Hudson Valley Reporter: “Pace Football Goes Pink for Breast Cancer Support”

The Pace University football team will participate in the “Pace Goes Pink” program when it takes on Northeast-10 Conference foe Bentley University on Saturday. The school will sell “Pace Goes Pink” T-shirts at the game for $5 apiece, and the proceeds will go toward Northern Westchester Hospital’s Breast Institute.

The Pace University football team will participate in the “Pace Goes Pink” program when it takes on Northeast-10 Conference foe Bentley University on Saturday. The school will sell “Pace Goes Pink” T-shirts at the game for $5 apiece, and the proceeds will go toward Northern Westchester Hospital’s Breast Institute.

Read the article by Hudson Valley Reporter.

Journal News: “Pace names Pat Kennedy men’s basketball coach”

After almost three decades, Pat Kennedy is returning to the area where he got his start as a college basketball coach. The former Iona head men’s basketball coach was named head coach of the Pace men’s basketball team on Monday.

After almost three decades, Pat Kennedy is returning to the area where he got his start as a college basketball coach. The former Iona head men’s basketball coach was named head coach of the Pace men’s basketball team on Monday.

Read the article by the Journal News.

NEWS RELEASE: Pace Professor Nick Catalano Selected as Peter X. Finnerty Leadership Award Recipient

The Pace University Department of Athletics announced that a Pace professor, Nicholas Catalano, PhD, has been selected as this year’s Peter X. Finnerty Leadership Award recipient. Catalano will be honored as part of the Pace Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2013 and awards dinner on Friday, April 12 at the Tudor Room of Pace’s White Plains Law School Campus. The evening will feature a reception starting at 6:00 pm followed by dinner and the induction ceremony starting at 7:00 pm.

The Pace University Department of Athletics announced that a Pace professor, Nicholas Catalano, PhD, has been selected as this year’s Peter X. Finnerty Leadership Award recipient. Catalano will be honored as part of the Pace Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2013 and awards dinner on Friday, April 12 at the Tudor Room of Pace’s White Plains Law School Campus. The evening will feature a reception starting at 6:00 pm followed by dinner and the induction ceremony starting at 7:00 pm.

This year marks Catalano’s 50th year at Pace University. He was a pioneer in the formation of the Pace Football program in the late 1960’s. At the request of the student government Catalano became the faculty general manager to the Pace Football club and was active in coaching, hiring personnel, recruiting new players and establishing academic standards. He also led the effort t to transition the Pace Football program from a club team to NCAA Division III status in 1978 to provide the program with better competition against local rivals Fordham University, Iona College, Hofstra University and Marist College among others during the late 1970s. Pace President Edward Mortola, PhD, Peter Finnerty and Catalano brought the New York Football Giants to the Pace campus for preseason camp for many years. The deal they negotiated included funds to build the athletic field house and resources for field improvements. Catalano served as the “Voice of the Setters” for 32 seasons as the public address announcer and was instrumental in getting the games broadcast on local radio.

Catalano has gone on to a successful career as a professor and novelist. He is a professor of Literature and Music at Pace. Catalano is a former director of the university’s Patricia O. Ewers Center for Music. He is author of “Clifford Brown: The life and Art of the Legendary Jazz Trumpeter”, “New York Nights” and “A New Yorker at Sea” that documents his trip around the world in a sail boat in 1988. Catalano also writes regular columns about jazz music for the web site “All About Jazz.”

Peter X. Finnerty, former Director of Athletics, Director of Alumni Relations, athlete, professor, coach, and inductee of the Pace University Hall of Fame, established the Athletics and Recreation Program at Pace University in 1947. Finnerty served the University and its students for over 40 years. He was the Director of Athletics from 1947-88 as well as the men’s basketball coach from 1948-60 and the baseball coach from 1948-64. He personified the values of discipline and hard work and, in keeping with the University motto, Opportunitas, committed to helping students realize their potential.

