The basketball court at Middle Township High School was jammed last night with folks who came to honor Tom Feraco, who coached the boys basketball team for 35 years and compiled a record of 719 wins and just 251 losses. But it was more than just basketball or sports that everyone came to honor. It was the man they came to know over the years who helped their boys become men of whom they could all be proud.
Many of those young men were there last night, along with Tom's wife, Janine, his sons Tom and Michael, and the entire Feraco Family from throughout Cape May County, New Jersey.
But Tom seemed most at home when he was surrounded by the many assistant coaches he had over the years. He praised them for their support and the many hours they spent working with him to make Middle Township's basketball team as good as it could be. And the records show they did a mighty good job. The team won at least 20 games 21 times, including 14 straight seasons from 1987 to 2002. And, along the way, they won three New Jersey state championships, 13 Cape Atlantic League titles and nine in South Jersey.
So it's official. The basketball court on which he coached for 35 years is now the "Tom Feraco Court" — and those words are written on the floor at center court in Middle Township High School in Cape May Court House, N.J.
(Editor's Note: For more on Tom Feraco, see "35 Years As A High School Basketball Coach–And Counting" in the Topic section under "Beau's Corner.")