Legendary Connetquot football coach and gym teacher Nick Masi died on Wednesday, Jan. 13. He was 75.
Coach Masi led the T-birds for 17 seasons, guiding them to the very first Long Island Class I championship in 1992. Twice named Newsday’s Suffolk County football Coach of the Year, he was inducted into Connetquot’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2015.
Connetquot Football tweeted on Wednesday: “Coach Masi was an absolute legend in Connetquot. He put Connetquot Football on the map. The excitement of those teams from 1989-1994 in Connetquot was unbelievable!”
Masi’s death comes less than a month after the passing of his friend and fellow Connetquot sports legend, Bob Ambrosini, the winningest high school baseball coach in Suffolk County history. Ambrosini died Dec. 15 near his home in Florida. He was 69.
Services for Masi are as follows:
• Visitation will take place at Moloney’s Lake Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Ronkonkoma, Sunday, Jan. 17, from 4-8 p.m.
• A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Ronkonkoma on Monday, Jan. 18, at 10 a.m.