The Peter X. Finnerty Award is presented to a member or members of the Pace University athletics community for outstanding leadership and service to the University or to society as a whole. The individual/s selected shall exemplify those characteristics for which Peter Finnerty was best known: hard work, a spirit of competition, and the ability to serve and lead with integrity and to inspire others to do the same. This honor has only been awarded twice since its creation. The first recipient was in 2001 to former Board of Trustee Charles F. Jacey Jr. The second recipient was former Pace student-athlete and longtime supporter Garrett DeGraff Jr. in 2002.

The newest members to the Pace Athletics Hall of Fame for the Class of 2013 are Kim DePaola-Napier (Softball ’89), Brian Finnerty (Baseball ’72), Rich Middlebrook (Football ’87), Fred Oglesby (Men’s Basketball ’83) and Michelle Seeley-Flannory (Volleyball ’99). Pace Athletics Hall of Fame was started in 1997 with this year’s ceremony marking the twelfth induction class.

NEWS RELEASE: Pace University Football Team Pitches in at Red Cross Warehouse in Jersey City in Superstorm Sandy Relief Efforts

The Pace University Football Team assisted Red Cross relief efforts for the those affected by Superstorm Sandy. Head Coach Chris Dapolito and members of his team volunteered at Red Cross Warehouse in Jersey City and were featured in the Pleasantville Daily Voice and on the Red Cross website.

The Pace University football team was featured on the Red Cross website as well as on the Pleasantville Daily Voice.
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Original Blog Post by Wesley Lind

As another truck filled with Red Cross supply kits rolls away from a volunteer assembly line, a sea of over 250 volunteers lets loose a hearty and well-deserved “hurrah!” They are a collection of Red Cross volunteers, spontaneous community volunteers, and Red Cross partner agency volunteers who have come together to help victims of Superstorm Sandy.

Among those cheering is Chris Dapolito, a native of White Plains, NY and head football coach at local Pace University. Like so many others, Superstorm Sandy affected his friends and family, many of whom were still living on the Jersey coast where he grew up.
“Where I live we had mass power outages, but my family and friends had plenty of their homes damaged or destroyed,” Chris says. I saw a social media post calling for volunteers to help load Red Cross supply kits, said ‘we’re in. I called the players and got them down here to unload boxes and pack trucks.”
The supply kits, which included items like hand warmers, gloves, flashlights, and blankets, were being loaded onto trucks to be distributed out to storm-affected neighborhoods in New York and New Jersey. Several volunteer assembly lines ran like clockwork and at peak efficiency, 300 supply kits were being created and loaded every five minutes. By the time all is said and done, tens of thousands of the kits will have been assembled and loaded at the Jersey City warehouse for volunteer truck drivers that included local Teamsters to deliver their precious cargo.

Little did he know that he’d fall into a leadership role at the warehouse directing packing and truck traffic. Chris and his players are a prime example of a community coming together in face of a massive tragedy.

“Coming into this operation, I’ve been so impressed with the organization and the Red Cross” Chris says. “This whole thing has been so smooth. I’m really proud of my team because service is part of being an American and this storm has been so horrible that we need everyone to get through it.”
The hard work and dedication of all the volunteers wasn’t lost on Laura Hevesi, one of the Red Crossers in charge of the massive packing and loading operation. “The effort of Chris’s team and all the volunteers has just been beyond expectations,” Laura says. “The Red Cross is fortunate to have volunteers to step up and do what needs to be done.”
Among the 35 football players who answered Chris’s call for help on both Friday evening and Saturday was Diego Dilone, a freshman running back and resident of Long Island. Sandy left Diego’s hometown without power for nearly 10 days along with other damage. For him, it was a no brainer to get involved in the Red Cross effort at the warehouse.
“When I first came to the warehouse, I just got this great feeling of inspiration,” Diego says. “I’ve done everything from be a box cutter to truck loader to working a lift – whatever they needed me to do.”

“This has been a real learning experience,” Diego says. “When times get tough, we come together and become one to help the less fortunate. You can’t get that feeling from anything else.”

