Dec. 17, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Tom Palamara's connection with Providence College women's ice hockey dates back to the start of the program. Palamara was named the first Head Coach of the Providence College women's ice hockey team when he was just a sophomore at Providence College and held the position for six years. It did not take him long to put the program on the right track and in just his third year at the helm, Palamara posted the first of the program's twenty one consecutive winning seasons.
Tom's wife Marjy is also a Providence College graduate, and over the years they have been avid supporters of the women's ice hockey program. Their most recent pledge will ensure that their legacy will continue forever at Schneider Arena. The Palamara Family has pledged to name the Head Women's Ice Hockey Coach's Office in the renovated Schneider Arena. This six figure gift will help fund the facelift that Schneider Arena will undergo beginning this winter and will ensure that Friar Women's Ice Hockey has the facilities it needs to attract high caliber student-athletes and bring championships to Friartown.
"We are proud to make this donation to support Friar women's ice hockey. Year in and year out our teams compete for championships on the ice while preparing for their careers in the classroom. The first ice hockey student-athletes back in 1974 had a new Schneider Arena to train and compete in but 40 years later, that is not acceptable and we applaud the College for their initiative. Providence College continues to be a leader in women's ice hockey and it is an honor for us to be part of providing the current and future athletes with an amazing state of the art building and the opportunity for continued success. The renovated Schneider Arena will be the platform for the team's quest towards a National Title. Our athletes deserve the very best our school and alumni can offer and it is with great pride that we make our Leadership Gift," said Tom Palamara.
"Having our Head Coach's Office named after the Palamara family is a tremendous honor to me and every coach who has ever lead this program. Tom was the guy who pointed Friar hockey in the right direction and now every coach and student-athlete who walks through those doors will know the tradition that came before them and the legacy that they are responsible for continuing. I cannot thank Tom and Marjy enough for their generosity" said Head Women's Ice Hockey Coach Bob Deraney.
"This is one of the most special gifts we have received at Providence College because it represents the lifetime of a program. Our women's ice hockey team competes on a national stage every year and it is because of people like Tom and Marjy. I am sincerely grateful for the generosity of the Palamara's and I look forward to seeing the fruits of their generosity in our renovated Schneider Arena" said Athletic Director, Bob Driscoll.