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Saunders High Basketball Coach Anthony Nicodemo Comes Out To Players

Saunders High School boys basketball coach Anthony Nicodemo.
Saunders High School boys basketball coach Anthony Nicodemo. Photo Credit: Contributed

YONKERS, N.Y. — Saunders High School boys basketball coach Anthony Nicodemo revealed to some of his players and their parents Monday that he is gay, leading to a rush of support from friends, co-workers, Yonkers school administrators and his players.

Nicodemo, a 35-year-old Yonkers resident, said via Twitter on Tuesday night that he had received support after going public.

"What a day," Nicodemo said via Twitter. "The support of my family, peers, players and media have been awesome. Not sure where this all goes from here, but with all of you standing behind me, I feel confident."

Nicodemo, who is a social studies teacher at the Greenburgh-North Castle school district’s Reach Academy, told The Journal News, “The time was right. The social climate was right.”

He is director of the Lower Hudson Basketball Association and Section 1 (Westchester area schools) representative to the Basketball Coaches Association of New York. He said he has received support from all over the country.

According to the Journal News report, Yonkers Superintendent of Schools Bernard P. Pierorazio offered his support.

“At that time I told him the district would support him,” Pierorazio said in a statement. “I have always respected Anthony Nicodemo for his coaching prowess and for the tremendous amount of time and the effort he takes with the students.”

Nicodemo will appear on Fox 5's "Good Day New York" at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday for an interview.

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