Michael DeCicco

The man who built the Notre Dame Fighting Irish fencing team into the perennial power that it is today. 

“When I first came to Notre Dame, I had no idea that they even had a fencing team until I set foot on this campus.” –Michael DeCicco

Born in 1927, DeCicco is known for his work with the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish for 41 years.  In 1962, he became the official head coach of Notre Dame fencing team. He founded the academic advising program in 1964 and also founded the Junior World Fencing Championships for Notre Dame.

He was inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 2002.