A portion of Bloomfield Avenue in front of UHart's main entrance is being named for the University of Hartford's first director of athletics, A. Peter LoMaglio.
Family, friends, and local dignitaries will gather for a brief ceremony to unveil the road sign on Tuesday, July 24, at 1 p.m. in Hawk Lounge, Gengras Student Union.
Widely considered the “father of University of Hartford Athletics," LoMaglio was originally hired as director of athletics for Hillyer College. Once the new University of Hartford was created, he was assigned the task of building the athletics and physical education departments for the fledgling institution. LoMaglio designed and oversaw construction of athletic fields and facilities for the University, including the original sports center. He also coached the wrestling, soccer, basketball, and baseball teams. In 1962, LoMaglio coached UHart soccer to an NCAA Division II Atlantic Coast Championship.
In 1991, in recognition of his tireless work as an administrator and coach over more than three decades, LoMaglio became a member of the first class inducted into the University of Hartford’s Alumni Athletics Hall of Fame. Today, an award bearing LoMaglio’s name is presented each year to one male and one female soccer student-athlete who have demonstrated active participation in community service projects either on campus or in the community.