Statement from Santa Clara University Director of Athletics and Recreation Dan Coonan
"In his 20 years as President, Father Locatelli oversaw a complete transformation of the face of Santa Clara University Athletics. The construction of Leavey Center, Degheri Tennis Center, Schott Stadium, the Malley Center and the Sullivan Aquatic Center all took place during his tenure, in addition to the renovation of Buck Shaw Stadium and the addition of Stanton Field. During his 20-year tenure, women's athletics in particular at Santa Clara emerged on the national scene for the first time. Throughout his tenure Santa Clara athletes performed as well in the classroom as they did on the field. He was a friend and mentor to countless student-athletes, coaches and staff members, and a very vocal supporter at games - as many officials may even attest to! He will be sadly missed and not forgotten."