The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

Local News

August 21, 2013

Pergolizzi to leave post as Tech athletic director

— WVU Tech athletics director Frank Pergolizzi will leave the school at the end of September for a similar position at Husson (Maine) University.

Husson, an NCAA Division III university located in Bangor, Maine, announced Pergolizzi’s hiring on its website Wednesday.

“Frank is a leader and motivator whose dedication to excellence brings new energy and excitement to our athletic programs,” Dr. Robert Clark, CFA, Husson University president, said on “His commitment to the ideals of the ‘student athlete’ extends both on and off the field. Frank is devoted to ensuring that undergraduates involved in athletic competition take their studies seriously.”

“I want to thank Dr. Clark and the search committee for allowing me this tremendous opportunity. I’m very impressed with the outstanding program at Husson and the excellent coaches and staff that serve Eagle student-athletes,” Pergolizzi said on “I look forward to working with them to continue to build a culture of excellence both on and off the playing fields.

“The goal is for student-athletes to have great success, both athletically and academically.”

Pergolizzi, a 56-year-old Brooklyn, N.Y. native who was hired at Tech in 2009, said the move is a personal one. He explained via phone Wednesday that his first teaching and coaching job was in Maine and that he and his wife of 27 years, Mary, have spent “quite a bit of time” there over the years and really enjoy the state. Moving to Maine and accepting the challenge at Husson offers a good opportunity for them “to do something we wanted to do.” “It’s much more about my wife’s and my lives,” he stressed.

Departing Montgomery won’t be easy, Pergolizzi added.

“There are always more things you (wish you) could do, but there isn’t any frustration (with Tech),” he said. “I feel like we’ve made a lot of progress. I’ve loved my time at Tech, and I’ve loved working for Mrs. Long (WVU Tech campus executive officer Carolyn). We had a great group of people to work with.

“It’s going to be a sad time the day I walk out the door (at Tech) for the final time.”

In a conversation last week, Pergolizzi expressed pride in the success — both academically and athletically — achieved by Golden Bear sports teams over the past few seasons. He feels the school is poised for another successful year overall.

At Husson, which has “very nice facilities,” he will oversee a department that guides about 450 student-athletes in 18 sports.

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