Holy Cross High School is pleased to announce the hiring of Michael Giampetruzzi, '95 as its new Athletic Director. Well-known and respected in the Holy Cross Community, Mike will begin in the role effective July 1, 2020. He will take over for Mr. Jerry Ciarleglio '72, Crusader Hall of Honor member, who is retiring at the end of this academic year after an amazingly impactful tenure as Athletic Director.
I am extremely excited about the opportunity to lead the Holy Cross High School athletic program," said Mr. Giampetruzzi. "Throughout my experience at Holy Cross as a student, a coach, and a teacher, I have had the opportunity to learn and thrive from great leaders. They have supported me along the way and taught me the true meaning of being a Holy Cross Crusader. I look forward to working with all stakeholders to fulfill the mission of Holy Cross through athletics."
"I am thrilled to have Mike take on this important role at Holy Cross High School" said Dr. Thomas C. Pellegrino, President of Holy Cross. "He brings a wealth of experience, passion, and commitment to this role. Conducting a search to replace someone like Jerry Ciarleglio was no easy task, but Mike presented all the things we would look for in an Athletic Director - a student-centered teacher and coach with years of experience in high school athletics, and a deep understanding of the interplay between athletic performance and the overall development of the heart and mind which is central to our mission at Holy Cross. Jerry Ciarleglio leaves behind an incredible legacy and enormous shoes to fill. Mike is well-positioned to take on this role. His vision and expertise will shape our athletic program and community for years to come."
More so now than ever before, the position of Athletic Director is one of the most important leadership roles in a high school," said Tommy Pompei, Principal. "Athletic programs tend to be tone-setters for school spirit and are often the public face of a school's culture and climate. I've known Mike since we were little kids in Blessed Sacrament together, so I know exactly what we're getting as a program and as a school. Mike is a father, a husband, and a son first and foremost but his Holy Cross family isn't far behind in his love and loyalty. He is a teacher in every aspect of the word, and understands, respects, and embodies all that is good about interscholastic athletics. He is as tough as they come but carries himself like a gentleman at all times who always has the best interests of our student-athletes in mind."
"Mike is a great choice as Holy Cross' next tAthletic Director," said Kevin McSherry '75, Board Chair. "Our Athletic program will be ready to take on the new challenges in an ever-changing environment with Mike's outstanding leadership skills. His predecessors, Jerry Ciarleglio, Jim Cunningham and Br. John R. Paige. C.S.C. created high standards and a great tradition at Holy Cross for its student-athletes . By passing the baton to Mike, Holy Cross has insured that its high standards and great traditions shall continue. On behalf of the Board of Directors of Holy Cross High School, I I wish Mike all the best and much success in his new role."
Mr. Giampetruzzi earned his B.S. in Psychology from Central Connecticut State University and his Master's in Health Education from Southern Connecticut State University. He has served Holy Cross in a variety of roles, most recently as its Dean of Students. He has successfully guided the Holy Cross Football team as its head coach through many successful campaigns, including several championships.