By Ethan Chung
“We little knew that morning, God was going to call your name: In life we loved you dearly, in death we do the same. It broke our hearts to lose you, you did not go alone: For part of us went with you, the day God called you home. You left us beautiful memories. Your love is still our guide: And though we cannot see you, you are always by our side. Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems to be the same: But as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again.” - In Memory of Christofer F. Comito
Source from Ethan Chung
A loving quote was written in memory of Coach Christofer Comito who recently passed away.
With the holiday season right around the corner, no one expected the tragic news on December 20 regarding the death of NHP’s Coach Comito. Coach Comito was an assistant varsity football, basketball, and volleyball coach. Regardless of the sport, he was loved by the players, students, and coaches who surrounded him, and without him, no team would have been the same. Football players' have fond memories of Coach Comito preparing his team for upcoming games.
“In practice, he would always give 100% effort to get us ready. Sometimes he would even run into us to remind us to never let our guard down, all while we had pads and he didn’t,” said senior football player David Sibrian.
"Christofer Comito was an educator that gave his all to his students and the athletes he coached. He always had a smile on his face. In everything he did, he put students first. He built relationships with students, was there for students and gave his all in everything he did. He will be missed," said principal Dr. Faccio.
Source from Siya Sharma
The 2017 junior varsity girls volleyball team was coached by Coach Comito.
The 26-year-old coach made unparalleled sacrifices. Coach Comito was someone who always strived to learn more to better himself, and he truly left everything he had on the field and court. More than a coach, he was a friend, and being a student not that long ago, he was someone who always empathized with the players. Understanding the life of a high schooler, Coach Comito was someone who never turned anyone away if they needed to talk.
“Coach acted as an older brother that we could always count on. At such a young age, he was someone who viewed us as more than just players,” said senior football player Matthew Rennhack.
"Coach Comito was such a fun and inspiring coach to play with. He always helped out with trying to get the team and I to improve on our skills and teamwork on and off the court. Hearing about his death was difficult for me, as well as for the team, because of all he’s been through with us. Getting to practice and having him joke around with everyone was the highlight of my weekends," said senior volleyball player Siya Sharma.
"Chris Comito was an integral part of the New Hyde Park football family for the past three years. He worked tirelessly on the field and in the weight room to provide for our players. He also coached basketball, baseball and volleyball at New Hyde Park. He was loved by the students, the teachers and coaches. Chris was an outstanding young man that deeply cared for our players and our program. We will forever be grateful for Chris' energy, dedication and passion for Gladiator Football. While we will take time to heal from this loss, I can only say that I am so thankful that I could get to know Chris as a coach and a friend. His spirit will stay with us now and forever. Rest in Peace Chris," said football coach Mr. Maier.
Because of his love and passion for sports and athletes, Coach Comito will never be forgotten.