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Family and Friends Gather to Celebrate Naming of A. Peter LoMaglio Memorial Highway


Posted 07/24/2018
Submitted by Jonathan Easterbrook
Category: Campus Announcements
Driving forces behind the roadway naming were LoMaglio family friend and Hartford lobbyist David McQuade (left) and Conn. State Senator Douglas McCrory '88, M'95

Driving forces behind the roadway naming were LoMaglio family friend and Hartford lobbyist David McQuade (left) and Conn. State Senator Douglas McCrory '88, M'95

from left: A. Peter LoMaglio's wife, June LoMaglio; son, Tim LoMaglio; Senator McCrory; and daughter Cindy Brindamour

from left: A. Peter LoMaglio's wife, June LoMaglio; son, Tim LoMaglio; Senator McCrory; and daughter Cindy Brindamour

The sign southbound on Bloomfield Avenue at the Hartford-West Hartford line.

The sign southbound on Bloomfield Avenue at the Hartford-West Hartford line.

Family, friends, and local dignitaries joined University officials in Hawk Lounge yesterday afternoon for a brief ceremony to formally celebrate the naming of a portion of Bloomfield Avenue for the University of Hartford's first director of athletics, A. Peter LoMaglio, who passed away in June 2015.

Two signs denoting the "A. Peter LoMaglio Memorial Highway" are now located on Bloomfield Avenue (Route 189) near the UHart campus on the Hartford-West Hartford line, one in each direction. The request was submitted last year by State Senator Douglas McCrory '88, M'95 and became law as Public Act 17-230.

"I knew this was the least we could do in honor of a man who dedicated his life—not only to his country—but towards educating and helping others," McCrory said.

A member of the Hartford Hawks men's basketball team during its formative Division I years, McCrory noted that one thing has remained constant from the days of LoMaglio through his playing days to the present—for the University of Hartford student-athlete, the "student" always comes first.

Current Director of Athletics Mary Ellen Gillespie illustrated that point by sharing that the University of Hartford has won the America East Conference's Academic Cup for six of the past seven years (this past year recording the highest GPA ever by an America East school). She explained that LoMaglio "loved Hartford and he knew the importance of the University's place in the capital city. And I believe he would love to know that we call the Hartford Hawks the capital city's team now.

"The passion we have for developing our young people and providing them the skills to be successful in life," Gillespie added, "is the same passion that (LoMaglio) started here over 60 years ago. and we will continue his legacy of doing just that…changing lives and building leaders."

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.

Driving forces behind the roadway naming were LoMaglio family friend and Hartford lobbyist David McQuade (left) and Conn. State Senator Douglas McCrory '88, M'95

Driving forces behind the roadway naming were LoMaglio family friend and Hartford lobbyist David McQuade (left) and Conn. State Senator Douglas McCrory '88, M'95

from left: A. Peter LoMaglio's wife, June LoMaglio; son, Tim LoMaglio; Senator McCrory; and daughter Cindy Brindamour

from left: A. Peter LoMaglio's wife, June LoMaglio; son, Tim LoMaglio; Senator McCrory; and daughter Cindy Brindamour

The sign southbound on Bloomfield Avenue at the Hartford-West Hartford line.

The sign southbound on Bloomfield Avenue at the Hartford-West Hartford line.