Army Sports Hall of Fame honors Penn State integrity officer

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Penn State’s athletics integrity officer has been inducted into the Army Sports Hall of Fame.

Army honored Julie Del Giorno on Sept. 13 for excellence on the basketball court, making her part of the 10th induction class at the school’s hall of fame.

Del Giorno, who came to Penn State in March, spoke for the entire class of inductees during the ceremony.

“Having worked in intercollegiate athletics and higher education for roughly 20 years, there is no one more passionate about the important role that participation in intercollegiate athletics plays in the development of young men and women than me,” she said.

“I believe that the lessons learned through participation in athletics serve to provide an individual with training and skills that may not be otherwise learned or experienced; things like the value of teamwork; persistence; dedication; hard work; putting the goal of the team over your own individual wants, needs and goals; the importance of accomplishing the mission as a team; and pushing yourself beyond the limits of what you believe you are capable of.”

At Penn State, Del Giorno is responsible for the development, implementation and oversight of policies and practices within the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics that ensure compliance and ethical conduct.

She was a four-year letter-winner on the women's basketball team, in 1986 earning the Army Athletic Association Award – given to one male and one female annually for athletic achievement. A second-team All-America selection in 1986, Del Giorno ranked second at the time of her graduation on the Black Knights' career scoring list with 1,270 points. She posted a career scoring average of 11.8 points per game and helped the Black Knights to the 1983-84 Division II NCAA Tournament.

A veteran of the Gulf War, Del Giorno earned the Bronze Star Medal. She served as an assistant athletic director at West Point from 1993 to 1995 before moving to East Stroudsburg University, where she worked as academic coordinator for athletics, assistant to the president and as interim vice president of student affairs. She later oversaw the athletics program at Moravian College as part of her chief of staff duties there for seven years before coming to Penn State.

Del Giorno earned a bachelor of science degree from the U.S. Military Academy in 1986 and a master of business administration degree in 1998 from the University of Central Arkansas.

Last Updated January 09, 2015