We have established a James Guercia Memorial Fund. Contributions will benefit Notre Dame’s Physical Education program through which Jim mentored countless Notre Dame alumni.
Remembering Jim Guercia
Michael Barone: "I have nothing but great memories of Coach, and a heart full of gratitude that he was there for us when we were boys, teaching us to be Norte Dame Men."
Nicholas Amodio: "Coach Guercia had patience and knowledge like no other. You could tell he cared for the students. This is truly a loss for the Notre Dame Community."
Peter Montini: "Very Sad to hear this news. I had the privilege of knowing Jim Guercia as a coach and teacher; I learned many valuable lessons on and off the playing field. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers."
Gary Vitagliano: "So sorry to hear this news. It was a privilege to play for him as he worked closely with us outfielders. He worked us hard and we never had so much fun. He was a great person, mentor, and coach."
Eric Lindblom: "Mr. Guercia was not my coach, but he was my gym teacher. He had an incredible amount of patience and encouragement for those of us who were not naturally athletic. I always appreciated him for being as understanding as he was."
Nick Sambides, Jr.: "I remember him for always being very classy, kindly, and encouraging. He treated everyone well and always made you feel like you have something worthwhile to contribute."
Burnell Bear Burrell: "I’m numb!! Thank you for everything Coach, your knowledge, patience, your sense of humor and most importantly not only the experience of playing for you but the opportunity to coach alongside you."
Carmen Alvarez: "My deep condolences to all of you. Jim was such a kind, and strong person and will be so missed. My sons were better men having had him as a coach and teacher. My prayers for all of you."
Charles Filardi: "Loss is always difficult and words of condolence never seem to be enough. I hope that you and your family can find some comfort in knowing that your father had such an incredibly positive influence on the lives of literally hundreds of young men."
Brian Bodner: "Very sorry for your family's loss. I will always remember how supportive your dad was of all of us who played for him. He was a great coach and teacher."
James Funaro: "He was just a great coach and teacher. He connected with us as students and players. He just got it. He will be missed."
Eric Ryan: "My locker was near his office and after he found out in freshman year that I liked to fish, for the rest of high school he'd occasionally call me over when I'd walk by to ask where I had gone the weekend before or tell me about a fish he'd snagged that weekend. He was truly someone who everyone in the school enjoyed being around."
Henry Panza: "Mr. Guercia helped me to believe in myself! Together with Mr. Marcucci they taught me what it truly means to be a man! My condolences to his family and may he rest in peace!"
Kevin Dickson: "Coach, you were a leader and a mentor. Thank you for your contributions to NDWH and all of your inspiration to ND’s students/athletes. My thoughts and prayers to you and your family."
Connor Sauer: "RIP Coach Guerc. My class and many others were blessed to have been in your presence during our time at ND. Rest easy."
Stephen DeBenedet: "RIP Coach! You taught us more than just football work ethic!"
Lou Frio: "RIP coach. One of the nicest men I had the pleasure of knowing and learning from. Payers go out for Mr. Guercia and his family."
Tony Thompson: "Great guy. My track coach who always had nothing but encouraging words in my ‘career’. Also a fitness instructor at a gym after I graduated. He was so strong, good looking, and it is tough to believe he is gone. Rest in Peace Mr. G."
John Franco: "I spent many hours with him in PE class trying the fundamentals of shooting a basketball. Class of 2007. I ended up joining the Army. I have never been any good at basketball. However, I appreciate his efforts."
Chris K. Papcun: "I'll always remember his classic smile and laugh when I was up to something! Always encouraged me in the weight room. Unforgettable!"
Shawn Logue: "What I appreciate about Mr. Guercia as someone who had zero known athletic ability was that he offered the idea of trying a different position or practicing a fundamental. A great example of this: 'They pay people a million dollars in the NFL if you can figure out how to hold a ball for the kicker and that's all you do.' For all my resistance to gym, he did not give up on me and I will always appreciate that. I think I can accurately say I learned more from him than any other gym teacher I ever had. RIP and my condolences to the Guercia family and the Notre Dame community."
Shane Quinn: "Lovely tribute. RIP Coach Guercia. A true ND legend. I’ll always have fond memories of him and the impact he had on my development as a Notre Dame man. Prayers and condolences to his family and all of ND Nation."