16 seasons, hundreds of wins and 2 state championships. That is just a few of the accomplishments St. Rita Head Basketball head coach Gary DeCesare had while at St. Raymond’s High School in Bronx, NY. Now he will be going back home. The St. Rita basketball team is preparing for a trip to New York to take on some of the best teams on the East Coast. On Saturday the Mustangs will face off with the defending state champions in Maryland, Lake Clifton from Baltimore. On Sunday, the Mustangs will take on Coach DeCesare’s former team and defending New York City Champions, St. Raymond’s High School.
Coach DeCesare has a long resume including jobs at Richmond University and DePaul University. However, prior to coaching at the collegiate level, Coach DeCesare spent 16 seasons as the Head Varsity Basketball Coach at St. Raymond’s High School in the Bronx, New York. He led St. Raymond’s to two New York State Championships and four City Championships, while being named the New York City or State Coach of the Year four times. “I owe a lot to St. Raymond’s and the people there,” DeCesare stated. “They gave me my start in basketball and really propelled my career. I had the honor to coach some of the best kids in the state each and every year.”
His current Mustang team isn’t too shabby themselves posting an 11-4 record with wins over archrivals De La Salle and Marist High School. The team also recorded an opening season win against Greenwood Elzy who is the defending state champion in the state of Mississippi.
Saturday’s game vs. Lake Clifton will be played at Springfield College in Baltimore, MD and streamed live on masslive.com. The game time is 1:00pm. After the game the team will travel to Springfield, MA as they have been invited to take a tour of the Basketball Hall of Fame.
On Sunday, MSG Varsity will be airing the St. Rita vs. St. Raymond’s game live on their website and open to anyone that would like to watch it. The game can be watched at the following link: www.MSGVarsity.com/liveaccess.
At the conclusion of the game, St. Raymond's high School will be honoring Coach DeCesare and the 1992-93 team, which won the school’s first State championship.
When asked about the weekend, Coach DeCesare stated, “It will be nice to go back home.”