VALHALLA, N.Y. -- Dave Greiners 30-year love affair with sports came full circle at Valhalla High School where he began as a student and now coaches the varsity basketball team.
These years (coaching basketball) at Valhalla have been the highlight of my coaching career, Greiner said. We have won as many games as any team in Section 1 over the last three seasons and we have been named a New York State Scholar Athlete team of Excellence over the last three years.
A 1982 graduate of Valhalla, Greiner played three sports --football, basketball and baseball -- laying the groundwork for his teaching and coaching career.
I didn't excel in any of them (sports), but it was there where I started to develop a coachs mentality, always making suggestions to my coaches and paying attention to them as they game planned and made in game decisions, Greiner said.
Greiner became a volunteer assistant basketball coach at Valhalla in 1986 and junior varsity coach the next season, coaching the team for seven years. He also connected with the Westchester Basketball Coaches Association and became an baseball umpire with the Westchester Baseball Umpires Association in 1985.
In my years as an umpire I have worked 15 sectional championship games, and two state championships, Greiner said. Most importantly I have twice been elected as the president of the WCBUA, a title I currently hold. I am most proud of having a hand along with many others, in our association becoming the best in the state, both on and off the field, with the highest level of professionalism and umpiring.
When Greiner took the varsity basketball coachs job at Walter Panas High in 1998, fate landed him in the same gym with athletic trainer Meg Hanson. The couple married three years later and when son Michael was born, Griener moved on to Valhalla where his team won the Section 1 Class C tile in 2009.
I knew the chance was there for a good run, three seasons later (2009) we were sectional champs, Greiner said. I had the honor to coach some great kids, Dan Annunziata, our only four-year starter ever, Tom Longo, just the best kid you could ever ask to coach, and James Jensen the best player I ever coached at Valhalla.
Greiner teaches at Clear View School in Briarcliff Manor, where he began as a physical education teacher and is now a crisis intervention counselor.
Clear View is a school for children with emotional and mental handicaps, Greiner said. Its an amazing school and working there has helped me be a better coach, and most importantly a better person.
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