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Greg Gattuso and Dr. Vincent Morreale to be Inducted to the Duquesne Sports Hall of Fame

Aug. 2, 2010

PITTSBURGH - Greg Gattuso, the winningest football coach in school history, and builder Dr. Vincent Morreale comprise the 2010-11 Duquesne University Sports Hall of Fame class announced today.

Gattuso (football HC 1993-04) and Morreale (Arts 1989) will be honored at a banquet on Friday night, Sept. 24 at the CONSOL Energy Center.

Gattuso, currently the assistant head coach/defensive line coach at the University of Pittsburgh, took over a Duquesne program that moved from Division III to the I-AA non-scholarship level upon his hiring in 1993 and won 97 games - the most in school history - in his 12 seasons as head coach. A seven-time Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Football League Coach of the Year, Gattuso led the Dukes to eight MAAC titles. His career was highlighted by a consensus Mid-Major I-AA National Championship in 2003.

Gattuso coached three Associated Press All-Americans in specialist Joe Rosato (1996), linebacker Matt Fisher (1998) and defensive back Leigh Bodden (2001 & 2002). Bodden, currently a defensive back for the New England Patriots, was the first Duquesne player to earn a spot on a NFL roster since 1953.

In addition, three of Gattuso's players earned Academic All-America honors in Bob Nithman (1995), Joe Pavlick (2002) and Mike Hilliard (2002 & 2003).

Seventy-two of his players earned first team All-MAAC honors a total of 106 times in 11 seasons of league play. Gattuso's Dukes went 66-7 in the MAAC including a 33-game conference win streak - the third-longest streak in NCAA FBS or FCS history - that was intact when he left for Pitt following the 2004 season.

Gattuso won 75.2 percent of his games (97-32-0) in guiding the Dukes to four of the six 10-win campaigns in DU's 83 recorded seasons of football. His teams finished above .500 in each of his last 11 seasons on the Bluff.

Dr. Vincent Morreale

Dr. Morreale, currently a member of the Duquesne Athletic Fund advisory board, has worked tirelessly behind the scenes for the University's athletics programs. A 1989 graduate of Duquesne's McAnulty College of Liberal Arts, he continued his education at the Parker College of Chiropractic in Dallas, Texas, receiving his professional degree in 1994. Since then, he has operated the successful Morreale Chiropractic practice in Pittsburgh.

Dr. Morreale has served as chiropractor for all of Duquesne's athletic teams for the past two years. Beyond treating student-athletes, he volunteers countless hours assisting the Athletic Department with development and special events and serving as an ambassador for Duquesne Athletics in the region's business and professional communities.

In addition to his work with the Dukes, Dr. Morreale is an enthusiastic supporter of the Duquesne University Volunteers and the Rev. Sean Hogan Scholarship Fund at the University, and has served on the governing boards of Christian Sports International and North Catholic High School.

A resident of Gibsonia, Pa., Dr. Morreale is a 2007 recipient of the Duquesne University Mind, Heart and Spirit Award, which is presented annually to alumni who best represent the five pillars of Duquesne's mission - academic excellence, moral and spiritual values, ecumenism, service and world concerns.

Tickets to the Sept. 24 banquet and induction ceremony which will be held in the Lexus Club of the newly-opened CONSOL Energy Center, will soon be available by contacting the University Events office at 412-396-5131 (fax: 412-396-6577) or by emailing Seating is limited.


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