Most people would assume that the best high school sports competitions in New York state take place in New York city, but as this list of Rockland County coaches illustrates, the Big Apple's suburbs more than hold their own. Rockland teams and their coaches are a decorated bunch, racking up county, sectional and state titles across the sports landscape. Rockland coaches also carry plenty of honors for coach of the year. Some of the best Rockland coaches, recognized by their induction into the Rockland County Sports Hall of Fame:
- Tom Canty. Talk about creating something of your very own. Coach Canty initiated the wrestling program at Ramapo High School in 1969. Within three years, his team had reached the top, winning a New York State championship. Canty, who graduated in 1957 from Suffern High School, was inducted into the Rockland Hall of Fame in 1988. Canty also coached at Pearl River High School. His record is clearly worth of a berth in the Hall: he steered his wrestlers to 40 County, 28 Section 9 and four New York State individual titles.
- Mike Carroll. Over the course of a 22-year career as girl's volleyball coach at North Rockland High School, Carroll's teams were virtually unbeatable, running up a record of 371-40. Under Rockland Coach Carroll, North Rockland girl's volleyball won 15 league/county titles, 14 sectional titles, reached the New York state finals eight times, reached the state finals six times and won two state championships. Between 1992 and 2000, the North Rockland girl's team was unbeaten in league and sectional matches. Carroll was named Rockland County coach of the year 14 times.
- Joe Casarella. With a career winning percentage of .879, this Rockland coach put fearsome football teams on the field every game. Casarella coached at North Rockland High School, and his teams racked up records of 160-22-1 over his 19 years.North Rockland won the first large-school state championship in 1993 and reached the title game in 1994. Casarella and his teams won 11 league, 11 bowl and 10 Section I championships. In 1997 he was named national coach of the year.
- Jim Faulk. Chosen to the Rockland County Hall of Fame in 1978, Jim Fault served as athletic director and coach at St. Agnes School in Sparkill from 1934 to 1958. Over the years Faulk would receive offers to move on to larger schools, but felt a calling and ran up an incredible record over 25 years of more than 1,200 wins in range of sports. Faulk served with the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II, rising to the rank of colonel.
- Joan Neuendorf. One of a select few female Rockland coaches to reach the Hall of Fame, Neuendorf served as swimming coach at Suffern High School for 18 years. Neuendorf's 1992 Suffern girls team climbed as high as No. 2 in the state rankings, the highest ever attained by a Rockland County girl's swim team. Under Coach Neuendorf, Suffern girls registered a record of 122-34 in dual meets; her boys teams were 75-28 and took five divisional titles.
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