NICK MANSUETTO (ATHLETIC DIRECTOR)
Nick Mansuetto served as the athletic director for 15 years during one of most important eras in Wheeling Central Catholic High School history. He was one of the driving forces behind the Maroon Knights’ bid to become the first Ohio Valley parochial school accepted for membership into the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission. The bid was successful in 1971, opening the door for Wheeling Central and the other parochial schools in the Mountain State to become eligible to participate in all WV high school sports championships. The move then resulted in the Maroon Knights qualifying as a Class AAA school for the first time in the West Virginia state boys basketball tournament in 1975 at the Charleston Civic Center.
Under Mansuetto’s leadership, Central was able to attract several high level football coaches such as George Strager, Andy Urbanic and Jim Thomas. Thomas was elected to the Wheeling Central Hall of Fame last year while Mansuetto is being joined by Andy Urbanic this year.
Mansuetto also helped add several sports programs to the school’s athletic program. In addition, he coached football at St. Michael’s Grade School for four years and was the coach of all sports at the St. Vincent de Paul Parish Grade School for six years.
Nick’s community service contributions were many and noteworthy. Among these included: Chairman of the Catholic Boy Scout Committee; Director of the St. Vincent Independent Basketball Tournament for over a decade; Commissioner of the Wheeling Outdoor Basketball League; President of the Wheeling Rowing Association and Executive Board member for the Boy Scouts of America.
Mansuetto received the Marist Merit Award for devotion and loyalty on behalf of Catholic Education. He was the first layman in West Virginia to receive this honor. The 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus was honored for his dedication to Wheeling Central Catholic at the school’s All-Sports Banquet in 1974. He helped found the National Open Heart Open Golf Classic and was one of the organizers of the Wheeling Blues semi-professional basketball team. Mansuetto served as the Blues business manager for six years.