Tricia Fabbri and Bill Mecca To Be Recognized With MAAC Honor Roll Induction
- Official MAAC Honor Roll Press Release
- Photos of the 2014 MAAC Honor Roll Hall of Fame | Pat Hayes & Keith Gaither
EDISON, N.J. – The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference has announced the latest class to be inducted into the MAAC Honor Roll, in which honorees will be enshrined in "The MAAC Experience" exhibit at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Quinnipiac Women’s Basketball Head Coach Tricia Fabbri and Senior Associate Athletic Director Bill Mecca have been rewarded with the honor and will be recognized on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014 in Springfield, Mass.
“We are thrilled to have Billy Mecca and Tricia Fabbri inducted into the MAAC Honor Roll,” Director of Athletics and Recreation Jack McDonald said. “Both Billy and Tricia have done so much for Quinnipiac Athletics and Basketball as well as our student-athletes, coaches and fans. They are both perfect candidates for this prestigious MAAC honor.”
Each member institution of the MAAC honors one male and one female from its basketball “family” as part of the 2014-15 induction class. A dinner event will be on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014 at the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame Court of Dreams to recognize the Honor Roll inductees.
"The remarkable response from our past honorees reinforced within the MAAC the value and honor of being associated with the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame with this event," notes Rich Ensor, Commissioner of the MAAC. "The 2014-15 class of honorees has a successful history in basketball, and the conference membership looks forward to their induction in November into the MAAC Basketball Hall of Fame Honor Roll."
The MAAC Council of Presidents has named Barbara Church, Senior Associate Commissioner and Senior Woman Administrator of the MAAC, the 2014-15 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Honoree for her service and dedication to the MAAC conference, student-athletes and member institutions throughout her years.
In addition, every honoree will be profiled in the game program for the 2015 MAAC Basketball Championships, and will also be featured in a video display at “The MAAC Experience.”
Tricia Fabbri – Quinnipiac University Women’s
Basketball Head Coach
The all-time winningest coach in Quinnipiac women’s basketball history, Tricia Fabbri recently completed her 19th season on the Bobcats’ sideline. In 2013-14, the program’s first season in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), Fabbri guided the Bobcats to a 21-13 record and a trip to the championship game of the MAAC Tournament. Quinnipiac earned an at-large bid to the WNIT which marked the program’s third straight national postseason tournament appearance. In 2012-13, Quinnipiac’s final season in the Northeast Conference (NEC), Fabbri and the Bobcats completed one of the most decorated seasons in program history. Quinnipiac went 30-3 and won the NEC Championship to earn a trip to its first ever NCAA Tournament. Fabbri was named the 2013 NEC Coach of the Year by her peers – for a third time in her career – and also accepted the Sterling House “Spirit Award” at the annual celebrity breakfast in Stratford, Conn. As a player, Fabbri was named to the MAAC 25th Anniversary Team and was inducted into the Fairfield University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998. In 2002, she was also inducted into the Connecticut Women's Basketball Hall of Fame and the Delran (N.J.) High School Athletic Hall of Fame before being inducted into the Albert Carino Basketball Club of South Jersey Hall of Fame in 2006. That year, she also received the St. Clare Award at the 22nd Annual Franciscan Sports Banquet. Fabbri has amassed a 294-256 (.535) record during her time in Hamden, serving as the most wins by any women’s basketball coach in Quinnipiac history.
“After our first year in the MAAC and then up at the tournament in Springfield, we were able to attend the Honor Roll Dinner to celebrate the induction of Pat Hayes and Keith Gaither. It’s a very special night and I’m humbled and honored to be selected to represent Quinnipiac at this dinner. Having played in the MAAC as a player and now of course as a coach, it’s a tremendous honor and I’m happy to represent Quinnipiac University at this event.” – Tricia Fabbri
Bill Mecca – Quinnipiac University Senior
Associate Athletic Director
A member of Quinnipiac's athletic department since 1978, Bill Mecca is in his 12th year as Senior Associate Athletic Director. In his present role, Mecca is responsible for all internal operations of the department, including supervision of scheduling, facilities, game officials, game operations and sports medicine. A 1978 graduate of Niagara University, Mecca earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration while playing four years of basketball under long time Utah Jazz president Frank Layden. Mecca has fulfilled a variety of roles in his tenure at Quinnipiac. For his continued success as a leader in the department of athletics, Mecca was inducted into the Quinnipiac Hall of Fame in 2009. From 1978-91, he was an assistant men's basketball coach, head men's tennis coach, and assistant director of athletics under the legendary Burt Kahn. In 1991, Mecca was named head men's basketball coach and served five seasons before being promoted to his current role. In addition to his administrative duties, Mecca is the founder of the highly successful Quinnipiac Roundball Golf Tournament, which has generated more than $200,000 in contributions to the athletic department over the past 20 years. Mecca also coordinates the Quinnipiac All-Sports Academic Camp and founded the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Quinnipiac. In his spare time, Mecca provides radio and television color analysis for the Quinnipiac men's and women's basketball games, as well as the sideline report for men's ice hockey, on AM 1220 WQUN, WCTX-TV and NESN. In 2009, Mecca began a new venture with Quinnipiac as the co-host of the Emmy Nominated "Bobcats Unleashed in HD".
“I am humbled and honored to be included with such a distinguished group both past and present. Quinnipiac has been my home for the past 37 years as a coach and administrator and I am forever grateful to an institution that has had such an incredible impact on me.” – Bill Mecca
About the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
The MAAC, headquartered in Edison, N.J., consists of 11 member institutions: Canisius College, Fairfield University, Iona College, Manhattan College, Marist College, Monmouth University, Niagara University, Quinnipiac University, Rider University, Saint Peter's University and Siena College. ANC Sports Enterprises is the league's marketing consultant and has the exclusive sales rights to the MAAC. For more on the conference please visit, www.maacsports.com. Follow the MAAC on Facebook and Twitter: @MAACSports. Follow MAAC Basketball on Twitter using the hashtag #MAACHoops.