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Moylan Retiring as Pearl River Coach, Remaining as High School Teacher

Lorraine Moylan said she is retiring as Pearl River girls basketball coach because she can no longer give the type of energy she asks of her players.

Lorraine Moylan earned the reputation for expecting intensity and energy from her players during 20 years coaching Pearl River High School's girls basketball program.

She said she found herself unable to give that level of energy, which led her to retire from coaching last week after the Pirates' season.

"If I can’t give 150 percent like ask kids to give all the time, it’s not really fair to them. I would be cheating them if not being able to do that," Moylan said. "My dad taught me the right way. If you are going to do something, do it the right way. Doing it the right way takes a bunch of energy. I can’t give energy needed the whole time."

Moylan, 54, showed how well her way works for 30 years, the first 10 at Albertus Magnus. The Falcons won four consecutive championships in her final four seasons, twice earning state championships, before she moved on to Pearl River in 1993. She led Pearl River to section championships in 2008 and 2012. She was inducted into the Basketball Coaches Association of New York Hall of Fame in 2011, then became the first Rockland County basketball coach to go over 500 victories last season. 

Moylan met with her players Friday to tell them about her decision. 

"It was a pretty emotional meeting," Moylan said. "I've had two meetings that were very difficult for myself. That was the second one. Leaving Albertus and the other day."

Moylan, who was a standout point guard herself at Pearl River, said she was blessed to coach there.

"Pearl River the best place. It’s home," Moylan said. "It’s where great kids are and great things happen. I've been blessed to be in a great school district and a great community that the parents, kids and everybody supports and loves. We try to take care of it. It's a great place to be.

"For me, I can't ask the players any more. I'm very proud of all they have accomplished. I'm proud of the way these young ladies present themselves and act as they move forward in their lives."

News of Moylan's retirement brought messages of well wishing and gratitude in the responses to this article on Patch. 

Lorraine March 05, 2013 at 11:58 AM
If you've ever played a sport or been part of a team, then you know the impact a great coach can have on your success on the court and off. It's an experience and relationship that stays with you and serves you your whole life. That is what every player that has played for Coach Moylan has been given, and the value of that gift will only increase over time. Thank you Coach for your dedication to all the girls you have coached and to all the kids you have and will continue to teach. The legacy you leave as a basketball coach, the dedication, sacrifice, hard work, and high standards, will continue to be referred to in so many positive ways, that you will continue to inspire and teach both young coaches and players even though you won’t be on the bench. Wishing you all the best in the future. I couldn’t ask for a better experience for Sam than what you gave her these past two years. -Lorraine Alicandri
Carol Dyer March 05, 2013 at 12:34 PM
All the best to Lorraine Moylan. She has truly had an amazing impact not only on the Girl's basketball program but on the thousands of kids that have passed through the gym.I remember when Lorraine first came to Pearl River from Albertus to a program that was struggling at the time. She turned that around. Her dedication and committment to Pearl River has been outstanding. The acievements of her program will be long remembered. In a sport that through the years has become more male dominated both in coaching and officiating, it has always been great to see Lorraine and my good friend Irvington coach, Gina Maher as two women who continue to be such incredible role models for girls. Enjoy Lorraine, you deserve it!!
Ryan Buncher (Editor) March 05, 2013 at 04:39 PM
I mentioned to Lorraine Moylan when I spoke to her that she may want to read the comments on this and the previous article about her retirement. They speak very well of the impact she has made at Pearl River.
MW March 05, 2013 at 08:02 PM
As a parent all you can ask of your children is to give their best effort in everything they set out to do. You hope along the way they meet great role models that they can emulate and learn from so that their lives will be enriched. Coach Moylan is one of those people and much more. She has a special gift that allows her to get the best out of the young lives of the people she teaches and coaches. She knows how to push them so that they can give more than they knew they even had but more importantly she knows when they need a supportive hug or soft words of encouragement away from the sidelines that gives our kids the confidence to live their lives to the highest potential. The Pearl River School community and all of its students, players and parents will be forever indebted to Lorraine Moylan and what she has done and continues to do for us. Mike Woods
William O'Brien March 05, 2013 at 09:20 PM
A great coach and a great person Best of luck to you Lorraine, Bill and Judy O'Brien Surfside Beach' S.C.

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