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This Is Bridgewater College

College Information

Location .......... ....................................... Bridgewater, Va. Founded ..................................................................... 1880 Enrollment.................................................................. 1,689 Nickname .................................................................Eagles Colors ......................................... Crimson and Vegas Gold Gymnasium...................................... Nininger Hall (1,100) Athletic Affiliation............................... NCAA Division Ill Conference.................................... Old Dominion Athletic President .............................................George E. Cornelius Director of Athletics...................................... Curt Kendall

Swimming Coaching Staff

Head Coach....................................................... Fran Smith Swimming Office Phone ............................ (540-438-8059 Coach Smith’s Email ...................fsmith@bridgewater.edu Assistant Coach...........................................Morgan Cordle

Sports Information

Sports Information Director............................... Steve Cox SID Phone ................................................. (540) 828-5360 SID Fax ..................................................... (540) 828-5611 BC Hotline................................................. (540) 828-5469 SID Email .......................................scox@bridgewater.edu SID Mailing Address ............................................Box 107 ........................................................... Bridgewater College .......................................................... 402 E. College Street .......................................................Bridgewater, VA 22812 Web Site ...............................www.bridgewatereagles.com Swimming Contact...........................................Tim Leister Email........................................... tleister@bridgewater.edu Phone......................................................... (540) 828-5615

Conference Information

Commissioner ............................................ Brad Bankston Office Phone .............................................. (540) 389-7373 Conference SID ..............................................J.J. Nekoloff SID Office Phone ...................................... (540) 387-9073 Mailing Address ........................................... PO Box 2604 ............................................................... Forest, VA 24551 Physical Address......................................16001 Forest Rd. ................................................................................ Suite B ............................................................... Forest, VA 24551 Conference Fax ......................................... (540) 389-6196 Web Site .......................................... www.odaconline.com


Table of Contents Front Cover...................................................... 1 This is Bridgewater College............................ 2 Table of Contents............................................. 3 Credits............................................................... 3 Coaching Staff...............................................4-5 Fran Smith........................................................ 5 Morgan Cordle................................................. 5 Team Picture/Roster....................................... 6 2010-11 Team Picture Roster......................... 7 The Swimmers.............................................8-19 Laura Aldstadt................................................. 9 Lauren Clymore............................................. 10 Simone Conyers............................................. 11

2010-11 Schedule Oct 23, 2010

vs. ODAC Relays @

12:00 PM

Oct 29, 2010

at Emory & Henry *

6:00 PM

Nov 6, 2010

Greensboro

1:00 PM

Liz Waller........................................................ 15

Nov 19, 2010

vs. RMC Invitational

5:00 PM

Jeni Zeiler....................................................... 16

Nov 20, 2010

vs. RMC Invitational

9:00 AM

Abbott, Allen, Caron..................................... 17

Dec 5, 2010

Guilford *

1:30 PM

Crowther, Jones, Lockner............................. 18

Jan 7, 2011

at Hollins *

7:00 PM

Lutz, Moss, Stipe............................................ 19

Jan 15, 2011

College of Notre Dame 2:00 PM

The College............................................... 20-22

Jan 15, 2011

Emory & Henry *

2:00 PM

Jan 22, 2011

at Millersville

1:00 PM

Jan 28, 2011

at Sweet Briar *

7:00 PM

Maggy Sullivan ............................................. 12 Danielle Dillon............................................... 13 Patricia Haden............................................... 14

Athletic Training............................................ 21 Strength & Conditioning.............................. 22 The ODAC...................................................... 23 Shenandoah Valley.................................. 24-25 Bridgewater Athletics.............................. 26-27 Bridgewater College ............................... 28-29 Back Cover..................................................... 30

Credits: The 2010 Bridgewater Eagles Swimming Media Guide is a publication of the Sports Information Office. It was written, edited and designed by Tim Leister with assistance from Steve Cox. Special thanks to Fran Smith and the entire swimming staff and team. Photos by Tommy Thompson. Front cover designed by Tim Leister, Assistant Sports Information Director.


