To the College:
I just found out that President Iadarola has plans to fire Coach
John Dzik after this coming Basketball Season. I want to let you
know Coach Dzik has done a tremendous job for Cabrini over the
years. Has helped the college grow and has made a great name for
Cabrini. Believe it or not college is not just about academics. As
an alumnus of the college I take great pride in our sports teams and
our college. I played sports there and managed many of the teams
there. I know it is a power play between athletics and academics.
Ultimately Dr. Iadarola will most likely have her way. The college
has stifled the ability of all the Athletic teams to be ultra
competitive within Division III athletics. Most people think of
college for their sports team. Unfortunately, most school
administrators think that academics IS the only thing that makes a
name for their college. But John Dzik has done a tremendous job in
helping student athletes become better human beings. I’ve never
heard that our athletic programs have ever violated any NCAA laws. A
lot of that credit should be given to John Dzik.
I believe this is what is on your website for the basketball team
and Coach Dzik:
"Cabrini's men's basketball program is one of the
most winningest programs in terms of winning percentage in the
history of NCAA basketball. Entering the 2003-04 season, the
Cavaliers were the second-winningest program in all of Division
III. Under the guidance of head coach John Dzik, Cabrini has
captured 15 Conference Championships in the past 24 years and made
seven trips to the NCAA Tournament and 11 post-season appearances
overall. In the 12-year history of the Pennsylvania Athletic
Conference (PAC), Cabrini has won eight Conference Championships,
the last one coming in 2002, when the Cavs advanced to the
Division III Sweet Sixteen for the first time in the program's
"Dzik was inducted into the Philadelphia Small
College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000."
I'm sure the college is aware of this.
AND YOU WANT TO FIRE THIS MAN. SHAME, SHAME, SHAME ON YOU
PRESIDENT IADAROLA. YOU DON'T DISCUSS PERSONNEL MATTERS. We all
appreciate that. BUT YOU ARE MAKING IT PERSONAL FOR THE HUNDREDS OF
PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEEN EDUCATED AND DEVELOPED BY COACH JOHN DZIK.
Unfortunately because Dr. ‘I’ wants just ‘yes’ people around her
she is making a mistake. Leaders accept differences and work with
those differences. But it seems that college doesn’t want that.
I had (the operative word being ‘had’) a goal of someday being
able to give the college a lot of money. I wanted to get my name on
a building at Cabrini. However because of the colleges actions. I
will no longer feel comfortable giving any more money to a college
that would fire a man such as John Dzik.
Michael A. Fallon '87