Paul Rodio ’70 P’09’11 Earns Milestone 1,000th Victory
The St. Augustine Prep Community congratulates Coach Rodio on his 1,000th Career Win!
Coach Paul Rodio ’70 P’09’11 earned his 1,000th career victory on January 11, 2023 at St. Augustine Prep – a 50-41 victory over Ocean City at Paul A. Rodio Gymnasium. Coach Rodio made history surrounded by a capacity crowd primarily consisting of friends, family, former players, student managers, coaches, and dozens of Hermits Alumni. The post-game presentation was highlighted by a moving tribute video by senior Vincent Campanaro ’23. Coach was also presented with a massive ‘1,000 wins’ banner unfurled by the Richland Rowdies and a commemorative framed poster created by a design team led by Billy Hughes ’23.
Coach Rodio: Journey to 1,000 Wins
• 5-time State Champion (1982, 1999, 2004, 2011, 2016)
• 2nd all-time winningest coach in New Jersey
• Top-10 winningest active coach in the nation
• 21st coach in the nation to reach 1,000
• 15 South Jersey Championships
Full Broadcast – Hermits Basketball vs. Ocean City – 1.11.23 (Rodio 1,oooth Win)
“He’s one of a kind”
As Mike Rizzo ’86 P’11 (Director of Athletics) shared during an all-school assembly celebrating Coach, “There will never be another like him, not here, not anywhere.” The sentiments of the 1986 Prep Graduate and former longtime Hermits Basketball assistant coach matched those of so many from local, regional, and national news outlets. As he had done throughout his career, Coach Rodio’s efforts put the regional and national spotlight on the Prep. Shared below is coverage provided by NJ.com (NJ Advance Media), the Courier-Post, the Press of Atlantic City, and numerous media outlets from South Jersey and across the country.
Mike Catalana ’81 is the longtime Sports Director for Rochester, NY ABC Affiliate, 13WHAM. He brought his Hermit Pride to Rochester’s 11 o’clock news broadcast on the evening Coach Rodio earned win 1,000.
A WIN FOR THE AGES
Local and statewide media also honored Coach Rodio with a variety of articles chronicling his journey to 1,000 wins. The news coverage included messages from fellow coaches, former players, and a variety of Hermits Alumni who had been with him along the way.
• Press of Atlantic City – St. Augustine Basketball Coach wins 1,000th game
• Press of Atlantic City – St. Augustine Prep Coach Paul Rodio can get win 1,000 on Wednesday night
The anticipation of Coach Rodio’s historic win brought dozens of Hermits Alumni and friends of the Prep back to Richland for the unforgettable night. The work of talented student videographer Vincent Campanaro ’23 graced the large screen in Rodio Gym shortly following the final buzzer. The moving tribute video captured the essence of Coach Rodio’s career and the role the rise of the Hermits Basketball program served in putting St. Augustine Prep on the athletic map in the state and the country.
TRIBUTE VIDEO BY VINCENT CAMPANARO ’23
Social Media Love for Coach Rodio
— Scott Greenman (@Coach_Greenman) January 13, 2023
— dcathoops (@dcathoops) January 13, 2023
This is crazy when you think about it…in 46 seasons Coach is averaging almost 22 wins each year! Congrats Coach Rodio…wish I could have been there! ?? https://t.co/6GFp7Fye9S
— Coach Chris Carideo (@CoachCarideoWU) January 12, 2023
Congratulations to Coach Rodio. That’s legendary https://t.co/sedn1NelUv
— Anthony Drejaj (@Ant_Dre) January 12, 2023
1,000!: Paul Rodio reaches monumental milestone as No. 9 St. Augustine edges Ocean City
https://t.co/GxDBbaVyMR @HermitAthletics @HermitHoops @HermitsAlumni @NovaAthletics @VillanovaU pic.twitter.com/oQH5MyqmYj
— Kevin Minnick ?? (@kminnicksports) January 12, 2023
— Michael McGarry (@ACPressMcGarry) January 12, 2023