January 15, 2005
Dr. Antoinette Iadarola
President, Cabrini College
Dear Dr. Iadarola:
We are writing this letter to you to let you know of our great disappointment in
the firing of John Dzik as Men’s Basketball Coach for Cabrini College.
Our son, Timothy Anderlonis, is a 2000 graduate of Cabrini College. During Tim’s
time at Cabrini he was one of the outstanding student athletes, an honor
student and member of the men’s varsity basketball team from his freshman
through his senior year. Tim was always a good student and athlete but during
his 4 years at Cabrini, we certainly feel his life, and ours was touched deeply
by Coach Dzik. Tim learned so much from Coach Dzik, leadership was among the
John Dzik was not just a coach to Tim but a wonderful friend as well. A
friendship developed over those 4 years that still exists today, not only for
Tim but for us as well. We would never hesitate to call John if we needed
anything, especially if it were related to Tim.
Tim was commissioned as a 1st Lieutenant in the USMC during his junior and
senior year at Cabrini. Coach Dzik was behind him all the way as he began his
transition to the military life. When Tim received his orders that sent him to
Iraq in January 2003, just prior to Operation Iraqi Freedom, he was stationed
in San Diego. Two days before he left, he called John to talk to him to get
that forever encouragement he always got from Coach Dzik. How many solders call
their college basketball coach before leaving on such a frightening adventure?
It only made sense to me when I heard about it. Coach Dzik contacted us many
times while Tim was away to assure us that he and Sue were always mindful of
Tim’s situation and offered much support to our family. And who was right there
when we had Tim’s welcome home party….of course, John and Sue and the whole
We are sending this letter to you to let you know that we feel you have done
Cabrini College a great disservice by getting rid of the man that has made
Cabrini his life. Just the name John Dzik is synonymous with Cabrini…one can
hardly say one without saying the other. Hundreds, maybe thousands of lives
have been touched by John and you are preventing the lives of many others from
being influenced by him.
We are behind Coach John Dzik, the man, the friend, wherever he goes and
whatever his choices are in the future. It would certainly be in your best
interest to “Bring Back John Dzik”.
Tom and Marge Anderlonis
Copy: Ms. Robin Moll, Cabrini College VP for Institutional Advancement The
Loquitur Terry Toohey, Delaware County Times Mike Jensen, Philadelphia Daily
News Mike Kern, Philadelphia Daily News Chris Blackman, NBC 10 News Director
Dave Parker, NBC 10 Assistant News Director