CONSOL Energy Center will be the site as DU will host the NCAA men's tournament for the fifth time
Long-term agreement gives NSM exclusive rights to manage DU's athletic sponsorship and multi-media rights
CONSOL Energy Center will be the site as DU hosts the men's tournament for the fourth time
Come enjoy a barbecue dinner and meet the DU coaches and staff
Amodio's vision - as well as a University-wide commitment to excellence - has resulted in a number of capital projects completed since he took the reins of the Department of Athletics on August 4, 2005. Over $5 million in improvements to the A.J. Palumbo Center as well as extensive renovation work on Rooney Field have provided DU's coaches and student-athletes with resources necessary for competitive success.
In the spring of 2006, men's and women's basketball as well as administrative staff offices, a recruiting suite, a state-of-the-art video breakdown room and student-athlete-only strength and conditioning and athletic training rooms were constructed at a cost of $2 million on the concourse level of Palumbo Center - Duquesne's home for basketball and volleyball.
The summer of 2010 saw work completed on a $1.8 million update to the bowl of the main arena which included the installation of chair back seating, a custom designed center-hung Daktronics video board - with the ability to show in-game replays and highlights - and four lower level corner scoreboards.
A third major renovation to the Palumbo Center - which opened its doors in 1988 - was completed prior to the 2011-12 season with the opening of the $1.3 million Janice and James Schaming Athletic Center, a project which included the complete renovation of the men's and women's basketball and volleyball locker rooms as well as a redesign of the lower corridor of the Palumbo Center.
The 2011-12 season also saw the installation of the new Northern Hard Maple playing floor.
The summer of 2013 brought an overhaul of the Sihugo Green Auxiliary Gym which serves as the practice facility for men's and women's basketball as well as volleyball. In addition, the James Christopher Rocco Basketball Theater in the Palumbo Center was dedicated in February 2014.
Rooney Field - DU's home for football, soccer and lacrosse - received an extensive upgrade in the summer of 2009 with the addition of permanent grandstand seating which replaced temporary bleachers that were installed for the previous 14 football seasons. Permanent concession stands and restrooms as well as a new artificial turf playing surface were also added.
The renovation coincided with the football program's adoption of a scholarship model and move to the Northeast Conference in 2008.
A second phase of improvements to Rooney Field was completed in the fall of 2011 with the dedication of the Jerome C. Keller Fieldhouse. The fieldhouse project included a major renovation of the home football locker room as well as coaches offices located off the east end of Rooney Field. In addition to the renovated field house, the 18-year-old scoreboards on either end of the field were replaced.
New locker room facilities for men's and women's soccer, lacrosse and women's swimming were completed prior to the 2014-15 season.
It is in those renewed facilities - as well as in the classroom - where DU's athletics teams have flourished under Amodio's direction.
The 2013-14 season was the most successful in Duquesne Athletics history with women's volleyball and women's cross country winning Atlantic 10 championships. The volleyball team, which won both the regular season and postseason championship, earned just the second team NCAA tournament bid in school history. The football team won a share of the Northeast Conference title. In addition, women's indoor and outdoor track finished second in the A-10.
Amodio, who has steadily increased scholarship numbers across the board and added full-time assistant coaches in six sports in his tenure, saw all but one team advance to Atlantic 10 championship play in 2013-14 - with nine programs posting Top 5 finishes in what was a 13-team conference. In addition, DU also excelled in the latest multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) report released last May.
Administratively, the Long Island, N.Y. native aggressively pursued the establishment of an athletics marketing and promotions department. As a by-product of that growth, the department announced a long-term agreement with Nelligan Sports Marketing [currently Learfield Sports] in July of 2013 that gives Learfield the exclusive rights to manage the University's athletic sponsorship and multi-media rights. The agreement not only enhances recognition in the marketplace but also generates additional revenue while allowing the marketing/ticketing staff to focus on ticket sales and the game day experience.
Amodio has also reshaped the look of the department with the introduction of a contemporary athletics logo in the summer of 2006 and comprehensive department-wide apparel agreement with adidas in the fall of 2007.
In January 2007, Amodio led Duquesne's move to the Northeast Conference as an associate member in football. The move to the NEC coincided with the granting of scholarships in the sport of football for the first time since the 1950s. In addition, both the women's soccer and lacrosse teams have seen their available scholarship numbers increase. The football move showed dividends in 2011, as the Dukes - with their first scholarship recruiting group making up the majority of the junior and senior classes - tied for the NEC title with a 9-2 record.
In April 2008, Amodio oversaw the recertification of the athletic department by the NCAA. The certification, which is done every 10 years, confirms that an institution is guiding its athletics program in substantial conformity with operating principles adopted by the Division I membership.
Amodio continued to raise the profile of the Department of Athletics by securing Duquesne as host for highly-successful NCAA Men's Basketball Championship Second and Third Round games at the newly completed CONSOL Energy Center in March of 2012. The event was such a success that DU was chosen to host again in 2015.
Duquesne's relationship with CONSOL Energy Center, the state-of-the-art home of the National Hockey League's Pittsburgh Penguins, has enabled the men's basketball team to play selected home games at the facility which is located a mere block from campus.
In the classroom, Duquesne's athletics teams have posted a cumulative grade point average of better than 3.0 over the past nine years, with over one-third of all student-athletes achieving a GPA of 3.5 or higher.
Amodio, 52, who came to the Bluff after a 10-year stay at Xavier University, was rewarded for the progress the department has made under his leadership with a contract extension signed in March of 2013. The agreement will keep him at Duquesne through the 2017-18 academic year.
In his decade at Xavier, Amodio moved from assistant director of marketing and promotions, to assistant athletic director and finally to associate athletic director. As associate AD, he managed a strategic, integrated program focused on increasing attendance, enhancing alumni participation in athletics and increasing fund-raising. During his last seven seasons at XU, men's basketball attendance reached 97 percent capacity and women's basketball attendance increased 150 percent. Amodio directed the corporate partner programs, season and group ticket sales strategy, advertising campaign, fund-raising initiatives and game operations for Xavier athletics. In addition, he served as administrator for the men's soccer program and participated on the Atlantic 10 Conference Men's Soccer Committee and the National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators (NACMA).
Prior to his stint at Xavier, he served as the promotions manager for the Professional Golfers' Association of America, with a focus on national fund-raising programs and junior golf initiatives. He also served as coordinator of Community Programs and Educations with the American Heart Association in New York City and spent five years as a high school teacher/coach.
Amodio earned his master's degree in exercise physiology from the City University of New York, Queens College. While at Queens College, he served as a research assistant in the Department of Health & Physical Education. Amodio received his bachelor's degree in education in 1984 from Davis & Elkins College.
Active among the leaders of the Atlantic 10 Conference, Amodio is currently representing Duquesne on a trio of A-10 committees: co-chair of the women's basketball committee and member of the television and branding committees.
Amodio and his wife, Kerry, have two children: Jake, an undergraduate at Duquesne, and Alexandra, who is in her second year at Dayton. The Amodio family resides in Pine Township.