Coaching Staff

Fran Smith has been at the helm of the program since its inception in 2007.


Fran Smith, Head Coach Fran Smith came to Bridgewater College as the swimming program’s first head coach and is beginning her fourth year at the helm of the program. Smith has been involved with the area swim scene for the past 15 years. She has coached the summer swim league team since 1993 with great success. In the past 10 years, her team has won the league championship meet five times. She became the first head coach of the Turner Ashby High School swim team in 2004. At Turner Ashby, she has had at least five swimmers qualify for the state championship meet in each of the past three years. In 2006, she coached the men’s 50-yard freestyle state champion. Since 1975, Smith has taught Physical Education and Health in the Rockingham County School System. She has taught at Montevideo Middle School since 1992 and during her career has also coached girls’ basketball and boys’ and girls’ track and field. Smith graduated from Turner Ashby High School in 1971 and then attended James Madison University where she graduated in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical and Health Education K-12.

Morgan Cordle, Assistant Coach Morgan Cordle begins her second season as Bridgewater's assistant swim coach. Cordle primarily coaches the distance swimmers. Cordle was instrumental in helping establish a varsity women's swim team at BC. In the fall of 2007 she was a member of the first varsity swim team in the history of Bridgewater College. She swam for two years and was captain for those two years also. Cordle graduated from Jamestown High School and was a member of the swim team which won the Virginia State Swimming Championship in 2005. She also swam with Williamsburg Aquatics and Fort Eustis Aquatic Club. A 2009 graduate of Bridgewater College, Cordle graduated with a degree in International Studies with a minor in Social Work.


2010-11 Bridgewater College Swimming Roster Name Event Jessica Abbott Fly/IM Laura Aldstadt Breaststroke Jennifer Allen Free/Back/Breast Michelle Caron Mid Distance Lauren Clymore Back/Free Simone Conyers Free Carrie Crowther Free/Back/Fly Danielle Dillon Free Patricia Haden Free Colleen Jones Allysha Lockner Free Jennifer Lutz Free Miranda Moss Tara Stipe Free/Back Maggy Sullivan Free/Back Liz Waller Free/Back Jeni Zeiler Breast/IM Head Coach: Fran Smith Assistant Coach: Morgan Cordle

Cl. Fr. Sr. Fr. Fr. Jr. Jr. Fr. So. So. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Jr. So. So.

Ht. 5-4 5-3 6-2 5-6 5-8 5-6 5-10 5-8 5-2 5-8 5-3 5-7 5-6 5-3 5-2 5-5 5-3

Hometown/High School Nathalie, Va./Chatham Hall Winchester, Va./James Wood Germantown, Md./Seneca Valley Palmyra, Va./Fluvanna County Staunton, Va./Riverheads Richmond, Va./J.R. Tucker Burgess, Va./Northumberland Roanoke, Va./Hidden Valley Harrisonburg, Va./Turner Ashby Poquoson, Va./Poquoson New Oxford, Pa./Nex Oxford Fairfax, Va./WT Woodson Richmond, Va./Clover Hill Gordonsville, Va./Homeschooled Virginia Beach, Va./Kellam Richmond, Va./Salem Academy Lutherville, Md./Baltimore Lutheran


2010-11 Bridgewater Eagles Team Photo Roster

Jessica Abbott Fly/IM Fr., 5-4 Nathalie, Va.

Laura Aldstadt Breaststroke Sr., 5-3 Winchester, Va.

Jennifer Allen Free/Back/Breast Fr., 6-2 Germantown, Md.

Michelle Caron Mid Distance Fr., 5-6 Palmyra, Va.

Lauren Clymore Back/Free Jr., 5-8 Staunton, Va.

Simone Conyers Free Jr., 5-6 Richmond, Va.

Carrie Crowther Free/Back/Fly Fr., 5-10 Burgess, Va.

Danielle Dillon Free So., 5-8 Roanoke, Va.

