Category Archives: John Gagliardi

For coaches at Saint John’s, no pastures greener

“Somewhere on this campus there is always a light on and a door unlocked,” says the Rev. Timothy Backous, who served as athletics director from 2003 to 2006 and now is the headmaster of Saint John’s prep school. “I think … Continue reading

Force of Habit

The bells have been ringing for thirty minutes, but it is the sound of a cane rattling through the empty, cavernous church that suggests prayer. It is held by an old man, his stooped body covered in the flowing black … Continue reading

Football Family Values (Gagliardi/

“John [Gagliardi] is the glue that holds the St. John’s community together.”

Monks as Players, Coaches, Chaplains and Fans

Even as monks, members of the abbey have made significant contributions to Saint John’s athletics. Father Dunstan Tucker, remembered as Saint John’s greatest baseball coach, won the conference championship in 1969 on his 70th birthday. Other monk-coaches were Fathers Fintan … Continue reading

The Gentlest Giants

[Webmaster’s Note: The following Sports Illustrated article came out in August of 1992, exactly one year after the sexual abuse scandal on campus hit the media. View ]