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As an Athlete
Tom grew up playing all sports with his two older brothers and 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 his 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.) Teacher-Leadership Coursework / Canter & Marygrove College
As an Educator & Coach
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."
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
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 friends. It 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.
Hall of Fame Coach, Player , and Person
"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