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Stepinac Head Coach Pat Duffy Secures 200th Milestone Victory!

Posted Thursday, May 14, 2015 by Keith Richardson
Stepinac Head Coach Pat Duffy Secures 200th Milestone Victory
By Albert Coqueran

Stepinac High School Head Baseball Coach Pat Duffy, retired as a Sergeant in the New York City Police Department after 12 years of service. Duffy was a Squad Leader working on an undercover assignment when he was injured on the job. Due to having surgery on both his knees, Duffy was forced to retire by the NYPD surgeon at the young age of 32 years old. Duffy decided to go back to college to attain his degree and qualifications to teach. He began his new career teaching part-time at Stepinac and working as an assistant baseball coach in 2001. Presently, Duffy has tenured at Stepinac for 14 years as a teacher and coach. He worked three years part-time, before joining the staff at Stepinac has a full-time Physical Education Instructor and Health Teacher. Duffy also was promoted to Head Coach of the Crusaders Varsity Baseball Team in 2005. On Wednesday, May 6,
in Somers, Duffy reached a milestone in his 11-year career as the Head Baseball Coach at Stepinac. The Crusaders defeated John F. Kennedy Catholic, 8-2, and Duffy won his 200th career-game at Stepinac. “That means I have probably been here a little too long,” joked Duffy. “What it really means is that we accomplished a mission that we set out to do almost 15 years ago, which
was to take a program and turn it around by bringing in quality students/athletes and be very competitive in a really competitive league.” The league of course is the CHSAA AA Bronx/Westchester and presently the Crusaders have a 10-4 AA record
and stand overall at 12-4. The Crusaders beat St. Raymond’s High School, 7-1, on Friday, May 8, to win their 10th league
game this season, while securing Duffy his 201st career-victory. Duffy when asked if any players stood out in his memory during his 11 yearcareer as the Crusaders Head Coach, contemplated for a few seconds and then answered: “Eric Copowski who went on to play at Iona College. Also, my present J.V. Head Coach Chris Menstrasti, who is Stepinac’s All Time Leader in Base Hits
40 and Stolen Bases 40 in a single season,” remembered Duffy. Menstrasti played shortstop at the time, but when Stepinac was
out of pitchers and had to face Iona Prep in a one-game playoff, Menstrasti pitched and threw 120 pitches to win the 2005 CHSAA
Bronx/Westchester Division Title for the Crusaders. Duffy has won four Division Titles as the Head Coach of the Crusaders (one
as Co-Head Coach in 2005) and three straight Titles 2008-2010. He has taken Stepinac to the Final Four three times and
was Runner-up for the NYC CHSAA City Championship in 2009. “To get 200 wins in a little over 10 years is a good feeling but it is not about me, as the Head Coach, it is about the players that came through this program and more importantly the assistant coaches that help me along the way,” acknowledged Duffy. Stepinac Head Baseball Coach Pat Duffy won his 200th game when the Crusaders beat John F. Kennedy Catholic, 8-2, in Somers, on May 6. Duffy pictured with present assistant coaches Keith Richardson and Anthony Arrichiello, gives a lot of credit to his assistant coaches over the years for
his milestone victory. 

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