HS FOOTBALL: Fanara will replace Zambito as Notre Dame football coach. | Sports


BATAVIA — Notre Dame announced Friday that assistant football coach Jimmy Fanara will take over as head coach this fall.

Fanara, a graduating class of 1994 from Notre Dame, served as an assistant coach for the past four years under Joe Zambito.

Zambito quit because he was unable to return after being hired as the new race secretary at Harrah’s Race Track in Philadelphia last Friday.

Fanara has been coaching at Notre Dame for 25 years, working alongside legendary coaches Bill Sutherland and Rick Mancuso, as well as being on Coach Zambito’s staff.

“It’s a huge honor to be the leader of the Notre Dame High School football program,” Fanara said. “I look forward to carrying on the traditions of not only the program, but the high school as well. It’s a wonderful honor and I feel blessed. Go Irish!

Notre Dame sporting director Mike Rapone said: “Notre Dame wanted to thank Coach Zambito for his four years of dedicated service to the Fighting Irish football programme.”

Zambito ended his four-year run 20-14 but led the Fighting Irish to the Division V Class D football title in 2019, finishing that season 10-1, including an unbeaten regular season.

“I’m very happy for Jimmy,” Zambito said. “I wish I could have continued coaching, but not working at Batavia anymore and moving up the ladder to work at Harrah’s was something I had to do for my family. I love Notre Dame and the relationships forged with families and players I will miss the 2019 team was so special to me. I hope to come back to watch some games and cheer on the former ND!

Notre Dame will hold a meeting for parents and players on Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria where coach Fanara and his staff will be introduced.

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