Rickey James Mazza


Rickey James Mazza, 74, of Salisbury, NC, went to be with the Lord on Friday, January 25th at his home. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jimmy and Jennie Mazza.
He graduated in 1962 from East Fairmont High, where he was a three-sport star athlete. He attended Greenbrier Military Academy where he was named "Athlete of the Year", and then went on to graduate from West Virginia University, where he played baseball and basketball. He received his master's degree in English Literature from Carnegie Mellon.
He became a teacher and a coach where he influenced many kids lives, not only with his passion for life but with his tremendous motivational skills in the classroom and on the field.
He taught and coached in many states but his fondest memories were at Monongah High School in the early 70's. There, he was the head basketball coach and the assistant football coach with winning seasons in both sports. As a coach he demanded respect and discipline from his athletes, but he also made sports fun to participate in.
Survivors include his wife, Cheryl, his sons; Shane, Chance, Rick and wife Laurie, three grandsons; Zac, Rickey, James and his wife Katie, a brother Larry Mazza and a sister Linda Shelosky.
A memorial mass will be held in Fairmont at a later date.
Published on February 8, 2019
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