***Standout Coach Pete Gillen, Business Leader Anthony Bonomo to be honored***
Bronx, N.Y. – Fordham University men’s basketball coach Tom Pecora will serve as
the chairman for the tenth annual Coaches vs. Cancer Golf Tournament on Monday,
May 9th, at the Sands Point Golf Club in Sands Point, New York. All proceeds
will benefit the American Cancer Society.
Registration and brunch begins at 11 a.m. followed by a 1 p.m. shotgun start.
After the golf concludes, there will be a cocktail hour and dinner starting at 6
This year’s Coaches vs. Cancer Golf Tournament will honor Pete Gillen, legendary
New York City Basketball Hall of Famer, and Anthony Bonomo, CEO of
Administrators for The Professions, Inc.
A native of Brooklyn, Gillen, who currently serves as an analyst for the CBS
College Sports Network, was a high school standout in basketball and baseball at
Brooklyn Prep, and later attended and played basketball, and baseball at
After graduating from college, Gillen accepted a teaching position at Holy Name
grade school in Brooklyn and later returned to his alma mater, Brooklyn Prep,
before taking over as head coach at Nazareth High School in 1973. Gillen’s
30-year coaching career included stops as an assistant at Hawaii, Vermont, VMI,
Villanova, and Notre Dame before Gillen received his first head coaching
position at Xavier in 1985. He led the Musketeers for nine years, making the
NCAA Tournament in eight of those years, while winning 202 games, the most for
any Xavier head coach, before moving on to direct Providence College in 1995. He
guided the Friars to the NIT in each of his first two years and then brought the
team to the NCAA Elite 8 in 1997.
In 1998, Gillen was named head coach at Virginia and the Cavaliers appeared in
one NCAA Tournament and four NITs under his tutelage.
In all, Gillen-led teams appeared in nine NCAA Tournaments and seven NITs in his
20 years as a head coach. While at Xavier, he was named Midwestern Collegiate
Conference Coach of the Year five times and he was one of 20 Division I men’s
basketball coaches who were finalists for the 2001 Naismith Men’s College Coach
of the Year Award. Gillen was also named the 2001 Men’s Basketball Coach of the
Year in Virginia by theRichmond Times-Dispatch and was inducted into the New
York City Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008.
Bonomo serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Administrators for the
Professions, Inc., the insurance company management organization that operates,
among others, Physicians’ Reciprocal Insurers, the medical professional
liability insurer for 10,000 New York doctors and more than 100 medical
institutions, i.e., 30% of the New York market. He acquired AFP in 2006, having
served as its President since 1995. He joined the company in 1986 as Assistant
General Counsel, then Vice President for Legal and Legislative Affairs. Under
Bonomo’s direction, the companies have grown dramatically while creating and
implementing national award-winning risk management programs for medical
practices. A frequent featured speaker on medical malpractice issues and
legislation, Anthony leads a staff of 300+ in Roslyn, Long Island, New York.
Bonomo holds B.A. and J.D. degrees from St. John’s University, and has served as
a Trustee of Hofstra University; former Commissioner, Long Island Power
Authority; former Commissioner, New York State Parks Bureau, (L.I. Regions), and
on the Boards of The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA), the Association
for the Help of Retarded Children and the Dante Foundation. He also founded the
GAELS Foundation, which is dedicated to the development of youth through
Previous honorees at the Coaches vs. Cancer Golf Tournament have included Lou
Carnesecca (St. John’s), Bobby Cremins (College of Charleston, Georgia Tech),
Rollie Massimino (Stony Brook, Villanova), Bill Raftery (Seton Hall, ESPN), Nick
Macarchuk (Fordham, Stony Brook), Jack Curran (Archbishop Molloy High School),
Jack Powers (Manhattan, NIT), Eddie Corbett (NCAA official) and Ray Nash (Bishop
Ford High School).
The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health
organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by
preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer through
research, education, advocacy and service. The proceeds from the Coaches vs.
Cancer Golf Outing will be donated to the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge
located on 32nd Street between 6th and 7th Avenues in New York City. Hope Lodge
offers free, temporary housing for cancer patients and their families who are
undergoing treatment. More than a place to stay, Hope Lodge is a home away from
home, offering a comfortable and supportive environment for encouragement and
Fighting Cancer is hard. Finding help should not be.
For more information, contact Marie Cimaglia at the American Cancer Society at
631-300-3460 or firstname.lastname@example.org.