July 1, 2008
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Duquesne University President Dr. Charles Dougherty announced today that Director of Athletics Greg Amodio has signed a five-year contract extension. The extension will keep Amodio at Duquesne through the 2013-14 academic year.
"The University is pleased to extend Greg Amodio's contract as Director of Athletics," said Dougherty. "Greg has brought a new level of professionalism to our athletic programs, reached out effectively to our alums, and placed renewed emphasis on academic support for our student-athletes. The recent successful review of our entire program by the NCAA is independent confirmation of the effectiveness of Greg's leadership."
Amodio, 46, was hired to lead Duquesne's 20-team department on August 4, 2005. He came to DU after a 10-year stay at Xavier University in Cincinnati.
"The majority of what we have been able to accomplish as an athletic department is due in large part to the support and commitment of Dr. Dougherty and the Board of Directors," said Amodio who will begin his fourth year at Duquesne in August.
"I have been fortunate to work with a great staff and group of coaches who are committed to athletic and academic success. I look forward to helping Duquesne meet the challenges that lie ahead."
Under Amodio's dynamic leadership, Duquesne's athletics department has experienced unprecedented growth including the completion of a $2 million renovation of the Palumbo Center and an extensive upgrade of Rooney Field which is on schedule to be finished late this summer.
On the personnel front, Amodio's tenure has been highlighted by the hiring of men's basketball coach Ron Everhart and women's basketball coach Suzie McConnell-Serio. Everhart guided the Dukes to their first winning season in 14 years in 2007-08 and McConnell-Serio saw the women's team improve from seven to 15 wins in her first season. In addition, Amodio has added full-time assistant coaches for six other sports.
The Long Island, N.Y. native aggressively pursued the establishment of an athletics marketing and promotions department and reached a comprehensive department-wide apparel agreement with adidas last fall. The department of athletics has also established media partnerships with both Fox Sports Net Pittsburgh and Clear Channel-Pittsburgh under Amodio's watch. Amodio has also reshaped the look of the department with the introduction of a contemporary athletics logo in the summer of 2006.
In January 2007, Amodio spearheaded Duquesne's move to the Northeast Conference as an associate member in football. The move to the NEC coincided with the granting of 18 scholarships with that number increasing by two over each of the next three years. In addition, both the women's soccer and lacrosse teams have seen their available scholarship numbers increase.
This spring, Amodio oversaw the recertification of the athletic department by the NCAA.
In the classroom, Duquesne's athletics teams have posted a cumulative grade point average of better than 3.0 over the past three years, with over one-third of all student-athletes achieving a GPA of 3.5 or higher.
Amodio is currently representing Duquesne on three Atlantic 10 Conference committees: the conference standards committee, the television committee and basketball scheduling committee.