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N.Y. high school hoops coach comes out as gay to team, is immediately supported

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Yahoo! Sports
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June 26, 2013

Anthony Nicodemo didn't have to tell anyone. He was a successful and influential basketball coach, leading the Yonkers (N.Y.) Saunders Trade and Tech High basketball program. He has been there for four years and is universally respected, perhaps even beloved. Nicodemo didn't have to come out of the closet to his team, admitting he was gay for the first time. Yet he did, and he did it because at the end of the day, he couldn't look his teen athletes in the eye and tell them to be true to themselves if he wasn't true to his own identity. With that, spurred on by his confidence in discovering other homosexual coaches online and the inspiration of Jason Collins' article in Sports Illustrated, Nicodemo gathered the Saunders basketball team and told them he was gay.