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Red Sarachek

Red Sarachek (College basketball.  Born, The Bronx, NY, Oct. 19, 1912; died, Deerfield Beach, FL, Nov. 14, 2005.)  Among the legendary basketball coaches in New York, Bernard Sarachek was considered the finest mind for the offensive game.  Sarachek, who played at N.Y.U. (1931-34) as a small guard, was an assistant coach at Manhattan’s Stuyvesant H.S. when he was hired to coach Yeshiva by the student basketball organization in 1941.  His teams were 202-263 when he retired in 1969 (while continuing as the school’s athletic director).  Sarachek had very little talent at Yeshiva (though his best team was 16-2), but every game was a clinic, and he was revered by other coaches for his insight.  He also coached semipro teams (with greatest artistic success) and partnered with noted referee Lou Eisenstein in a lucrative sporting goods store, Circle Athletics, in Brooklyn.

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