In a heartwarming tribute to an illustrious career dedicated to shaping the lives of countless student-athletes, the Brookdale Community College Board of Trustees is proud to announce the naming of the College’s Softball Field in honor of Thomas “Bo” Scannapieco. The official designation of the field as “Bo Scannapieco Field” was celebrated in a special ceremony on October 24, 2023.
Thomas “Bo” Scannapieco’s exceptional dedication to the students of Monmouth County and his tireless commitment to the betterment of their lives, both on and off the playing field, has made him an iconic figure in the world of collegiate softball. His remarkable journey has earned him a place of honor among the most celebrated coaches in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III.
Over his incredible 37-season career as head softball coach at Brookdale Community College, Coach Bo Scannapieco has achieved an unparalleled record, boasting an overall coaching record of 1208-355. His numerous accolades include an impressive 20 Garden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) Championships, 23 Region 19 Championships, and 3 NJCAA Division III National Titles. He has led his team to 15 NJCAA Division III National appearances, with 5 of those earning a second-place finish.
However, not just the victories and titles define Coach Scannapieco’s legacy; it is his unwavering commitment to the holistic development of his student-athletes. He has instilled valuable life skills, strong values, and the importance of education in all those who have had the privilege of being under his mentorship.
“The entire Jersey Blues coaching staff has learned so much from Coach Bo’s career,” said Director of Athletics & Recreation Katelyn Amundson. “His coaching style, and his approach to student-athlete success is always success in the classroom first, then success on the field.”
Coach Scannapieco’s outstanding contributions have not gone unnoticed. He is a three-time Hall of Famer, having been inducted into the Brookdale Community College Athletics Hall of Fame, the National Junior College Athletic Association Softball Hall of Fame, and the Jersey Shore Sports Hall of Fame.
Coach Scannapieco’s impact reaches far beyond the softball diamond. He has encouraged students to participate in student life, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), intramural activities, and community service initiatives. His vision, advocacy, and leadership have made an indelible mark on Brookdale Community College.
In a career spanning more than four decades, Coach Scannapieco’s commitment to excellence, unity, and community involvement has earned him the respect of players, coaches, umpires, and rivals. He is a model of professional public service and a testament to the highest standards of performance in collegiate athletics.
“The Board of Trustees of Brookdale Community College, recognizing Coach Bo Scannapieco’s outstanding contributions, is thrilled to honor his legacy by naming the College’s Softball Field after him,” said chairman Paul Crupi. “The “Bo Scannapieco Field” is a symbol of gratitude for his unparalleled dedication to education, the well-being of student-athletes, and his continued mentorship to all.”
President David M. Stout, Ph.D., stated that the field dedication ceremony will be held in the spring at the beginning of the softball season.
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