Napolillo, architect of fundraising for PC athletics, takes the reins of AD for Friars | local sports


PROVIDENCE – “Nappy” assumes the reign of the Brothers.

The public face of the $75 million capital campaign at Providence College, Steve Napolillo has been named athletic director of the Brothers, succeeding Bob Driscoll, who is retiring at the end of the semester.

“Father (Kenneth) Sicard (the chairman of PC) has made the perfect choice for the next head of our athletic department,” Driscoll said. “A lot of what we were able to accomplish during my time in Providence is due to Steve’s hard work and dedication.

“He has been instrumental in shaping our student-centric vision for athletics. He brings an overwhelming amount of knowledge and experience to this position.

Napolillo shook hands with everyone at Friartown, playing a major role in securing more than $75 million in donations while supporting strategic decision-making for additional capital projects on campus. These include the refurbishment of the Schneider Arena and Alumni Hall, the new Anderson Stadium Football and Lacrosse Complex, the Ray Treacy Athletics Complex.

Napolillo worked closely with major gift donors as lead counsel in securing a $10 million grant for the $30 million renovation of the Ruane Friar Development Center.

The Friars Forever Athletic Fund, which was created to support 19 teams, was developed and managed by Napolillo. He oversaw PC’s marketing, ticketing and sports development office for the past decade, during which time sales doubled to over $5.3 million in ticket sales revenue.

“His love for Providence College and his ability to foster and build relationships has been one of the main reasons our athletic department has been so successful,” said PC men’s basketball coach Ed Cooley. . “I believe he will continue to grow and provide the leadership and vision to help our student-athletes become great future Brothers.”

A PC graduate in 1998 with a master’s degree from Georgetown University’s sports management program, Napolillo is also a product of the Pawtucket Red Sox.

Prior to his 11-year relationship with PC, Napolillo was director of merchandising and corporate sales and a member of the Pawtucket Red Sox advisory board.

“Such continuity of leadership allows for a seamless transition that ensures the continued success we have enjoyed under Bob (Driscoll)’s leadership and encourages new opportunities,” said Reverend Fr. Kenneth Sicard, PC President said. “I have every confidence that Steve will oversee the PC sports program with integrity, commitment and a genuine passion for excellence.”

According to CP men’s hockey coach Nate Leaman, “Steve is the right person to lead CP athletics. No one is more passionate than Steve. His work ethic and vision will allow him to build us and lead us into the future. It is an integral part of our championship culture.

Napolillo began his career at PC in 2004 as Deputy Director of Sports Relations. In time, he became Director of Athletic Development, then Associate Athletic Director for External Relations and Senior Associate Athletic Director/Assistant Vice President for External Relations. He has also served as the administrator of men’s basketball for the past three seasons.

“I’m grateful, humbled and excited,” Napolillo said. “I would be remiss if I did not appreciate my colleagues, coaches, season ticket holders, donors, fans, alumni, friends and family who have supported me throughout my career.

“I look forward to building on an incredible legacy that has been created over the past 21 years under Bob Driscoll. He has been a mentor, friend and father figure. Providence Athletics will always be a student-centered department that provides our student-athletes the best experience in the classroom and on the playing field.

“Providence College is a special place and I look forward to working with so many talented people to compete for championships and reach new heights in Friartown.”

Peter Gobis can be reached at 508-236-0375

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