Courtesy: MAAC Sports

Fairfield University Adds George Bisacca & Dianne Nolan to 2014 MAAC Honor Class

Courtesy:  MAAC Sports
Release:  February 20, 2014

Edison, N.J. – The 2014 MAAC Honor Roll Class will add two members on behalf of Fairfield University at the MAAC Basketball Championships in March. George Bisacca, the Stag’s head men’s coach from 1958-88, and Dianne Nolan, the women’s head coach for 28 seasons, will be enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the “MAAC Experience” exhibit.

George Bisacca led the Stags’ transition to Division I status from College Division. After an 11-11 season in his debut year as head coach, Bisacca guided Fairfield to a 54-21 mark in the next three years, including three appearances in the NCAA College Division playoffs. The 1964-65 season was the transition year to Division I play, and Bisacca guided Fairfield to a 61-29 record in the next four season. In his final year at the helm, Bisacca led the Stags into a schedule that included Houston and its All-America center Elvin Hayes, Niagara and its do-everything guard Calvin Murphy, and St. Bonaventure and another Hall of Famer, Bob Lanier. Bisacca, who began his coaching career at Fairfield Prep, was also an attorney who kept his practice while coaching. In his 10 seasons as head coach, he led the Stags to a 151-87 record. During his tenure, he produced three NBA draft choices, as well as future coaching great Nick Macarchuk.

Dianne Nolan posted a program-record 456 victories, and led the Stags to four NCAA Tournament appearances and one WNIT berth in her 28 season stint as head coach of the Fairfield women’s basketball team. Nolan guided the Stags to three MAAC championships, and was named “Coach of the Year” in the MAAC five times. She oversaw the Stags’ transition to the Division I level in 1981. Under Nolan’s guidance, every senior that she ever coached at Fairfield graduated on time. With the Stags 69-53 win over Rider on Jan. 29, 2006, Nolan became the 28thcoach in Division I history with 500 career wins. Prior to her time at Fairfield, she served as head coach at St. Francis (NY) for five years.  Nolan is currently in her fourth season as head coach of the Lafayette women’s program, after three seasons as an assistant coach at Yale.

The MAAC Honor Roll is part of the 600 square foot “MAAC Experience” display at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. Each year one honoree selected by the MAAC Council of Presidents joins one male and one female honoree from each of the 11 MAAC institutions. The 23-member 2014 induction class will be enshrined to the MAAC Honor Roll on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame Court of Dreams. The Honorees’ names will be added to the “MAAC Experience” exhibit.  Additionally, each honoree will be profiled in the 2014 MAAC Basketball Championships game program and will also be featured in a video display at The MAAC Experience available for viewing by the general public. Lastly, the honorees will also be recognized at halftime of the 9:00p.m. MAAC Men’s Basketball Championship quarterfinal on Saturday, March 8.

The complete 2014 MAAC Honor Roll Class:

MAAC Honoree:

Brad Tracy



Male Honoree

Female Honoree


Frank Swiatek

Dr. Ellen Conley


George Bisacca

Dianne Nolan


Kevin Hamilton

Celeste Grier-Johnathan


Luis Flores

Marianne Reilly


Mike Hart

Julianne Viani


Ron Kornegay

Joan Martin


Juan Mendez

Joan Thornton


Keith Gaither

Patricia Hayes


Jack Madden

Kelly Eckardt Zawodny

Saint Peter’s

Don Kennedy

Tonya Grant


Billy Harrell

Lisa (Serafino) Ruggiero


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