NJCAA mourns passing of Dr. John “Jack” Cistriano, legendary men’s region director and esteemed honoree.

By | September 20, 2023

Dr. John “Jack” Cistriano, the former men’s region director of NJCAA from 1973 to 2004, has passed away. The NJCAA expresses their deepest condolences to NJCAA Region 20. The NJCAABasketball DII Small Man Award and NJCAASwim Service Award are named in his honor.

Dr. John “Jack” Cistriano, the former men’s region director of NJCAA Region 20, has passed away at the age of 78. The NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) expressed their deepest condolences to NJCAA Region 20 on the loss of a remarkable individual who dedicated over three decades of his life to the organization.

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Dr. Cistriano held the position of men’s region director from 1973 to 2004, overseeing the development and success of numerous college athletes in the region. Throughout his tenure, he exhibited exceptional leadership skills and a genuine passion for the athletes under his guidance. Dr. Cistriano played a crucial role in shaping the NJCAA’s basketball and swimming programs, and his contributions were recognized by the association.

In honor of his immense contributions to the NJCAA, two prestigious awards have been named after Dr. Cistriano. The NJCAA DII Small Man Award, presented to outstanding basketball players, and the NJCAA Swim Service Award, recognizing exceptional service in the swimming program, both carry his name. These awards serve as a testament to the lasting impact he had on the organization and the athletes he mentored.

Dr. Cistriano’s dedication to fostering athletic excellence was unparalleled. He believed in the power of sports to instill discipline, perseverance, and teamwork in young athletes. Under his leadership, countless individuals found success both on and off the field, instilling a sense of pride in their achievements.

While the exact cause of Dr. Cistriano’s passing remains unknown, the NJCAA community mourns the loss of an esteemed colleague and friend. His absence will be deeply felt by all those who had the privilege of working alongside him and benefiting from his wisdom.

Outside of his professional life, Dr. Cistriano was known for his warm personality and genuine care for others. He was a beloved member of his community, always ready to lend a helping hand and offer words of encouragement. His generosity and kindness touched the lives of many, leaving a lasting legacy that extends far beyond the realm of athletics.

The NJCAA and its members are forever grateful for the immeasurable contributions Dr. John “Jack” Cistriano made during his time as men’s region director. His dedication, passion, and unwavering commitment to the success of student-athletes will continue to inspire future generations.

As the NJCAA community mourns the loss of this exceptional individual, they also celebrate the incredible life he lived and the positive impact he made on countless lives. Dr. Cistriano’s legacy will forever be remembered and cherished within the NJCAA and the wider athletic community..

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