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Dick Diminuco, who had a short yet memorable tenure as the football coach at Alden, has announced his retirement.

Diminuco said he told his team during a postseason meeting of varsity and junior varsity players on Monday, three days after the Bulldogs’ season ended in the state semifinals against Maine-Endwell.

“It was not a fun day, it was pretty emotional, a lot of tears, I felt like I was letting a bunch of kids down,” Diminuco said Thursday from his hospital bed in Rochester’s Highland Hospital, where he is recovering from knee replacement surgery. “I didn’t tell them after the game, they were so despondent and they didn’t need any more on their plate.”

After 31 seasons as coach at Albion, and 28 as its AD, Diminuco retired in 2008. He took over as Alden’s head coach in 2009. He planned to coach for two years and stayed for four.

“They were two great spots,” said Diminuco, who is 59. “I think I was respected when I left Albion, and I can’t tell you how well I was treated in Alden. I feel like we made the right decision. I’ve got a lot of kids who played of me who are coaches in college and my wife [Dale] and I will watch some college games, and come back and watch the Bulldogs. [QB] Brian Stoldt – I felt so bad for him, he’s such a nice boy, a hard-working kid.”

Ken Stoldt is Section VI co-chairman and father of Brian.

“I didn’t know if he was going to stay another year, I was kind of surprised it came this quick, but he didn’t want to drag it out,” he said. “It’s not only going to be tough for Brian, but all the seniors. No one wants to go into their senior year working with a new coach and learning a new system. Dick’s done some great things for us. Alden is going to have to pick up the pieces and move on.”

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