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Schenectady honoring Mont Pleasant football legend Mulvaney

Schenectady honoring Mont Pleasant football legend Mulvaney

Schenectady hosts Green Tech in home opener
Schenectady honoring Mont Pleasant football legend Mulvaney
Larry Mulvaney is carried off the field following a Mont Pleasant win.
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SCHENECTADY — Carm DePaolo remembers the little things about one of the biggest names in Schenectady City School District sports history.

The gray sweats. The Converse sneakers. That bulging vein in his neck.

"He never raised his voice," DePoalo said of Larry Mulvaney, who passed away in March at the age of 95. "But you could always tell if he was getting upset. He had this vein popping out of his neck. You knew."

DePoalo smiled wide as he told tales of his former coach at Mont Pleasant, and many more will certainly spill forth Friday night when Mulvaney is honored on the high school field at Schenectady High School that bears his name.

A halftime ceremony featuring some of Mulvaney's players and a gathering in the high school afterward are planned. DePaolo has something planned, too, for the 6 p.m. non-league game that will match the host Patriots against Green Tech.

"We've never worn white pants," DePaolo said of his team. "At Mont Pleasant, we wore white and red. This is something we wanted to do. We waited until now."

Mulvaney served Schenectady as a teacher, administrator and coach from 1952 through 1989, and made his mark as Mont Pleasant's football and wrestling leader over his first two decades there. His football teams went 107-64-4 while taking on opponents from all parts of the state, and three of them went undefeated. That includes the 8-0 1967 edition that was ranked No. 1 in the state after closing with a win over rival Linton.

Among the stars on that team were All-American lineman Gale Knull, who on Monday will join Mulvaney in the Schenectady City School District Athletic Hall of Fame. Mulvaney was among the hall's first class of inductees in 1998. His 1967 team was the hall's Legacy Tribute honoree in 2017.

"We feel this is right," said DePaolo, who was a starting junior linebacker on that 1967 team. "He was a teacher. He was a legend. ... He was awesome."

Mulvaney is known well for the generosity he displayed when it came to student-athletes from all parts of Schenectady. The World War II veteran and Springfield College graduate had contacts, and used them to open doors for so many.

"If you were at Linton, he would help you," DePaolo said. "He didn't see uniforms after the season."

Randy Cross, who played basketball at Mont Pleasant, said it was Mulvaney who reached out to Boston University where he blossomed and became its all-time scoring leader.

“I never scored a touchdown for coach Mulvaney like Ron [Page] did,” Cross said at the time of his own SCSD Hall of Fame induction in 2016. “He didn’t have to take that personal interest.

“There’s no telling how many people he helped. He never talked about it. Just a wonderful man.”

In tonight's game Schenectady, a young team with seven sophomore starters, will be looking to bounce back from a 42-12 loss at CBA. Green Tech opened its schedule with a 16-6 win over Albany.

"The kids know it means a lot to me," DePaolo said.

Reach Gazette Sportswriter Jim Schiltz at 518-395-3143, [email protected] or @jim_schiltz on Twitter.

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