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I would like to echo the comments made in a recent article by Larry Felser concerning Ed Muto.

As a former women's basketball coach at the University at Buffalo I had the pleasure to work with Ed Muto.

I have been involved in college athletics for over 22 years and I could honestly say I found no better person to work with in athletics than Coach Muto.

Class, integrity and honesty were just a few of his trademarks. As an administrator his door was always open and an appointment was not necessary.

It was not his style to administer by putting fear in his coaches but by a strong, honest softspoken openness. There are peaks and valleys in coaching and Ed was always there for me, even when he was retired.

Although the university was moving into Division I, Ed never lost the concept that understanding and treating people with respect was far more important than the business of athletics. Although he was a high level administrator at a large university, Ed would consistently visit my office at UB along with my good friend Dan Bazzani and asked if we wanted to go for a sandwich. He always thought it was best to get away for a few moments. I learned more at lunch about life and coaching than any conference I could ever attend.

Ed's life and career was based on true values. The values of hard work, discipline, loyalty and always standing up for what you believe in.

Ed Muto has left a legacy more important than championships. He taught this coach and so many others the true meaning of being a professional and a good friend.

Women's Basketball Coach
Manhattan College

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