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Hall-of-fame Q&A with Ossining coach Dan Ricci

Ossining defeated Long Island Lutheran 64-54 in the girls Class A final of the New York State Federation Tournament of Champions at the Times Union Center in Albany March 19, 2016.

Ossining defeated Long Island Lutheran 64-54 in the girls Class A final of the New York State Federation Tournament of Champions at the Times Union Center in Albany March 19, 2016.

Name: Dan Ricci

Bio: Although he has served as a three-sport varsity head coach, Ricci is most notably recognized for his work with the Ossining girls basketball team. Ricci has amassed over 400 victories with the girls basketball team, as well as seven Section 1 titles, four consecutive state championships, and the program’s first Federation championship. Ossining will look to become the first-ever girls basketball program to win five consecutive New York State Public High School Athletic Association titles when it takes the court this season. During his tenure, more than 30 former players have gone on to collegiate careers. Ricci was also the head coach of Ossining’s 2007 regional champion football team.

Biggest moment: “I would probably say winning the first state championship. It was a hump that we couldn’t get over, number one, also I had lost my mom the summer before, so it was kind of a big deal to me.”

Who had the biggest impact on your career? “Tom Caione, the athletic director who hired me when I was 20 years old. I learned a lot from him as far as discipline and work ethic and team-first — all those kinds of things — and just being loyal to your coaches and to your kids.”

What does it mean to be inducted? “I think it’s amazing, and the other three guys all did amazing things. They’re tremendous role models, and I’m honored to be a part of that group.

How do you want to be remembered as a coach? “Just someone that always put the kids first and helped them accomplish things that they think they were capable of on their own.”

Twitter: @Zacchio_LoHud, @LoHudGirlsHoops

Ossining defeated Long Island Lutheran 64-54 in the girls Class A final of the New York State Federation Tournament of Champions at the Times Union Center in Albany March 19, 2016.

Ossining defeated Long Island Lutheran 64-54 in the girls Class A final of the New York State Federation Tournament of Champions at the Times Union Center in Albany March 19, 2016.

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