Rocco Constantino has been selected as the new Athletic Director at Santa Barbara City College. He was the Athletic Director at New Providence High in New Jersey for the last two years and spent nine years as Assistant Athletic Director at Bloomfield College, an NCAA Div. 2 school in New Jersey. Constantino's first day at SBCC will be July 3.
"I couldn't be more thrilled to join the family at SBCC," Constantino said. "I hope to be a visible presence on campus and in the community and would like to communicate to our student-athletes, their families and the departments within the college that academics will always come first and we will represent Santa Barbara City College in the classroom, on the athletic fields and in the community with dignity and integrity."
Constantino holds a Master's degree in Educational Leadership and a Bachelor's degree in English/Writing. He has been serving most recently as the Director of Athletics at New Providence High (New Jersey) where they have 23 sports in their athletics department. Prior to that, he was the Assistant Director of Athletics for nine years at Bloomfield College. Rocco was the Head Softball Coach for 11 years at Bloomfield and the Head Women's Soccer Coach for three years. In 2015, Rocco became the third softball coach in CACC Division II era history to reach 200 career wins. He was selected as Coach of Year in 2009 for the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference and the East Coast Athletic Conference.
Constantino is a published author and former featured columnist at Bleacher Report. He wrote a book called "50 Moments That Defined Major League Baseball" and it was published in May of 2016.
Constantino will take over for Ellen O'Connor, who served as SBCC's Interim Athletic Director for the 2016-17 academic year when the Vaqueros won five WSC championships, two individual State titles and three women's teams reached the State Final Four. SBCC graduated 94 student-athletes who earned 107 degrees with 96% of these student-athletes transferring to four-year institutions.