Commencement Speaker 2015: Coach John Maffucci

It isn’t an exaggeration to say that John Maffucci is a legend at Army and Navy Academy. Since he began working at the school in 1956, he has built a reputation based on leadership, integrity, hard work, and athletic excellence.

Mr. Maffucci earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from Davis & Elkins College, where he started his coaching career. After graduation, he immediately commissioned into the United States Air Force, where he served as Adjutant of his squadron. At the same time, he coached the basketball team on base at Châteauroux, France, to a 21-6 record.

In 1956, he arrived at Army and Navy Academy as the Director of Athletics. Since then, he has held almost every job imaginable at the school – Coach, ASB and Student Activities Director, Summer Programs Director, and even interim President.

Fondly known as “Coach,” Mr. Maffucci has led the Army and Navy Academy Warriors to numerous athletic accomplishments, including over twenty league championships and CIF titles. His most recent title was as an Assistant Coach of the 2013 CIF Division IV State Basketball Tournament Championship team.
He has coached a variety of teams, including Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, and Golf. As the current Head Basketball Coach, he led the 2015 ANA Basketball team to a 26-7 season, coaching them all the way to the state CIF semifinals.

Honors and awards include being named the top Athletic Director of San Diego County (1980); the establishment of John Maffucci Day in the City of Carlsbad (October 28, 1994); dedication of the Army and Navy Academy field in his honor (October 30, 1994); induction into his hometown, New Rochelle, NY, Athletic Hall of Fame (1998); being named a Coaching Legend by the San Diego Hall of Champions (2001); induction into the Davis & Elkins Hall of Fame (2008); and, most recently, earning the title of top Division V Coach in the state of California (2015).

After 59 years of service to the Academy, Coach Maffucci has become an integral part of the school’s rich history and tradition. Even after his retirement on August 31, 2015, his legacy of coaching, leadership, and the value of hard work will live on.

We look forward to hearing his inspirational message on June 6!