NEWS RELEASE: Softball Places 3rd On Division II NFCA All-Academic Ranks

The Pace University Softball team ranked third on the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division II All-Academic Team for the 2011-12 academic year. The Setters posted a team GPA for 3.527, which was also the top GPA among the Northeast-10 Conference schools. The top school in the country was Grand Canyon University with a 3.600 mark and marked the second year in a row the Setters were ranked among the top academic softball programs in the country.

Pace is #1 Among Northeast-10 Conference Schools

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y.- The Pace University Softball team ranked third on the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division II All-Academic Team for the 2011-12 academic year. The Setters posted a team GPA for 3.527, which was also the top GPA among the Northeast-10 Conference schools. The top school in the country was Grand Canyon University with a 3.600 mark.

This is the second year in a row that the Setters have been ranked in the top-25 in the nation also the second consecutive season that their team GPA was first among the NE-10 schools. Education major and catcher Lauren Bell (New Windsor, NY/Newburgh Free) posted a 3.93 GPA for the 2011-12 year and finished her collegiate career with a 3.65 cum GPA. Pitcher and first baseman Chelsea Shea (Babylon, NY/West Babylon) had a 3.820 GPA for the year, while Criminal Justice major and designated player and first baseman Natalie Gellos (Seattle, WA/Holy Names Academy) posted a 3.77 GPA.

The Setters saw success on the field in 2012 as they ranked in the top-5 in in the NE-10 in runs, homeruns, RBI’s, batting average, slugging and doubles. Pace had four players named to the NE-10 All-Conference teams led by Bell who was named to the Third Team. Gellos along with fellow freshmen, Hana Wright ((Hillsboro, OR/Valley Catholic) and Jeane Drury (Flanders, NJ/Morris Catholic) were selected to the NE-10 All-Rookie Team.

Bell wrapped up her outstanding four-year career as she finished her 2012 season with a .333 batting average with six homeruns, two grand slams, along with six doubles and 23 RBI’s for the year. She finished her career in the top-10 in school history every major offensive category as she posted a career .368 batting average, good for fifth place.

Gellos posted a standout season in her first year in a Pace uniform as she was second on the team with a .351 batting average. She finished tied for ninth in the NE-10 in doubles this season. She also drove in 26 runs, hit three homeruns and was second on the team with 30 runs scored this season. Wright had a record-setting season for Pace as a freshman, playing primarily at catcher this year. She tied the school single season homerun mark as she finished with a team-best 10 homeruns in 2012. She also led the team with 39 RBI’s as she finished fifth on Pace’s single season record list. She ranked fourth in the NE-10 in RBI’s and was seventh in homeruns. Drury was an outstanding all-around performer for the Setters this season as she finished third on the team with a .333 batting average and ranked eighth in the NE-10 with nine homeruns.

Pace looks to make a big impact on field as they did in the classroom in 2013. The Setters open their spring season on March 1, 2013 as they travel to Chowan University in Murfreesboro, NC.

The Journal News: Underdog Rudy still inspires others, hopes to help students realize potential | lohud.com

The Journal News covered a recent Pace Athletics event featuring Daniel “Rudy” Ruettinger, subject of the inspirational 1993 film “Rudy.” (Left: Daniel Ruettiger, right, presents Will McVeigh, a member of the Pace University football team, with a photo while speaking on Wednesday. / Seth Harrison/The Journal News)

The Journal News covered a recent Pace Athletics event featuring Daniel “Rudy” Ruettinger, subject of the inspirational 1993 film “Rudy.”

From The Journal News:

As Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger greeted the crowd at the Goldstein Health, Fitness and Recreation Center on Wednesday at Pace University, he apologized.

Ruettiger’s flight from Baltimore to New York, normally a 45-minute trip, took 10 hours.

“If I look tired, I am,” Ruettiger told the crowd.

The speech was part of a tour for his newest book “Rudy: My Story.”

Ruettiger gained worldwide fame when his journey as a walk-on for Notre Dame’s football team was documented in the 1993 film “Rudy”.

For 30 minutes Ruettiger spoke to the crowd of approximately 300 about being willing to dream and not taking things for granted.

With most of the attendees students at the university, Ruettiger touched on the cost of going to college and making it worth their while.

