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Athletic Hall of Fame Spotlight: Michael Viola '80

Athletic Hall of Fame Spotlight: Michael Viola '80

Springfield, Mass. - March 30, 2018 - Springfield College is proud to announce that Michael Viola '80 is one of the six individuals who will be inducted into the Springfield College Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 14th.

If you are interested in attending the induction celebration and celebrating Michael's career and impact on Springfield College, please register online here!

Viola had a decorated career as a standout member of the men's gymnastics program, where he specialized on the still rings.  A three-time NCAA All-America honoree after earning the accolade in 1978, 1980, and 1981, Viola was regarded as one of the best gymnasts on the still rings in the country.  After finishing as the NCAA Division II National Championship runner-up in 1980, Viola captured the 1981 NCAA Division II National Championship on the still rings. Throughout his career, Viola was undefeated against Eastern Intercollegiate Gymnastics League (EIGL) competition on the still rings, and was honored as the 1981 Springfield College Male Athlete of the Year. 

After leaving Springfield College, Viola then turned his attention on a career in business and sales, where he was a National OEM Sales Manager for 3M Electronics from 1988-08.  Viola was recognized with the 1994 National Sales Excellence Award Recipient and was a three-time Northeast Sales Rep of the Year recipient.  He currently serves his community as an elected official with the Colts Neck (N.J.) Township Committee.