Mount Vernon – Bob Cimmino, the Mount Vernon High School varsity boys’ basketball coach and athletic director, won his 500th game when Mount Vernon beat Scarsdale High School on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018.
In his 24 years as the Mount Vernon High School head coach, Cimmino has led his teams to 21 league championships, 16 New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYPHSSA) Section 1 titles, 15 of which have been won consecutively since 2000, seven NYPHSSA Class AA state championships, and four New York State Tournament of Champions Class AA titles.
“I am extraordinarily excited to be at the helm of this district as Coach Cimmino brings home his 500th win for the Mount Vernon Knights. Having been an educator for over thirty years, I can say unequivocally that Coach Cimmino’s commitment and dedication to his players, to his coaching staff, to the school and to this community is incomparable,” said Dr. Kenneth R. Hamilton, Mount Vernon City School District Superintendent. “The impact both he and his program have had on his students and community is immeasurable. With only 77 wins away from achieving the most wins of any high school basketball coach in New York State history, I am confident and hopeful Coach Cimmino will continue his great work and I look forward to being there for his 600th win.”
Cimmino is the fourth Section 1 coach to have hit 500 wins and the first in the Mount Vernon City School District’s history. He joins Lou Panzanaro of Peekskill High School, John Volpe of Gorton and Sacred Heart high schools, and Mike Del Val of Woodlands, Alexander Hamilton, and Rye high schools, who have won 576, 528, and 514 games respectively.
Cimmino is a six-time New York State Coach of the Year and a six-time Conference Coach of the Year. Additionally, he has been inducted into the New York State Coaches Association.
“The career total reflects many dedicated student athletes who have bought into our program of hard work, determination, and dedication,” said Cimmino. “I am also blessed with the best coaching staff in the USA. They are loyal and dedicated to our athletes. Lastly, there is no community to coach in like Mount Vernon. Before the game, I got calls from the superintendent and mayor wishing the team and myself good luck. The Mount Vernon community loves and supports their Knights.”
Prior to accepting his current role as head coach, Cimmino served as the boys’ junior varsity coach from 1989-1994, with a 70-19 overall record during that time. He also served as an assistant coach at New York’s Empire State games from 1995-1996, before becoming the head coach. He served as head coach from 1997-2000.
About the Mount Vernon City School District: With more than 8,000 students in 16 schools, the Mount Vernon City School District is committed to providing a quality education to its children as well as developing programs that meet the diverse academic and social needs of its students.