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.
"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."