D'yana C. Delpero
2016 Inductee - 2007 Graduate
D’yana C. Delpero set standards for achievementson the basketball court and in the classroom at Fitchburg State that will undoubtedly stand the test of time. During her stellar career at PeabodyHigh School she was a four-year starter, a two-year captain, and a 1000-point scorer. After being heavily recruited, she brought her athletic and leadership skills to Fitchburg. Delpero was a major factor in the success of the women’s basketball program duringher collegiate career when the team had a .720 winning percentage.
Delpero is described by Coach Walter Paschal as “one of the backbones of the2007 team that went 26-3, was ranked number 24 in the country, won the school’s first women’s basketball MASCAC championship and advanced to the round of 32 in the NCAA tournament.” Over the course of her career she scored over 1,400 points and holds the current program record for three-point shots ina season and in a career. Delpero is ranked as one of the top three record holders for career points, career games and single season points.
She was a team captain for the second time during her senior year when she was the leading scorer in MASCAC, selected to the MASCAC All-Conference first team and named the MASCAC Player of the Year. Delpero was also selected to the ECAC Division III second team that year and received Fitchburg State’s Paul Waring ’38Female Athlete of the Year award.
Delpero was just as successful academically as she was athletically and was named to the MASCAC All-Academic team twice. She graduated cum laude asa nursing major and for the past 10 years has worked as a registered nurse in the Medical Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Boston Children’s Hospital. In 2015Delpero ran the Chicago Marathon to raise money to send children with cancer to summer camp. She credits her success to the support from her parents,Rich and Maureen, and her brother, Ryan.