Aug. 1, 2012
PHILADELPHIA - Don DiJulia has been promoted to Vice President for Athletics/Athletic Director at Saint Joseph's University, it was announced today by Senior Vice President John W. Smithson. DiJulia has served as Associate Vice President/Athletic Director at his alma mater for the past 24 years, and a total of 33 years, counting a stint as Athletic Director from 1976 to 1981.
Since his return to Saint Joseph's in 1988, DiJulia has overseen tremendous growth in both intercollegiate and recreational athletics. During this time, the University has added numerous varsity programs, an array of new facilities including several on the Maguire Campus, and dedicated the Hagan Arena/Ramsay Basketball Center complex in 2009. Under his guidance, SJU has boasted one of the highest student-athlete graduation rates in Division I.
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.
He has spearheaded the hosting of various conference and national tournaments by SJU, including the the 2009 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship First and Second Rounds and the 2000 NCAA Women's Basketball Final Four.
DiJulia is extremely involved in the intercollegiate athletic community, and currently serves on the Atlantic 10 Television and Officiating Committee, the Dad Vail Regatta Board, The Institute for Sport/Spirituality and Character Board, and the Philadelphia CYO Board.
A 1967 graduate of Saint Joseph's and a two-sport athlete as an undergraduate in baseball and basketball, DiJulia was a member of the 1964-65 Hawk basketball team which compiled a 26-1 regular season record and a top 10 national ranking under head coach Dr. Jack Ramsay.
In 2005, DiJulia was inducted into the Hall of Fame for his alma mater, St. James High School, and in 2007, he was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame Delaware County Chapter.