Alumni Profiles

Our business alumni have taken time to reflect on their DeSales experiences which describe their time as a student and their personal challenges and achievements. We hope you find the information interesting and helpful. 

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LaRocco, Pierre A. - Class of 2006


Pierre A. LaRocco
Guidance Counselor
South Philadelphia High School
2101 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148-2993

Why I Do What I Do: I love my job, and enjoy waking up ever morning. I love working with high school students.

Birth Place: Philadelphia, PA

Current Residence: Lansdowne, PA

High School: Cardinal Dougherty High School

High School Accomplishments:

  • Seven-time letter winner in sports.

Higher Education:

  • B.S., DeSales University 2006

  • M.Ed., Widener University 2008

Higher Education Accomplishments:

  • President, DeSales University Sport Management Society

Jobs Held In College:

  • Admissions Department work study student

  • Development Office intern

  • Philadelphia University Athletic Department intern

  • Caddie

Hobbies: All sports (playing and watching) and hanging out with friends

Courses I Loved: Sports Law, Legal Business Environment

Biggest Achievement: Graduating

Career Goals: To be the best guidance counselor that I can be.

Influential People: My mother, Dr. John F. Spirk Jr., and Coach Tom Shirley.

Favorite Quote: "Follow your heart, and you will never go wrong."

Biggest Challenge: Finding out what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.

Best Advice Received: "Learn as much as you can about as much as you can."

Advice I Would Give: "Always carry yourself as a professional. You never know who is watching."

Toughest Obstacle I Overcame: Getting a job in my field right out of college.

What I Liked Best About DeSales: The people

What I Miss Most About DeSales: The people

What I Miss Least About DeSales: Corn fields

Advice for Present DeSales Students: "Learn as much as you can about as much as you can." Visit the Career Services Office. Make sure you have fun! "Follow your heart and you will never go wrong."

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