Making the announcement, University President William P. Leahy, SJ, said, "Gene DeFilippo has had a tremendous impact at Boston College, not only on our athletics program, but also among our alumni and friends. He is committed to excellence in both athletics and academics, and I look forward to working with him in the years ahead."
DeFilippo expressed gratitude to Fr. Leahy for the extension.
"My heart is at Boston College," said DeFilippo. "The only job I want is the one I already have, and I am thrilled that Fr. Leahy has shown his confidence in me by extending my contract. After several moves during my career as a football coach and athletics administrator, my family and I have made Boston our home. Anne and I love it here, as do our children. From day one, we have been received with open arms by everyone in the Boston College community, and we are now Eagles."
DeFilippo is credited with spearheading efforts to strengthen BC's athletic programs in a number of areas. Under his leadership, 371 student-athletes at Boston College maintained a grade point average of 3.0 or better during the 2001-02 academic year, earning the Athletic Director's Award for Academic Excellence. Last year, US News recognized Boston College as one of the top 20 athletic departments in the country.
In addition, DeFilippo has overseen major enhancements of BC's athletics facilities including new football practice facilities, lighting, scoreboards and other improvements at Shea Field, and renovations to Conte Forum, including a new sound system, floor and video boards. He is also credited with adding two new soccer fields to the Newton Campus, the installation of a new artificial surface in Alumni Stadium, and an air-inflated bubble to cover the stadium turf to provide an indoor practice facility for all sports during the winter months.
Gifts to the Athletics Association's fundraising arm, the William Flynn Fund, formerly Blue Chips, also rose to a record-setting $6.9 million in 2001-2002, a 120 percent increase from cash received in 1998.
"I cherish the fact that I am able to lead a nationally competitive athletics program at an institution that holds fast to the ideals of faith that I share," said DeFilippo. "When I came here in 1997, I made a commitment to Fr. Leahy, our student-athletes, coaches and staff that we would strive to accomplish four goals: to operate a program in total compliance with all conference and NCAA rules and regulations; to field competitive teams; to keep our student-athletes at the heart of our program, and to exhibit recognizable class in all that we do.
"We have many more goals to accomplish, and I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to lead a terrific staff in the pursuit of those goals in the years to come."
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