While most parents mingled around the start and finish lines during a cross country race, Debbie Riccio Giordano was always on the lookout for her father. As she navigated the middle of a 3.1-mile course as a student at Rocky Point High School, Thomas Riccio would pop out of the woods, seemingly out of nowhere, yelling words of encouragement to his daughter. READ
One of the things about being around long enough is you get to see coaches come and go. You sure hate to see the good ones go, though, and Dave Spinella is one of the good ones.
Not to make it sound like Spinella, 38, has died or anything like that. He has just stepped down as the Riverhead High School girls basketball coach to embark on a new chapter in his life. That fact was enough to generate more than a few tears last Wednesday night when Spinella coached his final game for the Blue Waves.