The 1977-78 Mattituck boys basketball team, led by coach Jack Hussnatter (seventh from the right). (Credit: file photo)
Jack Hussnatter, a Mattituck coaching legend, seemed to have been cut from the same cloth that produced other old-school coaches like Greenport’s Dorrie Jackson and Southold’s Dick Osmer. His death April 1 at the age of 82 saddened those who knew him. (more…)
Jack Hussnatter was living proof that discipline and a healthy sense of humor can make for a winning combination. Former players and coaching colleagues remember the late Mattituck coaching legend for both qualities.
A longtime coach who made his name in boys basketball, most notably at Mattituck High School, Hussnatter was described as tough but fair, quick-witted, and often with a cigar in his mouth. An innovative strategist in some ways ahead of his time, he was well-liked by players, who are surely saddened by his death at his Mattituck home on April 1. He lived in Mattituck for the last 50 of his 82 years. (more…)