It’s not often that former Holy Cross coach Ed Generali has been speechless, but something he saw when he returned to Holy Cross from the Thanksgiving break made him so.
“My athletic director (Jerry Ciarleglio) wanted to show me something, so we walked into the gym and I saw my name on the court. It was a shock,” Generali said. “By the time (Friday night) rolled around, I figured out some things to say.”
The Crusaders held the ceremony before edging Waterbury Career. Generali, who retired following last season, said a number of his former players were on hand, including four starters from his 1995 Class LL state championship team, along with former Central Connecticut State coach Howie Dickenman.
Generali, a lifetime Waterbury resident, sold his house in the city last summer and now resides in Misquamicut, Rhode Island, his retirement home. He will work in the school’s guidance department one day a week until the end of the school year, he said.
A scholarship in Generali’s name has also been established for an incoming student, something “which I think is a greater honor than having my name on the basketball court.”