Celebrating a man for others.

Board of Trustees

Dan Finn Classic Board of Trustees

 
Mr. Robert Lauterhahn – Chairman
Bob Lauterhahn 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mr. Edward Finn Sr.
 ed finn picture
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mr. Robert Hurley
 
bhurleyFor over 40 years, Bob Hurley’s teams have dominated high school basketball in New Jersey. His is a sustained excellence that has produced 26 state championships, more than  any  other  HS  program  in  history, and  four national titles. He has been named National Coach of the Year four times. In 2011, Coach Hurley became the tenth coach in  high school  history to  win 1,000 games,  creating  a  national  powerhouse despite having no true home court. Seven of his teams have gone undefeated. In 2010, he was inducted  into  the  Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame; only the third HS coach to be so honored. Hurley, with  an uncompromising  passion for basketball,  has taken  kids from  the streets  of  New Jersey and transformed  them into  young men who  just happen  to play winning  basketball. More than a coach to his  players,  he has been  a  teacher,  a father figure,  advisor,  and friend.  As  a  Coach  he  demands excellence,  commitment,  and sacrifice on and off the court. He has dedicated his life to being only the best in all of his endeavors. He is a loyal friend and Trustee of the DFC and we are honored to have him in our corner.
 
 
Mr. Steve Ricciardi, Sr.
 
UntitledDedicating his life to providing opportunities for young men and woman throughout North Jersey for over 36 years, Steve Ricciardi began at Saint Michael’s in Union City where he literally wore all the hats. Giving his time as a coach, referee, league coordinator, and fund raiser, his efforts began to draw attention from all. His involvement overflowed into the Arts as he served the Theatre Group for 15 years as a set builder and thespian.
          An accomplished high school and college basketball referee for 25 years, Steve always found time to assist young referees in improving their craft. As member of IAABO Board 33 he was awarded the Dominic Cuccinello Award for Distinguished Service to Youth in 1992. In 1995 he began the Hudson – Essex All Star Basketball Game for both boys and girls. In 1999 he was inducted into the Hudson County Hall of Fame for Community Service.
             Always giving of himself in times of need he joined the DFC in its inaugural year and has served as a Trustee ever since. His commitment to help and be impactful has always been his personna and it continues today. His son, Steve, Jr., now heads up the affairs at St. Michael’s but rest assured that “DAD, as he is called by most, is always ready to jump in, if needed.

Mr. Richard Dwyer
rich dwyer
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mr. Pat Pasculli

Mrs. Mary Ann Conboy

Mr. Robert Riker

Mr. Leonard Marshall
Leonard_Marshall
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Brigidier General James J. Grant
BGGrant

With an illustrious career of service and dedication to the State of New Jersey and the United  States  of  America,  Gen.  Grant  serves  as  the  Director,  Joint  Staff to The Adjutant General of New Jersey, serving dual roles of providing federal supervision to more  than  8,300  members  of  the  NJ  Army  and  Air  National  Guard  as  well  as monitoring State operations of the NJ Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. His responsibilities include:  the Joint Staff,  Family Support,  Fiscal Division, Installations, the NJ National Guard Training Center at Sea Girt, Ethics, the Office of Military Affairs, Public Affairs and the Employer Support of  the Guard and Reserve.  Gen. Grant received his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant  through  the  Officer  Candidates  School  in 1982.   Prior to his commission,  the General served as an enlisted member  in US Marine Corps  serving from  1973 until 1975. Since 2008 he has been Chief of the Joint Staff,  NJ  National  Guard at Fort Dix and NJDMVA, in Lawrenceville.  He has been  an  avid  supporter  of  the  Dan Finn Classic and a welcome member to our Board Of Trustees.

 
 
John Forestieri
 
Carol Blazejowski
 blaze1No one in the history of sports has ever had a more fitting nickname than Carol “Blaze” Blazejowski. Her extraordinary athletic talent, relentless determination, and uncompromising work ethic made her one of the brightest stars in the history of women’s basketball and a trailblazer for women’s sports in this country.
             Not knowing where to pursue a college education, Carol chose Montclair State, where her legacy as an athlete and executive with international acclaim began. She rewrote the record books earning All-American honors in 1976, 77 and 78, Converse Women’s Player of the Year in 1977 and the first ever Wade Trophy as Women’s Basketball Player of the year in 1978. She amassed 3,199 points in her college caree
             The “Blaze” served as National Coordinator of Women’s Promotions for Adidas as well as President and GM of WNBA’s New York Liberty. She is a member of 9 Halls Of Fame, including the National Basketball Hall of Fame (1994). Recently, Carol became a member of IAABO Board 33 as a basketball referee. Currently she is the Associate VP for University Advancement at MSU. Always humble, Carol has lent her efforts to many charitable causes. The DFC is proud to recognize her excellence and the way she has shared it.    
 
 
 

Mike Mara 

Dennis Murray

Dennis is a retired executive with the Prudential Insurance Company of America for 36 years, retiring in 2012 as the Vice President and Account Executive in Prudential’s Group Insurance Department. He remains active in many athletic, civic, and humane service organizations in his home community of Little Falls serving the Archdiocese of Paterson and especially DePaul High School in many capacities. Additionally, over the years, he has coached a variety of youth sports and served as an IAABO Board #33 referee for over 30 years. He remains an Executive Board member with Board #33. Dennis serves as the Chairman of the Hospitality Committee, welcoming teams and dignataries to the Jersey City Armory since the DFC inception. Using his vast background in the business world, Dennis will also assist in helping obtain sponsorship for both the Classic and the Gala.

 

   

John Bertolotti