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Anthony Nicodemo is currently the head boy's basketball coach at Saunders High School in Yonkers, N.Y. He has coached at a host of schools within Section One, including North Salem, Croton-Harmon, Briarcliff, Dover and New Rochelle. He also was an assistant at Plymouth State University and Plymouth Regional High School in New Hampshire.

Nicodemo currently serves as the Director of the Lower Hudson Basketball Coaches Association and owner of Westchester Elite Basketball LLC. His duties also include the Section One Basketball Committee. He is a social studies teacher at Reach Academy and resides in Yonkers.

Coach Nicodemo recently told his team that he is gay, and he is believed to be one of the few out gay basketball coaches in the country. He was featured on Good Day New York, the WPIX morning show, WPIX at 5, News 12 and MSG Varsity. His story was told in print in The New York Times and on, MSN Today, Yahoo! Sports, The Huffington Post and many others.

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Dear North Carolina Coaches, Please Speak Out Against HB2

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2016 | 9:16 AM

Dear Coaches Roy Williams, Mike Krzyzewski and Mark Gottfried,

My name is Anthony Nicodemo and I am the boy's varsity basketball coach at Saunders High School in Yonkers, NY. I also happen to be openly gay.

I have admired all three of you as coaches for the duration of my...

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Sports Equality Foundation: A Chance to Do Something Remarkable

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2016 | 8:26 AM

In one of my classic pregame speeches I often talk to about opportunity. Every so often we are presented with a chance to do something remarkable. A championship game or big win on the road. Today I'm truly excited for one of those moments with the launch of the Sports...

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5 ways to Make Your Classroom LGBT Inclusive

(2) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 4:30 PM

Next week, I begin my 11th year as a high school social studies teacher. I often refer to myself as an educator. I firmly believe that it is not only my job to teach content, but life lessons as well.

After coming out as gay two years ago, I've had...

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Embracing the LGBT Community During Pride

(0) Comments | Posted June 1, 2015 | 2:22 PM

With Pride month upon us LGBT folks from throughout the country will spend the month partying and taking Pride in our community. Flags will fly and parades will be had. In many ways mainstream America will witness the media perpetuated stereotype of LGBT community.

Of course all folks in the...

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Time to Add LGBT Education Into the Classroom

(2) Comments | Posted April 26, 2015 | 9:42 PM

In the 22 months that I have been out of the closet, education has been my favorite word. Two years ago I sat in a room with my team following Jason Collins' announcement that he was gay. I asked them how they would feel about a gay teammate.

Several said...

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Being Authentic Leads to Happiness On and Off the Court

(0) Comments | Posted March 2, 2015 | 5:55 PM

Two weeks ago I was celebrating the biggest win of my career, and maybe the biggest win in school history. Myself and friends -- Derek Schell, Kevin DeMille and Sean Smith -- had a nice dinner and ended up at a club in New York City. It happened to be...

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The Gift That Keeps on Giving

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2014 | 11:23 AM

On Saturday night I was able to sit back and watch my team capture the Yonkers City Championship. It was our second title in the past four years, but the first tournament championship since coming out. The next day, a rare in-season off day, I was able to sit back...

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Thankful for Being Able To Live a Complete Life

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2014 | 4:04 PM

For the past four years, each November I have made a pilgrimage to Mohegan Sun in Connecticut to catch the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip Off Classic tournament. It is always nice to get away before my season goes into full swing. The weekend tends to be filled with gambling,...

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How Society's Addiction to Masculinity Has Led to Sexual Hazing Between Men

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 4:47 PM

Here in the metro New York City area the Sayreville (N.J.) High School football squad has dominated the news in recent days. Seven players have been arrested for alleged rape - holding down four younger teammates and sexually assaulting them over a 10-day period in September. The community has been...

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NFL Teams Turning Their Backs on Michael Sam Will Push Athletes Deeper into the Closet

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 6:24 PM

In LGBT sports we often talk of the Domino Effect: one athlete coming out and several following. Derrick Schell (Hillsdale College basketball player) and Connor Mertens (Willamette University football player) stories have led to dozens of athletes reaching out and eventually being their authentic selves. We see it virtually every...

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5 Ways to Make Your Classroom LGBT Inclusive

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 4:04 PM

Next week I begin my 10th year as a high school social studies teacher. I often refer to myself as an educator. I firmly believe that it is not only my job to teach content, but life lessons as well.

After coming out as gay last year, I've had such...

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Sports Break Stereotypes at the Gay Games

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 4:46 PM

Every four years the Gay Games brings a collection of athletes from around the world to one location - this year to Cleveland, a short six hour ride from New York City. When the opportunity to attend was presented itself, I jumped at the chance to meet so many LGBT...

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An Open Letter to Former NFL Coach Tony Dungy

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 3:31 PM

Dear Coach Dungy,

My name is Anthony Nicodemo, and I am a high-school basketball coach who happens to be gay. After living in the closet for 35 years, a year ago I opted to be myself, and life has been awesome ever since.

Yesterday I came across your...

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A Year Out of the Closet

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 2:57 PM

A year ago, I nervously boarded a flight from Kennedy airport in New York to Portland, Oregon. I would be attending the LGBT Sports Coalition's Summit hosted by Nike. Over 50 leaders in the LGBT sports world would embrace me and change my life forever. People who I had never...

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Thanks, Derrick Gordon

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 1:04 PM

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What an awesome time to be involved in the LGBT sports movement. During the past year, so many high-profile athletes have announced that they are gay. Jason Collins in the NBA, Michael Sam heading to the NFL, and now Derrick Gordon, the first openly gay...

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The Most Enjoyable Season of My Career

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 12:52 PM


The best season of my life comes to a close.

There are two parts of the season that I despise. The first comes in the late autumn when I have to make cuts. Telling kids that they're not quite good enough...

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Being True on Opening Day

(1) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 10:12 PM


Hoops season really kicks in once the calendar turns to January. December is always a time so focused on the holidays that high school sports are an afterthought. So the New Year brings more coverage on basketball.

As I write this piece, the...

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The Lore of the Locker Room

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2013 | 8:43 PM

The middle of November means the start of another basketball season. It will be my 17th season as a coach, and my fifth at Saunders High School. The anticipation of the first practice is intense: I rarely sleep the night before. Months of off-season workouts, lifts and scrimmages lead to...

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Focusing on Teamwork: On and Off the Court

(0) Comments | Posted October 18, 2013 | 9:53 AM

October just might be my favorite time of the year. Cool weather, changing leaves, Football Sundays ... and of course the approaching basketball season. My calendar is filled with various meetings and workouts in preparation for the next few months. As a coach I constantly search for ways to improve...

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Coming Out as a Gay High School Basketball Coach: The Surprising Aftermath

(17) Comments | Posted September 10, 2013 | 12:43 PM

September always brings about a new beginning for educators as we embark on a journey with new students and classes. For me, as a basketball coach, it means the season is closing in. Fall basketball kicks off almost immediately as we begin workouts, lifting and study hall.


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