Legendary Tottenville High School
baseball coach Tom Tierney dies at 82
Tierney was a three-sport star at Curtis High School, and a Hall of Fame Athlete at the University of Vermont; a veteran of Army ball and the Milwaukee Brave organization, and star of the Stape Americans, semi-pro descendents of the NFL Stapleton Stapes.
At Vermont he was twice All-Yankee Conference in both baseball and football; a .350 hitter who led the team in RBI, the leading rusher on the football team two years in a row, and winner of the Seamans Trophy as the school's outstanding athlete.
But when he
got to Tottenville High School as a teacher and coach, all the dominant
teams were at the other end of the Island. Tierney won Island championships
as a tennis and bowling coach, helped organize the track team and the
football program. But it was in baseball that he left a singular mark.
His Pirates won city championships in 1986 and 1987, and four more after that, including a 32-0 season in 1998.
In more than 30 years on the coaching lines, through hip-replacement and heart bypass surgeries, his teams won 900 games — almost eight wins for every loss — and one National Coach of the Year award.