Amatucci to step down as Calvert Hall coach

1970 graduate led '82 national champs, 18 other Cards teams

Boys basketball

May 30, 2007|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun reporter

Calvert Hall will officially announce the resignation of Mark Amatucci as its basketball coach today.

Amatucci, a 1970 Calvert Hall graduate, coached the Cardinals for 19 seasons, winning 389 games and a mythical national championship in 1982 during his two stints at the Catholic school in Towson.

Amatucci also spent seven seasons at Loyola College, where he was named ECAC Metro Coach of the Year, and two at Anne Arundel Community College.

He won 145 college games for a total of 534 wins in 28 seasons as a head coach. He graduated in 1974 from Juniata College in Huntington, Pa., where he played baseball and basketball.

"I need to get away from it after 32 years [he was an assistant the other four years]," said Amatucci, 55, who told the team in a meeting yesterday.

He will continue to teach at Calvert Hall.

"There have been a lot of twists and turns and in my point of view this is a good time to step down."

Amatucci's shining moments at Calvert Hall came in the 1980, '81 and '82 seasons, when he coached the Cardinals to an overall 91-5 record, including a 34-0 season in 1982.

That team, ranked as the third best in Baltimore metro area history last year by The Sun behind the Dunbar teams of 1983 (31-0) and 1992 (28-0), was reunited at a dinner in the winter to celebrate its 25th anniversary.

The 1982 team featured Duane Ferrell, who went on to an NBA career, Marc Wilson and Paul Edwards.

That team became only the second from the Baltimore Catholic League to win the prestigious Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament in Frostburg, and St. Frances (1996) is the only one to do so since. The 1981-82 Cardinals also won the Nike Prep Classic in Las Vegas.

Before the undefeated season, the 1981 Cardinals went 29-2, including the infamous triple-overtime victory over Dunbar.

Since his return to Calvert Hall in 1993, Amatucci has not been able to reach such heights and has been somewhat frustrated by "the way things have changed."

He added: "This is probably the right time for me."

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