Coach Bob DeMayo, who navigated the North Haven High School baseball program for 63 years, has called it a career. The state's winningest high school baseball coach, with more than 900 victories to his name, informed his returning players of his decision Monday afternoon.
DeMayo led the NHHS baseball team to five state championships, 21 conference crowns and numerous division titles, and his 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.
“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 released by the NHHS athletics department.
DeMayo attended Notre Dame High School and Fordham University, where he was a scholarship baseball player. After college, he signed with the Baltimore Orioles and played minor league ball in the Appalachian League. His first professional at-bat was a grand slam.
When his playing days were done, DeMayo took a teaching job at his alma mater, Notre Dame, where he also served as an assistant baseball coach. In 1957, his teaching career brought him to North Haven High, and there he would coach, football, basketball, and, of course, baseball.
“I will take with me wonderful memories of athletes who have played for me, amazing and supportive assistant coaches and administrators … and my family has always been super supportive," DeMayo said. "[M]y wife, Bette, has been by my side, cheering me on - my biggest fan by far.”