Coach DeCesare prepares Mustangs for Brother Rice Friday Night following 400th Win

Article Written By: John Nee '93

One week ago, on Friday night the Mustangs came out firing in their home opener, knocking down 11 three-pointers in the first half as they helped coach Gary DeCesare notch his 400th-career win with a 84-52 blowout of Bishop McNamara.

Senior Demauris Dixon led the way with a career-high 26, and junior Paul Kingsley added a career-high 21 in the Catholic League win.  After struggling with their shooting in the early part of this season, the Mustangs shot 55% (33-59) from the field including 52% (13-25) from three-point range versus the Irish.

Coach DeCesare, who has led the st. Rita basketball program to four-straight Chicago Catholic League championships and two-straight regional championships, notched his 400th-career win on Friday, December 11.  After a successful 16-year stint at St. Raymond’s in New York City, where he led the Ravens to two New York State championships and four city titles, Coach DeCesare has turned St. Rita into a perennial Catholic League basketball power.  In addition to his high school coaching stints at St. Ray’s and St. Rita, DeCesare spent time as an assistant at the University of Richmond and as the associate head coach at DePaul University. 

The Mustangs (4-4, 1-0) will travel to Brother Rice this Friday night for a Catholic League South battle versus the Crusaders.  Game time is 7:00 p.m.