Earlier in the week I mentioned that Luke Vaccaro was out at Scarsdale. That story appeared in today’s Journal News, along with the dominoes that accompanied it.
Like Don Hamlin, Vaccaro’s departure is significant because he’d been around a long time (15 years) and won a sectional championship (in 1998). Those weren’t enough to save his job, though. He was pushed out because of philosophical differences with the administration.
Though he’d still like to coach high school, he did not accept any offers this summer. He said he’s waiting for the right fit. In the meantime he’ll coach AAU and play with his five grandkids. And he’s agreed to help out some of his friends in the coaching fraternity during the season.
Scarsdale AD Michael Menna filled his position before retiring after the school year. Michael Blanco, the former Hastings coach, will take over. Blanco is a friend of Vaccaro’s and coaches alongside him with the Lady Knicks AAU.
Blanco had what he called a mutual parting with Hastings. As a basketball junkie, it was hard for the New Rochelle grad to coach at a small school where many of the girls are multi-sport athletes. He wanted more full-time basketball players, and he’s hoping to get that at Scarsdale.
Replacing Blanco is Joseph Keolamphu, the New Rochelle JV coach. It’s the first varsity gig for Keolamphu, a Pelham native.