Who Is Terri Vitale?
Terri Vitale is the daughter of an American basketball sportscaster. She is famous for being the daughter of Dickie Vitale who is an American basketball sportscaster and a former head coach in the college and professional ranks, he is well known for his 41-year tenure as a college basketball broadcaster for ESPN. He is known for catchphrases such as “This is awesome, baby!” and “diaper dandy” (outstanding freshman player), as well as his enthusiastic and colorful remarks during games. He has also written nine books, and appeared in several films.
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Terri Vitale is married to Christopher Sforzo, they had their wedding in the United States. Her husband is a former lacrosse player and a graduate of Notre Dam. As of mid-2022, Terri Vitale and her husband Christopher Sforzo are still married and living happy life.
Richard John Vitale was born on June 9, 1939 (age 83 years) in Passaic, New Jersey, United States. He grew up in Garfield, New Jersey along with his parents and siblings. He moved to East Paterson (now Elmwood Park) in his freshman year. His father, John, was a piece work clothing press operator and had a second job as a security guard. His mother, Mae, worked in a factory as a seamstress and sewed coats until she suffered a stroke. Vitale graduated from East Rutherford High School, and in 1963, he graduated from Seton Hall University with a bachelor of science degree in business administration. He later earned a master’s degree in education from William Paterson University.
Dick Vitale took his first job as a coach at an elementary school in Garfield, New Jersey in 1958. Eventually, he moved up to the high school level to become head coach at Garfield High School for one season, and then at East Rutherford High School (his alma mater), where he had a record of 131–47 from 1964 to 1971 and led his teams to two New Jersey state championships.
Vitale moved to Rutgers University in 1971 as an assistant coach under head coach Dick Lloyd. After two seasons there, he was hired in 1973 by the University of Detroit to become its head coach. Vitale took Detroit to the 32-team NCAA tournament in 1977. Vitale had a 78–30 record during his tenure at Detroit, which included a 21-game winning streak during the 1977 season. During that streak the Titans defeated the eventual champion Marquette, on the road, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Following the 1977 season, his fourth as Detroit head coach, Vitale was named the university’s athletic director.
Dick Vitale left the Titans and college basketball to coach the Detroit Pistons of the NBA in the 1978–79 Detroit Pistons season, leading them to a 30–52 (.366) record. Vitale was hospitalized with stress-related stomach issues during his first season on the bench in Detroit as the team struggled. In his second year, on November 8, 1979, Pistons owner Bill Davidson came to Vitale’s house and told him that the Pistons were making a coaching change. It was twelve games into the 1979–80 Detroit Pistons season, and with the Pistons off to a 4–8 start, Vitale was fired.
Following his departure as coach of the Detroit Pistons, Scotty Connal gave Dick Vitale his first TV opportunity at the then-fledgling ESPN cable network. His first reaction to the job of the broadcaster was “Absolutely no way. I know nothing about TV. I want to get back to where I belong and my spirit belongs.” He was reluctant to accept the position but his wife Lorraine told him to “go on TV and have some fun”, so Vitale accepted on a temporary basis until another coaching job became available. He called ESPN’s first college basketball game on December 5, 1979, when DePaul defeated Wisconsin 90–77. His first play-by-play partner was Joe Boyle.
Dick Vitale was not a natural at first for broadcasting. He missed his first-ever production meeting when he was walking the streets of Chicago. Also, he would talk while the producers were talking to him through his earpiece, during commercials, and while the play-by-play man was talking. Vitale himself was not sure if broadcasting would fit him. Connal, who had hired him, told him, “You have a quality we can’t teach.” Vitale did not understand this until many people wanted his autograph at the 1983 Final Four.
Vitale credits a lot of his success to working with Jim Simpson at the beginning of his career. In 1985, after the American Broadcasting Company acquired ESPN, Vitale also began doing broadcasts on the ABC network. In 1999, Vitale was featured in a series of thirty-second promo shorts for “Hoops Malone”. The shorts, which aired in heavy rotation on ESPN, were presented as a sitcom featuring Vitale, George Gervin and others, including a puppet called “O’Hoolix”. ESPN promoted “Hoops” with banners and other marketing premiums, with the idea of generating buzz about the show, but no actual episodes were ever produced. Though this led to an offer for Vitale to do an actual sitcom, he turned down the opportunity.
In December 2002, Vitale called a St. Vincent – St. Mary’s–Oak Hill Academy prep game, featuring then high school phenom LeBron James. He announced the game with Dan Shulman and NBA great Bill Walton. By the 2004–05 season, Vitale was doing approximately 40 games a year. Vitale is signed with ESPN through the 2021–22 college basketball season. In February 2015, ESPN removed Vitale from covering Duke-UNC basketball. He had covered every Duke-UNC game televised by ESPN since 1979.
Dick Vitale is a voter on the AP Top 25 men’s basketball polls, the annual Naismith Award and the John Wooden Award. Vitale called his first NBA game on television since the 1984 NBA playoffs, along with Dan Shulman, on January 7, 2009 when the Miami Heat played the Denver Nuggets as ESPN swapped its NBA and NCAA crews. During ESPN’s first incarnation covering the NBA, he regularly covered games.
Vitale had called close to a thousand games as of 2019. Vitale, a color commentator, is primarily paired with play-by-play announcers Mike Patrick, primarily those in the ACC games; and Dan Shulman for Saturday Primetime and other non-ACC games. During the postseason, he appears as an in-studio analyst with host Rece Davis and fellow analysts Jay Bilas, Digger Phelps, Hubert Davis, and Bob Knight. Previously, he has been paired with Keith Jackson, Roger Twibell, and Brent Musburger for ABC as well as Jim Simpson, Tim Brando, Mike Tirico, Dave O’Brien, Sean McDonough and Brad Nessler. He worked in the studio with Bob Ley, John Saunders, Tirico, and Chris Fowler as well as Jim Valvano.
In 1988, Vitale had a cameo appearance as a baseball color commentator, sharing the crowded broadcast booth with Curt Gowdy, Jim Palmer, Dick Enberg, Mel Allen, Tim McCarver and Joyce Brothers in The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!. He guest starred on The Cosby Show along with friend Jim Valvano as furniture movers in the eighth-season episode The Getaway. Other film appearances have generally been Vitale playing himself and commentating the fictional games occurring in those films.
Dick Vitale announced in August 2021 that he was undergoing treatment to remove melanoma that had been discovered by doctors. In October of the same year, Vitale also announced that his doctors had diagnosed him with lymphoma which he would seek treatment to combat. In January 2022, ESPN announced Vitale would not commentate any more college basketball games that season.
Her father Dick Vitale is married to Lorraine McGrath, they had their wedding in 1971. His wife is a private working-class woman and they have two daughters, Terri Vitale and Sherri Vitale, and five grandchildren. He has lived in Lakewood Ranch, Florida in the greater Tampa Bay area since the 1990s and has become a well-known fan of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Lightning, and Rays. He is a Roman Catholic. As of mid-2022, Dick Vitale and his wife Lorraine McGrath are still married and living happy life.
What Is Terri Vitale’s net worth?
How much is Terri Vitale worth? Terri Vitale net worth is estimated at around $700 thousand. Vitale’s salary per month with other career earnings is over $250,000 annually. Her successful career has earned her some luxurious lifestyles and some fancy car trips. Terri Vitale stands at an appealing height of 1.68m and has a good body weight which suits his personality.