Gary DeCesare Returns to High School Ranks

Former DePaul associate head coach Gary DeCesare has returned to the high school ranks as the new head coach at St. Rita High School in Chicago. hears from the new head coach of the Mustangs in this report.

After spending the last seven years on the college basketball sidelines at the University of Richmond and DePaul University in Chicago, Gary DeCesare is returning to his roots on the high school court where he has enjoyed much success.

DeCesare hopes to do for St. Rita of Chicago what he did for St. Raymond's of the Bronx, where he won four New York City championships and two state titles over 17 years.

"I'm very excited about it," DeCesare said. "I get messages all the time from my former players. One of the things you take for granted is the influence that you have on kids. Through emails and letters you hear from people on the influence that you have on their lives. That's different at the high school level, because kids come in as 14-15 year old boys and leave as 17-18 year old young men. You have more of a shaping influence on kids' lives. That's something I was proud of, but never really realized it."

DeCesare now faces the challenge of competing in the Chicago Catholic League with a core group of young talent. In the Catholic League, he'll face defending 2A champion Seton Academy along with young teams at Mt. Carmel and St. Ignatius. DeCesare will also square off with former Blue Demon Kevin Holmes, who is the head coach at Guerin Prep.

A native New Yorker, DeCesare and his family have come to enjoy the Chicago area where he and his wife Pam are raising twin boys and a girl in suburban Western Springs. "My family is very happy here," said Gary. "We're really happy that we're here. I learned a lot of great things from Coach Wainwright being with him for seven years. DePaul is going to do very, very well. He's got a great staff. I'm sure that he's going to do very well developing those young players."

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