Marist Magazine: Fall 2014 - page 25

“Our Athletic Department and
Marist community is deeply
saddened by the passing of our
beloved colleague and friend.
He served the department
with selfless professionalism,
integrity, and commitment
to excellence in his service to
student-athletes and coaches.
As the cornerstone to our
Sports Medicine Department
for the past 33 years, Glenn has
impacted the lives of every
Division I athlete in our history.
Glenn, Angela, and their children
will always be a special part of the
Marist family. Our love, thoughts,
and prayers are with them.”
Director of Athletics,
Marist College
“It is with great sadness that we
received the news of Glenn’s
passing. Our thoughts and
prayers are with Angela and the
rest of their family. As a fellow
Springfield College alumnus,
my connection with Glenn
began prior to his arrival at Marist
College. It has beenmy pleasure
to work with him throughout
his 33-year career. Melanie
Bolstad and I have always held
the greatest respect for Glenn’s
knowledge and professionalism.
He was available to us at all times,
and we will miss his presence in
the Athletic Department.
Glenn Marinelli lived his life
with strength and unwavering
courage. No one fought the
good fight better. He was a fine
example for us all.
Rest well, Glenn. You have earned
—Larry VanWagner
Director of Swimming and
Longest Tenured Head Coach,
Marist College
Pacione Earns Major League Job
icky Pacione, a 2011 Marist graduate
who is among the baseball program’s
all-time leaders in several categories, is
in his first season as a bullpen catcher for
Major League Baseball’s Cleveland Indians.
Pacione’s duties include throwing batting
practice, warming up the starting pitcher,
and catching bullpens before and during
the game.
In his Marist career, Pacione ranked in
the program’s all-time top 10 in nine sta-
tistical categories. He was a key member of
Marist’s 2009 MAAC championship team
and became the first player in program his-
tory to be named a CoSIDA/Capital One
All-American in 2011.
Marist Mourns Loss of Glenn Marinelli
ongtime Coordinator of Sports
Medicine Glenn Marinelli passed away
on May 30 after a long fight against cancer.
He was 56 years old.
Marinelli’s battle against cancer began
in July of 2011. During his courageous fight,
he inspired many with his resiliency and
determination. He took pride in delivering
motivational messages to Marist’s student-
athletes, coaches, and staff members. His
“When I arrived on the Marist
campus 32 years ago as a scared
and skinny freshman on the cross
country team, Glenn was the guy
who took care of my blisters, my
soremuscles, andmy tired joints.
He treated me with compassion
and care, as he would for the hun-
dreds and hundreds of athletes
who would follow in the decades
that followed. As a runner him-
self, Glenn had an understanding
of the complexities and unique
needs of our sport. Through the
years, our runners loved Glenn.
I speak for all of us in the Marist
track family—past and present
runners, and athletic training
majors—when I say how much
we mourn his loss.”
—Pete Colaizzo ’86
Director of Cross Country/Track
and Field, Marist College
Glenn Marinelli
Former Marist pitcher Chad Gallagher ’11
and Cleveland Indians bullpen catcher Ricky
Pacione ’11 are shown at a June 2014 game at
Fenway Park.
“My thoughts and prayers are
with the Marinelli family. I was
deeply saddened to hear of
Glenn’s passing as I have lost a
great friend and I know the Marist
community is losing a great man.
When I began my time at Marist,
Glenn was always willing to help
me and over the past 10 years our
relationship grew into a close
friendship. Glenn always went
above and beyond in helping
me overcome injuries both during
my Marist career and as a profes-
sional. He was a great athletic
trainer but his relationship with
the athletes at Marist extended far
beyond the training room.
My deepest condolences go
out to his entire family whom I
know Glenn was so proud of. I
spoke with Glenn a few months
back and he could not have been
prouder of what his children have
become and where they are in
their lives. Now is the time to look
back and remember the wonder-
ful man Glenn was and how he
touched all of our lives.”
—Jared Jordan ’07
Marist College Men’s Basketball
Player, 2003-07
“Glenn will be deeply missed
as a friend and colleague by all
of his fellow athletic trainers
in the Metro Atlantic Athletic
Conference. Glenn’s dedication
to our profession and his concern
for the well-being of his student-
athletes at Marist for 30-plus
years set the bar high for the
rest of us to follow. His strength
and courage is a true inspiration.
He never gave up and he never
surrendered, and we will never
forget him.”
—Mark Ayotte
Director of Sports Medicine,
Fairfield University
phrase, “Never Give Up, Never Surrender”
became the rallying cry for the Red Foxes.
The phrase was inscribed on wristbands
and is now painted above the offices in the
Dr. Michael J. Maynard Center for Sports
Medicine in the McCann Center.
Marinelli began his tenure as coordinator
of sports medicine in 1981. He also served as
assistant director of the Physical Education
Program at Marist and adjunct professor in
the Athletic Training Program. During his
33 years of service to the Marist community,
he influenced the lives of countless student-
athletes, coaches, and staff members who
cherished his sense of humor and fun-loving
On May 23, Marist senior Patrick Deedy
earned the first Glenn Marinelli Award
for Excellence in Athletic Training at the
College’s baccalaureate awards ceremony.
The award is presented to a graduating
senior who has demonstrated outstanding
academic achievement in the study of ath-
letic training at Marist.
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