Athlete Class of 1973, Benefactor
Gibbons baseball coach Bob Saxon described Dennis Romanelli by saying, “Denny loves competition. He never gives up, never lets up. He was the same way in football.” Anyone who knew Dennis in high school or plays a round of golf him today is familiar with that fierce competitiveness he possesses.
Dennis lettered in baseball and football all four years at Gibbons, and his coaches always praised his leadership and spirit, both on and off the fields. In his senior year Dennis caught the winning touchdown with a minute remaining on the clock, to seal a 27-26 victory against St. Thomas.
Dennis went on to graduate from Florida State University and then returned to South Florida. He continued playing semi-pro baseball for the next ten years, until business and family became his priorities. He married his high school sweetheart, Charn Noonan (1973) and they have three beautiful daughters, all Gibbons graduates, Dana (’01), Nina (’03), and Jenna (’07)
Dennis has spent the last ten years displaying his pride and spirit in the gym at Gibbons supporting the Lady Redskins volleyball program. He is very proud of all three daughters who played volleyball. This year (’06), Jenna and the team brought home the state championship trophy for the 18th time.
Dennis has been a friend and supporter of the entire Gibbons family throughout the years. He is a constant source of inspiration. Dennis is the president of Allied Doors Foundation and through his organization he continues to support athletics in the community including the Horses for the Handicapped program and the Challenger Baseball League.