Coach Blackford named to state Basketball Hall of Fame

F-M Varsity basketball coach Tom Blackford will be inducted into the New York State Basketball Hall of Fame in Glens Falls in March.

Coach Blackford's name will join 130 of the state's all-time greatest basketball coaches, officials and players, including Jim Boeheim, Lou Carnesecca, Bob Lanier and Dolph Schayes.

"I feel honored and humbled by it," he said, reflecting on the names already on the list. "This is obviously a highlight of my career."

Hall of Fame members are the "best of the best, throughout time," said Dave Archer, executive director of the Basketball Coaches Association of New York. Coach inductees are selected based on their years as a varsity coach, winning percentage, number of championships, service to the game and other honors and awards, he said.

"I think he's a coach's coach," Mr. Archer said of Coach Blackford. "He loves the game. He loves the players. He's one of those guys that's always around the game."

Over his 28-year varsity head coaching career, Coach Blackford has a record of 417 wins, 210 losses. At Hamilton High School, where he started his coaching career, he took his teams from a combined 16-40 record during his first three years to a combined record of 111-12 during his final five. His teams won two state championships and reached the state Final Four five times.

Coach Blackford came to F-M High School in 2002. Since his second year here, his teams have been consistent sectional championship contenders. He has also become a mentor to young coaches throughout the region.

Coach Blackford retired from teaching physical education at F-M High School in June, but he plans to continue coaching for many more years.

"I love it," he said. "I'm not ready to give it up."

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