Following his professional career, Ernie D. returned to Providence to earn a degree. In 1982, Ernie became the head coach for the Rhode Island School for the Deaf.
Ernie D. was the most imitated sports icon of the decade in southern New England. On February 5th, 2008, Providence College gave away commemorative Ernie DiGregorio bobble-heads in honor of retiring his jersey during halftime of the Friars game against DePaul. In his retirement, the great Ernie D. has been a celebrity host at Foxwoods, where he appears at various functions such as celebrity golf tournaments and corporate outings and sells his pasta sauce. He has also written children’s books. He lives in Narragansett with his wife Susan. Ernie has performed many social and humanitarian works benefitting his community, holding basketball clinics and giving advice and motivation to young basketball players at local schools.