Jim DiPietro '76 donates $50,000 back to Stony Brook Football

Jim DiPietro during his Stony Brook Football days
Jim DiPietro during his Stony Brook Football days

Dec. 13, 2012

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Stony Brook Football alumnus Jim DiPietro '76, and his wife Angel, have generously donated $50,000 to the football program, Director of Athletics Jim Fiore announced Thursday.

"We are grateful to have such avid supporters of our football program in Jim and Angel DiPietro," Fiore said. "Their gift is yet another example of Seawolves alumni investing in our department and supporting the vision we have for the future success of Stony Brook Athletics. I am extremely appreciative of their continued generosity and their unwavering support of our student-athletes, coaches and staff members."

DiPietro played for Stony Brook Football in the 1970s and was named an All-American running back in 1974. He ranked fourth in the nation in rushing for small colleges, averaging more than 100 yards per game. The Stony Brook Statesman described him as one of the "toughest running backs in the league."

Since his glory days on the gridiron, DiPietro has been very active with Stony Brook Football. In 2009, he raised over $60,000 for the football program by hosting a fundraiser cocktail party at his home, featuring the attendance of more than 130 alumni and friends. DiPietro regularly attends games and can be sees pacing the sidelines in support of the team. He also supported this year's Grant Family Football Banquet where he served as one of the feature presenters.

"I've been a major supporter of Stony Brook Football since my days on the the team in the 1970s," DiPietro said. "Since those days, it's been my dream to see Stony Brook Football reach the level it has today, and I'm proud to continue to support the program."

DiPietro has been a private practice attorney since 1986, serving as a criminal lawyer for some of New York's most notorious court trials. Prior to that, he was assistant district attorney in Nassau Country, where he was chief trial counselor for major narcotics prosecutions.

In 1985, DiPietro was the first attorney in the state of New York to try a double jury trial.

After graduating summa cum laude from Stony Brook in 1976, DiPietro then earned his J.D. from Hofstra Law School in 1979.