December 2018
Jennifer Crusco
Communications Assistant

AHA Gym Floor Named ‘Lid’s Court’ in Honor of Long-time Coach

Demarest, NJ: The 44-year career of Coach Susan Liddy, known to many as “Lid,” was memorialized on December 16th, when the floor of the Academy of the Holy Angels’ gym was named “Lid’s Court” in her honor.

“We are honoring Sue Liddy for her years of service to our Angels as a coach and teacher,” AHA Athletic Director Patti Gorsuch noted. “The newly refurbished gym floor now bears the word's ‘Lid’s Court.’ In my opinion, a good coach can change a game, but a great coach can change a life. Sue Liddy certainly has changed many lives.”

Friends, family, and current and former AHA students gathered for the occasion. Anya Skae, a 2018 graduate, came home from college to sing the national anthem before two alumnae basketball squads took the floor. At halftime, the AHA Dance Team and alumnae dancers performed a rousing routine.

AHA Principal Jean Miller pointed out that Liddy made a name for herself as an athlete in the early 1970s, when few opportunities were available to women who enjoyed sports. While she was earning her bachelor’s degree at Upper Iowa College, Liddy was named Outstanding College Athlete of America. Liddy was captain of the intercollegiate basketball team, played shortstop and catcher for the softball team, and served as captain of the volleyball team.

After her college graduation in 1974, Liddy joined Holy Angels as assistant athletic director and physical education teacher. She later served as athletic director. During the 44 years she has served as AHA’s head basketball coach, Liddy’s players have recorded 748 wins and 295 losses and brought home numerous Bergen County and league titles. In 1989, Liddy coached her team to a state title. In 2017 and 2018, her Angels were finalists at the state level.

Over the years, Liddy has earned a host of awards and honors. She is a member of the Upper Iowa University Hall of Fame, the AHA Athletic Hall of Fame, the Closter Hall of Fame, and the New Jersey School Counselor Association Hall of Fame. She has been named Coach of the Year by the Star-Ledger, The Record, and the Bergen County Women Coaches Association. She was also named Athletic Director of the Year, and received the YMCA Service to Youth Award.

In addition to her many years of work with the basketball program, Liddy logged 12 years coaching JV tennis. She has also coached the AHA Softball Team. This year, she surpassed 300 wins on the diamond.

Founded by the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1879, the Academy of the Holy Angels is the oldest private girls’ school in Bergen County. While AHA is steeped in Catholic tradition, this prestigious high school serves young women from a broad spectrum of cultural and religious backgrounds. Over time, thousands of women have passed through AHA’s portals. Many go on to study at some of the nation’s best universities, earning high-ranking positions in medicine, government, law, education, public service, business, arts, and athletics. The Academy’s current leaders continue to further the SSND mission to provide each student with the tools she needs to reach the fullness of her potential—spiritually, intellectually, socially, and physically, by offering a first-rate education in a nurturing environment where equal importance is placed on academic excellence, character development, moral integrity, and service to others.


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