Notre Dame-WH hockey coach Gerosa retires
Updated 12:21 am, Friday, May 3, 2013
Whether it was English in the classroom or hockey on rinks around the New Haven area, Bill Gerosa has been instructing youngsters since 1968. Thursday, he and Notre Dame-West Haven announced his retirement from both.
"I've been teaching 45 years. I think that's enough," Gerosa said with a laugh.
After three state titles, two with the Green Knights, he said he felt it was time for a break. He'd told athletic director Tom Marcucci that he thought this might be his last year.
"I told Father James (Branigan, school president) about a month or so ago, I made my decision," he said.
"It's just, it's time. I get tired this time of year. There are a lot of papers to correct. I work hard. I don't want to cheat anybody."
Gerosa succeeded Mike Violano at Notre Dame in 1998. The Green Knights won state championships in 2002 and 2012 and reached four other state finals. He went 215-115-10 at Notre Dame.
"Bill Gerosa was the right man at the right time for the Notre Dame hockey program," Marcucci said in a statement. "He continued our winning tradition and did it with style, character and class."
The school announced it will post the coaching job sometime next week on its website, notredamehs.com/jobopenings, and asked for no phone inquiries in the meantime.
Guilford won over 100 games in Gerosa's nine seasons there, 1987-96. The Indians were Division II state champions in 1994.
Gerosa said he got a special call that spring from that year's U.S. Olympic team coach, his friend Tim Taylor. The message: "Tell your boys, the hardest-working team wins."
Gerosa, who had coached in Yale Youth Hockey, considered Taylor a great mentor. Another was Jack Davison, "an intellect, a great history teacher" who played fullback in front of Heisman Trophy winner Dick Kazmaier at Princeton. Davison talked Gerosa into coaching football with him at Hamden High, where they were teaching, in the mid-1970s. Davison and Taylor both passed away in the past two weeks, Davison on April 22, Taylor on Saturday. Their passion and their caring for their players were foremost in Gerosa's mind, and it sounds as if they rubbed off. He told the team his decision Thursday around 1:30 and soon after started receiving texts from former players.
"Sure, he had winning and championship teams," Branigan said in a statement, "but Bill was about much more than hockey. The young men he had on his teams and in the classroom are better men for that experience."
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