Garrett Moya has been a “gamer” for the Huntington High School boys’ lacrosse team. One of Long Island’s best players over the past four years, the Blue Devils will never forget his rugged style or his goal scoring.
One of the leading seniors in Huntington’s Class of 2017, Mr. Moya is headed to Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the fall. He was recruited to play on the Golden Eagles’ NCAA Division I lacrosse team.
The recipient of numerous honors over the years, Mr. Moya was named the winner of this year’s Donald A. Loughlin Founder’s Award, presented to Huntington’s most valuable player in honor of the man who started the Blue Devil lacrosse program 60 years ago.
Huntington Class of 2017 member
The Huntington lax star tallied 36 goals and 17 assists as a sophomore and 60 goals and 29 assists as a junior. This past spring saw Mr. Moya score 44 goals and assist on 30 others. He garnered All-County honors.
The award was formally presented to Mr. Moya during the 49th annual Blue Devil senior athletic awards banquet in Louis D. Giani Gymnasium before a crowd of more than 300. The teenager was given an attractive plaque and a $200 award stipend.
Blue Devil head coach Kevin Travis paid tribute to Mr. Moya’s talents on and off the field. He developed many close relationships with his teammates and coaches and is well-liked by all of them.
“Mr. Loughlin wanted to sponsor this award because of the many opportunities that Huntington gave him as a teacher, assistant principal and lacrosse coach,” Mr. Travis said. “Past Blue Devil lacrosse teams helped establish a tradition of excellence and Mr. Loughlin is proud of these accomplishments and wants to recognize present players in our program.”
Mr. Loughlin left Huntington in 1968 to become the principal of Rush-Henrietta High School in suburban Rochester. He’s in his late 80s now and living in Fairport, New York. He returned to Huntington High School on Homecoming Day in 2009 to participate in the Class of 1959’s 50th reunion weekend. He served as the class faculty advisor more than a half-century ago.
Mr. Loughlin donated $4,100 to the district seven years ago to establish the Donald A. Loughlin Founders Award. “I am very grateful to have had the opportunities as a teacher, administrator and lacrosse coach in the Huntington School District,” Mr. Loughlin wrote in a letter to the district which outlined his financial contribution and the parameters of the new award. An attractive plaque and monetary stipend accompany the award.
Born in Brooklyn in 1926, Donald A. Loughlin began his Huntington teaching career on September 3, 1952. His path to the district was a winding one. A 1941 junior high “graduate” of Belmont Boulevard School in Elmont and a 1944 graduate of Sewanhaka High School in Floral Park, Mr. Loughlin worked his first “free” summer for Bell Labs in New York City as a messenger before finding himself embroiled in World War II in September of that year, serving in the U.S. Navy and rising to the rank of 3rd class fire controlman in the South Pacific theater.
The future Blue Devil lax founder served two years in the Navy, participating in the liberation of the Philippines along with the bloody invasion of Okinawa. Once discharged, Mr. Loughlin enrolled at Adelphi University, became active in the student government and joined the lacrosse team, a squad he eventually captained. He was also president of the Adelphi Athletic Association.
First Business, Then Teaching
After graduating from Adelphi with a Bachelor of Science degree, Mr. Loughlin worked as assistant to the president of Micro-Lite in New York City. He was later employed as a cost accountant for Standard Brands in Manhattan, a post he held until he began his teaching career.
Just when Mr. Loughlin probably thought his military service was a thing of the past, he was recalled to active duty in June 1951 during the Korean War and served six months in Europe before a final discharge. Following a student teaching stint at Sewanhaka High School, he applied for a job in Huntington on April 12, 1952.
The Huntington School District saw something in the strapping 6-foot, 165 lb. military vet and former college athlete that they liked and he was hired to work as a business teacher at Robert L. Simpson High School, as Huntington High School was then known. The school was located on Main Street at the site of the current town hall.
Founded Lax Program in 1950s
Mr. Loughlin became a central figure in Huntington, first creating a lacrosse club with sticks and balls made available to students for use before and after school and during lunch periods and then launching an interscholastic team in 1955. He also served as vice president of the Long Island-Metropolitan Lacrosse Association. He was the Blue Devil head coach until 1959.
During his time in Huntington, Mr. Loughlin also did a stint as president of the Adelphi College Alumni Association, was appointed as alumni representative to the Adelphi Board of Trustees and was president of the Suffolk County Business Teachers Association.
After earning the respect of students, staff and the Huntington community, Mr. Loughlin was identified as holding the basic skills of leadership and organization needed for a successful career as a school administrator. With the opening of the new Huntington High School in late November 1958, the school board decided to create a second assistant principal position to handle the influx of about 400 freshmen added to the high school building.
When Mr. Loughlin was hired to fill the new administrative post, it forced him to give up his coaching position. His responsibilities included the areas of discipline, pupil activities, school budgets, attendance and new teacher orientation. The new position also required him to step down as director of the district’s adult education program.
Named Principal in Rochester Area
The value of education was something Mr. Loughlin clearly believed in, as he earned a master’s degree at Columbia University’s School of Business on June 1, 1954. By February 1960, he had completed another 30 graduate credits at Columbia.
During his time in Huntington, Mr. Loughlin married, became a father of two children and settled down in Northport. His career here ended at the same time Robert Cushman’s 18-year tenure as high school principal came to a close. Mr. Loughlin submitted a letter of resignation to Mr. Cushman, asking for it to become effective July 15, 1968 so he could assume his new duties as principal of Rush-Henrietta High School.
One of the remaining signs of Mr. Loughlin’s time in Huntington rests in the high school yearbooks in the School Heritage Museum’s collection. In the 1959 edition, there’s a photo of Mr. Cushman, Mr. Loughlin and Raymond A. Hettler, another assistant principal who later left to become a principal in Massachusetts, exiting the new high school building prior to its opening following a tour of the facility just days before students flooded into the school for the first time.
Donald A. Loughlin Founders Award
Most Valuable Player Boys’ Lacrosse
- 2017 Garrett Moya
- 2016 Dan Brown
- 2015 Timothy Mattiace
- 2014 Christian Jamison
- 2013 Connor McCartney
- 2012 Daniel Plant
- 2011 William Coffey
- 2010 Andrew Sheerin
- 2009 Mark Salerno