“Be accountable for your investment,” Ruettiger told the group. “Education isn’t about education, but about inspiration.”

After a short question-and-answer period, Ruettiger signed copies of his book that details his life before, during and after the film.

“The book is written so hopefully people will learn lessons and get a purpose,” Ruettiger said before his speech.

“There was never a book written about the movie or how the movie was made or the real story of how I got to Notre Dame, so we put it all in there.”

Ruettiger feels the book will attract not just a fan of the movie, but anyone looking to be inspired.

“The book is also for the underdog type of person,” Ruettiger said. “We all go through this. You don’t just roll out of bed and not have issues.”

The epitome of an underdog, Ruettiger said he hopes to help the students realize the potential they have within themselves as opposed to lecturing them.

“It’s more discovery,” Ruettiger said of his talks. “You never want to tell someone what to do.”

As expected, many of the attendees were there to see the legend from the big screen in real life.

“The movie and the story, that was the reason we came,” said Suzan Dapolito of Matawan, N.J. “It’s such an inspirational story.”

The 64-year-old Ruettiger admitted he still doesn’t know what he wants to do.

“Some already know what they want to do; some want to be doctors or accountants because they think that’s what their parents are doing and that’s what they’re told, and we have to be somebody,” Ruettiger said. “But what’s you’re dream?”

Underdog Rudy still inspires others, hopes to help students realize potential | The Journal News | LoHud.com | lohud.com.

Also, read and view photos of the event in the Tarrytown Daily Voice.

NEWS RELEASE: Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger to Speak at Pace University on September 5

Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger will be speaking to Pace’s student athletes about his inspirational life story on Wednesday, September 5 at 7 pm at the Goldstein Health, Fitness and Recreation Center. This event is free and open to the public.

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y.- The Pace University Athletics Department is will welcome Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger to Pace’s Pleasantville campus on Wednesday, September 5 at 7 pm at the Goldstein Health, Fitness and Recreation Center. He will be speak to Pace’s student athletes about his inspirational life story. This event is free and open to the public. Rudy will also do a book signing following his talk.

For the first time, read Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger’s real life story in Rudy: My Story revealing the man behind the beloved movie Rudy, and his continued determination to make his dreams come true. Rudy describes growing up in Joliet, Ill., becoming one of only a few players in Notre Dame history to be carried off the field, struggling to get a movie made about his life, and losing sight of his own dreams, nearly derailing him. Rudy details the failures and hard lessons he’s learned and shows how hitting the reset button was the best thing that happened him.

“I fell into the same obvious trap that the rest of the country had fallen into in all of those boom years: I shouldn’t have been chasing the money,” says Rudy. “I should have been chasing the dream. It was one of the most profound, simple, important lessons I would ever learn – and the consequences of that lesson would haunt me for years.”

Rudy doesn’t just represent some far-fetched Hollywood story that most people can never attain—its message is that Rudy is an “Average Joe,” and anyone with a dream can make that dream a reality by being willing to put in the hard work, and heart, it takes to get there.

Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger is the subject of the blockbuster film Rudy and one of the most popular motivational speakers in the United States. His humble background and determination to pursue his dreams, no matter the challenge, has made him legendary and an inspiration to everyone from school children to businessmen and athletes, even presidents. He established the Rudy Foundation to help children around the world and the Rudy Awards for high school and university level athletes.

Westchester.com: Pace University Names Director Of Athletic Development

Pace University Director of Athletics Mark Brown has named Drew Brown as the Director of Athletic Development effective August 13.

Pace University Director of Athletics Mark Brown has named Drew Brown as the Director of Athletic Development effective August 13.

He will oversee all activities related to the promotion and advancement of funding initiatives within the Department of Athletics and Recreation, with an emphasis on individual major gift fundraising.

Brown comes to Pace from Mercy College where he was the Director of Alumni Relations. While at Mercy, he was responsible for developing relationships with and securing support from alumni and friends of the College as well as raising funds through major events. Prior to the position, Brown had also served as Associate Athletics Director for External Affairs at Mercy and was previously in the Athletics Communications Departments at St. Peter’s College, Fairfield University and Fairleigh Dickinson University. “I’m looking forward to joining the team and I’m so grateful for the opportunity to help build an even stronger future for the student-athletes at Pace,” Brown stated.

