Anthony Tufariello, a three-time NCAA champion for Villanova in the late 1970s, is 52 years old today.
Tufariello entered Villanova as the New York state high school record holder over 400 meters when he ran 46.09 in 1977 for Hewlett High School on Long Island. While running for Villanova, Tufariello was a five-time champion at the Penn Relays (4 x 800 meters in 1978 and 1979, the DMR in 1978 and 1980, and the sprint medley relay in 1980). He was a four-time IC4A champion (4 x 400 meter relay in 1978 and 1979 outdoors, and the mile relay in 1978 and 1979 indoors). At NCAA outdoor nationals in 1978, it was a Keith Brown-to-Anthony Tufariello-to-Glenn Bogue-to-Tim Dale relay squad that captured the national title in the 4 x 400 meter relay. At the 1979 NCAA indoor championships, Tufariello added two more national titles. Individually, Tufariello won the 600 yard dash in 1:09.41 and was part of the Keith Brown-to-Derek Harbour-to-Anthony Tufariello-to-Tim Dale mile relay national championship quartet.
Tufariello graduated from Villanova as part of the school record mile relay team (along with Brown, Bogue and Dale). At that time, he was the school record holder at 500 meters, was second on the deep list behind Larry James at 600 yards, fourth all-time (behind Mark Belger, Don Paige, and Ken Schappert) over 800 meters, and 5th all-time (behind Larry James, Tim Dale, Charlie Jenkins, and Glenn Bogue) over 400 meters/440 yards.
After Villanova, Tufariello earned his MBA degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and worked for twenty-one years at Morgan Stanley bank. Since 2008 he has been a Managing Director at Fortress Investment Fund in New York City.