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Longtime Will South hoops coach Al Monaco fired by Williamsville superintendent

Al Monaco, an accomplished basketball coach at Williamsville South for 24 years, has been removed from that position by Williamsville superintendent Scott G. Martzloff, The Buffalo News has learned.

According to sources, Martzloff told Monaco he was being removed from his basketball coaching position in a meeting Friday afternoon.

When reached by The News, Monaco declined comment.

Monaco is a health teacher at South; sources said his teaching status was not affected.

Monaco has a record of 364-211 in 24 seasons at South, including several league championships and coach of the year awards. South won two straight sectional championships in 2010 and 2011 and it split the ECIC II league title last year with Williamsville East.

Monaco and Depew coach Larry Jones have been named co-chairmen of Section VI basketball for the 2012-13 season.

Monaco is also the assistant executive director of the Basketball Coaches Association of New York, which runs the New York State Basketball Hall of Fame and many other events state-wide. He has also been a past president.

Locally, Monaco has spearheaded the BCANY's Western New York High School Basketball Showcase. The event, held each fall for the last seven years, helps local players gain exposure to an invited group of college coaches.

Monaco was also removed as golf coach, sources said. While golf is a fall sport, the coaching positions for basketball and other winter sports are generally approved by school boards in October.

The Williamsville Board of Education has a special meeting to appoint a new board member Tuesday at 7 p.m. According to the agenda on its website, that meeting does not have any "public expression" scheduled as it does for regular meetings. The next regular meeting of the board is Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. at the district office boardroom, 105 Casey Rd.

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

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Keith McShea

Keith McShea

Keith McShea has covered high school sports at The News since his hiring in 1999. The 1995 University at Buffalo graduate and Long Island native (North Babylon Bulldogs) covers — and live blogs — everything from scrimmages to state championships & helps head The News' All-Western New York selections.

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