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September 19, 2013

Mondalto 'embarrassed, sad' for Amesbury on eve of induction

AMESBURY — Jerry Mondalto avoided Amesbury High for six years after losing his job as the school’s baseball coach in 2007.

The Amesbury High alumnus and town resident didn’t attend any baseball games, didn’t visit the school for which he served as the manager of building facilities before resigning in 2007, and didn’t maintain any relationships with Amesbury High employees.

“From that day forward, I’ve cut Amesbury off,” Mondalto said. “I go to work and come home. I enjoy my family, and I don’t really socialize with anybody. It’s just really been hard, and I still feel the same as I did (six) years ago. It’s certainly changed my lifestyle.”

Mondalto will be inducted into Amesbury’s inaugural Athletic Hall of Fame class tomorrow, along with Tony Tassinari, Joey DesRoches, Kristy Gleason, Larry Moran Jr., Leo Dupere, Nancy Klein, Pam Gleason and Tino Bertolini. The luncheon will begin at noon at Amesbury Sports Park. The induction ceremony will take place at the high school at 6:30 p.m.

Two days before he was inducted into the Hall of Fame, Mondalto broke his silence regarding his forced departure from Amesbury, granting an interview request from The Daily News.

“If you know me, you know I’m not worried about saying something I’ll regret,” Mondalto said. “I’ll always be honest. It’s how I’ve always been, and it’s not going to make me feel awkward or uncomfortable.”

Looking strictly at Mondalto’s body of work as both a coach and player at Amesbury High, his induction seems like a no-brainer. As a player, he rushed for a then-school record 2,985 yards and earned All-America in both football and baseball.

His number 22 is retired from use on the football team.

As a baseball coach from 1983 to 2007, with a break of six years between 1988 to 1993, Mondalto led teams to a cumulative record of 270-195. His 1997 team won a state title, and his 2000 team won a sectional title.

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