John Mautner, the quintessential Casey, was a pioneer of the RBC Athletic Program. He was a member of the school’s first wrestling team, serving as team captain his senior year, a member of the first school track & field team, and also of the first RBC cross country team. Upon graduation, he went on to Eastern Kentucky University where he continued post graduate work to earn his MA degree in Education in 1971. John then joined the staff at Berkshire Community College where he was Director of Outdoor Leadership, a physical education teacher and athletic coach, solidifying his passion for and dedication to teaching, coaching and team building.
John returned to his roots in 1974 when he joined the RBC staff, embarking upon what would become a 43-year career as a teacher, a wrestling, track and cross country coach, and a department chairman. During his highly distinguished career, John coordinated many new initiatives, including Senior Field Day, the coed Christmas Basketball and Spring Volleyball Tournaments, which are still beloved traditions for students to this day, and the not so beloved required Phys Ed “monthly mile” run. John shared his passion for the Caseys with his father, Ed Mautner who, for over 40 years, was well-known as the “Voice of the Caseys,” the RBC football game announcer until he was 88 years old.
Up until his retirement last year, John commuted on his bike to school every day. He spent his summer vacations pursuing his love of physical fitness, from serving as Captain on sport fishing vessels, managing crews and leading the vessel owners and guests to tournament wins and awards, to backpacking nearly 50% of the 2,189.2-mile Appalachian Trail. At the age of 68, he became one of only 100 people to solo-canoe the 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail which runs from Old Forge, New York to Fort Kent, Maine.
It is difficult to express in words the legend of John Mautner. On him, the passage of time never seems to show. For decades students have affectionately referred to him as “the man,” “superhuman,” and quite simply, “legend.” One of John’s former students and athletes summed it up well for all of us when he said, “Coach Mautner is beyond an inspiration. He is the example of how to live life to the fullest.”
John will be receiving the 2018 Monsignor Casey Award at the Induction Ceremony to be held on June 23rd in the Eck Center.