, when he stepped away from high school basketball. He returned, however, in 2021 to coach Bay Shore High School for two seasons. After an April 2022 Amityville basketball alumni event meant to honor Agostino and his former players, he was asked by the school board if he would like to return as the Amityville head coach. He proceeded to lead the team to a successful 2023 season, including playoffs and his 500th career win.
“He is the fourth basketball coach in Long Island history to accomplish 500 wins,” said Town of Babylon Deputy Supervisor Tony Martinez. “He teachers his players how to build relationships, have confidence and achieve success in life. He is a leader and mentor who makes a positive impact on everyone he comes into contact with.”
“The community of Amityville and Town of Babylon have blessed my heart,” said Jack Agostino. “To be here with all of you today celebrating makes it even more special.”
In addition to his impressive number of victories, Agostino has won nine Long Island titles, four state public high school championships and two state Federation titles.