LONG BEACH ISLAND — The owner of Woody's Too restaurant in Long Beach Township, Bob Alegre, passed away recently. Woodys Too was well known for their burgers and other fine food.
Alegre spent most of his career serving as St. Joseph by-the-Sea athletic director and boys’ basketball coach in Staten Island. Alegre lived in Prince’s Bay for 30 years before moving to Manahawkin, N.J, a few years ago, was 74.
“We are all saddened by the loss of this fine man,” said Sea principal Father Michael Reilly Tuesday afternoon. “He will be deeply missed by the St. Joseph by-the-Sea community and the greater Staten Island community. He and his family are in my prayers.”
For two decades beginning in the late 1980s to after the 2009-10 school year, Alegre guided the Sea athletic program to new heights as the athletic director. The school’s athletic sports program grew by leaps and bounds as Alegre added multiple teams, especially on the girls’ side.
He also oversaw the construction of Sea’s Viking Park, which included a football/soccer stadium with seating for 2,000, a press box and scoreboard, all ringed by a resurfaced running track. The complex included a state-of-the-art fitness center, tennis courts, practice fields and two gymnasiums.
After stepping down as the school’s AD he was appointed the school’s athletic moderator for a couple of years.
He also mentored the varsity boys’ basketball team for 12 seasons, ending in 1995. His best player may have been Gregg Testaverde, who won the Jaques Award as the Island’s top basketball player the year after Alegre stepped away from coaching.
“Bob was synonymous with Sea athletics for so long,” said former Staten Island Advance sportswriter Stephen Hart, who also worked with Alegre at Sea. "While sports have grown greatly at Sea in the years since Bob has been retired, much of the school’s progress can be traced to decisions made by Bob.
“As a reporter, whenever I needed a quote on any issue, he was always gracious with his time. And in all my years of covering scholastic sports, there was no athletic director at a co-ed school more cognizant of granting equal opportunities for girls’ teams.”
Here are the funeral arrangements:
Visitation hours at the Thos. L. Shinn Funeral Home in Manahawkin, N.J., will take place today, Thursday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.
The funeral service will be Friday beginning at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church (747 West Bay Ave., Barnegat, N.J. 08005) followed by a committal service at noon at St Mary’s Cemetery (Beachview Dr., Manahawkin, N.J. 08050).