After six years as Director of Athletics, Vito Chiaravalloti ’99 will be stepping down from his positions at Christian Brothers Academy on July 31st.
Chiaravalloti has been a faculty member and head swim coach at the Academy since 2008. He was promoted to Director of Athletics in the summer of 2014, after the retirement of longtime AD John Przygocki.
“Words alone cannot express my sincere gratitude for the opportunity I have been blessed with working at CBA these past twelve years,” Chiaravalloti said. “To be surrounded by the finest students and educators this world has to offer has been a privilege that I appreciated each day I set foot on campus.”
Under Chiaravalloti’s leadership, CBA won the NJSIAA/ShopRite Cup for best non-public athletic program in New Jersey in each of his six years as AD.
Chiaravalloti has been responsible for 18 varsity programs, over 60 coaches, and upwards of 700 student-athletes each year.
“I would like to thank Mr. Chiaravalloti for his years of committed service to not only CBA Athletics, but to the entire institution,” Principal Ross Fales said. “His vision of athletics as an extension of the educational process and mission of the school has helped our students grow into better, more complete young men.”
The Colts have won over 35 state championships in the past six years, including championships in baseball, crew, cross country, golf, hockey, indoor and outdoor track & field, rugby, sailing, soccer and swimming.
This spring, national publication MaxPreps ranked Christian Brothers as the seventh-best athletic program in the country and the only New Jersey school in the top 50.
Recognizing the overall trend towards digital offerings in sports, Chiaravalloti launched LetsGoColts.com in 2015, which serves as the exclusive home for CBA Athletics on the web. He gave the Colts an extra digital presence through dynamic social media use, including graphics, videos and more.
He is also responsible for kickstarting the CBA Athletics Corporate Partnership Program, raising over $150,000 for the Academy through sponsorships with local and regional partners.
In 2017, Chiaravalloti helped launch the CBA Digital Network, the in-house broadcasting group for CBA Athletics. The Digital Network now broadcasts over 20 games per year on LetsGoColts.com, with CBA fans tuning in across the country – and even worldwide.
Most recently, Chiaravalloti kept CBA student-athletes engaged through the remote learning period with personal development sessions that focused on mindfulness, attitude, nutrition and more.
“Mr. Chiaravalloti’s understanding of the mental, social and emotional aspects of student-athletes facilitated a positive and inclusive environment, while also maintaining the winning tradition of CBA Athletics,” Fales continued. “His leadership has fostered innovation and the development of CBA Athletics into a true 21st century program.”
As a staunch supporter of high school athletics, Chiaravalloti volunteered his time to several state and conference committees, including the NJSIAA COVID-19 Sports Advisory Task Force, NJSIAA Swimming Sports Committee, and Shore Conference Executive Committee.
Within the Shore Conference, he served as A North Divisional Vice President, Conference Marketing Committee Chair, Conference Cooperative Sports Committee Chair, and Conference Swimming Championship Director.
As head swim coach, his Colts won 10 Non-Public A State Championships, including seven in a row from 2010 to 2016 and three straight from 2018 to 2020. CBA also won the Monmouth County and Shore Conference swimming titles in each of his 12 seasons. Chiaravalloti was named the NHFS New Jersey High School Coach of the Year in 2012.
“I cannot thank the CBA community enough, especially the students, for embracing me, challenging me, and inspiring me every day to be my absolute best,” Chiaravalloti said. “I will carry the countless memories we have made together with me for the rest of my life, and I look forward to witnessing the continued success of the Academy as it heads into the future.”
Christian Brothers Academy has begun a search for its next Athletic Director.
“An internal search for our new Athletic Director is already underway to build on the strong foundation that Mr. Chiaravalloti has laid,” Fales said. “I am confident the right person in our Lasallian family will be able to pick up where he left off and continue the great tradition and success of CBA athletics.”