Patricia Haden Free So., 5-2 Harrisonburg, Va.

Colleen Jones Fr. 5-8 Poquoson, Va.

Allysha Lockner Free Fr., 5-3 New Oxford, Pa.

Jennifer Lutz Free Fr., 5-7 Fairfax, Va.

Miranda Moss Fr. 5-6 Richmond, Va.

Tara Stipe Free/Back Fr., 5-3 Gordonsville, Va.

Name Event Jessica Abbott Fly/IM Laura Aldstadt Breaststroke Jennifer Allen Free/Back/Breast Michelle Caron Mid Distance Lauren Clymore Back/Free Simone Conyers Free Carrie Crowther Free/Back/Fly Danielle Dillon Free Patricia Haden Free Colleen Jones Allysha Lockner Free Jennifer Lutz Free Miranda Moss Tara Stipe Free/Back Maggy Sullivan Free/Back Liz Waller Free/Back Jeni Zeiler Breast/IM

Cl. Fr. Sr. Fr. Fr. Jr. Jr. Fr. So. So. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Jr. So. So.

Maggy Sullivan Free/Back Jr., 5-2 Virginia Beach, Va. Ht. 5-4 5-3 6-2 5-6 5-8 5-6 5-10 5-8 5-2 5-8 5-3 5-7 5-6 5-3 5-2 5-5 5-3

Liz Waller Free/Back So., 5-5 Richmond, Va.

Jeni Zeiler Breast/IM So., 5-3 Lutherville, Md.

Hometown/High School Nathalie, Va./Chatham Hall Winchester, Va./James Wood Germantown, Md./Seneca Valley Palmyra, Va./Fluvanna County Staunton, Va./Riverheads Richmond, Va./J.R. Tucker Burgess, Va./Northumberland Roanoke, Va./Hidden Valley Harrisonburg, Va./Turner Ashby Poquoson, Va./Poquoson New Oxford, Pa./Nex Oxford Fairfax, Va./WT Woodson Richmond, Va./Clover Hill Gordonsville, Va./Homeschooled Virginia Beach, Va./Kellam Richmond, Va./Salem Academy Lutherville, Md./Baltimore Lutheran


The Swimmers

Bridgewater’s young program is in just it’s fourth year of existence


Laura Aldstadt Senior, 5-3 Breaststroke Ellicott City, Md./Centennial

2009-10: Swam on the 100 meter breaststroke team that set the school record in the event...Swam the lead leg on the record-setting 150 meter butterfly relay squad. 2008-09: Swam the third leg on the record-setting 200 meter short course medley relay. Prep: James Wood's Swimmer of the Year in 2006...Reached the state championships during the 2006 season... Coached by Mark Pennypacker Personal: Daughter of Tom and Andrea Aldstadt...Has one sibling, Danny...Majoring in Psychology with a minor in Spanish.

Laura’s Personal Best’s 150 Yard Butterfly Relay - 1:40.01 150 Yard Breaststroke Relay - 1:49.92 200 Yard Medley Relay - 2:12.78 200 Yard Freestyle Relay - 1:58.19 3x100 Yard IM Relay - 4:09.07 400 Yard Medley Relay - 4:28.53 400 Yard Freestyle Relay - 4:32.93 500 Yard Freestyle Relay - 6:43.17 200 SC Meter Medley Relay - 2:27.30 400 SC Meter Freestyle Relay - 5:10.20 100 SC Meter Breaststroke - 1:32.33 800 SC Meter Freestyle - 11:17.90 50 Yard Freestyle - 32.06 1000 Yard Freestyle - 13:07.53 200 Yard Breaststroke - 3:01.57 500 Yard Freestyle - 6:06.14 100 Yard Breaststroke - 1:19.16 100 Yard Freestyle - 1:12.90 1650 Yard Freestyle - 21:37.44


Lauren Clymore Junior, 5-8 Back/Free Staunton, Va./Riverheads

2009: Showed tremendous improvement from her freshman season...Set new personal bests in nearly every event...Aided the team in setting four new relay records. 2008: Turned in a strong freshman season for the Eagles..,Turned in a number of top five finishes. Personal: Daughter of David and Angie Clymore...Has one sibling, Zach...Majoring in Liberal Studies.