Pace University Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations Jennifer Bernstein welcomed Brown, “This is a very exciting time for Pace Athletics and I am so pleased that Drew will be leading the fundraising efforts for this important division of the University. Drew joins us at a transformational time for both athletics and the Pleasantville campus. Our Master Plan for the Pleasantville campus has articulated many exciting changes, including major improvements to our athletics facilities. There is tremendous opportunity to further engage alumni, parents and friends for their support and enthusiasm around our athletics programs. Drew brings great experience in fundraising, alumni relations and sports communications—he will be a wonderful asset to the Setter community!”

Director of Athletics Mark Brown added, “We are pleased to have Drew coming to Pace during this critical time. As we consolidate and transform the Pleasantville campus through the Master Plan, we are excited about the future of Pace Athletics and the university as a whole. Drew will continue to build on our alumni outreach over the past year and engage our alumni to return to campus to experience the new chapter in Pace’s history.”

Brown received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Saint Peter’s College and completed his Master’s Degree in Education at Mercy in 2011.

Brown resides in Mohegan Lake, New York.

via Pace University Names Director Of Athletic Development.

The Pleasantville Daily Voice: Pace Names New Cross Country Head Coach

The Pleasantville Daily Voice reported that Tom O’Neill has been appointed head coach of both the men’s and women’s cross country teams at Pace.

From the Pleasantville Daily Voice:

Tom O’Neill has been appointed head coach of both the men’s and women’s cross country teams at Pace University, it was announced Tuesday by Mark Brown, director of athletics.

He will begin leading both programs on Aug. 16.

O’Neill was the assistant cross country and track and field coach at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J., from 2007 to 2011. He coached the 2011 NCAA Woman of the Year and a Division III National Champion at Stevens. He has also coached numerous national qualifiers and conference champions in track and field.

He helped with recruiting, meet scheduling and training programs at Stevens. O’Neill was also the founder and chairman of the Stevens Institute of Technology Nutrition Committee from 2010-2011.

O’Neill also works as a personal trained at Equinox Fitness Club in Mamaroneck.

He received a bachelor’s in English in 2006 from Oneonta State, where he was a two-time All-American. He earned a master’s education from the University of Bridgeport in 2007.

He currently lives in New Rochelle.

via Pace Names New Cross Country Head Coach | The Pleasantville Daily Voice.

Pleasantville Daily Voice: Pace Has 148 Athletes On Conference Honor Roll

Pace University had 148 student-athletes on the Northeast-10 Spring 2012 Commissioner’s Honor Roll.

Pace University had 148 student-athletes on the Northeast-10 Spring 2012 Commissioner’s Honor Roll.

From Pleasantville Daily Voice:

“The Northeast-10 Conference announced its Spring 2012 Commissioner’s Honor Roll and 148 Pace University student-athletes made the list.

Pace placed 10th out of the 16 member schools in the conference as 51 percent of its student-athletes achieved a 3.0 grade point average or more. Ten Setters earned a 4.0 GPA, which ranked Pace sixth among NE-10 schools in that category.

Four graduating seniors achieved 4.0 GPAs, including women’s soccer players Julia Bonsignore and Taylor Walden, softball player Lauren Bell and volleyball player Ursula Vero. Junior volleyball player Nora Rugova, a Mount Kisco native who went to Fox Lane High School, also earned a 4.0 GPA.

Two baseball players, sophomore Alex Rough from Stamford, Conn. and freshman Thomas Midolo from Xaverian High School in Brooklyn, also earned perfect GPAs in the spring semester.

Sixty-one Pace student-athletes earned GPAs between 3.5 and 3.99 and 76 Setters finished with GPAs between 3.0 and 3.49.

Overall, 2,899 student-athletes in the NE-10 made the honor roll and 137 of them earned perfect 4.0 GPAs.

A student-athlete must have earned at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale during the Spring 2012 semester to qualify for selection to the honor roll.”