Boston College Names Villanova AD Gene DeFilippo Athletic Director

(9-16-97) -- Boston College has named Eugene B. DeFilippo, Jr., currently director of athletics at Villanova University, to the position of athletic director at the Heights, effective in early October, Boston College President William P. Leahy, SJ, announced today.

DeFilippo, 47, will succeed former BC Athletic Director Chet Gladchuk, who was named athletic director at the University of Houston in July.

As both a top-level administrator and former Division I football coach, DeFilippo brings to Boston College a wide range of experience on and off the field. Since 1993, he has served as director of athletics at Villanova, where he was named to the NCAA Division I Management Council. Previously, he held positions as associate athletics director for external affairs at the University of Kentucky, director of athletics at the University of South Carolina at Spartanburg and director of athletics administrative services at Vanderbilt University. He was offensive backfield coach at Vanderbilt in the early 1980s, and, previously, offensive coordinator at Youngstown State University and graduate assistant football coach at the University of Tennessee.

A 1973 graduate of Springfield College with a bachelor of science degree, DeFilippo earned three varsity letters in football during his undergraduate career and graduated cum laude. He received a master's degree in educational administration, also with honors, from the University of Tennessee in 1974.

At Boston College, DeFilippo will be responsible for the administration and management of a broad-based athletic program committed to the pursuit of excellence in both intercollegiate competition and academic achievement. The Boston College program is comprised of 750 student-athletes participating in 33 men's and women's varsity sports, all of which compete at the NCAA Division I level, in addition to a wide variety of intramural, recreational and club sports. Boston College also is a member of the Big East Conference and Hockey East.

At Villanova, DeFilippo has been responsible for the overall operation of the athletic department, including management of its budget, 25 varsity sports, personnel, facilities, fundraising, marketing, promotions, licensing, public relations, and broadcasting, among other areas. Athletic distinctions for Villanova during his tenure included the 1997 Men's Big East Regular Season Basketball Championship; 1995 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament Title; 1994 NIT Men's Basketball Championship; two NCAA championships for women's cross country; and the NCAA Woman of the Year Award, among others. In addition to the NCAA Division I Management Council, DeFilippo was named to the NCAA Nominating Committee, the NCAA Special Committee on Marketing, Promotions and Licensing, and the executive board of the Philadelphia Sports Congress.

DeFilippo brought Villanova radio, television and licensing rights under athletic department control, which, along with his establishment of a new corporate sponsorship program, increased athletic department revenue. The Villanova University Capital and Athletic Endowment also increased substantially during his tenure. Additionally, he established a capital project facility and improvement plan for the upgrading and major renovation of several athletic department facilities; devised a five-year plan for gender equity to achieve proportional balance within the athletic program by the 1998 school year; and developed and implemented several new programs designed to improve services to the student athlete, including the creation of a student-athlete advisory committee, the establishment of a program to enhance post-graduation student-athlete job placements, and the development of the Villanova PAWS Program - Providing Athletes With Support - which provides academic and other resources for student-athletes.

During his tenure, Villanova student-athlete scholastic averages rose to 2.90/4.0 overall during the 1996-97 academic year, a student-athlete was named a Rhodes Scholar, and more than 200 Villanova student-athletes were named to the Big East Conference Academic All-Star Team.

Prior to his service at Villanova, DeFilippo was associate athletics director for external affairs at University of Kentucky from 1987-1993. In that time, annual private donations to the athletics department increased substantially. He also raised funds to build a new basketball training facility, coordinated development of the largest collegiate radio network in the country, and led the university's licensing program to a top-10 position nationally.

Previously, DeFilippo had served as director of athletics at University of South Carolina at Spartanburg from 1984-1987 and as director of administrative services for Vanderbilt University Athletics in 1983-1984. His coaching experience includes two years as offensive backfield coach at Vanderbilt University (1980-1982), which included the 1982 Hall of Fame Bowl. From 1975-1979, he was offensive coordinator at Youngstown State University, during which time the team won two consecutive Mid-Continent Conference Championships, 1978-1979. In 1973-74, he was graduate assistant football coach for the University of Tennessee (ranked in the top 10 in 1973), coaching in the 1973 Gator Bowl and 1974 Liberty Bowl.

DeFilippo and his wife, Anne, are the parents of three children.

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