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Rich McCabe

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Rich McCabe

A three-sport athlete at South High, Rich McCabe is one of the winningest boys’ soccer coaches in New York State history. Hired at Fort Ann Central School in the fall of 1980, after having graduated from SUNY Cortland, McCabe has compiled a stunning record as coach of the Cardinal soccer team.

Since 1985, Fort Ann has won 20 Adirondack League titles, 14 Section II titles (including the last seven in a row), has won six Class D regional titles and has been to six of the last seven New York State Final fours. The Cardinals won the 2015 Class D state title, finishing with a 23-0 record. Last season, Fort Ann carried a 44-game winning streak and 64-game unbeaten streak dating back to 2013 into the state championship game, losing in double overtime to finish 21-1. At the 2016 state tournament, McCabe was inducted into the New York State Soccer Coaches Hall of Fame.

In 36 seasons, his teams are 551-146-36, a winning percentage of .766. He has been Section II, Class D Coach of the Year 13 times, and was New York State Small School (Class B, C and D) Coach of the Year in 2011. He is second all-time in Section II boys’ soccer wins. McCabe also coached Fort Ann to a Section II and regional championship in boys’ basketball in 1984.At South High, he coached track and field with Bill Carey in the spring of 1980; girls’ basketball with Mike Nolan in 2004-05, and softball with Laurie Ciuffetelli in 2006. He has also coached Adirondack Youth hockey, Moreau Rec youth soccer, Little League baseball and softball and Moreau Rec youth basketball and flag football. He was a girls’ varsity softball umpire from 1981 to 2002, and worked at Harry Betar Moreau Recreation Park for 12 years, on the maintenance crew from 1973-75 and as park supervisor from 1980-89.