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Pitt coach, player were impacted by dangerous Hurricane Sandy

| Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, 11:59 p.m.
Sidney Davis | Tribune-Review
Agnus Berenato was fired as Pitt women's basketball coach Monday, April 1, 2013.

Even as the Pitt women's basketball team prepared this week for its lone exhibition game, coach Agnus Berenato and sophomore forward Chyna Golden were thinking of New Jersey.

Golden is from Neptune, N.J., near the Jersey Shore, and Berenato hails from Gloucester City, N.J. She has five family members, including a sister in Cape May, and one of the family's two restaurants, McGlade's on the Pier, was destroyed. McGlade's on the Bay in Ocean City also was damaged.

But, Berenato said, it could have been worse.

“We're really fortunate that we haven't had any loss of life,” she said. “My family got hit, but it's buildings and we all have good jobs so we can all pull together as a family. This spring we'll have a big 'ol painting party and building party and whatever else. But they won't be flipping omelets for a while, I know that.”

Photos on the restaurant's website include the 2011 McGlade family reunion, including Berenato, as well as vintage family photos. Now, Berenato said, the restaurant is all sand.

“They have a backhoe, but they need a certified backhoe driver,” she said. “They had snow shovels (Friday), but with snow shovels, my sister said it was such a tedious process because you take one shovel, well, where do you take it? She said finally they were able to just shove it and move it, but sand is heavy and wet. Things aren't going to be able to really get in gear for a while.”

The family is still without power, as is still the case for many affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Golden said her family finally had power restored on Friday, but they were lucky and didn't suffer property damage.

“I think my parents just don't always tell me everything so I don't have to worry about those types of things,” she said. “But I've been calling them every day just making sure everything's OK. ... It was just more important that everyone's OK.”

Karen Price is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at kprice@tribweb.com or 412-320-7980.

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