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EXCLUSIVE: JOHN JAY BASKETBALL COACH TERRY FEELEY TO STEP DOWN

Win Over Mahopac Was Final Regular-Season Game

By Rich Thomaselli
HVSR Staff

WICCOPEE – John Jay High School boys basketball coach Terry Feeley, as much a fixture in local high school sports as anybody for more than a generation, has decided to retire.

Feeley told Hudson Valley Sports Report of his decision after he coached his final regular-season game on Monday night, a 50-47 win over Mahopac.

He will still coach the Patriots in the postseason for as long as they stay alive, starting with the Section 1 playoffs that begin Saturday with outbracket games.

Feeley has been coaching for 36 years – freshman and JV basketball at Spackenkill for five years starting in 1984, head varsity coach of the Spartans for 25 years, and the last six at John Jay, where he teaches.

Feeley said there was no particular reason other than a felt it was time, a feeling he had dating back to the fall.

“It’s a decision I shared with my wife at the beginning of the season, and nothing during the season has given me cause to change my mind,” Feeley told HVSR.

Feeley has won more than 350 games during his career – 353 is the best guesstimate – and has two Section 1 championships, four Section 9 titles, a regional crown and made a trip to the New York State Final Four, all with Spackenkill.

His teams are four-time recipients of the IAABO Board 114 referee’s Sportsmanship Award, and he is a multi-time league, county, section and media Coach of the Year.

Feeley also founded and directed the Mid-Hudson Summer Basketball League for the past 30+ years and has served as the president of the Dutchess County Basketball Coaches Association, doing yeoman’s work every year to ensure the players in the area have the annual Duane Davis Memorial Tournament between Christmas and New Year’s as well as an Exceptional Seniors Game in March.

But now it’s time to step aside, at least from varsity basketball.

“I’ve been coaching high school ball for 36 years. I still love coaching and I’m sure I’ll coach again at a lower level,” he told HVSR. “But right now I’m not sure I want to devote the time necessary to be a good varsity coach – and if I’m not all in, I’m not in.”

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