Persico To Be Inducted Into Red & Blue Terrier Ring Of Honor

Persico, a member of St. Francis Prep's class of '84, will become the first women's volleyball inductee at the school.

March 7, 2014

QUEENS, N.Y. – St. John’s volleyball head coach Joanne Persico will be inducted into the inaugural Red & Blue Terrier Ring of Honor by her high school, St. Francis Prep on Saturday, March 15 at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, N.Y. Persico, a member of the class of ’84, will become the first women’s volleyball inductee at the school.

A volleyball standout at St. Francis Prep, Persico was also selected as an inaugural member of the Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) Hall of Fame in 1991. She also has been awarded a seat on the St. Francis Board of Trustees and served as President of the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) for Brooklyn and Queens from 2007-09. Persico’s first-ever induction into a Hall of Fame came in 1988, when she was inducted into the Orange Hall of Fame by her alma mater, Syracuse.

The first and only head coach of the St. John’s volleyball program has compiled a 387-244 career record while leading the Red Storm for 20 seasons. Since the program’s inception in 1994, she has won three regular season BIG EAST conference championships (2006, 2007, 2008), one BIG EAST Tournament championship (2007), and made two NCAA Tournament appearances (2006, 2007), including one NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 appearance in 2007.

A 2006 and 2007 College Volleyball Update (CVU) Honorable Mention Coach of the Year and the 2006 Northeast Region Coach of the Year, Persico has coached one AVCA All-American and 11 honorable mentions, 15 AVCA Regional All-Americans, two AVCA Northeast Region Freshmen of the Year, two BIG EAST Players of the Year, one CVU National Setter of the Year, two National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) All-Americans, a three-time winner of the BIG EAST Libero of the Year, one BIG EAST Rookie of the Year and 29 All-BIG EAST selections. 



Persico also received the 2006 BIG EAST Coach of the Year honor almost 20 years to the day after being named the 1986 BIG EAST Player of the Year at Syracuse.  

For more information on the Red & Blue Terrier Ring of Honor Inaugural Gala, email or call (718) 423-8810, ext. 259.


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