By Jerry Del Priore
On Monday, St. Joseph’s College Vice President for Athletics and Campus Services Shantey Hill-Hanna announced the appointment of Margaret Alaimo, a Marine Park, Brooklyn, native, as the director of athletics and recreation for the Brooklyn campus.
“St. Joseph’s College is thrilled to welcome Margaret to the Bears family,” Hill-Hanna said in a press release. “Her leadership experience and Brooklyn background will serve our student-athletes, staff, and coaches well. We look forward to the contributions Margaret will make in continuing the success the athletic department has achieved both athletically and academically.”
Alaimo resume is stacked, with over 30 years of athletics experience at the Division I level. She becomes the second female athletic director in SJC Brooklyn history and first since Bears Hall of Fame inductee Margaret Ward, who was SJC Brooklyn’s first athletic director and women’s basketball coach from 1951 to 1984.
“I would like to thank Shantey for this great opportunity and I look forward to working with the coaches and staff in supporting the growth and development of all of our student-athletes,” Alaimo said.
Alaimo spent 30 years of her accomplished career at Long Island University, located down Dekalb Avenue within walking distance from SJC in Downtown Brooklyn.
Under her direction, the Blackbirds have captured over 60 Northeast Conference (NEC) championships and demonstrated academic excellence as well. In the fall of 2018, the LIU Brooklyn athletic department posted its highest departmental GPA ever, 3.427, marking the fourth straight semester of increasing that average.
Alaimo joined LIU as head women’s basketball coach in 1987 and held several coaching and administrative roles over a 30-year tenure that spanned two tours. She had a two-year stint at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey as associate director of athletics before returning to LIU in 2004 as senior associate director of athletics where she had been before her recent appointment at SJC.
A former basketball standout and alumna of St. Francis College, Alaimo scored over 1,400 points combined between St. Francis and the College of New Rochelle and the SFC Athletics Hall of Fame inducted her into its Athletics Hall of Fame in 2002.
An alumna of the now-defunct Stella Maris High School — a Sisters of St. Joseph School — in Rockaway, Queens, the Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) inducted Alaimo into its Hall of Fame a year later.
“I am really excited to join the St. Joseph’s College family,” Alaimo concluded. “On my visits to campus, I felt a strong sense of family and community, which will continue to be the foundations in all that we do.”