1972 - Present
A fixture at CCHS as a beloved teacher and coach for nearly four decades, Dick DiMare oversaw a dominant run for the girl’s basketball team that culminated in a 2001 state championship and has been on the sidelines for the only two Super Bowl titles in school history (1978, 2011).
A native of Medford, DiMare attended Medford High School where he played football, basketball and baseball on several successful teams, and is a 1975 inductee to the Mustang Hall of Fame. DiMare then attended Boston University, playing football and baseball for the Terriers.
DiMare came to Concord in the early 70’s as a physical education teacher at Sanborn Middle School, and dove right in as a coach on the staff of Hall of Famer Al Robichaud. DiMare has been on the sidelines for 42 years of CCHS football, coaching both sides of the ball under Coaches Al Robichaud, Dick Kerr and current mentor Mike Robichaud.
He took over as girl’s basketball coach in 1975, and had an amazing 25-year run at the helm of that program, winning 326 games in his tenure. The Patriots won 10 DCL titles in that span, two Division II North titles. DiMare’s 1991 squad reached the EMass final at the old Boston Garden before bowing to North Attleboro. The 2000 team lost in the North Finals to Melrose, but it was the 2001 team that was truly special. Led by Hall of Fame inductee Katie Wayland and future Division I athletes Lisa Andrews (Holy Cross, basketball), Courtney and Erin Flynn (Northwestern, lacrosse) as well as Christina Covucci (New Hampshire, Lacrosse) and Kerry Flaherty (Harvard, Softball), the Patriots went 26-0, still a school record for wins. After defeating powerhouse Walpole in the EMass Final at the TD Garden, the Patriots blitzed Oxford, 59-34 at the Worcester Centrum to win the only state championship in program history.
DiMare also coached JV baseball for several years in the 1980’s and also guided CCHS to a pair of DCL Girl’s Track and Field titles as coach of that program.
“My time coaching and teaching in Concord and at CCHS has meant everything to me, but my fondest memories are coaching my three children in various sports at CCHS,” said DiMare. “There were several men who made a huge impact on me, including John O’Connell, Al Robichaud, Walter Carew, Jim Hayes and Dooley Thorpe, CCHS Hall of Famers all and great men. Being part of both Super Bowl wins was special, as was the great run for the girl’s basketball team in 2001 that also ended with a state championship.”
Since retiring as a teacher in Concord, DiMare has coached women’s professional football and also been an assistant basketball coach at Dwyer High School in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, where he helped the Panthers capture the 2012 basketball state title.
He and wife, Palma, are the proud parents of CCHS graduates Darah, Janel and Daryl (CCHS Hall of Fame inductee in 2013), and grandparents of Braedon and Emilia.