Kevin Discepolo ’09, the Assistant Athletic Director of Facilities, Operations, & Events, returned to New Haven in 2014. His portfolio includes capital projects, facilities maintenance, contest management, and third-party rentals.
While at Yale, Discepolo has been involved with transformative projects for Yale Athletics, including the Carol Roberts Field House, locker room renovations for baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, and volleyball, as well as synthetic turf field installations at Yale Field, 5K Corral Field at DeWitt Family Stadium, and Reese Stadium.
As the chair of Yale Athletics’ Sustainability Task Force, he was invited to speak at the 2017 Green Sports Alliance Summit in Sacramento. In 2018, Discepolo served as site director for the NCAA Lacrosse Tournament First Round Game, which the Bulldogs won over UMass on their way to winning the National Championship.
Discepolo might be best known as the caretaker for Handsome Dan XVIII, also known as “Walter.” Besides chronicling Walter through Instagram, the duo can be found parading the sidelines of contests, at various events around campus, and even leading the procession during Class Day.
Prior to returning to Yale, Discepolo worked for Scholastic, Inc., as well as the U.S. Department of the Interior. At the Department of the Interior, he helped launch First Lady Michelle Obama’s initiative Let’s Move! in Indian Country to combat childhood obesity within the American Indian and Alaskan Native communities. Additionally, Discepolo orchestrated an event at the White House where lacrosse was played and the sport’s Native origins were taught.
While in Washington, D.C., Discepolo received a Master’s in Sports Industry Management from Georgetown University. He also received a Master’s in Marketing from Durham University in the United Kingdom. At Durham, Discepolo coached the lacrosse team to an undefeated season and a BUCS National Championship.
An American Studies major and member of Morse College, Discepolo was the recipient of the Donald J. Reape Memorial Award, which is presented to the member of the men’s lacrosse team who best exemplifies character, spirit, dedication, hard work, and enthusiasm.
Besides athletics, Discepolo serves as a freshman academic advisor and Morse College Fellow. He has also been a Board Member for the Tewaaraton Award Foundation since 2011.
Discepolo, who is originally from Long Island, now resides with Handsome Dan in Guilford, CT.