Former Quinnipiac University baseball head coach Dan Gooley received the Special Recognition Award from the Franciscan Life Center at the 30th Annual Franciscan Sports Banquet on June 2, 2015 at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville, Connecticut.
Gooley was honored by the organization for his commitment and dedication to the game of baseball and was recognized for a coaching career that spanned over 35 years. Other honorees at the event included sports announcer Bill Rafferty; Southern Connecticut State University professor emerita Carolyn Vanacore; UConn head men's soccer coach Ray Reid; and sports announcer Scott Gray.
In his 29 year career as a head coach before retiring after the 2013-14 season, Gooley compiled 530 victories, including 429 at Quinnipiac. Gooley also spent five seasons at the helm of the University of Hartford where he won 101 games. Gooley won two Northeast Conference Regular Season Championships and one NEC Tournament Championship in the Division I Era at Quinnipiac.
He also led the Bobcats to its lone trip to the NCAA Division I Regional at the University of Texas in 2005. In the Division II era at Quinnipiac, Gooley advanced to three NCAA Division II Regional Appearances and reached the Division II College World Series in 1983.
Quinnipiac director of athletics Jack McDonald, as well as men's basketball head coach Tom Moore and women's basketball head coach Tricia Fabbri were previously honored by the Franciscan Life Center.