The University of Pennsylvania's Director of Athletics, Steve Bilsky, has announced the hiring of Tony Vecchione as the Division of Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics' (DRIA) new Senior Associate Director of Athletics. Vecchione replaces Mary DiStanislao, who left recently to become Executive Vice President at Marquette University.
This marks a return to Penn for Vecchione, who worked for Penn Athletics from 1995-98, first as Associate Director of Athletic Operations and then as Director of Athletic Facilities and Operations.
"I am very pleased to name Tony to this senior position with DRIA and to welcome him back to Penn," said Bilsky. "Tony is an extremely hard-working, well-organized individual, and his background as a coach and administrator allows him to grasp the important issues we face today."
"I am honored to be returning to Penn, which has a great history and reputation as a university as well as in intercollegiate athletics and recreation," said Vecchione. "The enthusiasm at Penn is evident and I'm happy to be a part of it. I'm looking forward to working with the staff, coaches, and student-athletes."
Since 2006, Vecchione has worked for SMG Management, Inc. as the General Manager of the Arena at the Don Taft University Center on the campus of Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Fla. In this position, he oversaw a 4,500-seat arena that served as a venue for intercollegiate athletics, university events, and community events as well as concerts.
Prior to that, Vecchione worked at George Washington University from 1998-2006 as an Associate Athletic Director for Facilities and Operations. In that position, he managed all facility operations for Colonial athletics including the Charles E. Smith Center (basketball/volleyball arena), the Lerner Health & Wellness Center, and the complexes for intercollegiate soccer, lacrosse, softball and tennis. Before his arrival at Penn, Vecchione worked at American University from 1987-95 as an Assistant Athletic Director.
Vecchione was also the head coach of George Washington's men's soccer program from 1982-86, leading the Colonials to a 42-33-14 record during that time.