The first player ever named to the Hall of Fame in his/her first year of eligibility on the ballot, Jerome Maiatico is one of the most decorated student-athletes in Franklin & Marshall College history and marks the 22nd men's basketball player/coach named to the Hall of Fame. A three-time College Sports Information Directors (CoSIDA) Academic All-America selection, becoming the first Franklin & Marshall athlete to earn honors three times, he was awarded a 2000 NCAA post-graduate scholarship was the runner-up for the Jostens Award, presented to the "top Division III student-athlete of the year" as he led Franklin & Marshall to its fourth NCAA "Final Four" appearance in 2000.
He produced immediate results for the Diplomats as he appeared in 20 games as a freshman in 1996-97 before experiencing a breakout sophomore season in 1997-98. A 1998 All-Centennial Conference first team selection, he led F&M to a 14-11 overall record, 9-4 second place in the CC West Division as he took over the point guard duties in the final week of the regular season and led the Diplomats in scoring (18.0), field goals made (147) and attempted (309), three-point goals made (46) and attempted (100), three-point shooting percentage (46.0%), free throws made (109), attempted (129) and free throw shooting percentage (47.6%) and fourth in assists (37, 1.5 avg.). He finished fifth in the CC in scoring, third in three-point goals made, three-point shooting percentage and second in free throw percentage as he posted the highest scoring average for an F&M player in a season since two-time All-American Will Lasky finished the 1991 season with an 18.3 scoring average.
Maiatico made history, as he became the second player in team history to score 40 or more points in a game when he scored 42 points in an 89-87 overtime loss vs. RPI in the opening round of the Moravian Greyhound Classic on January 9, 1998. In the tournament consolation game the following evening, Maiatico became the second player in team history to score 30 or more points twice a season when he totaled 34 in a 93-89 loss versus Dickinson. It was just the fourth time in team history a player scored more than 30 points twice in a career. He also set the team record for most points scored in a regular season tournament (76). He capped off his second season by being named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America third team.
Maiatico's junior season was delayed as he missed the first five games of the 1998-99 season while participating in an off-campus study in Italy. However, he returned to the lineup in January and helped the Diplomats post a 22-5 overall record, win the Centennial Conference (CC) West Division title and advance to the NCAA Division III playoffs for the 12th time. Although he was used as a reserve after returning to the lineup, he ranked among the team leaders in scoring (10.2 avg.), field goal percentage (49.3%), three-point field goal percentage (43.6%) and free throw percentage (85.4%) as he contributed 42 rebounds, 20 assists, 15 steals and five blocked shots in 22 games and was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America second team.
His best season came a senior as he was named to the All-Centennial Conference second team, led the Diplomats to a 25-7 record, 15 straight victories, the program?s third Centennial Conference Championship, an NCAA bid and a spot in the 2000 NCAA Division III "Final Four" as Maiatico led the Diplomats in three-point goals (65) and three-point shooting percentage (44.5%). In addition, he was among the team leaders in points (12.3 avg.) and free throw shooting percentage (82.9%) and was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America first team. For his career, he ranks fourth in three-point FG% (44.4%), fifth in three-point field goals (139) and 18th in points (1,218) in school history as he is one of 29 men's basketball players to score 1,000 points at the College.
Honored on the All-Decade and All-Time teams during F&M's 100 Year of Basketball Celebration in 2000, he was as successful off the court as on as he contributed to the F&M and Lancaster City communities. A three-time winner of the F. Willard Heintzelman Award, which recognizes five Pennsylvania college students for demonstrating outstanding character and high academic achievement in business/accounting, he volunteered in an "America Reads" program at a Lancaster elementary school and was awarded a Spalding Fellowship in Leadership and Public Service, which recognizes 15 F&M students demonstrating strong leadership abilities and a commitment to the community and awards volunteer internships with local leaders.
Further, he worked with retired Lancaster Chief of Police Michael Landis during the fall '99 semester "to develop and promote the practice of engaged citizenship and responsible leadership." Since graduating from the College, Maiatico has continued to be involved with Franklin & Marshall College as he served as an inaugural board member of the Diplomat Athletic Club, the athletics fundraising arm of the College.
A native of Catasauqua, Pennsylvania and a graduate of Catasauqua High School, he resides in Durham, North Carolina.