Revered Rye High School coach and teacher John J. Nugent, of Oro Valley, Arizona, passed away June 26. He was 91.
Born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, he graduated from Ithaca College in 1950, receiving a B.S. and M.S. degree.
From 1962 to 1982, Mr. Nugent was Director of Athletics and Physical Education in Rye. He coached both the Rye High football and golf teams. In all, he spent 32 years teaching and coaching, retiring in 1982.
During his coaching career, he was honored with a number of awards, including Westchester County Football Coach of the Year in 1973, and the New York Daily News All Star Coach of the Year in 1975. In 1981, he received the Distinguished American Award from the Westchester chapter of the National Football Foundation. The following year, the Rye High School stadium was named for him.
In 1994, Mr. Nugent was inducted into the Westchester Sports Hall of Fame. In 1999, he was inducted into the Ithaca College Hall of Fame. He and his brother Tom, a former Florida State and Maryland University football coach, are the only two brothers in the Ithaca College Hall of Fame.
In 1989, he moved out west to Tucson.
Mr. Nugent is survived by his wife of 64 years, Jean; his four children, Susan Wolf, Eileen (Patrick) Finnegan, Mickey Nugent, and Patrick (Michelle) Nugent; nine grandchildren, James Wolf, Kimberly (Bryan) Luisana, Bryan Wolf, Kevin (Sarah) Finnegan, Daniel Finnegan, and Gabryella, Rodee, Ysabella, and Jayden Nugent; and two great-grandchildren, John and Mason Luisana.
A Celebration of Life was held July 5 at Vistoso Funeral Home in Oro Valley. Visit the online guestbook at www.vistosofh.com.