610 King of Prussia Road
Radnor, PA 19807
February 21, 2005
Dear Dr. Iadarola,
I am disheartened to be writing this letter regarding your
unceremonious dismissal of menís basketball coach John Dzik. I am a
1999 graduate of the College and had the distinct pleasure of
spending my four-year tenure at Cabrini working for Coach Dzik as a
manager of the menís and womenís basketball teams. The relationship
I had with Coach Dzik may not have been as personal as those he held
with his athletes, but the impression he made on my life is
During my time at Cabrini, I was given an opportunity to learn
from a man who exemplified the core values that Cabrini claims to
stand for: respect, community, vision, and dedication to excellence.
John Dzik taught his athletes both respect for themselves as well as
others. He was an integral part of the campus community, a man who
organized a benefit for a former employee who was suffering from a
terminal illness. His vision helped to bring about the construction
of the state of the art sports building that you so proudly tout to
prospective students. And his dedication to excellence is so well
known that you yourself have written of his success in your
responses to letters such as this. And those are only the successes
heís attained on the court. Let us not forget the successes of the
athletes and students, myself included, who have become better
people for having known this man.
Yet, your administration claims that John Dzik does not fit the
school or the athletic departmentís ďagendaĒ for the future? If this
is true, I shudder to think what kind of agenda is in store for both
the College and its athletics department. Once a proud alumnus of
Cabrini, I am ashamed to be associated with a college that would
treat a loyal member of its staff in such a manner.
With this in mind, I would like to ask the College to remove my
name from all mailings and solicitations immediately. And I wish you
a better outcome than Coach Dzik has received when your contract
comes to a close.
Kelly A. Gallagher, M.Ed.
Class of 1999