Coach Vince O'Connor

St. Francis Prep Loses a Coaching Legend (with video)

Vince O’Connor was a legend not only for his football success – 62 years of coaching, 341 wins, 16 CHSFL titles, nine NFL players – but also for the way he molded countless young boys into men.

The "Battle of the Boulevard" (Photo by Diana Colapietro)

Holy Cross Wins ‘Battle of the Boulevard’ (with slideshow)

Holy Cross H.S., Flushing, and St. Francis Prep, Fresh Meadows, are located just two miles apart on Francis Lewis Boulevard in Queens. So naturally, a heated football rivalry – one that has been called the best high school football rivalry in New York City – exists between these two schools. Whenever they meet on the […]

Vince Lombardi Honored as Hometown Hero

In the annals of NFL history, legendary coaches have left an indelible mark on the game of football. John Madden, Tom Landry, George Halas, Mike Ditka, Chuck Noll, Don Shula and Bill Parcells are just a handful of names that have achieved gridiron glory. But when debating which coach is the best ever, the argument […]

Coach Vince O'Connor (Photo by Jim Mancari)

CHSFL Coach, Seniors Honored by NFF

The New York City Chapter of the National Football Foundation (NFF) held its inaugural “Elite Eleven” scholar-athlete award banquet March 21 at the Down Town Association in lower Manhattan. St. Francis Prep, Fresh Meadows, head varsity football coach Vince O’Connor received the 2013 Accorsi Award, named for former New York Giants’ general manager Ernie Accorsi. […]

Rutgers Coach’s Roots Trace to St. Francis

It’s an unfortunate fact that most people never get their dream job. For those that do, they certainly consider themselves lucky. However, Rutgers University, Piscataway, N.J., head football coach Kyle Flood has been fortunate enough to be hired to his dream job twice. Long before taking the helm of the Scarlet Knights, Flood taught mathematics […]

A Story of Faith and Football at St. Francis (with video)

Joey Troina, a senior at St. Francis Prep, Fresh Meadows, is a committed young man. He’s a captain of the school’s football team and a member of the Prep’s student government. But his devout Catholic faith and his willingness to profess that faith openly set Troina, 17, apart from his peers. On Sept. 18, Troina […]