GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (January 25, 2021)--On Saturday, January 23rd, Mr. Thomas Iacovone, Jr. officially became the Interim Principal of Gloucester Catholic. Please take the time to get to know Mr. Iacovone, a teacher, administrator, coach, father, and husband. He succeeds Mr. Ed Beckett ’78 who served and led Gloucester Catholic with distinction over a long number of years. As he assumes the leadership of Gloucester Catholic at this important moment, please see the Q & A below that provides insight into who Mr. Iacovone is.
Question 1: Can you tell us a little about your family’s history with Gloucester Catholic?
Answer: I come from a family that has a deep and rich history with Gloucester Catholic and the City of Gloucester. My father is a proud, immensely proud graduate of the Class of 1970. My mom grew up in Gloucester City on Thompson Avenue, so I have always felt like I have been working in my “hometown”. I have numerous uncles, aunts, and cousins who have graduated from GC. My father, as many people know, is the current Chair of the Gloucester Catholic Advisory Board. He is also a former faculty member and at one time was the head coach of our school’s football team. One of my most fond memories as a child was serving as the ball boy for our football team and doing so while my dad was the coach. When I attend games today as a member of the GC faculty, I still think back to those moments when I was able to run on to the field with the Ram football players.
Question 2: How long have you been on staff and in what roles have you served?
Answer: I have been on the Gloucester Catholic staff for 13 years since my arrival at the start of the 2007 school year. Since my arrival, I have enjoyed every minute and every role that I have had. I have taught in a number of subject areas, including Physical Education, United States History, Sociology, Algebra I & II as well as Computer Applications. In addition, I held the position of Assistant Dean of Discipline for a number of years. My most recent position has been Assistant Principal for Student Affairs.
Question 3: What would you like to say to the Gloucester Catholic alumni community?
Answer: I have not seen a more spirited group of alumni anywhere. While they certainly take great joy in our victories on the fields, in the gyms, and on the ice, it is their giving spirit that impresses me so much. Most importantly, I want to thank our alumni, friends, and all of our donors for their incredibly generous support. Their giving nature is making a profound difference in our ability to sustain excellence at a really important time. We are only a few years away from the Centennial Anniversary of Gloucester Catholic. It is our supporters who are empowering the heart of Gloucester Catholic to beat loudly and proudly at this time. I am looking forward to meeting our alumni and am certainly available to talk with anyone who has questions about the leadership transition and anything else related to our great school.
Question 4: Can you tell us a little bit about you personally?
Answer: My wife, Rebecca, and I live in Woodstown, NJ, and are the proud parents of three children, sons Thomas and Jude, and daughter, Nora. I graduated from Lebanon Valley College of Annville, PA in 2005 and earned my bachelor’s degree in Political Science. During my time at Lebanon Valley College, I played guard on the men’s basketball team for two seasons. In 2007, I earned my master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Rowan University. Also, for the last 16 seasons, I have been a member of the Rowan University Men’s Basketball coaching staff, first serving as a graduate assistant for two years before becoming a full-time assistant coach.
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