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As an Athlete


 Tom grew up playing all sports with his two older brothers, and was raised by his mom and dad.  His late dad, 'Big Al' Gargiulo, pitched for the Graceville Oilers in the old Alabama-Florida League.  The team was part of the Baltimore Oriole farm system in 1955 & 1956.  Tom also grew up with his loving and sage-like mother (Ruth), along with older brothers, Joe and Mike.  They all contributed uniquely to his development both on and off the field.  In 1982, as a senior at Nutley H.S. (NJ), Tom earned all-county & all-state honors as a center fielder.  He went on to play in college for ABCA Hall of Fame coach, Johnny Reagan.  Tom earned a Division I baseball scholarship to Murray State University (Ky.), and was a (3) year starter at shortstop.  

While at Murray State he played in the same infield as his brother (Mike), who was a standout first baseman.  In 1985, Tom earned 1st Team, All-Ohio Valley Conference honors.


 

As a Student


  1988 / (BS) Physical Education & Health / Murray State University (Ky.) 

  1988 / (Minor) Youth Agencies Administration / Murray State University (Ky.)

  2001 / (MA) Educational Administration & Supervision / New Jersey City University 

  2002 - 2006 / (30 hrs./10 courses) Educational Leadership / Canter & Marygrove College  



As an Educator & Coach

   MEMBER:

  A.B.C.A. / American Baseball Coaches Association 

  M.S.U.N.E.R. / Montclair State Univ. Network for Educational Renewal

  

( * denotes championships )  


  1989 - 2021 / Physical Education Teacher, Abraham Lincoln Elementary School (NJ)

  1989 / Asst. Basketball, Wayne Valley H.S. (NJ)

  1990 - 1997 / Asst. Football, Nutley H.S. (NJ)

  1990 - 1998 / Asst. Basketball, Nutley H.S.

  1990 -1991 / Asst. Baseball, Nutley H.S.

  1992 - 2001 / Head Baseball, Nutley High, (NJ) 

 * 1992 /  Group 3 Section II, State Champions (Football). 

  1993, 1996, & 2001 / Top 100 Sr. All-Stars Baseball Game /Coach  (@ Princeton University)

 * 1993 / Essex County Champions / Baseball

 * 1995 / NNJIL Conference Co-Champions / Baseball (w/St. Joseph Regional) 

 * 1996 / NNJIL Conference Champions  / Baseball 

 * 1996 / Group 3 Section II Baseball State Champions

  1996 / Group 3 Baseball State Finals Runner-Up (Lost vs. #2 Steinert, 5-4)

  1996 / Finished Ranked #7 Final Top 20 (Baseball)

  1999 / Asst. Football, MKA H.S. (Upper Montclair, NJ)

 * 2001 / Group 3 Section II Baseball State Champions

  2001 / Group 3 State Semi-Finalist (Baseball)

 * 2001 / Essex County Baseball Champions (Defeated N.J. #1 Ranked Seton Hall Prep)

  2001 / Essex County Baseball Coach of the Year (Newark Star Ledger)

  2001 / Finished Ranked #15 Baseball Final Top 20

  2002 / Asst. Baseball, Montclair State Univ., (NJ) 

  2004 /Head Baseball, Paramus Catholic HS, (NJ)

  2005 - 2015 / Asst. Baseball, James Caldwell HS, (NJ)

Small Business Owner


  1999 - Present / (Owner) Division One Sports Camps & Clinics, L.L.C.

  1999 - Present / (Owner / Director) NJ Youth Baseball - Leadership Summer Camp

  2010 -Present / Leadership Development Speaker

  2013 & 2014 / Director, NJ Baseball Coaches Clinic (@ The Yogi Berra Museum, Upper Montclair, N.J.)

 


As an Author


 2019  /  INSIDE PITCH MAGAZINE

                Article Title:  Programming Your Program; The Little Things Are Big."

