Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Winning Off The Field

Fellow Crusaders, 

As we look forward to Saturday's opening game vs Monmouth and a very successful 2015 campaign on the field for our Crusaders, I would like to share with you news of huge wins off the field as we look to continually elevate the commitment to excellence for the Holy Cross Football family. I thank all those directly and indirectly involved in supporting the cause. 

1. On August 3rd, we had a blowout event at Hopkinton CC for our annual golf outing. With upwards of 110 golfers and another few dozen joining us for dinner, the atmosphere that day was electric. Aside from raising upwards of $60k for the program (three plus times what had been raised in prior years), we also had two double eagles (more rare than a hole in one) registered on the day. Props to board chair John Mahoney and Harry Flaherty (2015 Ring of Honor inductee) for holing out a blind shot from 180-200 yards on the 15th.

Major thanks to all those on the golf committee and Heather Palmer, head of the Crusader Athletics Fund, for making this all happen. Circle the date July 18 2016 for next year's "can't miss" event back at Hopkinton.    

2. Speaking of the 2015 Ring of Honor festivities. Please join us (RSVP via that link) on October 3rd as we induct Harry (HC '84) and Tom Hennessey '63 into the select group that is the Holy Cross Ring of Honor. I want to personally thank Reggie McIntyre, the head of marketing at Holy Cross, for taking this year's reception and program to an entirely new level. We expect a huge turnout for the 9:30am reception in Hogan Ballroom and halftime induction ceremony at Fitton. Please join us as we honor Harry and Tom while simultaneously celebrating the great tradition of Holy Cross Football and elevating the good name of Alma Mater. #special #risetogether 

3. I want to take a moment and extend my most heartfelt congratulations and gratitude to Pete Mondani '78 who after an incredibly distinguished career will be retiring from GE in 2016. Some on this distribution are certainly aware of Pete's longstanding dedication and commitment to Holy Cross. For those not aware, I welcome highlighting the facts that over the last few decades, Pete has brought 75+ individual Crusaders to work at GE, he has had 5-7 Crusaders intern there each and every summer, and he has mentored and provided career counseling to countless Crusaders long before there was any thought of a formal mentoring program known as the "90-Wide." Pete is a true inspiration and embodies the ultimate in what it means to "bleed Purple.". 

I share these details not only to congratulate and thank Pete but also in the hope that others will be similarly inspired. Please ask yourself how you might also in any small way impact the future professional lives of our current and future Crusaders. Feel free to write to me with any and all ideas and leads so we can put the wheels in motion and continue to pursue victory at every turn. Thank you Pete!!

4. Speaking of Pete, one of the Crusaders who got his start at GE took his skills developed there and subsequently moved on to the highly regarded private equity firm Blackstone. I welcome sharing a recent message I received from Luke Chmielinski '11:    


Hope all is well! I just wanted to let you know we are in the middle of building an HC machine here at Blackstone. We have myself, James McLaughlin (Football '11), Vinny Garafolo (Soccer '12), Pete Anastasio (Football '14) and a new member Carl Losito ('13) all that joined within the past two years. 

I have worked with HR to get on campus recruiting at HC for next year's summer internship program and both Pam Ahearn in Career Planning at Holy Cross and our HR team are psyched!!!

All the best!


How great is that. Talk about excellence. Great job Luke!!

5. Last but not least, if a picture paints a thousand words, this photo below says it all. Major props to Jeff Wiley '87 (Ring of Honor 2013 inductee) and Steve Fox '78 for hosting recent grad Tyler Zeoli as they scrubbed up and "operated" both literally and figuratively. This is what we are talking about, boys and girls. 

So thanks to all for helping us continue to develop a winning culture and commitment to excellence in helping all those connected to Holy Cross Football win both on and off the field.   

Let's Win!!  


Friday, June 20, 2014

HCGLC: Paying Respects and Let's Never Forget

Fellow Crusaders, 

I hope this message finds you doing well. With the official start to summer upon us tomorrow, I hope you have the opportunity to slow down, enjoy increased time with family and friends, and reflect on that which is good in your life. For me personally the fabulous relationships I have with so many on this distribution and throughout the extended Holy Cross Football family brings me untold pleasure. For that, I thank you all. 