Lauren’s Personal Best’s 100 Yard Dolphin Kick Relay - 1:25.13 150 Yard Breaststroke Relay - 1:49.92 400 Yard Freestyle Relay - 4:12.04 500 Yard Freestyle Relay - 6:28.55 200 Yard Medley Relay - 2:12.78 800 Yard Freestyle Relay - 10:30.33 8x25 Freestyle Relay - 1:53.63 200 Yard Freestyle Relay - 1:50.87 400 Yard Medley Relay - 4:28.53 50 SC Meter Freestyle - 32.58 100 SC Meter Freestyle - 1:15.13 100 SC Meter Breaststroke - 1:34.28 100 SC Meter Backstroke - 1:22.63 200 SC Meter IM - 2:59.60 200 SC Meter Medley Relay - 2:28.39 400 SC Meter Medley Relay - 5:34.44 100 Meter Breaststroke - 1:31.05 100 Meter Freestyle - 1:15.99 200 Meter Medley Relay - 2:32.90 50 Yard Freestyle - 29.28 100 Yard Breaststroke - 1:21.83 100 Yard Freestyle - 58.92 100 Yard Backstroke - 1:12.53 200 Yard Breaststroke - 3:02.56 200 Yard IM - 2:37.83 200 Yard Freestyle - 2:33.34


Simone Conyers Junior, 5-6 Free Richmond, Va./J.R. Tucker

2009: Set new personal bests in more than ten events. 2008: Posted a solid freshman season for the Eagles. Prep: Did not swim in high school. Personal: Majoring in Biology.

Simone’s Personal Best’s 150 yard Butterfly Relay - 1:40.01 200 Yard Medley Relay - 2:27.44 3x100 Yard IM Relay - 4:09.07 8x25 Freestyle Relay - 1:53.63 200 Yard Medley Relay - 2:12.78 400 Yard Medley Relay - 4:28.53 200 Yard Freestyle Relay - 1:58.19 200 SC Meter Medley Relay - 2:28.39 50 SC Meter Freestyle - 33.56 100 SC Meter Butterfly - 1:29.16 50 Yard Freestyle - 29.87 100 Yard Butterfly - 1:18.85 100 Yard Freestyle - 1:06.90 200 Yard Butterfly - 3:11.09


Maggy Sullivan Junior, 5-2 Free/Back Virginia Beach, Va./Kellan

2009: Showed dramatic improvements in the pool from her freshman season...Set numberous personal bests in a number of different categories. 2008: Swam in nearly every meet as s freshman...Competed on numerous relay squads. Personal: Daughter of John and Deborah Sullivan...Has two siblings, sister Elizabeth played field hockey at Bridgewater...Majoring in Psychology.

Maggy’s Personal Best’s 50 Yard Freestyle - 36.20 500 Yard Freestyle Relay - 6:28.55 300 Yard Medley Relay - 4:27.40 200 Yard Medley Relay - 2:27.44 200 Yard Freestyle Relay - 2:01.84 100 Yard Dolphin Kick Relay - 1:18.09 150 Yard Backstroke Relay - 1:52.80 150 Yard Breaststroke Relay - 2:17.88 400 Yard Freestyle Relay - 5:01.55 800 Yard Freestyle Relay - 10:36.35 200 SC Meter Medley Relay - 2:52.07 200 SC Meter Freestyle - 3:13.00 200 SC Meter IM - 3:27.28 100 SC Meter Backstroke - 1:34.30 400 SC Meter Freestyle - 5:45.38 200 Meter Freestyle - 3:12.59 1000 Yard Freestyle - 15:18.34 100 Yard Butterfly - 1:39.01 100 Yard Backstroke - 1:23.35 500 Yard Freestyle - 7:07.51 200 Yard Backstroke - 2:59.16 200 Yard IM - 2:59.61 200 Yard Freestyle - 2:48.20


