Since 2013, Frank Pergolizzi has guided the Eagles into arguably the “Golden Era” of Husson athletics as the university's Director of Athletics.
Pergolizzi ranks among the university's most prominent leaders, serving in numerous capacities since arriving in Bangor in September 2013. Aside from his role in Newman Gymnasium, Pergolizzi serves on the senior cabinet for the university and Husson Sports Hall of Fame committee. He also is active with the NAC and NCAA in matters of negotiations, reforms, enforcements and planning.
In his short time in Bangor, Pergolizzi has placed his stamp on the program, and has positioned Husson Athletics among the Division III’s most successful in the nation, and he has also directed the Eagles into national prominence. Under his leadership, three varsity sports (women’s golf, women’s tennis and men’s outdoor track and field) have been added, bringing the total number to 21. He has witnessed Husson teams win eight total conference championships in football, men’s golf, softball, men’s basketball, field hockey, men’s soccer, women’s outdoor track and field and twice in softball. In the last year, a men’s diver became the first Eagle to win a single event at the NEISDA Championships, and the football program won a school-record eight games, its first ECFC championship and hosted its first NCAA playoff game. The field hockey team went undefeated in conference play and along with men’s soccer advanced to the national tournament.
In 2014, Pergolizzi and Adidas organized an exclusive rights deal for the entire Eagle athletics department.
The cumulative grade point average for Husson student-athletes has continued to improve through Pergolizzi’s tenure, reaching its highest level in more than two decades. Competitive successes, such as a school-record eight straight NAC men’s golf championships from 2006-13 and eight straight regular season and seven straight NAC Tournament titles for softball from 2008-15, are becoming an expectation on campus. Individual accomplishments have become a norm, with five Husson athletes being named to an All-America team and over 50 being named All-Conference.
Pergolizzi has also demonstrated his leadership within the Husson program by orchestrating successful searches for exceptional administrators to guide Eagle departments. In recent months, he attracted highly regarded Nicholas Petrone from Central Methodist University to become the school’s first full-time sports information director and has chaired the committee to hire a new director of human resources. Since 2013, Pergolizzi also directed the search for men's and women’s golf coach Mike Dugas, cross country and track and field coach Kate Goupee, women’s lacrosse and field hockey coach Madeline Hoeppner, women’s soccer coach Amanda Cummings, softball coach Terren Hall and women’s tennis coach Josh Warren. He has added several assistant coaching jobs and one assistant athletic trainer position.
Pergolizzi has addressed numerous facility upgrades, including pressbox and stadium seating additions to O’Keefe Field, the creation of the Wadleigh Academic Center and renovations to the D. Bruce MacGregor Sports Hall of Fame Room.
Pergolizzi joined Husson from West Virginia University Institute of Technology where he served as athletics director beginning in 2010. The program achieved unprecedented heights under his leadership.
The WVU Tech Golden Bears broke school records. Teams achieved competitive success with four championships and three appearances in national tournament competition. Just as important, WVU Tech athletes excelled in the classroom with a majority of athletes consistently earning grade point averages of 3.0 or above.
Prior to WVU Tech, Pergolizzi served as director of athletics at Southeastern Louisiana University (SLU). The SLU Lions won six regular season championships and had three appearances in national tournament competition. At Southeastern, Pergolizzi spearheaded the return of football to the institution after an 18-year absence. Pergolizzi has served at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) and at St. Francis College (Pa.).
Pergolizzi has over 20 years of experience as a collegiate director of athletics.
Pergolizzi has an extensive record of NCAA Committee service including the NCAA Division I Championships Cabinet, the Committee on Athletics Certification and the Committee on Women's Athletics. He also served as a peer reviewer in the NCAA Certification Program. He has an extensive array of experience as a consultant including many NCAA Division III institutions and conferences.
A native of Bangor, Maine, Pergolizzi received a Bachelor of Arts in American Civilization from Williams College and Master of Arts in Physical Education and Sport Administration from Western Michigan University.
Pergolizzi and his wife, Mary, reside in Hampden.