2017 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee Spotlight: Robert Bertucci '74

2017 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee Spotlight: Robert Bertucci '74

Springfield, Mass. - February 25, 2017 - Springfield College is proud to announce that Robert Bertucci '74 is one of the five individuals who will be inducted into the Springfield College Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 1st.

If you are interested in attending the induction celebration and celebrating Robert's career and impact on Springfield College, please register online here!

At Springfield, Bertucci served as a captain for the men's volleyball team. In his four years of participation (1970- 1974), he helped the Pride to an overall record of 85-14-3.  In 1971, Bertucci led Springfield to the program's first-ever Division I Final Four appearance, which included UC-Santa Barbara, Ball State, and UCLA. After graduation, Bertucci pursued his Master's in Business Administration at Long Island University.

Bertucci continued his contributions to the sport of volleyball through his vast and accomplished coaching positions. He has been the head coach at notable institutions such as Army, the University of Tennessee, Rutgers University (1987-1993), Temple University (1995-2010), and currently Lehigh University (2011-Present). Bertucci's first head coaching job was at Army, where he founded the women's volleyball program in 1978, and guided the women's team to an AIAW district championship in his first season and as was named the Eastern Collegiate Volleyball League Coach of the Year.  His time at the University of Tennessee saw him earn SEC Coach of the Year honors in 1984 as he led the Lady Vols to four NCAA Championship appearances.  Bertucci then took the reins of both the men's and women's programs at Rutgers-Newark., where his women's squad won two New Jersey Athletic Conference titles, while the men's team reached the NCAA Division I Final Four in 1990.  His 16-year stint at Temple produced 10 Atlantic 10 conference championships and three East Division Championships, as well as four NCAA Championship berths. Most recently, Bertucci was named Patriot League Coach of the Year (2014) while at Lehigh as he has accumulated over 800 career victory. Since 1987, he has coached eight All-Americans and 59 All-Conference players.

On a national scale, Bertucci has worked with USA Volleyball and the US National program in coaching, scouting, and as a clinician. Some of the highlights include, serving as a member of the United States National Team coaching staff for seven years, coaching the U.S. Women's Volleyball team at World University Games Team twice, and assisting with the Women's National Team tryouts since 2011.

Bertucci's other honors include being inducted into the YMCA Volleyball Hall of Fame and being inducted into the Staten Island Sports Hall of Fame. He has also been recognized for his work in adaptive physical education – designing programs for children with disabilities – and has authored six books and several videos pertaining to volleyball.