Remembering Mr. Dan Curry
It is with great sadness that we share that Mr. Dan Curry passed away on Friday following a brave battle with cancer. Dan served the SJND community for 17 years, including as Athletic Director, Associate Athletic Director, P.E. and health teacher, and as the beloved voice of the Pilots at many athletic competitions.
As a young child growing up in Oakland, Dan always loved sports. He graduated from St. Mary’s College High School in Berkeley and went on to earn his degree in English Literature from Gonzaga University. In 1973, Dan began teaching and coaching at a high school in Billings, Montana. Dan coached football, basketball, track and even drove the team bus. If there is a sport that Dan truly fell in love with, it was volleyball. In 1978, Dan served as the Director of Operations for the Seattle Smashers, a professional volleyball team. Throughout his life, he helped USA Volleyball and served as a member of the All Tournament Committee.
In the 80s and 90s, Dan entered collegiate athletic administration where his passions served various institutions, such as Gonzaga University, Santa Clara University and San Jose State University. Dan’s talents included serving as a public address announcer and a radio color commentator. Most recently, he worked as the emcee and announcer at Kevin Durant's Fantasy Basketball Camps.
Dan blessed the SJND community in 2000 when he was hired as Athletic Director and Health and Physical Education teacher. Under his leadership, SJND won dozens of league titles, six North Coast Section Championships and two CIF State Championships in various sports. He was a key figure in the reconstruction and renovation of the Kelly Gymnasium which opened in 2007. Dan also helped organize SJND's current Booster Club which helps generate funds for athletics. As the voice of the Pilots, he introduced the starting lineups and read sponsorships during North Coast Section and CIF State Championship events.
Over the years, Dan mentored many coaches and developed them into great role models for student-athletes. He participated in school activities, such as retreats, field trips and theater. Dan even had a guest cameo appearance in one of the SJND musical productions and received a huge roar from the crowd when he appeared on stage. In 2011, Dan received the California State Athletic Directors Association, Section Athletic Director of the Year award for the North Coast Section. He resigned in 2011 as the Athletic Director but remained a part of the community as a teacher until 2017 when he officially retired.
Dan is survived by his sister Sue Curry Johnston and brother-in-law Michael Johnston, brother Jack Curry and sister-in-law Rebecca, nephews John Johnston (Britt), Jay Johnston (Heather), Matthew Curry (Rachelle) and nieces Jeannie Johnston (Scott Whatmore), Monica Curry (Paul Wacek), Andrea Curry (Tim Hodge), and Christina Curry (Jacopo Calza). He is loved by 12 great nieces and nephews.
A funeral Mass was held on Saturday, October 5 at St. Joseph Basilica in Alameda. Many members of the SJND community were in attendance and spoke of Dan's profound impact on their lives.
As many of you know, Dan cared deeply about student athletes. In lieu of flowers, Dan and his family have asked that donations be made to Gonzaga “Zags” Athletic Giving and SJND Athletics in his memory. Donations to SJND may be mailed to:
Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School
1011 Chestnut Street
Alameda, CA 94501
Or contact Mollie McFarland at (510) 995-9456.