Bob De Carolis to be Inducted into Hall of Fame
June 4, 2009
Corvallis, Ore. -
Oregon State University Director of Athletics Bob De Carolis will be inducted into the Bloomsburg University Athletic Hall of Fame Fri., Oct. 2. The six-member inductee class is the 28th in the school history.
De Carolis, 56, has been the A.D. at OSU since Aug., 28, 2002. The 1976 Bloomsburg graduate started his career at OSU in April of 1998 as associate athletic director for internal operations and then was promoted approximately 14 months later to senior associate athletic director.
“I am humbled by the induction,” De Carolis said. “Bloomsburg University holds a special place and time in my life. This honor is really a reflection on the many student-athletes, coaches, administrators and staff who through their hard work and dedication have made this honor possible.”
De Carolis graduated from Bloomsburg in 1976 with a bachelor’s degree in business education and lettered two years in football and baseball. He remained at the school upon his graduation to serve as an assistant coach in softball and football while earning a master’s degree in sports management from the University of Massachusetts.
His professional career also includes a long stint at the University of Michigan in an administrative role from 1979 to 1998, and as the head softball coach from 1980-84. Since arriving in Corvallis he has led numerous fundraising campaigns for facility improvements, including Reser Stadium, Goss Stadium at Coleman Field, the OSU Softball Complex and the Sports Performance Center to name several.
It’s the second similar honor for De Carolis in less than 12 months; late last year he was selected the co-recipient of the 2008 University of Massachusetts VanderZwaag Distinguished Alumnus (Sports Management Program) Award.
De Carolis is part of the inductee class that also includes Randy Watts ’75 (wrestling), Gisela Smith ’92 (field hockey); Stephanie Humphries Campbell ’95 (swimming); Chet Henicle ’95 (baseball); and Jen German ’97 (basketball).
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