1. On that note, many of us had a chance to reconnect recently at the annual Holy Cross Football Golf Outing held this year at Cyprian Keyes Golf Club in Boylston. The winning team consisted of Bob Hurley, Craig Cerretani, Mark Roman, and Jack Laurendeau. The camaraderie was as good as ever although we do need to increase the numbers for this outing and that was a topic of conversation among many of us that day. To that end, we will implement a formal Golf Committee next year to turn out the troops. I thank Glenn Verrette and Curt Bletzer for already stepping up to be on the committee. More on this after the season but with an evenly distributed range of graduating years on the committee, I am confident we can make sure the outing is an SRO event every year. 

Friday, March 28, 2014



I hope this message finds all our loyal and faithful members of the Crusader Football Family doing well. 

With a long winter now hopefully fully in the rear view mirror, I hope those reading this have not neglected your calisthenics during these last few months so as to make the most of what the next few months have to hold for us. 

So let's break out those calendars and circle the following dates so we can bring together Crusader Nation once again and share the camaraderie that makes this family so special and reignite the passion that fuels our fire and commitment to excellence in all we do. 

Can I get a Chu Chu . . . rah rah ??      

Friday, October 25, 2013

HCGLC October Newsletter: 2013 Ring of Honor Video Recap

Fellow Crusaders, 

In a world awash with far too many situations and individuals lacking genuine honor and real character, leave it to selected members of the Holy Cross Football Family for once again displaying a wealth of those virtuous traits in the remarks presented by the 2013 Holy Cross Ring of Honor inductees. 

Allow me to provide a little bit of a preview of the remarks delivered by John Turco '70 on behalf of his Dad '52, by Tom Greene '59, and by Dave Quehl '76. 

In the video link below you will hear references to and remarks touching upon: Eddie O' Melia and the O' Melia Award, Wally Bavaro, Jim Healy, Joe Moore, Syracuse's Jim Brown, Dave Stecchi, Charlie Pachunas, the fact that "no opponent was feared", the pride of Holy Cross, Hop Riopel, Mel Massucco, Bart Sullivan and his arrival on Mt. St. James in 1912,  Mother Teresa, Charlie Randolph and his Dominic, Joe Wilson, Bob Massa, games against West Point and the gray wave, the fact that as Vince Promuto said during his induction remarks in 2010 that Holy Cross is an Ivy League school with soul. 

How refreshing, inspirational, and truly indicative of the pride and passion that defines the Holy Cross Football family.  

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Saturday Night's All Right

Fellow Crusaders,

Upon exiting the stadium last evening after Holy Cross' outstanding all around victory (52-21 over CCSU), I learned that Holy Cross had racked up over 500 yards of total offense with 419 of them via the rushing game. 

Shortly after learning that, I overheard a die hard member of the Loyal Order of Purple Brotherhood -- and likely a History major at the Cross -- state "the only apt comparison to the Crusader ground game this evening is "Sherman's March to the Sea." 

Got to love that Holy Cross crowd. A victory on the field and a quick historical perspective provided by a Purple brother off it.   

Monday, September 9, 2013

2013 Ring of Honor: Saturday 9 /21 "Under the Lights"

Fellow Crusaders,

I am going to guess that most people on this distribution can point to a few days every year -- aside from the standard holidays and anniversaries/birthdays -- and say "this is one of my favorite days of the year."

Perhaps it's that day of an annual member-guest golf outing, the opening of fishing or hunting season, an annual excursion with a son or daughter to a ballgame or a show, or a day out with "the boys" or "the girls" for a special outing to a special spot.

These days and the memories created are truly special and make life worth living.

In short order over the course of the last few years, one of my favorite days every year is now the day in which past Holy Cross Football greats are inducted into the Ring of Honor. Why is this day so special? 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

HCGLC: August Monthly Newsletter

Fellow Crusaders,

While the mix of heavy rains and oppressive heat and humidity in the northeast during the month of July might have reminded some of life in the sub-Saharan tropics, our current weather gracing New England is truly indicative of only one thing: college football.

Assuming that a nice little rush of adrenaline just coursed through your veins, a quick check of the calendar indicates that our 2013 Holy Cross Crusaders are currently atop Mt. St. James preparing for the kickoff to a major rebound season and accompanying Patriot League championship. No reason not to set the "excellence bar" at the appropriate level.

Moving right along. . .

News of Note