Washingtonville coach Todd Rose winner of Taravella award

Washingtonville boys basketball coach Todd Rose was recently named the winner of the 2014-15 Jim Taravella award.

The award is presented by the Orange County Basketball Officials Association (OCBOA) to the active Orange County Interscholastic Athletic Association (OCIAA) coach who best exemplifies the dedication and spirit of Taravella. Taravella, the former Monroe-Woodbury boys basketball coach, died in December 2006 at the age of 57.

“To have my name associated with Jim’s is a great honor,” Rose said. “He was a great guy. I want to thank the OCBOA for this award. It is a reflection of the entire program and my staff. Everyone does a great job. We aren’t raising NBA players, we are raising gentlemen.”

The OCBOA gave its team sportsmanship awards to Tuxedo (boys) and Goshen (girls) basketball teams for 2014-15.

Rose just finished up his 10th year at Washingtonville. He sat out last season after suffering a massive heart attack in the fall of 2013. Rose had previously coached Washingtonville for eight consecutive seasons and picked up his 100th career win this year.

“We felt that Todd has similar qualities to Jim,” OCBOA president Scott Habura said. “He constantly teaches his kids, you can see that. Todd has respect for everyone on the court and if he has questions, he asks us in a respectful manner. We certainly appreciate that.”

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