Danielle Dillon Sophomore, 5-8 Free Roanoke, Va./Hidden Valley

2009: Had an outstanding freshman season...Snapped five individual school records...Aided in setting seven new relay records...Swam the majority of the distance races for the Eagles, setting a number of new school individual distance marks. Prep: Swam on a Hidden Valley team that claimed the state championship during her senior season...Also won the district and regional team titles all four years of high school. Personal: Daughter of Danny and Tammy Dillon...Has five siblings...Majoring in Psychology.

Danielle’s Personal Best’s 150 yard Butterfly Relay - 1:33.33 400 Yard Freestyle Relay- 4:04.73 500 Yard Freestyle Relay - 5:35.10 200 Yard Freestyle Relay - 1:51.08 8x25 Freestyle Relay - 1:53.63 800 Yard Freestyle Relay - 9:03.69 400 SC Meter Freestyle Relay - 4:32.65 200 SC Meter Freestyle - 2:21.31 400 SC Meter Freestyle - 4:56.57 800 SC Meter Freestyle - 10:17.13 1000 Yard Freestyle - 11:42.78 500 Yard Freestyle - 5:40.32 200 Yard Freestyle - 2:07.44 1650 Yard Freestyle - 19.24.38 200 Yard IM - 2:28.86


Patricia Haden Sophomore, 5-2 Free Harrisonburg, Va./Turner Ashby

2009-10: Aided the Eagles in setting seven new relay records in her rookie season with the squad. Personal: Daughter of Jeff Haden and Lisa Bange...Has three siblings...Majoring in Sociology.

Patricia’s Personal Best’s 400 Yard Freestyle Relay- 4:04.73 500 Yard Freestyle Relay - 5:35.10 200 Yard Freestyle Relay - 1:56.24 3x100 Yard IM Relay - 3:43.14 8x25 Freestyle Relay - 1:53.63 800 Yard Freestyle Relay - 9:03.69 400 Yard Medley Relay - 4:59.44 400 SC Meter Freestyle Relay - 4:32.65 200 SC Meter Freestyle - 2:35.43 100 SC Meter Freestyle - 1:12.03 100 Yard Freestyle - 1:03.55 200 Yard IM - 2:46.94 200 Yard Freestyle - 2:21.05 400 Yard IM - 5:46.68


Liz Waller Sophomore, 5-5 Free/Back Richmond, Va./Salem Academy

2009-10: Turned in season-best times in the 200 meter freestyle (2:59.06) and the 100-meter backstroke (1:26.53) Prep: Won the coaches award at Salem three times. Personal: Daughter of Glenn Waller and Julie Chase...Has two siblings...Majoring in Biology.

Liz’s Personal Best’s 500 Yard Freestyle Relay - 6:28.55 200 Yard Medley Relay - 2:27.44 100 Yard Dolphin Kick Relay - 1:18.09 3x100 Yard IM Relay - 4:09.07 800 Yard Freestyle Relay - 10:36.35 200 SC Meter Medley Relay - 2:52.07 400 SC Meter Freestyle Relay - 5:10.20 200 SC Meter Freestyle - 2:51.56 100 SC Meter Backstroke - 1:35.37 50 Yard Freestyle - 32.89 100 Yard Backstroke - 1:26.53 100 Yard Freestyle - 1:13.39 200 Yard Backstroke - 2:53.86 200 Yard Freestyle - 2:33.19


Jeni Zeiler Sophomore, 5-3 Breaststroke/IM Lutherville, Md./Baltimore Lutheran

2009-10: Set eight individual or relay records during the season...Finished seventh in the 200-yard breaststroke at the 2010 ODAC Championships to along with an eighth place finish in the 400-yard IM. Personal: Daughter of Michael and Marjory Zeiler...Has two siblings...Majoring in Elementary Education.

