January 13, 2005
610 King of Prussia Rd.
Radnor, PA 19087-3698
To Whom It May Concern:
It is time to ask why! John Dzik and his wife Sue have been good friends of ours
for many years. We attended the same high school, though our relationship did
not grow until their son Michael played on a basketball team I was coaching in
early 1980. During this time I was also coaching local high school girlís
basketball. John extended an invitation to my teams and their families to
attend Cabrini College ladies and menís basketball games. It has been over
twenty years since that Saturday in Old Sacred Heart Hall Gym. Many of those
young players and their parents have now walked through your doors as fans and
graduates of Cabrini College. The parents and their sons and daughters were so
impressed by the interest and passion John expressed talking about Cabrini
College. Our children brought their friends to the games their friends brought
their families and we became part of the ďCabrini familyĒ. I found myself
riding with John to meet with the parents and students he would recruit for
Cabrini College. Listing to John talk about Cabrini College with such
compassion and commitment made it easy to understand why many of the young
people recruited by John committed to Cabrini College. We watched as John
followed his student athletes through Cabrini, always there to listen if
needed, making sure the his players kept their grades up even taking students
into his home if they needed a place to stay. John was proud to be part of
Cabrini, as friends we were privileged to share in that pride.
In 1995 when our daughter graduated from Cabrini College my family felt we
became a true part of the Cabrini family. In 2003 we celebrated again when our
daughter- in law (from Pittsburgh) chose Cabrini College to obtain her Masters
in Education. We have celebrated with nine other graduates of Cabrini College
that where former players and friends. We were strong ambassadors to the
programs and activities at Cabrini College. We watched John take his teams to
the NCAA playoffs, we watched as he worked to create the PAC, a conference
others said would never be competitive. John proved them wrong!!! We watched as
Cabriniís population became more diverse (something John also worked on as he
recruited.) As the basketball program grew John often talked of having a bigger
facility, one that could properly host a NCAA playoff. For years John continued
to build the athletic program at Cabrini (first as Admissions Director, later
as AD). John hired good coaches, started new programs (like a golf team,
womenís soccer, tennis, etc.) attracting student athletes, taking athletics at
Cabrini to a higher level at the same time earning respect from the athletic
and academic communities.
When I learned of Johnís resigning as Director of Athletics at Cabrini College
it again showed me his extraordinary love, dedication and sacrifice for the
betterment of Cabrini College. John Dzik stepped aside to allow Leslie Danehy
the opportunity to become the Director of Athletics while securing the future
of athletics and the nurturing of the athletic programs as he observed from his
newly appointed position created by Toni Iadarola.
Toni Iadarolaís handling of this matter should be taken as a warning to any
employee who thinks they are a committed and loyal employee of this
institution! The manner in which Cabrini College and Toni Iadarola have chosen
to remove John Dzik is a true EMBARASSMENT to Cabrini College and to the
principles of this College!!!
Our family thinks it is time to ask WHY!
Why after twenty - five years of coaching (Cabrini College Basketball) was John
asked to use his vacation when his duties took him of campus? ∑ Why would his
contract not be renewed?
Why after twenty-five years of serving Cabrini College is John Dzik being asked
to leave? ∑ Why has Toni Iadarola made herself unavailable to address questions
in regard to this embarrassing situation?
Why would Cabrini College remove one of its most dedicated employees before his
500th career win?
Why would Cabrini remove John Dzik before it celebrates its 50th Anniversary?
John Dzik bleeds Cabrini blue, his heart and soul is Cabrini College, and he is
one of her cornerstones! We have seen first hand the blood, sweat and tears he
has put into helping to build this school, but most importantly we have seen
his pride and commitment!
This can only have a negative impact on Cabriniís future, its recruited student
athletes and itís athletic programs.
I am hereby formally requesting you remove our names and phone number and any
other contact information from you office on March 18, 2005.
Ron (Ralph) and Lin Roam
CC: Robin Moll Dr. Joseph Romano Dr. James Hedtke Keepjohndzik.com Terry Toohey,
Delaware County Times