NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Atlantic 10 Conference Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade announced today the establishment of the Atlantic 10 Conference Don DiJulia Athletic Director Internship, in honor and recognition of Saint Joseph’s University athletic director Don DiJulia, who will retire this spring after 35 years at the helm at his alma mater.
DiJulia is celebrating his 50th year in college athletics this year, highlighted by his long tenure at SJU, that includes serving as director of athletics from 1976-1984 and from 1988 to the present. The internship will be awarded annually to a candidate aspiring to become an athletic director, who will serve a 10-month apprenticeship for the Atlantic 10 Conference. Included will be an opportunity for the intern to spend time on the campus of an A-10 member institution, shadowing the current athletic director and senior staff during both the fall and spring semesters. A perpetual plaque will be placed in the A-10 office, recognizing the annual Atlantic 10 Conference Don DiJulia Athletic Director interns.
“On behalf of the Council of Presidents, the Directors of Athletics, the Senior Women’s Administrators, Faculty Athletic Representatives and our conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee members, I salute Don on his exceptional career in athletics,” states McGlade. “This decision was applauded and supported by each of the members of the A-10 governance groups mentioned above. The legacy of Don DiJulia will carry on now for the future leaders of our profession through the establishment of this prestigious award.”
A 1967 graduate of Saint Joseph’s and member of the Hawk baseball and basketball teams as an undergraduate, DiJulia has worn many hats. His career began in coaching, with a one-year stint as assistant baseball coach for the Hawks in 1968. He then went on to assistant basketball coaching positions at Fairfield University, George Washington University and American University. DiJulia left Saint Joseph’s in 1981 to become commissioner of the East Coast Conference, a position he held for two years before taking the commissioner's job at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference from 1984 to 1988.
“Don models and represents all that is good in college athletics,” says Saint Joseph’s University President Mark C. Reed, Ed.D. “Don’s legacy is etched on the University’s playing fields and courts and in the hearts of the Hawks he’s led.”
DiJulia was honored at the 2009 NACDA Convention with the Gary Cunningham Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association (DI-AAA ADA), which is the highest award given by the organization. In 2005, he was chosen as the Northeast Regional Division I-AAA Athletic Director of the Year.
“Don has dedicated his career to student-athletes and taught so many of us in the business how to serve as an Athletic Director with class and integrity. Saint Joseph’s became and remains a nationally-relevant program because of Don’s selfless leadership,” remarks Ed McLaughlin, chair of the league’s athletic directors, and Director of Athletics at VCU.
Candidates who are interested in pursuing a career in athletic leadership or as an athletic director will be encouraged to apply each year to the conference office for the 10-month internship. Candidates will be required to complete an application and a 250-500 word essay on why they want to pursue a career as an athletic director. Applications will be accepted from March 1 – April 15, with selection no later than May 15. For more information, go to www.atlantic10.org.