Rich Petriccione enters the Goal Club Hall of Fame for serving the Iona College Athletics Department as a student, assistant coach, and director of athletics for over 20 years, from 1977 to 2001.
After serving as a student manager for the Gaels’ first two men’s basketball teams to reach the NCAA Tournament, he was named an assistant basketball coach at age 20. During his five seasons as assistant to Pat Kennedy, the team won over 100 games and went to four consecutive post-season tournaments. In 1989, Petriccione became the nation’s youngest Division I Athletics Director and held the position for 12 years before being promoted to Vice President for Advancement and External Affairs in 2001.
During his tenure as Iona’s AD Petriccione was among other things, a founder of MAAC football and hockey, started women’s track and cross country, enlarged the operational and scholarship budgets of all women’s programs, hired Iona’s first minority head coaches and administrators, accepted two MAAC Commissioner’s Cups, institutionalized the day camps and aquatics programs, expanded the scope of the Goal Club, brought football back to campus, helped steer the men’s cross country program to national prominence, coached the women’s tennis team, created full-time positions for most head coaches, improved the quality of medical care and experience for 400 student-athletes, and saw their cumulative GPA rise above 3.0 for the first time.
Petriccione was an original member of the Mission Integration Committee and contributed to many NCAA, MAAC and on-campus committees. He was named a Special Assistant to the President while Athletics Director, and helped create the vision and secure gifts for the refurbishment of the Mulcahy Gym, and the creation of the Hynes Athletic Center and the Robert V. LaPenta Student Union.
Rich and his wife Mary have two sons, Tom and Tim.
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