Middle Township boys basketball coach Tom Feraco returned to the Middle Township bench on Saturday night, and it couldn’t happen at a more fitting venue.

He made his public return to the high school basketball gym where the Panthers took on Cherry Hill West Saturday night. It was the final game on the first day of the Shoot Down Cancer Classic.

Feraco, one of the winningest head coaches in New Jersey high school basketball history, stepped away in early January to undergo treatment for prostate cancer. Now, one month later, Feraco told 97.3 ESPN FM during its halftime coverage of Holy Spirit St. Augustine that he’s 'cancer free.'

"I feel great, there is no cancer in my system. It was really a simple procedure and its amazing how far cancer has come," Feraco told Jim Schaffer.

Feraco, 55, has been on the bench for 32 seasons and has been 'trying' to hang it up for close 10-20 years.

"When I had my two sons 16 and 17 years ago thats when I said it might be time to get out, but Im thinking maybe this year or next year it might be time to get out," Feraco admitted.

Although he is ahead of schedule, Feraco still lacks enough energy to return to normalcy and won’t be drawing up plays and running the show for some time.

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Scott Uhing contributed to this report.


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