Lores Retires His Ball and Whistle

Lores Retires His Ball and Whistle Photo
Members of the Board of Education, administrators and student-athletes paid tribute to teacher and basketball coach Joe Lores during the most recent Board meeting.

An East Rockaway Junior-Senior High School basketball coach for 35 years, Lores has decided to step down from the position. During his tenure, he served as the junior varsity basketball coach for seven years, coaching 128 games with a record of 68-60. He also spent 28 years as the varsity basketball team’s coach, coaching 520 games, with a record of 222-299. Under his guidance, the teams were awarded many accolades, including being named 2001-02 Conference B/C1 champions; 2002-03 New York State Elite Eight, Long Island and Nassau County Class “C” champions; 2005-06 Nassau County Class “C” champions; 2009-10 Nassau County Conference ABC VI champions (undefeated); and 2011-12 New York State Elite Eight, Long Island and Nassau County Class “C” champions. In addition, five teams were recognized as scholar athletes.

“What I really need to tell you from the unseen data is that Joe’s ability to teach and promote the four “Cs” of the educational framework for athletics. His competence, character, civility and citizenship are all every athletic director, student-athlete and parent could ever dream,” Athletic Director Dom Vulpis said. “Joe prides himself in teaching life lessons through sport and walks the walk each and every day he laces up his coaching shoes.”