November 19, 2019
Retired Cairo-Durham High School teacher and basketball coach, Bob Piano, was recently voted into the New York State Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame. He will be officially inducted at a ceremony in March 2020.
During his 22 years at Cairo-Durham High School, Piano taught Health and Physical Education and served as the Athletic Director.
He was the head coach for boys varsity basketball from 1989-1997, during which he led the Mustangs to two championship victories. They won the CHVL Championship during the 1991-92 season and the Schoharie League Championship during the 1996-97 season.
After coaching basketball at Columbia-Greene Community College for a few years, Piano returned as the Mustangs head coach in 2007 and led the team to a Patroon Conference Championship victory in 2011. He was also named the Patroon Conference Coach of the Year in 2009 and 2011.
Piano’s coaching career spanned six decades, starting in 1967 at Marquette University and finishing in 2012 when he retired from Cairo-Durham High School. Over the course of his career, he led teams to six championship titles. Several of Piano’s former players went on to play in the NBA and three competed in the 1972 & 1976 Olympic Games.
In addition to his many years of coaching at CDHS, Piano helped established a youth basketball program in the Cairo-Durham Central School District. Even after his retirement, he came back as a volunteer assistant basketball coach for the Mustangs and raised funds to promote and support the CDHS Unified Basketball team.
Most recently, Piano helped Cairo-Durham Middle School students prepare for basketball tryouts ahead of the 2019-20 season.
For Bob Piano, basketball is a way of life and the court is his classroom. We are grateful for his service to the Cairo-Durham Central School District and thrilled that his legacy will live on as part of the NYS Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame!