PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. - Dick Rote, Pleasantville School District's former athletic director and varsity football coach, was inducted into the Westchester Sports Hall of Fame last week.
The Pleasantville Board of Education honored Rote the evening before his induction.
Superintendent of Schools Mary Fox-Alter said Rote's name is "legend" in Pleasantville and beyond.
“(Rote is) a man whose reputation is marked by three words – honesty, integrity, and organization,” she said.
Fox-Alter was joined by Board President Shane McGaffey and current Varsity Football coach Tony Becerra, who coached under and nominated Rote. Becerra succeeded Rote as only the third head PHS football coach since 1948.
Rote, a 1959 graduate of Pleasantville High School, joined the district’s staff in 1969 as a physical education teacher. For three years he was the assistant football coach under Pete Kurachek, who had been his coach when he played football for PHS.
When Kurachek retired in 1973, Rote became Athletic Director and head football coach, positions he held until his own retirement in 2004. During those years, Rote’s football teams compiled a 191 – 78 – 4 record; made 16 bowl appearances; won 10 league and 4 section championships; and had three undefeated seasons (1973, 1981, and 1991). He was named Coach of the Year in 1976. Rote also coached the golf team, from 1976-2004, to 10 league and 3 section championships and was named the Pleasantville School District’s 1992-1993 Teacher of the Year.