Jeni’s Personal Best’s 150 yard Butterfly Relay - 1:33.33 150 yard breaststroke relay - 1:49.92 200 Yard Medley Relay - 2:16.22 200 Yard Freestyle Relay - 1:51.08 100 Yard Dolphin Kick Relay - 1:18.09 3x100 Yard IM Relay - 3:43.14 400 Yard Medley Relay - 4:59.44 800 Yard Freestyle Relay - 9:03.69 200 SC Meter Medley Relay - 2:28.39 200 SC Meter IM - 2:55.30 100 SC Meter Breaststroke - 1:25.75 200 Yard IM - 2:27.76 400 Yard IM - 5:17.23 100 Yard Breaststroke - 1:17.25 200 Yard Breaststroke - 2:45.55


Jessica Abbott Freshman, 5-4 Fly/IM Nathalie, Va./Chatham Hall

Prep: Four-time Blue Ridge All-Conference selection...Coached by Bland Wall. Personal: Daughter of David and Jeanette Abbott...Has two siblings...Majoring in Health and Exercise Science.

Jennifer Allen Freshman, 6-2 Free/Back/Breaststroke Germantown, Md./Seneca Valley

Personal: Daughter of Richard and RuthAnn Allen...Has two siblings...Majoring in Biology.

Michelle Caron Freshman, 5-6 Mid Distance Palmyra, Va./Fluvanna County

Prep: Reached the state championships every year...Earned the coaches award during junior season...Was a team captain...Sportsmanship Award Winner. Personal: Daughter of Doug and RoseMary Caron...Has one sibling, David...Majoring in Sociology.


Carrie Crowther Freshman, 5-10 Free/Back/Fly Burgess, Va./Northumberland

Personal: Daughter of Bill and Cheryl Crowther...Has one sibling, Katie...Majoring in Health and Exercise Science.

Colleen Jones Freshman, 5-8 Poquoson, Va./Poquoson

Personal: Daughter of Michael Jones...Majoring in Biology.

Allysha Lockner Freshman, 5-3 Free New Oxford, Pa./New Oxford

Personal: Majoring in Family and Consumer Science.


Jennifer Lutz Freshman, 5-7 Free Fairfax, Va./WT Woodson

Prep: Coached by Susie Hamrock and Brian Dufour. Personal: Daughter of Mark and Karen Lutz...Has one sibling, Bryan...Majoring in Elementary Education.

Miranda Moss Freshman, 5-6 Richmond, Va./Clover Hill

Personal: Daughter of Connie Severson...Has one sibling, Ryan...Major is undecided.

Tara Stipe Freshman, 5-3 Free/Back Gordonsville, Va./Homeschooled

Personal: Daughter of Chris and Cindy Stipe...Has three siblings...Majoring in History.


