Board of Ed Changes Football Coaches; Team Continues to Win

Lisa Douglas, Reporter

At the end of the last school year the Wantagh Board of Education decided that they would not rehire Coach Keith Sachs for his 20th season as head football coach at Wantagh. The board of education and its attorneys have still not stated the reason for firing him and have said that they don’t have to tell anyone.

Sachs had been the head football coach in Wantagh since 1992. In the 19 seasons he coached here he won over 100 games with a record of 109-66-1. His team also earned the Long Island Class III title in 2001 and a Nassau County championship in 2004. A lot of current and past students were upset about the about the situation and organized a rally to save their coach last May. The rally was attended by current football players, alumni and students who participate In other Wantagh sports. At a June school board meeting then senior Ryan Sliwak, talked about how Sachs had become a father figure to him. Sliwak lost his father in the terrorist attack of 9/11.

Sachs was urged to reapply for his coaching job by Wantagh Teachers’ union leadership. He did. But the board instead hired Thomas Casey. Sachs continues to teach in Wantagh and is still the head baseball coach.

Coach Casey has worked as a college and high school coach for the past 30 years. He coached at the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, Garden City High School, Division High School in Levittown, Hicksville High School, Syosset High School and Seaford High school.

Coach Casey has led the football team to a 3-1 start with wins over Carle Place 28-8,, Mepham, 17-0,, and Calhoun, 27-0, and one loss to the defending Nassau champions, Garden City, 21-3. The Warriors are alone in second place in Conference II.