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Gannon Sailing Coach Receives Erie Yacht Club’s Thompson Memorial Trophy

Anthony Miceli ’86M, honored with the Erie Yacht Club’s Thompson Memorial Trophy for his “outstanding service and achievement in the world of yachts and yachtsmen.”

Anthony Miceli ’86M, honored with the Erie Yacht Club’s Thompson Memorial Trophy for his “outstanding service and achievement in the world of yachts and yachtsmen.”

Anthony Miceli ’86M, Gannon University’s sailing coach, was honored with the Erie Yacht Club’s Thompson Memorial Trophy for his “outstanding service and achievement in the world of yachts and yachtsmen.” 

Miceli was recognized specifically for his work in developing the Gannon University Sailing Team, or GUST, which began in 2014. The program currently boasts nearly 20 student sailors.

GUST promotes recreational and competitive sailing, fellowship through mutual interest, good sportsmanship and teamwork among members, proficiency and knowledge in the art of seamanship, and a spirit of safety on and off the water. In the past year, GUST has competed in regattas at Cornell University, Ohio State University, the University of Michigan, the Pennsylvania State University (State College), and Syracuse University. 

Miceli said he is humbled by the award, which numbers him among many of Erie’s great sailors.

“I am most pleased to have played a part in developing collegiate sailing at Gannon and in Erie,” Miceli said. “I’d like to recognize the generous support of Gannon University, the Erie Yacht Club Foundation, and the members of the Erie Yacht Club in the development of the program, which exposes students to an exciting sport that they can participate in for the rest of their lives.” 

The award also recognized Miceli for “his long-time participation in the Erie Yacht Club Racing Fleet, which deepened his love of sailing and inspired him to start his own sail-making company, American Cruising Sails.” Additionally, the award acknowledged Miceli for his role in starting the Battle of Lake Erie Intercollegiate Regatta, which is now a sanctioned event by the Intercollegiate Sailing Association. 

Miceli graduated from Gannon University with his MBA in marketing. He received his bachelor’s degree in radio-TV from the University of Detroit in 1971. 

Miceli began his career at Gannon in 1975 as a professor in the School of Communication and the Arts where he later became director. 

Miceli has extensive experience in broadcasting and advertising, including six years as general manager of FOX66, WETG-TV (now WFXP-TV) from 1988 to 1994. In 1994 Miceli opened ErieNet Inc., Erie’s first internet service provider, along with three partners. Miceli served as president of ErieNet Inc. until 1999 when he and his partners sold the company to Stargate Industries of Pittsburgh. Miceli is now a sailmaker and one of the owners of American Cruising Sails. 

Miceli continues to work at Gannon as an adjunct professor and as adviser and coach of the sailing team. 

GUST is open to all Gannon University undergraduate students regardless of previous experience. For more information, email gannonsailing@gmail.com
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