Bob DeMayo, longest tenured coach in state, retires from North Haven baseball

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After 64 seasons and more than 900 wins, Bob DeMayo has retired as the North Haven baseball coach, according to a press release from North Haven athletic director Steve Blumenthal. 

DeMayo took over the program in 1958 and won a state record 936 wins over his tenure. He won five state championships, 19 Housatonic League championships and two Southern Connecticut Conference titles. 

The longtime coach announced his retirement to his team on Monday afternoon.

“I have tried to teach my players the many levels of this marvelous game — fine tuning their skills for the basics and, when possible, introducing the intricacies which can result in a victory when you have no right to the win,” he said in the release. 

DeMayo was known for his old school style of coaching, relying heavily on his pitching and using the bunt more than any other coach. 

His last season ended with a 3-1 loss to Lyman Hall in the Class L state tournament.

After the game DeMayo said: “I don’t know if I could take another year, the kids were great, they tried hard, but there was something missing,” he said. “It might have been something that I usually inspire in people, and they just didn’t pick it up.”

He also said that coaching had taken a physical toll on his body. 

DeMayo won his 900th game in the 2018 season, a 7-6 win over Amity in the SCC quarterfinals. He led North Haven to its last state championship in 2015. 

He played at Notre Dame-West Haven before playing at Fordham and in the Baltimore Orioles' minor league system.