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By Patrick Roach
CCC Journalism Program

BLACKWOOD – The question, “Who is Dr. Peter Dilorenzo?” is one that, like many others, yields more than one answer. The answer most students and faculty will give is he is the athletic director at Camden County College. The other, unknown to many students, is he is a loving husband and father and an avid sports enthusiast.

After graduating from Temple University, from where he received a master’s degree and a doctoral degree, in 2002, Dilorenzo began his tenure at CCC Blackwood as an assistant professor of health and exercise science, a position he held until 2011, when he became the athletic director. As athletic director, Dilorenzo promotes athletic programs, teams and athletes within and outside the college, as well as assisting in student recruiting, among many other things. He provides academic advisement and counseling of student athletes to ensure they succeed in academics and in sports.

Dilorenzo the family man is a bachelor’s degree recipient and former Division I baseball player at the University of Richmond who loves to share his unwavering passion for sports with his two young daughters, Abigail, 7, and Katie, 4.

“We play softball and basketball after work,” Dilorenzo said with a smile. “They might be into princesses, but I try to hit them with sports as much as I can.”

Dilorenzo is responsible for establishing and managing an array of events at CCC. Currently, he is launching “The Biggest Loser” seminar, whose participants meet at the college once a month. The seminar is based on the hit NBC television program “The Biggest Loser,” in which overweight contestants work rigorously to shed extra pounds in hopes of getting fit and trim and winning a $250,000 grand prize. Minus the exorbitant grand prize, CCC’s “The Biggest Loser” has the same goal: to encourage staff, students and community members to shed excess pounds in a healthy way and see who can lose the most weight. The program awards various prizes to participants.

To Dilorenzo it is very important participants not only get fit but learn how to do so in a healthy manner. A proponent of exercising, Dilorenzo exercises frequently, often scheduling early morning workouts around his daughters.

“My wife and I tag team,” he said with a laugh.

These are “The Biggest Loser” seminar times, dates and places (all sessions are 30 minutes):

Dec. 12, 1 p.m.
Room 102 – Papiano Gym

Jan. 30, 2 p.m.
Room 102 – Papiano Gym

Feb. 20, 2 p.m.
Room 102- Papiano Gym

March 13, 2 p.m.
Room 102 – Papiano Gym

April 17, 2 p.m.
Room 102 – Papiano Gym

May – to be announced

Athletic Director Peter Dilorenzo work sin his office in the Papiano Gym at Camden County College in Blackwood. By Patrick Roach, CCC Journalism Program

One thought on “Athletic director advances programs

  1. Camden County College Men’s Basketball is on it’s way to the top! I attended a game recently, and was very pleased at how the team conducts themselves. Coach Lou Abbattista must be doing something exceptional to have 14 young men, follow a “military type” of approach. The men shave, and wear shirt and tie to every game. Camden County College Men’s Basketball deserves a lot of credit, and I hope the student body begins to come out and support such a great team!

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