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Bethlehem, Pa., March 8, 2005—On Tuesday, March 8, Moravian College athletic director Paul Moyer announced that the College will recognize and honor legendary coach and former athletic director Rocco Calvo by naming Moravian’s renovated football field, Rocco Calvo Field.
From 1955 to 1992, Calvo personified Moravian College athletics. He coached football, basketball and baseball, served as the college’s athletic director for nearly twenty years, led dozens of championship teams, worked with hundreds of all-star athletes, and made a difference in the lives of thousands of Moravian College students.
According to Moyer, Moravian’s ongoing commitment to providing top-quality facilities for all students presented a special opportunity to recognize Calvo. “The tradition of excellence that defines Moravian College athletics was built by coaches like Rocco Calvo,” said Moyer. “It is an honor for me to follow in his footsteps, and a special pleasure for me to make this announcement not only because Coach Calvo is so deserving, but because our alumni have wanted this for years.”
During the months ahead, Moravian will complete extensive site preparation; install an artificial playing surface for football, lacrosse, and intramurals; and construct an eight-lane, competition track. Work on these projects will begin in March and is expected to be completed by opening day of next fall’s football season on September 3. Renovating the former Steel Field is just one project within the Moravian Athletics Master Plan which calls for ongoing improvements to nearly all of the college’s athletic facilities. “We still need to raise approximately $250,000 to complete the funding for Calvo Field,” says Moyer.
“Our entire Moravian College community, including our outstanding student-athletes, will benefit from the quality, distinction, and attractiveness of these improvements,” said Ervin J. Rokke, president. “We are a community that has no doubt of its central mission of teaching and learning—the Priscilla Payne Hurd Academic Complex at the heart of our campus is powerful, physical testimony to that commitment. At the same time, we enjoy a marvelous athletic tradition that complements academic excellence in a uniquely Moravian balance of “mind, body, and spirit.”