SJU Names Track After Longtime Coach Kevin Quinn ’62
The track encircling Sweeney Field at Saint Joseph’s was officially named for Kevin Quinn ’62, the longtime track and field coach, in a dedication held on Saturday, Sept. 23 in conjunction with HawkFest.
Quinn spent a combined 49 years as head coach between the SJU men’s and women’s track and field and cross country programs. He served as the head coach of the men’s cross country and track teams for 22 years between 1966 and 1988 and added the women’s track and field and cross country programs to his head coaching duties in 1985. Quinn completed his 30th season with the women’s program before announcing his retirement in 2015.
An outstanding athlete in his own right, Quinn once held SJU records in the mile and two-mile runs and was the first American to cross the finish line of the 1961 IC4A Cross Country Championships, earning third overall. The SJU Athletics and Track Hall of Famer is a two-time MAC cross country individual champion, a two-time MAC mile champion and record holder, and a two-time NCAA qualifier in the mile. After graduating from Saint Joseph’s, Quinn won the famed Berwick Marathon in 1962.
Don DiJulia ’67 to Retire as Athletic Director
Don DiJulia ’67 has announced that he will retire from his role as Saint Joseph’s vice president and director of athletics at the end of the current academic year. DiJulia will remain with the University as necessary to ensure a smooth transition for his successor. The 2017-18 academic year marks DiJulia’s 50th in college athletics, and his 35th as Saint Joseph’s athletic director over two terms, 1976-81 and 1988 to the present.
“Don models and represents all that is good in college athletics,” says University President Mark C. Reed, Ed.D. “He leads a highly visible and immensely complex area with professionalism, passion and, above all, integrity, capturing the admiration of coaches, athletes, peers and fans.”
Field Hockey Player Earns Acclaim
Field hockey forward Anna Willocks ’19, a Palmerston North, New Zealand, native, was named a Second Team All-America honoree by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association in December 2016. She is the third student-athlete in program history to receive All-America accolades.
Catcher Stafford Selected in Major League Baseball Draft
Saint Joseph’s junior catcher Deon Stafford Jr., a native of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was selected in the fifth round of the 2017 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. The Pittsburgh Pirates chose Stafford with the 148th overall selection. He is the 26th Hawk to be drafted by a Major League club, the sixth to be selected during manager Fritz Hamburg’s tenure, and Saint Joseph’s highest draft selection since John DelMonte ’79 was picked in the fourth round in 1979.
SJU Teams Earn Academic Recognition from NCAA
Seven athletic teams earned Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA, based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR), for posting scores in the top 10 percent of their sport. The SJU teams are: men’s cross country, men’s track, women’s cross country, women’s lacrosse, women’s soccer, women’s tennis and women’s track. The APR measures eligibility, graduation and retention each term.