2009-01-30 / Sports

Kent Reaches Basketball Milestone As McClancy Coach Wins 400

By Elio Velez

Don Kent, a resident of Breezy Point, and longtime boys' basketball coach at Monsignor McClancy High School, won his 400th career game last Saturday night.

McClancy gave the 36-year coaching veteran an eventful night as the Crusaders defeated Mater Dei High School of New Jersey, 89-76. The Crusaders and their home crowd honored Kent, who has coached the varsity basketball team for 27 years at McClancy, on Alumni Night.

"They are good kids who listen and are very respectful both on and off the court," Kent said. "I always tried my best working with young men and helping guide them in the right direction."

Kent added to his winning total of 401 the next night as McClancy dispatched St. Mary's, 70-67 at the Tom Crotty Classic at Adelphi University.

The McClancy head coach has oversaw a renaissance at the Elmhurst school after the team went 11-15 last season. The Crusaders are rising with a 15-3 record overall and 9-3 in the CHSAA "A" Division, which is good for second place in the South Division behind leaders Bishop Ford.

Kent is a member of the CHSAA Hall of Fame and Monsignor McClancy Hall of Fame.

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