Head Coach Bob DeMayo

Bob attended Notre Dame High School and was a three-sport athlete (football, basketball, baseball). In his senior year, he was awarded the Outstanding Athlete of the Year trophy. He received a baseball scholarship to Fordham University. After graduating from Fordham, Bob signed a minor league contract with the Baltimore Orioles and played in the Appalachian League.

 

In his first professional at-bat, playing for Wytheville (VA) of the Appalachian League, DeMayo belted a grand slam. A few days later, his 10th-inning home run landed on the roof of a house beyond left field to beat Bluefield. Just 24 games into the season, DeMayo was hitting .285 with three homers, six doubles, two triples, 19 runs scored and 19 RBIs.

 

According to DeMayo, back then, minor league life south of the Mason-Dixon Line was exactly how it was portrayed in the movie “Bull Durham.” There was a game every day and two on Sunday. Bus trips took him through just about every one-horse town on the Appalachian Trail. It was, quite simply, the time of his life.

 

Bob returned to New Haven that fall, greeted with a job offer from his high school mentor, John Janenda, to become an assistant at Notre Dame. Bob chose to begin his teaching/coaching career under Coach J.

 

Bob began to teach and coach at North Haven High School in 1957 as the freshman basketball coach and a member of the Social Studies department. He was named the JV baseball coach in 1958. From 1957-1972, Bob was an assistant football coach. In 1973 he took the reins of the football program and remained head coach for the next 24 years. In 1959, Bob became the head baseball coach and continues in that position today. Bob’s coaching style in baseball has withstood the test of time. His record is unmatched in the state of Connecticut: his 300th win in 1978 – his 400th win in 1984 – his 500th win in 1990 – his 600th win in 1997 – his 700th win in2003 – and his 800th win on May 2, 2011. As of the end of the 2017 season, Bob has 884 wins.

 

In baseball, he and his teams have won 18 Housatonic Championships, 5 State Championships (’75, ’82, ’85, 2003, 2015), one State Regional Championship (’82), 5 Hammonasset Divisional titles, 6 Oronoque Divisional titles, and 2 Southern Connecticut Conference Championships.

 

Bob continues to be recognized by many groups for his accomplishments. In 1968 he received the Knights of Columbus Marion Council Annual Chair Award. He was named Coach of the Year in 1981 by the Connecticut High School Coaches Association, High School Coach of the Year in 1985 by the Connecticut Sports Writers Alliance, Region I Coach of the Year in 1986 and again in 1997, and Football Coach of the Year in 1991 by the National Football Foundation. In 2010, Bob received the first North Haven High School Football Alumni Association Coaching Award. Bob was selected to coach the State All-Star team in both 1978 and 1988. He also coached the

Southern Connecticut Conference All-Star Team in 1995. Bob received the National Coach Gold Award from the Scholastic Coach Magazine in 1987. In 2001, Bob was again named Region I Coach of the Year but that year he went on to be named the National Coach of the Year in baseball. In 2003, Bob was named All-Area Baseball Coach of the Year. In 2010, Bob was given a coaching award from the NHHS Alumni Association and in 2011 he was recognized with an Award of Excellence at the CT-RI Governors Cup Annual Football Game. In 2015, Bob was honored on Opening Day by the North Haven Little League for his contribution to youth baseball. Once again he was elected as both All-Area and All State Coach of the Year by the New Haven Register. The end of December, 2015, saw Bob named as the Sportsperson of the Year by the New Haven Register. In early January, 2016, Bob was honored as the High School Coach of the Year by the Connecticut American Legion. He was recently named the Division III Baseball Coach for the Senior All-Star team in 2016.

 

In 1999, Coach DeMayo was named one of the “Heroes of the 20th Century” by the New Haven Register and “Best of the Century” (baseball recognition) by the Hartford Courant. In 2000 Bob received the Gold Key Award from the Connecticut Sports Writers Alliance. In 2009, he was awarded West Haven Twilight League’s Gold Bat Award. On November 8, 2010, Bob was honored as an Elm City Legend at an event hosted by the March of Dimes.

 

Bob has served on many local, state, and national committees throughout the years. He has served on the CIAC baseball committee, the National Coaches Convention Baseball Committee, and continues to serve as chair of the Oronoque Baseball Committee.

