Legendary coach Jack Curran is on the mend, he told MaxPreps Saturday.
The longtime boys basketball and baseball coach at Archbishop Molloy (Queens, N.Y.)
broke his kneecap recently and after a brief hospitalization he is doing rehab work at United Hebrew Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in New Rochelle, N.Y.
"I slipped on black ice coming out of church one morning," the 82-year-old icon related. "I'm getting better each day. It's a long process, because I can't bend my knee during rehab. I have a brace and I do rehab twice a day. I hope I can get out of here by the end of next week."
Curran has won over 900 basketball games in his career and is the No. 4 baseball winner in history, according to the National High School Sports Record Book.
Curran's basketball team has gone 3-1 since his injury, guided by assistant coach/athletic director Mike McCleary.
Officials had hoped Curran could attend Sunday's playoff game against Cardinal Hayes (Bronx, N.Y.), but Curran said he's not yet ready.
"I'd probably have to come in an ambulance and a wheelchair," he said. "I'd probably have more people talking to me and I'd never see the game."
He promised, though, "I'll be back for baseball. We start practice Monday, but my assistants are good, so they will take care of that. I'll probably miss the first two weeks, but they are good to miss (because of the weather)."