Submitted by Notre Dame on December 18, 2008 - 5:07pm
Notre Dame High School will officially dedicate our gymnasium sports court to legendary ND coaches Rhonda DiCasolo and Mike Rapone ‘71 on Saturday, December 20, 2008.
The official dedication ceremony will take place immediately following the ND JV game with Prattsburgh Central. Our JV game is scheduled to tip off at 5 p.m. at our Union Street gym.
Coach DiCasolo [Varsity Girls Volleyball] and Coach Rapone [Varsity Boys Basketball] both surpassed the 500 career victory mark last year [2007-2008 season] in their illustrious careers.
Coach DiCasolo’s 539 career victories place her at the top of all Section V coaches as well as a 6th place ranking all time in NYSPHSAA competition. Her Fighting Irish Varsity Volleyball teams have won 14 Genesee Region Championships, 6 Section V Championships and 2 Far West Regional Championships in her 30 years of coaching at ND.
Coach Rapone’s 511 career victories currently place him 3rd all time in the annals of Section V Boys Basketball. His Fighting Irish Varsity Basketball teams have won 26 Genesee Region Championships, 7 Sectional Championships, 4 Far Western Regional Championships and 2 Class D NYSPHSAA State Championships in the 29 years that he has been at the helm of ND Boys Varsity Basketball.
Notre Dame High School and the extended Notre Dame “Family” comprised of faculty, staff, students, parents, Board of Trustees members and alumni are indeed justifiably proud of the accomplishments of both Coach DiCasolo and Coach Rapone - both on and off the court - as both continue to serve as excellent role models for all of our students at Notre Dame.
Congratulations Coach DiCasolo and Coach Rapone on your upcoming court dedication!