Rico Brogna steps down

Head football coach Rico Brogna has decided to step down as head coach and has been named Community Outreach Coordinator at Notre Dame.

Associate head coach Dawon Dicks, has been named the new head coach at the school.

“As a graduate of Notre Dame and a member of our faculty, Dawon certainly knows of the standards we expect our student-athletes to meet, both on and off the field.” Chris Cipriano, Notre Dame’s principal said.

“He is the perfect person to guide our football program forward. I also appreciate the hard work Rico has done to help rebuild our program, and I am certainly happy he has agreed to remain a part of the ND community.”


Father Bill Sangiovanni, the President of Notre Dame, said: “Naturally, I am very sorry that circumstances have led to Rico’s decision as I have come to know, admire and respect him very much.

“However, I am thrilled that he will still be part of our ND Family in his new position.

“His successor as head coach is no stranger to our community. I knew him very well during his student days here.

“He [Dicks] was an outstanding student, exceptional athlete and tremendous role model. His tenure at Georgetown University made us all proud. He is a perfect fit for our program and I am excited to have him.”

Athleic Director Rob Bleggi said: “Even though Coach Brogna is unable to continue his position as head football coach, I am very excited to continue to have him as part of Notre Dame.

“There is no better person than Dawon Dicks to be named head coach. I have the utmost confidence in Dawon and the current coaching staff. With Dawon at the helm, I have no doubt we will continue to move in direction that Coach Brogna had started.”

Brogna said: “I am fortunate and thankful to be a part of the Notre Dame-Fairfield family. Ever since joining the school as the football coach I have felt a unique and special family bond at Notre Dame.

“Based on my current health issues, I need to step down as head football coach, however I have accepted the position of community outreach coordinator.

“I am very excited about my new position and I look forward to helping Notre Dame continue to grow and prosper.

“I have full confidence in Coach Dicks and have no doubt he will lead our football program in the right direction.”

Dicks said: “First and foremost, I want to thank Father Bill Sangiovanni, Chris Cipriano and Rob Bleggi for the opportunity to lead the Notre Dame Lancers football program.

“I also want to thank Coach Brogna for his guidance and continued support of me during this transition.

As an ND alum [2000] and current history teacher at the school, I believe there is no other way to assist young men in attaining success, becoming “Imitators of Christ,” and embodying the values and traditions of a Notre Dame Lancer.

“It is my hope to bring all that I am, and all that I have learned with me, on this journey to not only attain great seasons but foster a program where boys mature to young men and contribute positively to society in all that they do.”

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