Notre Dame-West Haven didn’t take long to name its new football coach.
Four days after Tom Marcucci announced his retirement after a quarter-century on the job under two different stints, Joe DeCaprio was promoted from offensive coordinator to take over at Notre Dame. The move was publicly announced at the team banquet Sunday evening.
“To be named head football coach here is a dream come true and beyond belief to me,” DeCaprio said in a statement. “I can’t thank Coach Marcucci and the Notre Dame administration led by President (Robert) Curtis enough for this opportunity. I promise ND Nation I will work as hard as I can to continue our great football tradition.”
DeCaprio joined the Green Knights’ coaching staff in 2002 when his brother John was the head coach. He moved up to quarterbacks coach and was the team’s offensive coordinator for nine of the last 11 seasons.
DeCaprio, a Durham resident, will open the 2017 season coaching against Fairfield Prep.
“Joe has worked hard and is a coach well-respected by our players, past and current, and his coaching peers,” Marcucci said. “He has dealt with college coaches and understands the college recruiting process. He attends clinics in the off-season. He is ready to be our head coach.”