PHILADELPHIA Former Marine Dan “Lake” Staffieri has spent the last 33 seasons as a part of the Penn football program. Prior to his service at Penn, however, Staffieri served as a member of the United States Marine Corps (USMC).
On Friday night,he will be honored with the Sportsman's Award at the USMC Scholarship Foundation Philadelphia Ball.
At the black-tie event, Lake will be honored for his unselfish generosity to the USMC Scholarship Foundation. Past winners of the award have been former Chicago Bears head coach Mike Ditka, former Penn basketball and current Temple head coach Fran Dunphy, and the George A. Munger Head Coach of Football, Al Bagnoli.
“A lot of people have the attitude of what’s in it for me,’ but not Lake,” said Tom Agnew W’56, the consultant of the Scarlet and Gold Advisory Board. “He has given so much to this Foundation over the years.”
“Coach Lake,” as he is referred to around the Penn football community, works as the Game-Day Coordinator for the Quakers. He first joined the Penn staff in 1977 as the Freshman Head Coach and an assistant on Harry Gamble’s staff and has been a part of 12 of the program’s 13 Ivy League championships.
Staffieri graduated from the University of Maryland in 1952 where he was a member of the Terrapins’ football team that won the 1953 national championship. As a four-year letterwinner, Staffieri played in two Orange Bowls, the Gator Bowl, and the 1953 Sugar Bowl.
A native of Philadelphia, Staffieri earned his master’s degree from Villanova University in 1962.