Cardozo Hoops Coach Ron Naclerio Wins 800th Game

The victory marks the most wins by a coach in New York State public school history.

Ron Naclerio secured his historic 800th career win as the head basketball coach at Queens’ Benjamin Cardozo High School on Tuesday night.

The victory marks the most wins by a coach in New York State public high school history.

Naclerio has actually been chasing himself with each win and building on a record he broke back in 2016 he got his 755th win. The milestone catapulted Naclerio past the late East Hampton High School coach Ed Petrie’s long-standing record.


For 38 years, Naclerio, who attended Cardozo more than four decades ago, has built the humble Bayside, Queens school into a powerhouse with a unique and underrated effect on basketball culture. 

“I’ve had four [players] in the NBA, but I’ve also had 40, 50, 60, 100, 150 that’ve become stars in the game of life,” the coach told CBS2’s Ali Bauman.

Back in 2015, when Naclerio was setting the PSAL all-time wins record, The Shadow League did a two-part feature on him entitled, “Diary of A Mad Coach.”

It tells you everything you need to know about the remarkable and dedicated coach from Queens who would walk through the most dangerous housing projects at 3:00 am to go to address a player who was out of pocket. 

He’s had an indelible impact on the culture of basketball and the kids who were fortunate enough to cross his path.

Click here for Diary of A Mad Coach, Part 1

Click here for Diary of a Mad Coach, PT 2: Ron Naclerio And The Birth of a MixTape King

JR Gamble joined The Shadow League in 2012. The General Manager of Content & Social Media is in his 25th year of covering sports and culture professionally. He has covered a wide variety of major sports and entertainment topics across different mediums, including radio, newspapers, magazines and national TV. His passion is baseball, the culturing of baseball and preserving and documenting the historically-impactful accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans in baseball.