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Hillcrest High School's Ken Gershon to Coach 660th Consecutive Game.

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NEW YORK--(BW SportsWire)--Dec. 19, 2000

Consecutive games played is a streak many have heard of on the professional level. A consecutive games coached streak is another story.

Many coaches have built streaks on the collegiate and scholastic level, however, in this age of job turnover the number is decreasing.

The high school basketball season has started and while the players may change one thing remains the same at Hillcrest High School in Queens and that is basketball coach Ken Gershon.

When Hillcrest hosts Springfield Gardens High School on February 1, Gershon will coach his 660th straight game.

Gershon is the only coach Hillcrest has had since the school opened its doors in 1971. The 58-year-old has never missed a regular season or playoff game in his career and if form holds never will as he has announced his retirement at the end of this year's playoffs.

During the 30-year-period, Gershon's Hawks have posted a remarkable 451-198 record.

Gershon, a native of Plainview, N.Y., played scholastically at Lafayette High School in Brooklyn. He continued in basketball collegiately at Long Island University, playing for legendary coach Roy Rubin alongside such stalwarts as Larry Newbold, Albie Grant and Barry Liebowitz, graduating in 1966.
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