Michael DiMarino received the Massachusetts history teacher of the year award and was a finalist for the History Channel’s national teacher of the year award.
He is one of the most popular and respected teachers at the Rumney Marsh Academy. But his students might not know that the 6-feet-2-inch DiMarino is an outstanding basketball coach as well, having played in a semi-professional league in England.
For the past four years, DiMarino has been an assistant coach of the boys basketball team at Masconomet Regional High School. Rumney School teacher Frank Shea is the head coach of the team.
DiMarino, 33, will be taking his coaching skills next door to Winthrop. He has been named the head coach of the Winthrop High boys basketball team.
DiMarino was selected from a field of 11 candidates for the position. He succeeds David Brown who stepped down following the 2011-12 season.
Winthrop director of athletics Peter Gobiel said DiMarino had excellent credentials for the head coaching position.
“Michael was a great candidate who brings a lot of coaching experience to our program,” said Gobiel. “He has a ton of energy that I think our players will feed off.”
A Winthrop resident and graduate of Savio Prep and Bridgewater State University, DiMarino coached at Savio Prep for three years before joining the staff at Masconomet where the team has qualified for the State Tournament in each season. He is beginning his sixth year as a teacher at the Rumney Marsh Academy.
“When I saw the Winthrop job was open, it was immediately a dream job for me,” said DiMarino. “I’m a lifelong Winthrop resident and I have a lot of respect for the program. I know they have won a couple of state titles and it’s a great tradition and I look forward to continuing the success at Winthrop and building the program. I’m very excited to have this opportunity.”