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Former Stepinac Football Coach Joe Sullivan Dies At 91

Then assistant coach Joe Sullivan, left, conferring with Stepinac coach Buzz Werder in 1957.
Then assistant coach Joe Sullivan, left, conferring with Stepinac coach Buzz Werder in 1957. Photo Credit: Contributed

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y -- Joe Sullivan, the legendary football coach of Archbishop Stepinac High School’s Crusaders football team for 23 years, died on Friday at his home in Lake Carmel at the age of 91.

Sullivan’s career at Stepinac began in 1949 — a year after the all boys’ Catholic high school opened — when he joined as assistant coach to Buzz Werder for the fledgling football team. He served in that capacity until 1958 when he assumed responsibilities as head coach.

Among the notable Stepinac alumni he coached during his 23-year tenure at the helm of the Crusaders was former NFL lineman Bob Hyland of White Plains. In 2008, Sullivan was inducted into Stepinac’s Hall of Fame.

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