Lewis Bagley | Mar. 29, 2013 | South Bend Tribune
Mike DeCicco, the man whom former Notre Dame men's basketball coach Digger Phelps referred to as the "Godfather of the Notre Dame athletic department," had died.
DeCicco died Friday of congestive heart failure at Holy Cross Village. He was 85.
DeCicco served as the school’s fencing coach for 34 seasons, compiling 680 wins, a .938 winning percentage, with eight individual and five team national champions during his tenure.
In addition, he founded the school’s academic advising program in 1964, which is credited as being the first of its kind in college athletics. He also served as a professor of mechanical engineering.