Coaching legend to be feted Nov. 13

Coach Bob DeMayo, who navigated the North Haven High School baseball program for more than six decades, called it a career back in August.

Next month, community members will have a chance to thank the state’s winningest high school baseball coach for his dedication, and to wish him a happy retirement.

The NHHS Booster Club will celebrate DeMayo Sunday, Nov. 13 at the Wallingford Country Club. The free event will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be appetizers and a cash bar. Donations to the Booster Club will be accepted.

“I have tried to teach my players the many levels of this marvelous game — fine-tuning their skills for the basics and, when possible, introducing the intricacies which can result in a victory when you have no right to the win,” DeMayo said in a statement announcing his retirement.

DeMayo helmed the North Haven High School baseball program for 64 seasons, and his teams generated 937 wins, five state championships, 21 conference crowns and numerous division titles.

DeMayo’s personal accolades include being named National Coach of the Year, and earning a spot in the National High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

In 2009, the new NHHS baseball field was named in DeMayo’s honor.


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