Gay High School Basketball Coach Comes Out, Inspires Team

By: Brandon Voss
7.26.2013

Inspired by Jason Collins, Anthony Nicodemo, who has been coaching boys’ basketball for 16 years, recently came out to his team at Saunders High School in Yonkers, New York.

“That was my demon,” the 35-year-old coach tells ABC News, which notes that gay coaches in sports are rare, especially at the high school level. “I’m supposed to be this guy that's in your face and that's always honest and yet I’m not 100 percent honest.”

“The one person you can’t con is yourself,” Nicodemo told his players, who look up to him as "a mentor, a father figure.” Then he dropped the gay bomb, and the team's slient shock was quickly replaced by applause — support that's been matched by the school.

"I think it’s important to break the stereotype," he says.

Watch the ABC news report below.

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