Ask Dom Fucci how things are going, and the Tates Creek baseball coach inevitably will answer: "Livin' the dream."
He's felt that way the past 20 years coaching at Tates Creek, the high school where he was a baseball and basketball star in the 1970s.
He's Mr. Commodore.
But life changes, and Fucci, 58, is ready to embrace those changes. He's retiring from teaching and coaching at the end of this school year.
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"It's just the right time," he said. "I'm not going to say I won't get back in it someday. But I'm going to take at least a year off so I can go watch my boys play in college."
Fucci's older son, Ryan, a 2011 Tates Creek graduate, plays at Wright State. His younger son, Jordan, a senior at Tates Creek, will play at Samford next season.
"I've been fortunate to have had both my boys here, and my brother (Bo)'s son (Trent)," Fucci said. "I've been able to coach them and watch them grow up.
"And I've had no telling how many student-athletes come through here, and we've had a great time."
Fucci is only the second baseball coach in Tates Creek's history. In 1996, he succeeded Ron Cole, who coached the Commodores for 30 years and won three state championships.
"Coach Cole set the standard here," Fucci said. "And I've tried to keep up those standards."
Fucci, a baseball and basketball standout at Tates Creek, was Kentucky's Mr. Basketball in 1975.
He played college basketball at Auburn for a year before focusing solely on baseball. He helped the Tigers to a pair of Southeastern Conference titles and to a College World Series.
Fucci was drafted by the Chicago White Sox and played in the minors six years.
His high school stops included six years as basketball coach at Owen County, and three years as baseball coach and assistant basketball coach at Lexington Catholic.
He guided the Knights to the state baseball final four in 1994 and 1995, and had a three-year record of 78-40.
At Tates Creek, Fucci's teams have gone 463-219, and are two-time defending 11th Region champions.
"I don't want to retire," Fucci said. "The students, the administration and the faculty here have all been great.
"But it's just the right time for me to go."