I am a Cabrini Alum and former soccer player. I have always
spoken very admirably about the students, staff, and administration
of Cabrini. I brag all the time of the incredible memories and am
one of the schools biggest promoters. I came to Cabrini on a soccer
scholarship in the fall of 1980 which was also John's first year.
Although I did not play basketball, (although Coach often asked me
to), I was lucky enough to befriend some of the finest student
athletes that I ever could have imagined. I was also lucky enough to
stand next to a man and watch him take a very mediocre NAIA athletic
program at best, and turn it into a NCAA powerhouse.
John Dzik saved lives at Cabrini. I watched him work with some
struggling young athletes to keep them on the straight and narrow
path through athletics and his excellent mentoring abilities. John
was proud of his student athletes and they were proud to be a part
of "his program". John believed in his kids. And because of John,
countless student athletes became respected pillars of the community
and give that passion back through their own work.
Cabrini has exploded over the years. You are kidding yourself if
for an instant you feel that John Dzik has not been an integral part
of that explosive growth and success. John put this school on the
map. Whatever the issues are, you need to resolve them, and you need
to resolve them quickly enough so that no further damage is done.
Fix the problem and put John back on the court where he belongs.
Also copied on this email is Philadelphia Inquirer local sports
writer, Ira Josephs. My media contacts are deep. Ira is the
beginning. Let's not make a huge spectacle of this. There is still
time for this institution to save face and keep the support of the
Alumni. But that time is fading.
Thanks for your time.
Class of 1984
National News & Features Editor