CHSAA Athletes, Coaches Competing

CHSAA athletes and coaches are back on the field doing what they enjoy best — competing — while following all rules to stay healthy and safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The CHSAA also is keeping its football players competing with 7 on 7 flag football this fall.

Click here for the story in the current issue of Catholic New York.

DeSimone Passes Away

Cardinal Spellman High School and the Catholic High School Football League are mourning the passing of Joe DeSimone at the age of 65.

The former Cardinal Spellman football head coach died Oct. 22. A Funeral Mass was held today at St. Benedict’s Church followed by burial in St. Raymond Cemetery, both in the Bronx.

DeSimone coached Cardinal Spellman to CHSFL A championships in 2006 and 2008 and was later honored by the school at its annual homecoming game in 2014.

CYO Cancels Basketball Season

The 2020-2021 CYO New York winter basketball season has been cancelled, according to a letter from director Seth Peloso on the CYO New York website.

The season, which usually starts in December, was planned to have a delayed start in January due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are writing to share that we have made the difficult decision to cancel the CYO winter basketball season,” Peloso said in the letter. “During the coming months we will continue to monitor and evaluate safe and responsible options in the hopes that basketball can resume for the Spring and/or Summer leagues. At this time, we are reserving any official position on Spring and Summer, but commit that we will keep you informed as decisions are made. We hope to have more details in January.

“We understand the important role CYO athletics plays for children and families, and we too are disappointed to have to share this news.”

CYO New York is in the middle of its 2020 fall cross country season, and Staten Island CYO is having a fall bowling season. CYO New York will continue its track, art, essay, photo and chess programs during the pandemic. The letter did not mention the status of the 2020-2021 CYO cheerleading season.

Legendary Fordham Baseball Coach, Dan Gallagher, Passes Away at 84

Fordham University is mourning the loss of former baseball coach Dan Gallagher, who died Oct. 15 at the age of 84.

Gallagher coached at Fordham for 21 seasons, compiling a 518-468-10 record and winning 11 championships. His teams competed in five NCAA tournaments.

“Coach Gallagher’s dedication and loyalty to Fordham baseball, even after his Fordham career ended, was second to none,” said Fordham Interim Athletic Director Ed Kull in a statement. “The men he coached held him in the highest regard and loved him like family. Coach Gallagher’s passion and sense of humor will truly be missed.”

Gallagher served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He coached at Holy Trinity High School in Hicksville before coaching at Fordham and also served as a scout for the Philadelphia Phillies.

His son, Daniel, and daughter, Christine Maier, survive him, as do three grandchildren, Erin Gallagher, Charles Maier and Julianna Maier.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated this morning at St. James Church, Seaford. Burial followed in St. Charles Cemetery, Farmingdale.

Virtual Conversation With Rick Pitino

Iona College is hosting a virtual conversation with men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino on Saturday at 7 p.m. as part of the college’s homecoming and family weekend.

College basketball sportscaster Vin Parise, a 2000 Iona graduate, will conduct the interview with Iona’s first-year coach, talking about an extensive selection of topics such as player development, coaching philosophies, and outlook on this season and beyond.

Click here to see the complete schedule and register for homecoming and family weekend events.

CYONY XC Off This Weekend

CYO New York cross country runners will have the weekend off before beginning the home stretch of the fall season.

The season resumes at St. Augustine in Ossining on Saturday, Oct. 24 before the fall championship at the same location on Sunday, Nov. 8.

CYO New York is planning a CYO Safe Turkey Trot 5k and Fun Run for Thanksgiving morning at St. Augustine.

Click here to see the entire schedule and the results of the previous two meets.

Hayes Grad Playing QB at Army

Cardinal Hayes High School graduate Christian Anderson was the starting quarterback and leading rusher for the Army football team prior to being injured in the team’s fourth game.

Click here to read how he ran his family’s household after his parents tested positive COVID-19 and gained 20 pounds of strength by working out in his family’s basement during the pandemic.


CYO Offering Virtual Clinic

CYO New York is offering a virtual basketball clinic featuring Shootin’ School Basketball beginning Oct. 13 and concluding Nov. 12.

The clinic is for boys and girls in grades one through eight and is available each Tuesday and Thursday, 4-4:30 p.m. for grades one to four and 4:45 to 5:15 for grades five to eight.

The clinic is focusing on ball-handling, strength and conditioning.

Cost is $99. Visit for more information.