Calvert Hall College has announced plans to name the basketball court in the school’s Memorial Gymnasium after former coach Mark Amatucci.
Amatucci, a 1970 graduate of Calvert Hall, led the 1981-82 Cardinal squad to a 34-0 record and the team was declared National Champions by USA Today. In all, Amatucci spent 19 years, over two stints, as the Cardinals’ head coach, winning 389 games and posting a winning percentage of 74%.
“This is an unbelievable honor and is truly a tribute to the outstanding student athletes and coaches that have been part of the Calvert Hall basketball program. The Hall has a prestigious athletic tradition and to be part of that has been very, very special. I can’t thank Calvert Hall and all those who supported our teams enough,” Amatucci said.
Upon graduating from the Hall, Amatucci earned a BA in Psychology from Juniata College (1974). The following year he joined the Calvert Hall faculty as a psychology teacher and took over as head basketball coach in 1977. He left to become the head men’s basketball coach at Loyola College in 1982 and held that position through the 1988-89 season. In 1993, Amatucci returned to Calvert Hall and coached the program until 2007 and he remains at the school to this day as a guidance counselor.
Sending more than 50 players on to play in college, including four NBA players, Amatucci is Calvert Hall’s all-time winningest coach. He was also inducted into the Baltimore Catholic League Hall of Fame in 2012.
The court will be dedicated in a special ceremony prior to Calvert Hall’s December 21st basketball game with Loyola Blakefield. In addition, the school will establish the Mark Amatucci Scholarship for Tuition Assistance.