2001-03-24 / Sports

Local Legend Named As Head Coach By Poly U.

By Emanuel Jalonschi

In a recent press release Polytechnic University announced that "as part of a major expansion of its intercollegiate sports program, Polytechnic has named Maureen Gigliello as head coach of the University’s women’s basketball team."

Gigliello, who has amassed a great deal of experience and expertise over the years, will bring fresh blood to Polytechnic’s up and coming athletics program.

Gigliello, who will finish the year as Stella Maris’ women’s basketball head coach, is the basketball chairperson for the Brooklyn Diocese. She has also served as an official with the New York State Board of Officials for over a decade.

In 1996, she led Stella Maris (located 112 street), to the division championship.

The year before that, 1995, she had one of her personal best years ever. Besides her team winning the division championship she also won dual honors as Coach of the Year. Both the Tablet and the New York Daily News bestowed the honor on her.

Back when Maureen was still a player, she had an excellent personal career. She is currently a proud member of the Girl’s Catholic High School Hall of Fame.

The Polytechnic Fighting Blue Jays gain a great amount of talent by hiring coach Gigliello. This is a part of a greater expansion that the University is going through.

Polytechnic’s expanded sports program is developing in concert with the University’s multi-million dollar expansion of its downtown Brooklyn campus.

Currently under construction is an eight-story, nearly 70 thousand foot academic building, which will house a first-class athletic facility. The facility will include a brand new state of the art, multi-purpose gymnasium.

The University, which hopes to attract even greater numbers of high-caliber students and student-athletes will try to coax some of them with even better future facilities. The University’s first ever residence hall is currently under construction and is also scheduled to be completed 2002. The residence hall will be sixteen stories tall and will house around 400 students.

The summer of 2002 promises to be a really stellar one for Polytechnic University.

It also looks like administration and Coach Gigliello are seeing eye-to-eye on the future of both the school and the athletics program.

Maurenn Gigliello states, "we intend to court a competitive team and be a contender for post-season play. In my meetings with high school coaches around the city , they are excited that Polytechnic, with its outstanding academic reputation, is launching a full intercollegiate sports program."

"Maureen shares our philosophy that a strong academic sports program and a competitive sports program are not antithetical," says Ellen Hartigan, vice president of the Office of Student Affairs."

V.P. Hartigan further states, "Poly students will soon enjoy the full breadth of college life. Strong academic programs, an expanded intercollegiate sports program, a modern athletic facility and residence hall, will all contribute to a dynamic campus life in the heart of downtown Brooklyn."

Polytechnic University, founded in 1854, is the nation’s second oldest private science and engineering school and metropolitan area’s preeminent resource in science and technology. It serves New York’s high-tech economy with undergraduate and graduate programs in Brooklyn, Westchester, Long Island and Manhattan.

It looks like Polytechnic is truly trying to earn a reputation outside of the world of engineering and academia. The Jays have found a later that might just take the women’s basketball team to that all-too-infamous "next level."


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