By Andrew Wroblewski
To say the Dunne family has had success in Northport would be an understatement.
The first family inducted into the inaugural class of the Northport-East Northport Athletic Hall of Fame is more than “decorated;” they’re dressed to the nines. Over 30 years, the Dunnes – made up of parents, John and Eileen, and children, Greg, Kelly, Rich and Tim – have coached and played their way to several championships and honors, all the while wearing a Northport jersey.
Long Islander News filled you in on Tim’s story – he’s been a quadriplegic ever since an injury he suffered in 1997, during his senior year at Northport – in the Jan. 1 issue of The Record. Now, it’s time to taken an even more in-depth look at the remaining members of the Dunne family.
John and Eileen Dunne
A dynamic duo, both the Dunne parents have had their hand in several of Northport’s youth teams over the years.
John has coached basketball – for the St. Anthony of Padua CYO program, the Eaton’s Neck Youth Center and Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) – as well as soccer for the Northport Youth Center Soccer Club. In 1994, he took one of high AAU 17 and under teams to a national final. Finally, the father of four has served on the Northport High School Athletic Directors Committee on the Athletic Handbook.
His wife, Eileen, has also had her hand in both soccer and basketball. With the Northport Youth Center Soccer Club, along with coaching, Eileen worked as an age group administrator for the club, as well as a board member for the Northport Cow Harbor Soccer Club. For St. Anthony of Padua CYO, she coached basketball while also holding several roles in the community – like East Northport Middle School PTA president and board member and a Northport High School PTA councilmember.
A graduate from Northport High School in 1995, Greg made his mark in three different sports over his high school career: basketball, soccer and golf. A Suffolk County champion with the Tigers basketball team in 1995, that same year Greg was named to All-Tournament, All-Long Island, and All-County teams. He also made an appearance at the AAU national finals.
On the soccer pitch, Greg was an All-Conference player in 1995, and on the golf course he was named to an All-County team.
During his senior year, Greg was named an “Outstanding Student Athlete,” “Physical Education Student of the Month” and was a “Gold Key” recipient.
Moving away from the high school, Greg was a four-year starter for Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y. Greg was named the Empire 8 Athletic Conference’s player of the year for the 1998-1999 season and was, that same season, a second-team All-American selection by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. He finished his careers as one of the all-time leaders in school history for points, steals, assists and rebounds and was named to the college’s hall of fame in 2008.
Today, Greg has stepped into a coaching roll of his own, working as the head men’s basketball coach at The College at Brockport, in Brockport, N.Y. He was the SUNYAC Conference “Coach of the Year” during the 2013-2014 season and held a career coaching record of 120-77 prior to the start of the 2014-2015 season.
Graduating the same year as his brother, Rich was also a force on both the basketball court and golf course. Over his Northport High School career, Rich was twice an Academic All-County selection, a Louis Acompora Scholarship recipient and a Curt Sweeney Scholarship recipient. In 2001, he was a part of a Tigers golf team that won a Long Island championship.
Moving on from Northport, Rich was a Notre Dame University scholar, graduate of SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. and is currently working at the University of Rochester Strong Memorial Hospital on an oncology fellowship.
The youngest of the bunch, Kelly graduated from Northport High School in 2006. But while she’s the youngest, she’s hardly any less impressive.
On the basketball court, Kelly was a Suffolk County champion three times (2004, 2005, 2006) and Long Island champion once (2005). She was a team captain in 2006, along with being named both an All-County and All-State player that same season.
Similarly, on the lacrosse field, Kelly was a three-time Suffolk County champion and Long Island champion, the very same years she accomplished those same feats in basketball. She was also a team captain and All-County player in 2006.
To Nazareth College she went and, as a Golden Flyer, Kelly was a four-year starter on the basketball team and two-year captain. She was also the assists leader on her team all four years and holds the school record for free throw percentage. She is in the top-10 all-time in 3-pointers made, assists and steals.
Just like Greg, Kelly now coaches at The College at Brockport as the assistant coach for the women’s basketball team.