Romeo, Frank

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Romeo, Frank

Frank Romeo

Induction Year: 2016

Category: Basketball, Coach

Location: Comsewogue

Frank Romeo’s coaching career began after graduating from Alfred University when he became the Freshman Basketball Coach in 1964. Two years later, Romeo became the Junior Varsity Basketball Coach of Port Jefferson High School.

In 1967, his coaching career with Comsewogue High School began as he became the 9th Grade Basketball Coach. One year later, Romeo became their first varsity basketball coach and held this position for 24 years. He ended his time at Comsewogue with a 288-182 record.

Romeo moved on to coach at Suffolk Community College for years, starting in 1992, and his team made the playoffs every year. They won 20 or more games five of the seven seasons he coached and qualified for the playoffs in all seven years of his time with the Sharks. In 1999, he retired from coaching and ended with a 135-56 record.

Frank’s many accomplishments as a coach are as follows:

Comsewogue High School:

  • 1988-1989 Suffolk County Championship
  • 7 League Championships in Last 10 Years (1982-1991)
  • 15 Consecutive Playoff Appearances (1978-1992)
  • First Recipient of the Stony Brook VIP Award (1989)
    • Given to individual who contributed the most to Suffolk County Basketball
  • First Recipient of Suffolk PAL Cup (1989)
    • Best Team in Suffolk
  • NY Daily News Long Island Coach of the Year (1988)
  • Suffolk County High School Coach of the Year (1985, 1987-1989)
    • Selected By Coaches
  • League Coach of the Year (8 times)
  • Suffolk High School Western Board Sportsmanship Award (8 times)
  • Suffolk High School Eastern Board Sportsmanship Award (3 times)
  • Long Island Head Coach of the “Newsday Classic Game” at Nassau Coliseum 1985
    • First Time Long Island Defeated New York City All Stars
  • Assistant Coach Empire State Games (1985)
    • Silver Medal
  • On Newsday Panel of 4 Coaches to Select Top High School Basketball Players in Long Island history for Newsday’s Silver Anniversary Year
  • Suffolk County Large School Playoff MVP Award Named “The Frank Romeo Trophy”
    • Given to the Most Valuable Player in large school county playoffs each year.

Suffolk Community College:

  • Region XV Finalists (3 times)
  • Region XV Coach of the Year (1993-1994)
  • Region XV Sportsmanship Award (3 times)

The gym at Comsewogue High School was dedicated to him in 1994 and he was inducted into the New York State Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015.

Frank currently lives in Naples, Florida.