The only head coach the school has known, Rudy Raffone ‘62 has guided the Green Knights to a 215-185-75 record since the program’s debut in 1988.
Coach Raffone, who has earned an International B Coaching License from the Scottish Football Association, initiated a program from scratch and built it into one of the most competitive in the state. His teams have won eight SCC Quinnipiac division championships and qualified for the state tournament 19 times. He has coached 13 all-State players and guided the 1999 team to the semifinals of the Class L CIAC state tournament. He was named the 2002 Connecticut Soccer Coaches Association Coach of the Year.
Outside of soccer, Coach Raffone taught Math at Notre Dame for over 25 years before retiring from the classroom after the 2014-15 school year. While on staff, he served as moderator of the Varsity Club and organized student trips to Montreal annually to St. Joseph Oratory to help students connect to the Holy Cross Mission. He was also an assistant basketball coach for two seasons.
A successful baseball umpire, Coach Raffone was a college umpire, including working as a Division I umpire in several conferences, He was selected to work 11 NCAA Division 2 Regionals. He also worked games in the Cape Cod Summer League, had the privilege to umpire two All-Star Games at Fenway Park in Boston, and has worked games in the AA Eastern League as a fill-in.
Coach Raffone, and his wife, Patricia, reside in Westbrook and have four grown children, Rudy III, Keith, Krisanne and Scott. They love to spend time with their six grandchildren: Angelina Raffone, Isabella Raffone, Ariana Antonucci, Joseph Antonucci, William Raffone and Robert Raffone.