Woodmere's Elliot Steinmetz Honored with Coach of the Year Award

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Woodmere's Elliot Steinmetz Honored with Coach of the Year Award

Nassau Herald

Posted August 5, 2022

by Jeff Bessen

   Woodmere resident Elliot Steinmetz, the men's varsity basketball coach at Yeshiva University, will be the inaugural recipient of the Jewish Sports Heritage Association's Marty Riger Outstanding Jewish Coach of the Year Award.

   The award will be presented to Steinmetz at the Association's fifth annual induction ceremony at Temple Israel, Lawrence on April 23 of next year.

   Steinmetz, a former YU basketball player, has transformed the Maccabees into a DIII hoops powerhouse that from Nov. 10, 2019-Dec. 31, 2021 had a 50-game win streak, was ranked #1 in the country for five weeks in 2021 and led the team to appearances in the Skyline Conference Championship since 2014.

   Riger, the longtime successful boys varsity coach at Brentwood High School, directed his teams to the Suffolk County Championship Final Four eight times, won the county crown three times, was named Large School Coach of the year three times and League One Coach of the Year a half dozen times. He also coached the USA men's basketball team at the 1993 Maccabiah Games and at the 2003 Pan Am Games. Marty died on June 6, 2022. He was 83.