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St. Anthony's Coach Makes History

Rich Reichert becomes winningest football coach in Suffolk history with 28-0 win over Holy Cross Friday night.

There's a new king of Suffolk County football.

Henry Read (Seton Hall of Patchogue) held the title for decades until Comeswogue's Tom Cassese passed him. Then Bellport legend Joe Cipp Jr. overtook them both.

Under the Friday night lights in South Huntington, St. Anthony's Coach Rich Reichert added his name to the exclusive club. With the Friars' 28-0 win over CHSFL rival Holy Cross, Reichert earned his 212th career victory to become winningest football coach in Suffolk history.

“I’m thrilled for Richie,” Athletic Director Don Buckley said. “He’s all about what coaching should be about. It’s commitment, dedication and loyalty. He’s so hard working. And does things in a way that everyone respects. The way he treats kids is wonderful.” 

The Friars (1-2) jumped in front of previously unbeaten Holy Cross, 21-0, by halftime. Sophomore running back Jordan Gowins scored three times to lead an offense playing without starting quarterback Greg Galligan (concussion).

Reichert, a retired Nassau County Police officer, now owns 212-50-3 won-loss record in his 26th season leading the Friars. For his part, Reichert said he was glad to reach the milestone so the focus could return to football and not the record. 

The crowd of 2,000 gave the iconic coach a standing ovation once the feat was announced over the loudspeaker with 25 seconds left in the game. The entire stadium buzzed, according to Buckley.

"On the sidelines you could hear the kids talking," Buckley said. "They recognize how difficult this is to coach for so long and do it at the highest level."

Bro. Christopher Thurneau, the team’s moderator Reichert's entire tenure, gave the coach the game ball on the field afterward.

There's no rest in this profession. Reichert was at the junior varsity football game Saturday morning and then planned to scout next week's opponent – archrival Chaminade.

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IJCB September 22, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Congratulations to a class act and good friend. Rich has always taught kids what is good about playing football and has earned the respect he deserves.
Mike Bardunias September 23, 2012 at 02:55 PM
He taught my four sons football. My first said his team was the first win for the coach - graduate 1988 went on to college fame - division 3 honors and trophies for best defensive player. The next 2 also starred in SAHS - the last made co-captain then on to West Point. Thanks Coach for teaching them sportsmanship and for being not only a coach, a friend to them. --Mike Bardunias

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