Former Head Basketball Coach Passes Away

Christian Arnold Assistant Sports Editor

Tom Galeazzi, a former C.W. Post men’s basketball head coach in the Hall of Fame, passed away on Saturday, April 6.

Galeazzi spent 25 years at the helm of the Pioneers’ men’s basketball team, and over that span he owned a record of 466-260. He also coached the Pioneers to nine NCAA Division II Regional appearances, as well as ten NYAC championships. During his watch the Pioneers also made three round-of-16 appearances and an Elite Eight appearance in 1986.

Under Galeazzi, LIU Post had 11, 21-plus-win seasons and his Pioneer teams recorded back-to-back 25-win seasons in 2002-03 and 2003-04.

Prior to coaching the Pioneers, Galeazzi spent four seasons coaching at Suffolk Community College from 1966 to 1970. He also spent 11 years coaching at SUNY Farmingdale from 1970 to 1981.

In August 1996, Galeazzi was inducted into the New York State Bas- ketball Hall of Fame in Glen Falls, New York. He is also a member of the Farmingdale Athletics Hall of Fame, and he was selected as one of the members of the 2013 LIU Post Athletics Hall of Fame Class.

“The LIU community is saddened to hear of the sudden death of our former beloved basketball coach Tom Galeazzi,” Athletic Director Bryan Collins told the LIU Post’s athletics website. “His Hall of Fame career touched the lives of so many student-athletes as well as the entire LIU Post community. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Galeazzi family.”

Galeazzi is survived by his fiancée, Gale, two sons, Richard and Robert, and his grandchildren.

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