Fordham University head athletic trainer Vinny Porricelli, ATC, CSCS, who has worked with Fordham student-athletes for the past 35 years, announced his retirement effective August 25, 2017, it was announced today.
“We are immensely grateful to Vinny for his outstanding dedication and devotion to Fordham athletics and the student-athletes,” said Director of Athletic Dave Roach. “He worked tirelessly to provide the student-athletes the best of care with their well-being always a priority. Vinny will be missed.”
Porricelli, who joined the Fordham training staff in a part-time capacity in 1982 before becoming full-time three years later, took over as head athletic trainer after longtime head trainer Jim Wilson retired in 1999. He is just one of four people to hold the position of head athletic trainer in Fordham history.
A 1973 Manhattan College graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education, Porricelli received his Certificate in Physical Therapy from Columbia University in 1975, and three years later a Masters in Exercise Physiology at the New York City-based school.
Porricelli became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) by the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) in 2003. And in January of 2008 he received his certification from the Titleist Performance Institute as a Certified Golf Fitness Instructor.
In 2008, Porricelli was rewarded for his 20+ years of service to Fordham, as he was inducted into the Fordham Athletic Hall of Fame.