Tied with Duke at 97 percent; 21 teams receive perfect score, most among FBS institutions
Since Gene DeFilippo became Director of Athletics in September of 1997, he has led the BC athletics program to an unprecedented period of innovation, growth, fundraising, athletic and academic success. He also led the program through one of the most significant periods in its history as it transitioned to full membership in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Under DeFilippo's leadership, BostonCollege student-athletes' achievements in the classroom have become an immense source of pride for the University and its supporters. Twenty-one Boston College sports teams received a perfect Graduation Success Rate score of 100, according to data released by the NCAA last November. That figure represents the most teams with a perfect 100 score of any Division I intercollegiate athletics program in the country for the second consecutive year. In addition, BC football - with a score of 90 - was one of only six FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) programs in the country to receive a score of 90 or better.
In May, Boston College's varsity sports teams scored big when the NCAA released its annual Academic Progress Rate report. The average APR score of the 28 BC teams that were counted was 989 - 19 points above the national average (970). Every BC team scored 960 or above, and six teams - men's fencing, men's golf, men's skiing, women's lacrosse, women's skiing and women's tennis - scored a perfect 1,000. Boston College's football team scored a 971 - a full 25 points above the national average. The men's basketball team scored a 972 - 27 points above the national average.
"Boston College is, above all, an academic institution," DeFilippo said. "We want to field competitive sports teams, and we want to win, which our teams do. But when we recruit student-athletes, we tell them they have an opportunity to receive a degree from one of the greatest universities in the country, and our mission is to ensure that they are successful. We are extremely proud of our student-athletes' accomplishments in the classroom."
Last year, 349 BC student-athletes maintained a grade point average of 3.0 or better, earning the Athletic Director's Award for Academic Excellence. BC's graduation rate for all student-athletes has consistently ranked in the nation's top ten. NCSA Athletic Recruiting ranked Boston College 13th among NCAA Division I universities in its annual power rankings, which assess the combined academic and athletics standards of all NCAA athletic programs across the country.
DeFilippo has undertaken an impressive overhaul of BC's athletics facilities that includes new football practice facilities, a total renovation of Conte Forum, including a new sound system, floor and video boards, new soccer, field hockey and lacrosse stadiums on the Newton campus, new Field Turf for Alumni Stadium, and an air-inflated bubble to cover the stadium turf to provide an indoor practice facility for all sports during the winter months.
DeFilippo was instrumental in raising money to build the privately funded $27 million, 72,000-square-foot YawkeyAthleticsCenter, which houses the football program, the Office of Learning Resources for Student-Athletes, and a large function area for general University use. After football moved into the Yawkey Center, BC undertook a multi-million dollar renovation Conte Forum to provide additional locker room and office space for many of BC's 31 varsity sports.
DeFilippo renamed the Athletics Association's fundraising arm (formerly Blue Chips) in honor of longtime Athletics Director Bill Flynn. Alumni, parents and friends of Boston College contributed nearly $20 million during the past year including more than 40 commitments of $100,000 or more in support of intercollegiate athletics. During the Light the World Campaign, DeFilippo has led an athletics fundraising effort that has totaled more than $150 million.
Anne and Gene DeFilippo cemented their commitment to BostonCollege by announcing their pledge of $100,000 to endow a scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded annually to a female student-athlete who demonstrates outstanding academic achievement and financial need.
In athletics competition, DeFilippo has overseen some of the most successful seasons in Boston College Athletics history. During the 2010-11 season, the football team appeared in a school-record 12th consecutive bowl game, the women's soccer team advanced to its first Final Four and the women's ice hockey team advanced to the Frozen Four.
In 2010, the men's ice hockey team captured its fourth national championship (its third since 2001). In 2008, the men's soccer team captured both the ACC regular-season and tournament championships and entered the NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament as the overall No. 1 seed.
From 1993-97, DeFilippo served as director of athletics at VillanovaUniversity. He served as Associate Director of Athletics at the University of Kentucky from 1987-93, Director of Athletics at the University of South Carolina-Spartanburg from 1984-87 and Director of Administrative Services at Vanderbilt University from 1983-84.
His coaching experience includes three years as offensive backfield coach at Vanderbilt (1980-82), which included the 1982 Hall of Fame Bowl. From 1975-79, he was offensive coordinator at Youngstown State University, during which time the team won two consecutive Mid-Continent Conference championships, 1978-79. In 1973-74, he was graduate assistant football coach for the University of Tennessee, coaching in the 1973 Gator Bowl and 1974 Liberty Bowl.
A 1973 graduate of SpringfieldCollege with a Bachelor of Science degree, DeFilippo earned three varsity letters as a quarterback in football during his undergraduate career. He received a master's degree in educational administration from the University of Tennessee in 1974.
He was recently named the 2010 recipient of the New England Prep School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) Martin Williams Souders Award, presented annually to a graduate of a New England independent school who made a distinguished record in sports and who since made a distinguished record in life through his/her ideals, leaderships and accomplishments. Past recipients have included George H.W. Bush, Sargent Shriver, Michael Erizione, Dee Rowe, Bill Cleary, and former BC Athletics Director Bill Flynn.
DeFilippo and his wife, Anne, are the parents of three children - Christine Eldred (married to Matt Eldred), John and Mary and recently welcomed their first grandchild, Katherine Eldred.