Ludlowe boys basketball coach Silvestro resigns
Fairfield Ludlowe boys basketball coach Brian Silvestro announced his resignation Tuesday after three seasons.
Silvestro, 64, coached the Falcons to a 27-36 record, reaching the Class L state tournament in each of his three seasons.
Silvestro took over when former Ludlowe coach Josh Marko resigned suddenly in September 2010.
"When I took the job, I took it as a one-year thing to make sure the team and foundation stayed on solid footing," he said. "I feel like I'm leaving under the right circumstances."
Ludlowe athletic director Dave Schulz, a long-time friend of Silvestro, accepted Sivestro's resignation Tuesday.
"Brian did a great job for us for eight years here as both an assistant and then a head coach," Schulz said via email. "We all know how much coaching basketball meant to him and all that he did above and beyond to make his teams' high school-basketball experience special. We will miss him."
Though Silvestro missed four games this year with kidney stones this year, he said his ailment did not impact his decision.
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"I'd made my mind up," he said.
Silvestro also admitted he'd missed spending time with his four sons -- who live in various parts of the country -- around the holidays.
"Around holiday season I was saying `wow, everyone's on vacation,'" Silvestro said. "I feel like as a 64-year old, I was missing quality time with my kids."
Former player Kevin Bentivegna -- who served as a Ludlowe assistant coach during his Winter break from college this year -- recognizes the impact Silvestro had on him and the rest of Ludlowe's program.
"Over the years I established a great relationship with him that I cherish to this day," Bentivegna said via email. "The impact he had not just on me but everyone on and off the court will never be forgotten."