A.J. Giovanetti: Alum, Teacher & Coach Enjoys Role at NDA


Lauren Van Gheem, Staff Writer, Advanced Journalism

Notre Dame Academy alumni, teacher and coach AJ Giovanetti strives to contribute as much to NDA as it contributed to him. 

“My number one goal in life is to be the best teacher and coach I can be for NDA students,” said Giovanetti. 

He has been a faculty member at NDA for seven years, teaching kinesiology and coaching. 

“I loved coaching both football and track but being a Strength and Conditioning coach is something that I always wanted to do,” he said. “It is appealing to me because I am not limited to coaching just two teams. I’m fortunate to be able to work with a large variety of student-athletes.”

Giovanetti’s favorite memory from NDA is winning state in football his senior year. 

“The whole week leading up to the game and the events that followed were filled with a lot of once-in-a-lifetime experiences,” he said. “From practicing at the Don Hutson Center, to the unique setting of our pregame prayer service, the police escort home, and being in the holiday parade the next morning–all were ‘icing on the cake’ to what turned out to be an unforgettable game for me and my teammates.”

Giovanetti’s favorite sport is football, for he loves the mental and physical challenges that it brings. 

He said, “The life lessons I gained from football helped make me the person that I am today.”

Giovanetti never misses a Packer game but does not watch many other sports. 

“I am not home much in the evenings and try to attend as many Triton athletic events as I can,” he said. 

“He’s about the nicest, most thoughtful man I’ve ever known.  Not a phony bone in that man! He impresses me by being himself,” said colleague Carolyn Brown, English teacher.   

 In ten years Giovanetti hopes to still be at Notre Dame. 

“NDA has always been home to me. I have no desire to go elsewhere. I’m able to work with great students everyday. I also have many close friends on the faculty and staff and not many people get to work with their best friends. I’m fortunate enough to have a job that I love doing and I hope that doesn’t change,” he said.