Tom Marcucci, who coached Notre Dame-West Haven’s football team for 17 years, is returning to the sidelines as the Green Knights’ next coach, the school announced Monday.
Marcucci takes over for his successor John DeCaprio who stepped down after going 66-38 in 10 years. Marcucci, who resigned in 1998 to become an assistant principal, served as an assistant under DeCaprio for seven seasons. He quit that post to become the school’s athletic director in 2006.
“I am proud to return as the head football coach of Notre Dame High School,” said Marcucci, who is also the school’s athletic director and had been an assistant for seven years under DeCaprio. “I have missed the day-to-day interaction with the players and coaches. I look forward to preparing for a challenging schedule and can’t wait to get started on the 2009 season with weight room preparation and practice this summer.”
Marcucci was 118-52-6 and won a state championship in four title game appearances from 1982-1998. His best year was an 11-0-1 record in 1991, including a 20-0 victory over Newington in the Class L championship game.
“It is wonderful having Tom back as our head football coach,” Notre Dame President Br. James Branigan said. “His passion for Notre Dame, football, and our student-athletes combined with his many years of experience made him the obvious choice when he expressed a desire to return to the sideline.”
Click here to see the full press release from Notre Dame-West Haven, which features a video of Marcucci informing the players of his return. (Quicktime video player required).