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St. Joseph’s Vito Montelli, Harding’s Charlie Bentley… Tourtellotte’s Tony Falzarano.
A day ago, only two high school basketball coaches had won enough for long enough to reach 600 victories for their careers. On Tuesday night, Falzarano made it a threesome atop the all-time list when Tourellotte defeated Wheeler 63-42 at home.
Falzarano, who coached a majority of his career at Putnam, where he serves as Mayor, earned victory No. 600 a day after his team lost to Montville on his 67th birthday.
Only Montelli (878 victories) and Bentley (655) have won more in Connecticut.
“Very special,” Carolyn Falzarano told the Norwich Bulletin. “It meant a lot to him. He loves the game and he loves the kids. That’s why he’s here. It keeps him going, keeps him young. When he went back to coaching, it was the best thing in the world for him.”
Falzarano, a native of Bridgeport, has coached for 38 years. He won 535 games and the 1986 Class S state championship at Putnam. He resigned as a coach and teacher in 2007.
After serving 28 years as the town’s Board of Finance chair, Falzarano was elected as Putnam’s Mayor in November.
Tourtellotte is 3-4 (1-2 ECC).
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