Gene became Director of Athletics at Boston College in September of 1997. He led the BC athletics program to an unprecedented period of innovation, growth, fundraising, athletic and academic success. He also led the program through one of the most significant periods in its history as it transitioned to full membership in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Under DeFilippo’s leadership, Boston College student-athletes’ achievements in the classroom have become an immense source of pride for the University and its supporters. Twenty-one Boston College sports teams received a perfect Graduation Success Rate score of 100, according to data released by the NCAA last November. That figure represents the most teams with a perfect 100 score of any Division I intercollegiate athletics program in the country for the second consecutive year. In addition, BC football – with a score of 90 – was one of only six FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) programs in the country to receive a score of 90 or better.
DeFilippo and his wife, Anne, are the parents of three children – Christine Eldred (married to Matt Eldred), John and Mary and recently welcomed their first grandchild, Katherine Eldred.
Diane is the founder of Water Cooler Football. She was approached by an American man who said he had never played but wanted to “talk” football at the office and in social situations. Her entrepreneur brain went into action.
During the 2008-2009 season she taught the workshops with a former New England Patriot.
When not teaching football, she is a speaker, author, and expert on communication skills.
McGraw-Hill has published her 3 books in 7 languages.
She has appeared on NBC Nightly News, in The Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, and TheBoston Globe. She is a member of the CEO Club. Darling is also a blogger and random columnist for a variety of publications. She’s a former columnist for the Boston Business Journal. She recently taught in the MBA program at Boston University.
She has lived in the Philippines, Thailand, Colorado, Indiana, Alabama and now in Boston, MA. Her travels include all seven continents and approximately 60 countries.
Her hobbies include watching football, reading, and attempting to play tennis. In order to overcome her fear of public speaking, she took acting and standup comedy classes. She can be reached at Diane@WaterCoolerFootball.com
Tim heads up business development for Water Cooler Football. He is the marketing genius behind the strategy (both on the field and off – get it!) and helps Diane and Gene stay focused on delivering a winning game. He can be reached at Tim@WaterCoolerFootball.com
Gay brings 20+ years experience in sales and consulting services. As an extrovert, she brings significant energy and enthusiasm to Water Cooler Football. She has lived in Florida, Ohio, and now calls Boston home. She can be reached Gay@WaterCoolerFootball.com.