Dominic Damico has been named head football coach at Mount Saint Joseph High School. “It is my privilege to announce the appointment of Mr. Dominic Damico as our next head varsity football coach,” says Mount Saint Joseph Athletic Director, Kraig Loovis. “Dom’s experience, and winning ways will surely elevate The Mount’s football program, and we are excited to get started under his leadership. His passion for impacting young men, understanding of our Catholic Xaverian mission, and his relationships with our current players and coaches make him the right man for the job. I am confident that The Mount’s football program is in good hands.”
Damico will look to continue his tradition of excellence, bringing over 30 years of coaching experience to the Gaels. Twenty-four of those years were spent at McDonogh School, where Damico won at least a share of 8 MIAA Championships and was named the Baltimore Sun Coach of the Year twice (in 2000 and in 2013). He was also named the Maryland State Football Coach of the Year in 2013. He has a career record of 173 wins and 98 losses, making him one of the all-time winningest football coaches in Maryland.
The tradition, diversity, and talent level of Mount Saint Joseph’s student athletes all attracted Damico to the position, but the school’s Catholic identity topped it off. “I grew up in a Catholic family, went to Catholic elementary school, Catholic high school, and my first big football job and athletic director job was at a big Catholic school,” Damico says. “It feels like I am going full circle back to my Catholic roots, and it feels good. I want to be a part of that mission again.”
When asked of his coaching style, Damico gave three words: fun, caring, and respectful. He works to make an environment where athletes enjoy competing and learning the fundamentals while realizing that they are cared for. “Their safety and well-being is very important to me,” Damico states. And the biggest word is respect. “They are going to get respect from me, and they are going to be asked to give respect to adults and their teammates too.”
Looking ahead to the 2020 season, Damico’s goal is the same each week: win every single game. “I know the talent level that is coming back from last year’s championship team has the ability to do that, so that’s going to be our main goal. There is enough talent at Mount Saint Joe to win another championship.”