Coach Mike Rapone (’71) has accumulated hundreds of victories and collected numerous honors for himself and Notre Dame High School. This week he added another prestigious honor to his impressive coaching resume when he was selected to the 2016 class of the Section V Basketball Hall of Fame. He will be formally inducted in November and will join ND coaches Bill Sutherland and Bayne Johnson, athletes Gino Olivieri, Tom McCulley and Christina Volpe, and principal Wade Bianco as members of the Section V Hall of Fame with Notre Dame ties.
In his 35 seasons at ND Coach Rapone has amassed a record of 649-167 – winning games at an amazing 80% clip over his tenure. His consistent winning during his career is unmatched in Section V history, as an average season over his 35 years ends with a 19-5 record.
Mike was hired as the JV coach in 1977 and in three years in this position recorded two undefeated seasons. His first varsity season in 1980-81 ended with a Genesee Region championship, our first Section V basketball title, a NYS Regional championship, and an appearance in the NYS Championships Final Four.
In the years since his first varsity season he has captured 29 Genesee Region championships, 9 Section V titles, 5 NYS Regional championships, and 2 New York State crowns in 1992 and 2001. His teams have collected fourteen #1 tournament seeds, appeared in 19 Section V title games, and he is the only coach in Section V history to claim championships in four different classifications (B, C, DD, and D).
On March 3, 2010 Coach Rapone became the all time leader in Section V coaching victories with his 546th win vs. Arkport High School in a sectional tournament semi-final game. His total of 649 coaching victories currently leaves him 5th on the all time New York State list.
Please join us in congratulating Coach Rapone on this tremendous honor for himself and Notre Dame. More details on the induction ceremony will be released as they are made available.