Tri-C Hires Collegewide Athletics Director
CLEVELAND, Oct.. 6, 2021: Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®)
has announced that Anthony (Tony) Cipollone will join the
College as executive director, Athletics, Wellness and
Recreation on Oct. 18. He will reestablish the College’s
athletics program, which has been suspended since fall 2020 due
to the pandemic. His immediate focus will be on student-athlete
recruitment for the 2022-2023 academic year.
Tri-C is part of the Ohio
Community College Athletic Conference. Men’s
sports include baseball, basketball and soccer. Women’s sports
consist of basketball, softball, cross country, track and field,
“Tony has tremendous experience in all facets of collegiate
athletics,” said Angela Johnson, vice president, Access and
Completion. “We are delighted to have him onboard to strengthen
and rebuild our athletics and wellness programs across the
For the past 11 years, Cipollone has been the athletics director
for Westlake City Schools, where he was responsible for 25 high
school varsity sports with more than 1,200 student athletes.
Additionally, he directed 14 middle school sports programs with
600 student athletes.
I am honored to join Tri-C as athletics director,” Cipollone
said. “My vision is to develop championship-caliber teams by
focusing on excellence in academics as well as sports. I look
forward to rebuilding Tri-C’s teams and filling our students,
faculty, staff and the entire Cleveland community with
Prior to his role as athletic director at Westlake City Schools,
Cipollone was associate director of athletics and recreational
services at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa., where he
supervised 21 intercollegiate sports and 20 club sports,
including intramurals and all fitness- and recreation-related
Cipollone also worked as an associate director of athletics and
wrestling coach at Mercyhurst University, Erie, Pa., and coached
at Muskingum University, New Concord, Ohio, and Baldwin Wallace
University, Berea, Ohio.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor
in business, communication and history and a master’s degree in
education with supervision emphasis, both from Baldwin Wallace
University. Cipollone is a 2004 inductee in the Baldwin Wallace
Athletic Hall of Fame.