Since 2013, Frank Pergolizzi has guided Husson to significant levels of accomplishment as the University’s Director of Athletics.
Pergolizzi occupies an important leadership role on campus, serving in numerous capacities since arriving in Bangor in October 2013. From his role in the Newman Gymnasium, Pergolizzi serves on the Senior Cabinet for the university and the Husson Sports Hall of Fame Committee. He has chaired five different personnel searches for significant roles on campus. He also is active within the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) serving as chair of the athletics directors’ council on the NAC Executive Committee.
In his six years in Bangor, Pergolizzi has placed his stamp on the program, positioning Husson Athletics among NCAA Division III’s most successful in the nation. Under his leadership, four varsity sports (women’s golf, women’s tennis, men’s indoor track & field and men’s outdoor track & field) have been added, bringing the department’s total number to 22. He has witnessed Husson teams win 30 total conference championships in football (5), men’s golf (4), men’s basketball (3), field hockey (4), women’s basketball (4), men’s soccer, women’s outdoor track & field (2), men’s outdoor track & field, baseball, men’s cross country and softball (4). In the 2017, football recorded a first round NCAA victory over nationally ranked Springfield College while field hockey earned a first round win over nationally ranked Babson and golfer Eric Dugas made the cut to the final rounds at the NCAA Championship and finished tied for 12th in the nation.
In 2014, Pergolizzi secured an exclusive apparel deal for the entire Eagle athletics department with Adidas. That contract was renewed for 2019.
The cumulative grade point average for Husson student-athletes has continued at high levels throughout Pergolizzi’s tenure. Competitive successes, such as a school-record eight straight NAC men’s golf championships from 2006-13 and eight straight regular season and seven straight NAC Tournament titles for softball from 2008-15, are an expectation on campus. Individual accomplishments have also become the norm, with 17 Husson student-athletes being named to an All-American team and over 223 being named All-Conference.
Pergolizzi has addressed numerous facility upgrades, including the creation of the Wadleigh Academic Center and the Wight’s Sporting Goods Strength & Conditioning Facility. A pressbox for football and field hockey has been constructed in the Dr. John W. Winkin Complex while the playing surface in the Winkin Complex has been completely replaced and upgraded to a state of the art facility.
Pergolizzi joined Husson from West Virginia University Institute of Technology where he served as athletics director beginning in 2009. He is currently in his 26th year as a collegiate director of athletics having also served at Saint Francis (Pa.), East Tennessee State and Southeastern Louisiana University. During his time at Saint Francis, Pergolizzi also served as the head football coach.
Pergolizzi serves on the boards of the Town of Hampden Recreation Committee.
A native of Brooklyn, New York, Pergolizzi received a Bachelor of Arts in American Civilization from Williams College and Master of Arts in Physical Education and Sport Administration from Western Michigan University.
Frank and his wife, Mary, and their Airedales Piper and Ella Rose, reside in Hampden, Maine.