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Popular UConn Golf Coach Giannelli Dies

December 10, 2002

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STORRS, Conn. (AP) _ Joseph Giannelli, the longtime golf coach at the University of Connecticut, has died of leukemia. He was 76.

Giannelli, who died Monday, also coached football and lacrosse during his 37-year tenure at UConn.

``He was just like an institution here,″ athletic director Lew Perkins said Tuesday. ``Always had a smile. Whatever you asked him to do he would do. He was just a great guy, a great family guy and a great personal friend.″

Giannelli, who won several coach of the year honors in New England and the Big East, was the golf coach for 20 years until 2000 and continued to serve as coach emeritus until his death. He led the Huskies to the Big East championship in 1994 and the ECAC title in 1993.

Under Giannelli, UConn finished in the top 10 in 97 of 124 tournaments and won four New England Championships.

He joined the UConn staff in 1966 and served as an assistant football coach through 1980, a term that included four Yankee Conference championships. Giannelli also was an assistant and head coach of the men’s lacrosse team.

Prior to UConn, Giannelli had football coaching stints at Boston University and Hofstra.

He was born July 18, 1926, in Medford, Mass., and was a standout athlete in high school. He served in the Navy during World War II and after his discharge enrolled at Western Maryland where he lettered in five sports.

Giannelli is survived by his wife of 41 years, Joan, three daughters, a son and 10 grandchildren.

Calling hours at the Potter Funeral Home in Willimantic are Thursday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Storrs.


Memorial donations can be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, 3 Forest St., New Canaan, CT 06840 or the Joe Giannelli Golf Fund, c/o University of Connecticut Athletic Department, 2111 Hillside Road, Storrs, CT 06269.

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