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Tom Gizzi is in his fourth season with Loyola since joining the team in 2008-2009. Gizzi stepped into the position after serving as the head varsity girls' basketball coach for five seasons. His duties as a Greyhound are scouting and player development.
Gizzi led the McDonogh School in Owings Mills, Md., to a 100-32 (.757) record during the five seasons. He has over 200 wins as a high school coach on his resume.
"Tom brings a fantastic background, not only as a coach, but as a person and teacher," Head Coach Joe Logan said at the time of Gizzi's hiring. "His dedication to helping students learn is evident on the court in the way that he approached practices and games. He will fit very well into our staff, and we look forward to his knowledge and enthusiasm."
Gizzi was named The Baltimore Sun Coach of the Year in 2007, and the Eagles' winning percentage during his tenure was No. 2 in the Baltimore area.
Thirteen of his players are currently on, or have been members of, NCAA women's basketball rosters, including players who are at Notre Dame, Boston University, George Mason and Stony Brook.
"I am extremely excited to join Coach Logan and Loyola University Women's Basketball," Gizzi said when he started at Loyola. "This is a great opportunity to be a part of a Division I women's basketball program that has a lot of momentum and the goal of winning the MAAC. I will try to use my experience from the last 20 years coaching high school student-athletes, especially the foundation I built at McDonogh School, to help Coach Logan and the program exceed expectations."
After taking over a program with a three-year record of 37-37 from 2000-2002, Gizzi's teams reached the semifinals of the Interscholastic Athletics Association of Maryland (IAAM) each of his five seasons at McDonogh.
Six Eagles players earned All-IAAM First Team honors, and McDonogh rose to a No. 2 ranking in the State of Maryland by The Sun during his tenure.
Prior to coaching at McDonogh, Gizzi was the head varsity girls' basketball coach at The Hill School in Pottstown, Pa., for five seasons. He was the first head coach of the varsity program and helped the team reach a 24-5 record during the 2000-2001 season and an 88-24 mark over his tenure. Four players from Gizzi's teams played NCAA Division I basketball and he coached three 1,000-point scorers.
He was the head varsity boys' basketball coach at Souderton (Pa.) Area High School from 1995-1998 and led the team to a 15-10 record in his final season, the best record of a Souderton team over the previous 25 seasons.
In addition to his basketball coaching experience, Gizzi has also been a successful high school football coach. He was an assistant head coach at McDonogh, specializing in defense and special teams.
He helped the Eagles to a 40-16 record on the gridiron from 2003-2007, leading them to the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) title game all five seasons.
Gizzi was the head varsity football coach at The Hill School, taking a team that went 5-40 in the six years prior to his arrival and turning it into a team that won 13 of 18 games over his last two years.
Off the court, Gizzi was a science teacher at McDonogh, The Hill School and Souderton, teaching chemistry courses at advanced levels.
Gizzi was an All-Ivy League First Team football player at the University of Pennsylvania during his undergraduate days. He helped the Quakers win three Ivy League titles, 1985, 1986 and 1988. He was a team captain as a senior in 1988 and picked up Honorable Mention All-America and All-ECAC honors in addition to league laurels.
He graduated from Pennsylvania in 1989 with a bachelor of arts in biological basis of behavior. Gizzi then earned his master of science in education leadership from Saint Joseph's University in 1997.
Following his collegiate football experience, he was a team captain and All-Pro performer for the Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League. Gizzi and his teammates won Arena Bowl V, 48-42, over the Detroit Drive.
Gizzi also has worked in pharmaceutical sales for The Upjohn Company and Rhone-Poulenc Rorer, earning regional and national awards.
He lives in Finksburg, Md., with his wife, Holly, and two daughters, Hannah and Leah.