Bowling Coach Cooley Makes Hall of Fame

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Harold Cooley, the girls varsity bowling coach at the high school since 1985, was named the first inductee in the Suffolk County Sports Hall of Fame for the sport of bowling. He was honored in a May 8 induction ceremony at the Upsky Long Island Hotel in Hauppauge.

Cooley’s varsity teams have enjoyed numerous undefeated seasons, including a remarkable five-year streak from 2004-2005 through 2008-2009. He has won 20 league and nine county titles, and won the New York State championship for the third time last year.

“I thank the Suffolk County Sports Hall of Fame Committee for inducting me, and special thanks to Pete Blieberg for nominating me for this prestigious award,” said Cooley. “I have been very fortunate to live, attend school, teach for 34 years and coach for 40 years at East Islip. I would also like to thank all of the parents for trusting me with their daughters over the years, and my girls for their hard work, loyalty and dedication to the East Islip varsity bowling program and to me. It is difficult to win so many league, county and state titles without having talented athletes to coach.”

He went on to thank the four athletic directors he worked with – Hank Kreitzer, Dennis Maloney, Blieberg and Stephen Restivo – and numerous fellow coaches, as well as his own family.