Keep Daniel Hytko as Cohoes Girls’ Varsity Basketball Coach

We, the undersigned, petition the Cohoes City School District, Superintendent Robert Libby, and the Cohoes Board of Education to keep Daniel Hytko as the Girls’ Varsity Head Basketball coach for the 2014-2015 school year, and beyond.

We feel he is the best person for the job. He has been a successful coach for the Cohoes Girls’ Varsity basketball since 1998, and was the Cohoes Boys’ Varsity Basketball coach from 1987-1998. He also coached at HVCC for 15 years. He has the experience, knowledge and rapport with his players and their parents.

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  • Richard Hurd I first met Danny Hytko while still in grade school. It was behind Keveny Memorial Academy on a dirt lot where there was a basket ball hoop. He'd play there with Tim Ryan who went on to play for Villanova as I recall. I was athletic myself but when I shot hoops with them I knew they were in a different league. The caliber of their play was well beyond my skill level. It was therefore no surprise that Danny excelled over others taller than he and secured a very enviable but justified spot on the Cohoes High Varsity Basketball team. I can still remember hearing his name mentioned on the nightly sports news. I thought maybe he'd go on to some career with fond memories of his High School days much as we all do. Over the years, however, I heard mention of him pursuing a coaching career. I then realized that basketball was more than an athletic expression for him. It was in fact his life. He was dedicated to it. His dedication did not come without cost and opposition. Despite his detractors Danny was no quitter. If he wasn't permitted to coach in one place he'd find another, and so he did. In the process he amassed an enviable resume. But a resume is not all there is to being a coach, because as a coach you not only teach basketball, you teach young minds about life. It's more than a commitment there is contribution as well. This Danny Hytko has delivered on in spades. Danny and I were part of the first graduating class of what was then the new High School. How will our Alma Mater, Cohoes High School, honor this man and his contribution? Can it be that all of the aforementioned is reducible to a bid process? If so then I am truly saddened, not for Danny (for his contributions will stand the test of time), but for Cohoes High and what it has lost.

  • Katie Smith A group of us will meeting with Morgan at the school board meeting on July 9. We will be meeting at the Middle School at 5:45 pm. Please come to show your support for Coach Hytko. Please pass the word along

  • Roxanne Gibbs This really upsets me! Not only is he an amazing coach, he will do ANYTHING for his basketball girls. Thanks to Hytko I had an amazing time playing on the basketball team, and I wouldn't have asked for any other coach. He has so much knowledge for this sport and doesn't make anyone feel left out. He always makes sure everyone has an understanding of whats going on. If you wouldn't get it or had some troubles he would take the time to make sure you knew. He just doesn't see us as student athletes , or even just a team, he treats us like family on and off the court, we are a family. It would be the worst decision CHS has ever made to let go of not only an amazing coach, but a great person.

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