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After 28 Years, CovCath Gets New Athletic Director

Covington Catholic Athletic Director Mike Guidugli has transitioned his leadership of the athletic department to Tony Bacigalupo, according to a press release issued by the school on Thursday morning. In Guidugli’s 28 years as athletic director, Covington Catholic won 10 state championships, 21 state runner-up titles, and 130 regional titles. 

During the 2014-15 school year, 66% of students participated in KHSAA-sanctioned sports programs at CCH. While Guidugli has stepped down as athletic director, he will remain on staff at CCH as Assistant Principal, Dean of Students, and Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds.

Guidugli began his career in the Diocese of Covington 45 years ago as a teacher at Bishop Brossart before starting as a full-time English teacher at Covington Catholic in 1985. In 1987, he became athletic director and continued to teach part-time until 1992 when he assumed the Assistant Principal position while continuing in his role as athletic director. He has also long-served as the Dean of Students and the Buildings and Grounds Supervisor. In addition to his administrative duties he has been a head coach in track and field, swimming and diving, and an assistant coach in cross-country. He received a B.A. in Education and Secondary Administration from Xavier University in 1975.

Bacigalupo has assumed the athletic director role from Guidugli. Bacigalupo joined the CCH faculty in the fall of 2013 after a nine-year career in sales for Total Quality Logistics. He has been Assistant Varsity Basketball Coach for the Colonels for four seasons. With 14 years of coaching overall, he received the NKAC Coach of the Year award in 2007. He has B.A. degrees in Business Administration and Economics and an A.A. in Accountancy from Thomas More College (2004) and a Masters of Art – Teaching from the University of the Cumberlands (2013).

“Mike Guidugli is part of the fabric of CovCath. He consistently led our athletic programs to prominence, while exhibiting strong values of faith and sportsmanship both on and off the field," said Covington Catholic Principal Bob Rowe. "His tenure, impact and results across our athletic programs are unsurpassed. Mike cultivated a reputation of integrity and respect with the KHSAA and his peers. He built a proud tradition and foundation that Tony Bacigalupo will very ably assume. We are so proud of our past, and equally excited about our future. Go Colonels!”

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