The North Haven High School baseball team’s season came to an end last night with a loss in the state tournament semi-finals to New Canaan. It was another great year for the Indians and longtime head coach Bob DeMayo.
“It’s like the Bonnie and Clyde routine. You know, they ask him what he does, and he says ‘I rob banks.’ When they ask me, I say I’m Bob DeMayo and I coach baseball. That’s my identity and it will be hard to give it up,” said Bob DeMayo.
After 55 years in the dugout, DeMayo is showing no signs of slowing down.
The 80-something year old coach still has the competitive fire to coach and every year his teams keep on winning.
“For me since it could be my last hurrah, it’s just an exciting situation and it’s been really fun., I enjoy just watching the kids who have gotten more excited as we get into the tournament,” said DeMayo.
DeMayo broke the state record for wins a couple decades ago. Despite winning 4 state titles and more than 800 games, he doesn’t rest on his laurels.
“I have to prove myself every game and I try to get that across to the kids, it’s a challenge, it’s a competitive situation for me and I love it,” said DeMayo.
DeMayo was a standout player back in his days, spending time in the Baltimore Orioles minor league system.
When he’s not coaching, he plays a lot of golf and tennis and tries to stay in tip top shape.
“I try to keep in physical shape because if I don’t, I don’t want someone looking and saying look at the old guy can’t even get out of the third base coaching box,” said DeMayo.
The 2013 season ended for the Indians Tuesday night but will it be the last game for DeMayo?
“I never decide during the season, I feel good physically, I still think I can communicate but again it’s a year to year thing for me, but it could be my last hurrah, I don’t know,” said DeMayo.