               Article Link: 

https://abca.org/magazine/2019-6_November_December/Coaches_Corner_Programming_Your_Program.aspx

Leadership Research Interviews


List of Hall of Famers Interviewed:


Johnny Reagan  -  Murray State University

Richard 'Itch' Jones  -  University of Illinois, Southern Illinois University

Mike Martin  -  Florida State University

Bobby Ross  -  The Citadel / Army (U.S.M.A.) / Maryland / Georgia Tech / San Diego Chargers / Detroit Lions

Mark Newman  -  Old Dominion University / Sr. V.P., New York Yankees

Gary Ward  -  Oklahoma State University

Sonny Pittaro  -  Rider University

Bobby Cremins  -  Appalachian St. / Georgia Tech / College of Charleston

Brian Hill  -  Orlando Magic 

Darren Fenster  -  Rutgers University / Boston Red Sox

David Sollazzo  -  Maryland / The Citadel / Georgia Tech

Mike Gottfried - Pitt / Kansas / Cincinnati / Murray State

Ron Zook - Green Bay Packer, Illinois, Florida, Ohio State, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Murray State

Kirk Rueter - Murray State University, Montreal Expos, San Francisco Giants

Ron Polk - Georgia Southern / Mississippi State University / University of Georgia

George "Rock" Conti - Asbury Park & Ocean Township H.S. (N.J.)

Keith Madison - University of Kentucky 




Photos



That's me (above) at my hometown (Nutley, N.J.) 

Little League post-season dinner as the keynote

 speaker.  My two brothers and I share great 

memories playing baseball with all our 

childhood friendsIt was an honor to speak 

to the young ball players about their 

accomplishments that season, as well as 

the adversities that they had to overcome.


Batting practice back in Nutley High School (1982).  

You never know where sports can take you, 

but you have to be willing to put in the work.


My teammates and I were all members of the grounds 

crew.  We shoveled, sifted, and wheel-barrowed 

our own dirt to manicure the field.  

I took pride in our field, but more so in my 

commitment to the team.   That's me (above) 

hook sliding  into 3B on the old Reagan Field 

which sat at the heart of our campus.  

We won a hard fought 5-2 victory over the

University of Kentucky that day. (Spring 1985)


Being part of a team is one of the most cherished 

        relationships a student-athlete will ever enjoy.       


Here my teammates and I enjoying the camaraderie of celebrating small successes.

 My teammates and I assemble for a team picture 

just before heading out to our luau in 

Honolulu, Hawaii (Spring, 1985), with 

Diamond Head as a backdrop.  We 

played 7 games during the 10 day trip.  

My personal favorite was our tour of the USS 

Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor.  Great 

memories, all because of the little white ball.


EVERYONE NEEDS MENTORS.

Besides my parents, one of my greatest mentors 

was my American Legion coach, Mike Calicchio 

(pictured above).  He was also a great baseball and 

basketball player at Murray State in the 

mid-to-late 70's. With Mike's help, I was able to 

play in college alongside my older brother Michael

for three years. 


EDUCATOR. LEADER. COMPETITOR. GENTLEMAN.

Johnny Reagan

Hall of Fame Coach, Player , and Person



TESTIMONIALS


"COACH TOM GARGIULO IS A FANTASTIC SPEAKER.  HIS PRESENTATION KEPT 

OUR STUDENT-ATHLETES ENGAGED BY USING A VARIETY OF TECHNIQUES. 

WITH MY FULLEST CONFIDENCE, I RECOMMEND TOM GARGIULO 

AS A SPEAKER.  HE WILL BE A TERRIFIC ASSET TO YOUR LEARNING INSTITUTION."


- MARK A. CORINO, ATHLETIC DIRECTOR / MEN'S BAKETBALL COACH / ASST. V.P

 ( CALDWELL UNIVERSITY / CALDWELL, N.J.)

COACH TOM WAS REMARKABLE! HIS LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT 

TIPS WERE A REAL BREATH OF FRESH AIR. HIS LEADERSHIP 

PRESENTATION INSTILLED A RENEWED CONFIDENCE IN ME 

TO FURTHER INSPIRE PRODUCTIVITY THROUGH POSITIVITY. 

SIMPLY AND EFFECTIVELY, TOM USES AN ENTERTAINING BLEND 

OF HUMOR ALONG WITH HIGH QUALITY (PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT) 

CONTENT. AS A FORMER DIVISION I ATHLETE, I PARTICULARLY ENJOYED 

TOM'S HALL OF FAME COACHING STORIES. THEY MOTIVATE WITH A 

MESSAGE! SO IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR A CONSULTANT TO TAKE YOUR 

TEAM TO THE NEXT LEVEL, AND HAVE FUN DOING IT, 

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND COACH GARGIULO.


- RUSSELL BURGER / DIRECTOR, AMEREN-MISSOURI CORPORATION