The resignation of Dave DiDomenico as Red Mountain wrestling coach was one of those that just didn’t sit right.
DiDomenico confirmed his resignation on Monday but really wouldn’t elaborate as to how it came about other than saying it was for philosophical reasons, but added:
“I believe I made an impact,” he said. “I loved the kids and the family. I will miss all of the people involved with the program.”
Sources said he was asked to resign or he’d be fired. When it comes to putting your resume together it is easier to explain a resignation than having his resume say he dismissed on it.
Athletic director Jim Gowdy when contacted by email only said, ‘Mr. DiDomenico resigned from his position as Red Mountain's varsity wrestling coach,’ and later when asked to comment on what DiDomenico did for the program in his six years, Gowdy, who promoted Kyle Hare to head coach, sent a link to the team’s records page.
I also left a voicemail message with Gowdy, but he didn’t call back.
So per Gowdy’s request, I did look at the records page and it was pretty impressive: 148 dual meet wins in six years, 25 state placers, five finalists and two state champions. The team had three top 10 finishes at state, including finishing as runner-up in the individual state tournament in 2007-08.
Knowing DiDomenico’s passion for the sport and desire to help boys become men I don’t see him walking away at this point on his own accord. Yes, he is going back to Mesa where he was a longtime assistant to friend Bobby Williams and it will make the Jackrabbits stronger, but DiDomenico loved running his own program.
I hope the change for philosophical reasons or whatever it might have been doesn’t sour DiDomenico’s desire to run a program again.
In today’s high school sports environment this isn’t the kind of guy who should be run off. He has shown the ability to develop a program with a plan and have his kids treat others with respect, own the responsibility of their actions and win.
Most of those things can’t be found on web page link but were a mainstay in the Red Mountain wrestling room under DiDomenico.
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