2009-12-11 / Sports

Woodmere Basketball Coach Selected To State Hall of Fame

Jeff Weiss, Director of Athletics and Head Basketball Coach at Lawrence Woodmere Academy, has been selected for induction into the New York State Basketball Hall of Fame of the Basket - ball Coaches Association of New York (BCANY). Weiss began his career at LWA in 1988 and has an overall winloss record of 377-129.

"I always loved the sport and understood the strategies of the game from a young age," Weiss said. "We've been to the state championship five times and it's a big deal for such a small school like LWA."

"I think I've been successful here be - cause I have an ability to connect with the kids and communicate with them, understand them, and their lives as teenagers. I enjoy coaching at the high school level because they're genuinely interested in learning."

Weiss describes himself as a very straightforward, honest coach. "I try to emphasize the team concept and prep - aration," he said. "Their high school sports career is very short, so they should make the most out of it and have fun. I love seeing our students en - joy their athletic success and many of them have gone on to compete in college."

Weiss is a six-time BCANY area/sec - tion Coach of the Year; nine-time Independent Private Parochial School Athletic League (IPPSAL) Coach of the Year; 2008 Private School Athletic Association (PSAA) Coach of the Year; and in 2006 he was the first independent school coach honored with the LI Newsday Coach of the Year award.

His other accolades include induction into the George W. Hewlett High Sch - ool Hall of Fame in 1993 and an award for Outstanding Accomplishment and Dedication in 1999 by the Nassau Coun ty Legislature. In 2006, when Weiss won his 300th game, BCANY honored him with an Achievement Award, and Lawrence Woodmere Academy dedicated the gymnasium as "Coach Jeff Weiss Court."

Weiss' success at LWA is even more notable as he endorses the school's "nocut" policy, which allows all interested students to join athletic teams, regardless of ability level.

"Why shouldn't all of our students have an opportunity to get involved in sports, regardless of skill level?" Weiss asked. "Enjoying the benefits of team camaraderie, making friends and being connected to something is an important part of a high school kid's life, and sport is an avenue for that. It keeps kids connected to the school, and that shouldn't only involve the best athletes."

In considering a candidate for induction, the BCANY Hall of Fame Com - mittee evaluates five areas: the number of years the candidate has been a coach, their win-loss percentage, number of championships won per year, their service and contribution to the game of basketball or the coaching of basketball, and the honors and awards received during their career.

The Induction Ceremony for the eight inductees will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 27, 2010, at Heritage Hall of the Glens Falls Civic Center. This event will coincide with the New York State Basketball Feder - ation Tournament.

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