 

Bob was inducted into the Southern Connecticut Diamond Club Hall of Fame in 1985 and into the Connecticut High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1994. He was inducted into the North Haven High School Hall of Fame in 2003 and inducted into the National High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2007.

 

At the end of the 2009 baseball season, the new North Haven Varsity Baseball Field was renamed the Robert E. DeMayo Baseball Field. The dedication of that field was held on May 26, 2009 before a crowd of past and present players and their families. At that time, Coach DeMayo dedicated a statue of a baseball player, “Swinging Away”, to all North Haven baseball players who exemplify a strong commitment to the team concept in their play. At that game, the players announced they had created a scholarship in his name for future baseball players. A $500 scholarship has been awarded to a graduating senior every year since.

 

Bob’s greatest pleasure is spending time with his extensive family – his wife, Bette, and his son Gary (with wife Lucy and children Brittany and Robert), his daughter Robin (her husband Adam and children Zachary, Ryan, Olivia and Troy), and daughter Kristen (husband Gary and daughters Genevieve and Lilliana). In his free time, Bob enjoys golf and is working his way back from a knee injury so he can once again play tennis. His competitive spirit continues whether on a baseball field or the golf course.

Coach Lou Elia

Coaching Experience
Nauset Regional High School,North Easthan,MA
Head Varsity Baseball Coach (2010 - 2017)
Recommended and offered opportunities to his 1,000 students, Atlantic Coast League,
Division II High School to turn around a program that just finished is 2009 season with a dismal 3 - 17 record and hadn’t qualify to play the Massachusetts state baseball tournament for several years prior to the building a solid respected baseball program.

 

College Prospect Fall League Cape Cod
Assistant head coach (2013 to 2016)

Dugout Dawgs 15 AAU travel team
Head coach (2008 2016)

North Haven High School
Head JV coach 1984 to 1988 and assistant varsity coach 1974 to 1979 head coach

Help head coach DeMayo win his first state tournament in 1975

Coach Kevin Fuggi

Current:

Technology Education Teacher at North Haven Middle School
(Grades 6-8)

NHHS Freshman Boys Basketball Coach

 

Education:

North Haven High School 2009

Central Connecticut State University 2013- Technology and Engineering Education K-12 Certified

Southern Connecticut State University 2018 - Special Education

 

Prior Experience:

Wood Shop Teacher

Bailey Middle School, West Haven

2014-2016

Boys Basketball Head Coach

Boys Baseball Head Coach

 

Played Basketball and Baseball at NHHS for Coach Mike Proto and Bob DeMayo.

 

Enjoys teaching, coaching, playing sports, bowling, exercising, hiking when the weather is nice, working on cars, going to car shows, traveling, spending time with friends and family, having summers off. 

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Mike Proto

Graduated from North Haven High School in 1975. During his high school career, he played freshman football, and lettered in basketball and baseball. As a member of the baseball team under legendary coach, Bob DeMayo, he was a 3-year starter as a pitcher, compiling a career record of 23-3.

He was named to the All-Housatonic League Team in both his junior and senior year. He played in the Senior All Star Game and was the winning pitcher in the State Championship Game against New Britain, 1-0, pitching a 2-hit shutout.

Proto attended the University of New Haven and graduated summa cum laude in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. He was awarded a Master of Science Degree in Special Education from Southern Connecticut State University in 1988.

Proto served the community of North Haven for 38 years as a special education teacher and retired in June 2019. He has coached Freshman Baseball at North Haven High school since 1979, and was named Assistant Coach of the Year in 1994 by the CIAC. In addition to coaching baseball, Proto has also coached football, and was the Varsity Basketball coach at North Haven for 14 years from 1981 to 1994.

His basketball teams won the Housatonic League Championship in 1984 and 1985 and the team he coached in 1989 was the runner-up in the 1989 Class M State Championship. He was selected as the Tap-Off Coach of the Year in 1985 and was named New Haven Register All-Area Coach of the Year in 1989.

Proto resides in North Branford with his wife Linda and has two sons, Matt & Ryan. Ryan and his wife, Liz, have recently become parents to Mike’s first grandchild, Katherine.