Jun 26, 2013 1:42 PM GMT
High School Basketball Coach Tells Team He's Gay
DeadspinWorth your time: MSG Varsity has a thorough report on 35-year-old Anthony Nicodemo's decision to out himself as a gay man. Nicodemo is the basketball coach at Saunders, a high school in Yonkers, N.Y. He was inspired to come out after having met Jason Collins at a recent LGBT sports summit in Oregon.
Nicodemo had already informed his assistant coaches, close friends, and officials in both the Yonkers school district and the school district in which he teaches. The last step came yesterday, during a meeting with his players and some of their parents. Nicodemo admitted he was afraid of how his players would react. Much to his surprise, they didn't even flinch when he told them the news:
MSG Varsity“For years and years I’ve told you guys you have to be good, you have to be yourselves, you have to be honest,” Nicodemo said. “And I wasn’t honest for the past 35 years in my life.”
The hush in the room was met with a paralyzing stillness. Nicodemo continued.
“I mean this from the bottom of my heart that this is the toughest thing I’ve ever had to do in my life,” he said. “But I am a gay high school basketball coach.”
As he surveyed the room, Nicodemo was shocked by the players’ immediate reaction.
There was none.
“My fear was today. My fear was meeting with my team,” he later said. “They blew me away today.”