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June 3, 1997

DeFilippo Announces Staff Changes

VILLANOVA, Pa. - Villanova University Athletic Director Gene DeFilippo announced today that he has restructured several administrative areas of the Athletic Department, after the retirement of Senior Associate Athletic Director John Bostic. After serving on DeFilippo's staff for four years, Bostick announced in early May that he would retire, effective June 1, 1997.

Associate Athletic Director for External Operations Tim Hofferth has been elevated to the Senior Associate position, but will continue to focus on the Wildcats' revenue enhancement efforts. Hofferth, who has spent four years on the Main Line, will continue to oversee Villanova's marketing, promotion and corporate sponsorship programs. Under his direction, Villanova has grossed $12 million over the past three years.

David White, a five-year member of the Wildcat administration and Villanova's former associate head football coach for nine years, will retain his Associate Athletic Director title, but will assume additional responsibilities. In addition to continued supervision of captial projects and all of Villanova's facilities, White will serve as day-to-day adminstrator for 14 varsity sports teams. He will also head up the game management effort for football and men's basketball.

Vince Nicastro, former Director of Ticket Operations, has been promoted to Assistant Athletic Director status. Nicastro will also serve as coaches' contact for nine varsity sports teams. Nicastro will also have invovlvement in day-to-day facility managment. Taking over for Nicastro in the ticket office will be Justin Sell, formerly Villanova's Intramural Director.

In addition, DeFilippo has made serveral other changes as well. Allen Gibson moves from his Assistant Director of Tickets position into the role of Intramural Director, while Mark Fink is elevated from intern to Assistant Director of Tickets.

"We have a terrific staff at Villanova," DeFilippo said. "I feel that it is in the best interest of the Athletic Department to promote from within, and give these staff members added responsibilities."