Rick Mancuso Retires from Coaching
Written by Dan Fischer on January 10, 2018
News Release: Notre Dame High School
Long-time Notre Dame football coach Rick Mancuso (ND Class of 1976) has announced his retirement from coaching with the goal of spending more time with his family especially his grandchildren.
In announcing his decision, Rick said: “All of us reach a time of reflection on where we’ve been and where we are going. Over the course of the last 35 plus years, my family, as all coaches’ families, sacrificed to allow me to be a part of something special. At this moment of my life I would like to spend more time being a part of our children and grandchildren’s lives and create memories that we will forever cherish.”
Coach Mancuso’s retirement ends a 37- year relationship with ND football during which he coached for 22 seasons and spent the other 15 as a key member of the football program’s support staff. Rick began his football coaching career at Notre Dame as the Head JV coach in the fall of 1981. In 2005, he took on the daunting task of replacing retiring HOF coach Bill Sutherland as Varsity Head Football Coach. This was the beginning of a very successful coaching career the highlights of which include qualifying for sectional competition in 9 of his 13 seasons as Varsity Football Coach, winning Sectional Championships in 2006 and 2012, advancing to the title game on three other occasions and winning 3 GR League championships.
Although most recognizable for his football coaching role, Coach Mancuso has also been a successful coach at his Alma Mater in other sports as well. He coached Varsity softball for 5 seasons from 2011-2015 winning a State Championship in 2012 after advancing to the State finals in 2011. His softball squads brought home “the Block” in 2011 and 2012 as well as earning 3 GR championships. He also was a successful JV and Varsity baseball coach and even coached Modified basketball where his squads only lost 1 game in two seasons
Rick has had a positive impact on the lives of numerous Notre Dame athletes and has always been there for them both on and off the field. He has built relationships that have stood the test of time and has always been a resource for young coaches seeking mentorship as they begin their careers. He has always taken pride in the numerous alumni on his coaching staff.
A prominent local businessman who is a life-long resident of Batavia, Rick and his wife Julie are parents of 5 Notre Dame graduates Morgan (’01), Alexandra (‘03), Rick (‘05), Pat (’08) and Maddie (’14). They have both donated countless hours to the betterment of the Notre Dame experience for all our students as well as helping to keep the school vibrant and an affordable option to any who would like to attend.