Mr. DiDomenico, M Ed., MS RSS
"The difference between success and failure, between winning and losing the battle, and, yes, even life and death is doing something almost right and doing it exactly right!"
For over 25 years, Mr. DiDomenico has taught and coached at the high school and collegiate levels. He currently teaches AP US History, General Psychology, Sports Psychology and coaches wrestling at Mesa High School (AZ). Mr. DiDomenico also teaches in the Sports Management Masters Program at Ohio University, facilitating classes in Leadership, Sports Psychology, and Ethics and Diversity. His teaching calling is to connect with his students in a way to which they reach potentials they did not know they can do! His athletics calling is restructuring teams into successful programs. Popular athletes under his tutelage include NFL’s Marquis Cooper, Nick Murphy, and Ryan Fitzpatrick, and 2011 NCAA Wrestling Champion, ESPY Award and Jim Valvano Recipient, Anthony Robles.
Students of Mr. DiDomenico have attained prominent futures in higher education, in our military, and in service to our fellow people. Former students have studied at Harvard Graduate School, Johns Hopkins University, Barrett Honors College at ASU, Walter Cronkite Graduate School of Journalism, University of Arizona Business, U of A Medical, UCLA, Stanford Law, Cornell, Debuque University (IA), and others. Some have made a positive impact proudly serving in our armed forces as US Navy Corpsman, Special Forces, US Marines, and one was a jet engine mechanic for President Obama's Air Force One. A few are actively serving our public as LAPD, Mesa PD, and Mesa and Tempe Fire Departments. Some even were inspired to the calling to become teachers themselves!
Mr. DiDomenico coached in 7 state title wrestling programs, headed the 2006 NAIG National Champion Team and 2009 National Runner up Team, 7 AZ/USA Nat’l and 3 International Teams, winning tournaments in Berlin, Auckland, and Honolulu, and a multiple selection all-star coach. He has been awarded 4 AZ Coach of the Years (COY), 2008 East Valley Tribune COY, NHSCA District VIII COY, 2007 NHSCA National COY Finalist, 2006 US Marines AZ Elite Educator, 2001 Mesa Schools Teacher of the Month, and 3X Who’s Who for Teachers. Mr. DiDomenico is an inductee of both the Golden Key and Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Honors Fraternities for the nation's top performing graduate students. He is a 2018 Fellowship recipient by Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation in Washington, DC. He has been elected to numerous boards and committees to represent the people at Mesa High, at the District, and at the State Level in various capacities. Mr. DiDomenico earned a BA Sec Ed (Ex Phys & Cultural Geography) from the University of Arizona, MA Ed Theory from Madison Univ, and MS Sports Management from Ohio University.
5A Wrestling State Champions 2006
SOARING: Seth Pickett of Red Mountain celebrates with coach David DiDomenico after winning in the 140-pound class. Lisa Olson, Tribune
Fenway Park Snowy day in Poland