WHY WE ARE DOING THIS
This site was created for two reasons
- first, to get the message out on why John Dzik will no longer
be the head coach of Cabrini College's men's basketball program
following the conclusion of the 2004-2005 season, his 25th year
in that position; and second, to get his contract renewed along
with a public apology for making him and his family endure this
ordeal in the first place (see Mission Statement).
The need for this site became evident
immediately after concerns voiced to College officials over
the decision were met with patronizing tones and explanations.
It appeared as if the College was downplaying the amount of
people who have contacted them in disagreement with their decision.
This site is to serve notice that there are more than a handful
of people (over 400 as of February 19, 2005) who feel that the
decision to not allow Dzik remain as coach and the way that
decision was carried out by the Cabrini Administration was a
slap in the face to the CORE values the school preaches.
In no way is this site, or our efforts,
designed to destroy Cabrini College. Our goal is to expose the
College's Administration and it's treatment of its long-time
employees as well as its straying from the College's CORE values
Dzik's impact on his players, student-athletes
and the entire Cabrini College community is undisputed. He has
faithfully served the mission of Mother Cabrini and the Missionary
Sisters of the Sacred Heart, living the "education of the
heart" that the College markets to attract new students.
His coaching resume is as long as
it is impressive. As of February 19, 2005, his teams have won
482 games, while dropping only 215 contests. He has led Cabrini
to 15 conference titles - including 8 Pennsylvania Athletic
Conference banners; 11 national tournament appearances - including
7 NCAA Division III Tournament bids; and has won 5 Coach of
the Year awards. While his teams continue to win (only one losing
season, which occured 12 years ago), his players continue graduate
with over 90 percent of them leaving Cabrini with college degrees.
When Dzik came to Cabrini in 1980,
he was also named Director of Athletics, initiating and overseeing
the College's changeover from an NAIA school to an NCAA institution,
as well as adding numerous sports that have excelled at the
Division III level including men's and women's lacrosse. Athletics
was not all Dzik was involved in at Cabrini, as he also served
as the College's director of admissions for short time in the
early 1980s. In addition, Dzik has also served as a student
advisor for many student groups including the Student Government
Association, help found Cabrini Day which celebrates the College's
fouding principles and could be seen at what appears like every
athletic event as well as other activities occuring on campus.
In 2004, Dzik along with his wife Suzie were named honorary
alumnus for all that they have given to the Cabrini community.
In this day and age of scandal, cover-up
and immoral behavior in collegiate athletics, Dzik has been
a shining example of what is right in college sports. He has
been a role model, ambassador and mentor to so many people.
Arguably, he has been to Cabrini College what Joe Paterno has
been to Penn State University.
The Timeline - what you should know
to have an informed opinion ...
In July of 2003 Dzik was asked to
step down as Cabrini College's Director of Athletics by President
Antoinette Iadarola in order to make room for Dzik's six-year
assistant Leslie Danehy. Dzik graciously stepped down as AD
so that the College would not lose such a bright light and talented
administrator. In return, the President created a brand-new
position for Dzik - special assistant to the president for athletic
advancement in the institutional advancement office.
In his new role in the IA office,
Dzik's new duties would include fundraising, facilities development,
beginning an athletic hall of fame as well as an athletic boosters
club. In addition, he would continue to coach the men's basketball
Seventeen months later, the show
fell as Dzik received a memo from the Vice President of Institutional
Advancement Robin Moll stating that he would be required to
take personal or vacation time whenever his coaching obligations
took him out of the IA office. This was not agreement that the
President made with him. In fact, when Dzik was Director of
Athletics, he never had to take personal or vacation time to
coach the men's basketball team.
Dzik decided that he was not willing
to take vacation or personal time in order to coach the basketball
team and resigned his position in IA with understanding that
he would remain as head coach of the men's basketball program.
Several weeks later he was notified
by the Vice President of Student Development Christine Lysionek
(and not the Athletic Director Leslie Danehy) that his contract
would not be renewed at the conclusion of the current season.
When Dzik asked why, Lysionek told
him he was too angry to continue with the College to remain.
This of course begs the question that if Lysionek felt Dzik
was too angry to coach next season, why would she allow him
to remain for the remainder of this season?
In the following days, when the news
media contacted the College for an explanation, they were told
that the College does not discuss personnel decisions. Finally,
after several weeks, Iadarola, Moll and Lysionek went on the
record (sort of) in the College newspaper The Loquitur
about the decision not to renew Dzik's contract (that story
can be found in our In the News section).
Moll stated in the article that the
guidelines and expectations change for full-time salaried administrators
of contract employees. (Moll by the way accepted her position
as VP for IA in October of 2003, four months after Dzik made
his agreement with the President.
In the article, Iadarola stated that
Dzik resigned from IA to look for other opportunities in collegiate
athletics, especially a desire to go to the Division II level.
If the College does not discuss personnel matters, then why
would the President reveal this?
Lysionek added that "the reasons
that his contract wasn't renewed are exactly the contents of
a decision that we're trying to say 'we really can't give those
kinds of details.'" We are still trying to figure out that
Moll continued that the decision
was done in good faith, by good people (Iadarola, Moll and Lysionek)
that have the best interests of the College at heart. She stated
that it is best not to question the reasoning of the administration.
Last time I checked my Cabrini education, it taught me to question
everything. "They have to trust people for a decision they
will never understand." We are all Cabrini College educated
students or graduates - try us.
Shortly after this article appeared
in The Loquitur, an e-mail by Iadarola (rumored to have hired
a consultant to draft) began being received by "select"
alumni who had sent in e-mails to voice their disproval of the
situation. In the e-mail, Iadarola did two things. First, she
showed how she is really not in touch with the athletic department
by mistakenly referencing Dzik's numerous state titles won at
Cabrini. No college athletic program competes for a state title
- that's high school.
Second, Iadarola revealed that she
supported the decision by College officials (who remained unnamed)
"that determined new leadership would align the men's basketball
program more closely with the athletic department's strategic
agenda for the future." Since the release of this e-mail,
many alumni have asked for the President to explain why Dzik
would not be able to accomplish this now after successfully
doing it for the past 25 years. To date, we are unaware of any
response from her.
These have been the last public statements
made by Iadarola, Moll, Lysionek or other administration officials
in regards to this decision. On February 17, 2005, Comcast
SportsNet's Derrick Gunn came to Cabrini to give the administration
the opportunity to tell its sides of the story, or to even elaborate
on its comments from The Loquitur or the President's
e-mail. They chose to not comment once again, which begs the
question, why Iadarola, Moll and Lysionek would comment to the
school newspaper and not the mainstream media?
Since this decision was made, it
has also been revealed that the College has cut the benefits
to its faculty members. A letter (which appears on the homepage)
was sent to Iadarola for an explanation in November 2004, to
date they have received no explanation.
Dzik's final day of employment at
Cabrini College is March 18, 2005.