In a fitting tribute to a man who has meant so much to so many Notre Dame students and athletes over the years, a surprise, yet appropriate, announcement was made by incoming Notre Dame Athletic Director Jason Shea ‘97 at the conclusion of the retirement ceremony for outgoing Athletic Director Tom Marcucci ‘66 on Wednesday, June 13, 2018.
After Marcucci addressed the crowd of over 400 that were sitting in Alumni Hall, Shea stepped back to the podium and announced that Notre Dame’s side athletic field, where Marcucci spent the majority of his career coaching the football and baseball teams, from this day forward will be known as “Coach Tom Marcucci ‘66 Field”.
“Coach Tom Marcucci ‘66 Field” is now part of the Fogler Family Athletic Complex that was dedicated in May of 2016. The complex includes the renovated track and front field lined for football Marcucci’s Field, where the football, soccer, baseball, and lacrosse teams practice each fall and spring.
This plaque will be placed at the main entrance to the field where each team enters for practice each day. The plaque reads as follows…
Coach Tom Marcucci ‘66 Field
Thomas A. Marcucci ‘66
Teacher, Coach, Administrator, FrieND
Baseball 1973–1994 ◆ Football 1982–1998, 2009–2016
Athletic Director 2006–2018 ◆
Over 48 years, Coach Tom Marcucci ‘66 mentored countless Notre Dame students in the classroom, on the baseball diamond and the football field. As head coach, he led Notre Dame
739 times in both sports, winning 513 total games, and three state championships.
Thank you Coach Marcucci for a life dedicated to Notre Dame. For your leadership by example thousands of Notre Dame Men owe you a debt of gratitude.
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