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Giorlando named Athletics Administrator of the Year

Loyola press release - May 4, 2009

Loyola director of athletics and wellness Dr. Michael Giorlando has been named Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Athletics Administrator of the Year.

Under Giorlando’s direction, Loyola has been extremely successful this season, not only in sports, but also in the classroom. All five of Loyola’s teams had a team GPA of 3.0 or higher with 14 students being named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes. The Wolfpack had 64 athletes achieve a 3.0 GPA or higher in the spring and fall semesters of 2008, with nine having a perfect 4.0 GPA.

The men’s basketball team, led by Giorlando, had their best season in 50 years, finishing 19-11. The Wolfpack also won a program-best 12 games in the GCAC. For his efforts, he was recognized as the 2009 Louisiana Association of Basketball Coaches Small College Coach of the Year.

The women’s basketball team won the GCAC regular season and tournament championships this season after finishing 23-7 overall and 16-2 in conference. Under first-year coach Kellie Kennedy, the Wolfpack made their third straight appearance in the NAIA National Tournament.

Head coach Andy Canegitti’s cross country team also had a great season for Loyola. Two athletes were named All-GCAC with one qualifying for the NAIA National Cross Country Championships.

The volleyball team, led by head coach Tommy Harold, won a share of the GCAC regular season title. Loyola finished the season 17-9 and 7-1 in the GCAC.

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