The College


ATHLETIC TRAINING College athletics has evolved to the point where total physical preparation is necessary to be successful. Bridgewater employs a five-member athletic training staff. Under the tutilege of Director Barbara Long, the group of Sarah Cook, Chase Hale, Ellen Hicks and Scott Powers serve as Assistant Athletic Trainers for the entire Bridgewater College Athletics Department. Long is a graduate of Bridgewater College with a degree in Biology; United States Sports Academy with master’s degrees in Sports Medicine and Fitness Management and is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Education program in Organzational Leadership at Shenandoah University. She was certified by the Board of Certification in 1989 and is licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Medicine as an athletic trainer. Her career has had her working with professional and high level amateur athletes at places like the World University Games, US Olympic Training Center, and several professional football camps. She has also served as Head Athletic Trainer at Broadway High School and as clinical ATC for RMH Rehab Services, and Body Ease Physical Therapy, PC. Barbara spent 10 years as a clinical athletic trainer and through this work developed community education presentations and publications dealing with Exercise and Aging, Fall Prevention, Increasing the Functional Limits of Aging, and Children and Sports. Barbara and her husband, Stuart, reside in the Lacey Springs area with their two children, Tyler and Cassie. Cook hails from Lewiston, Maine. She has a bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from Colby-Sawyer College and a Master of Arts degree in Sport Psychology from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Sarah spent a summer as the head athletic trainer at J Robinson Intensive Basketball Camps and has experience working with Division I Men’s Ice Hockey and Men’s Gymnastics. She resides in Harrisonburg with her menagerie of small animals. Her primary responsibilities are men’s and women’s soccer and softball. Hale joined the Bridgewater staff in the spring of 2000 as the Assistant Athletic Trainer. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Health Science/Athletic Training and a Master’s degree in Health Science Education from James Madison University. Chase is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Education degree from Shenandoah University in organizational leadership. For two years he was contracted from RMH Rehab Services, where he also worked within the occupational and physical therapy departments, to provide athletic training services at Bridgewater College. In 2002, Hale moved to a full-time faculty position in the Health and Exercise Science Department where he teaches kinesiology and athletic training courses. In addition to teaching, Professor Hale also serves as the clinical education coordinator for the athletic training education program. His career has had him working with collegiate baseball, football, soccer, and volleyball. Currently, he works with the College’s field hockey, lacrosse, and tennis teams. Hale lives in Grottoes with his wife Ada and their three children Charlie, Stella, and Eliza. Hicks has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Bridgewater College, and a Master of Education degree from Northwestern State University in Health Promotion. She was certified by the Board of Certification in 1996 and is licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Medicine as an Athletic Trainer, Pharmacy Technician, and Emergency Medical Technician. Ellen has 11 years clinical athletic training experience; the last ten of those years were with RMH Rehab Services. She has also spent the last nine years working for Rockingham County Public Schools at Broadway High School as the Head Athletic Trainer. Ellen resides in Port Republic and primarily works with Volleyball, Women’s Basketball, and Track & Field. Powers comes to Bridgewater College with a variety of athletic training experience. As a graduate of North Dakota State University and James Madision University, he has spent 27 years working in the clinical and secondary school environments. Athletic training has allowed him to work with several international sports teams in many different countries including the 1996 Olympics Games in Atlanta. Scott resides in Dayton with his wife Pam and their sons, Justin, Jake, Joshua and Jason.

Barbara Long

Sarah Cook

Chase Hale

Ellen Hicks

Scott Powers


STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING HEAD STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COORDINATOR JOE SOLTIS Joe Soltis is entering his eighth year as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coordinator at Bridgewater College. Soltis comes to Bridgewater college as a USA Weightlifting Club Coach. He actively competes in Olympic Weightlifting and won his weight class at the Arnold Classic in 2009. Soltis played running back for Emory & Henry and spent four years as an assistant coach at Glenvar High School in Salem, Va. from 1990-94. Soltis is also the Offensive Coordinator for the Bridgewater College Football team. He resides in Bridgewater and is married to the former April Fifer, a 2004 Bridgewater graduate and a teacher in the Rockingham County Public Schools

ASST. STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COORDINATOR STEPHON HEALEY Stephon Healey will begin his seventh year as the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coordinator. Healey came to the States from London, England. Healey studied as an intern under both Keith Morgan at the National Sports Center in Crystal Palace, London and with Edgar Curtis at the Leeds Rhinos (professional rugby team). Healey has experience in competing and coaching at both Powerlifting and Olympic lifting meets. Healey played collegiate football at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. A graduate from the University of Greenwich (London), Healey has his undergraduate degree in Education and Human Movement Studies. Healey is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and a Certified USA Weightlifting club coach.

The mission of the Bridgewater College's Strength and Conditioning Program is to assist BC athletes in enhancing their athletic performance. Our goal is to undertake this mission by reducing the risk of athletic injury, developing the force potential (strength and power) of each athlete, enhancing the specific movement patterns related to their activity and addressing the energy needs for each sport. Ultimately we intend to maximize the athletic potential of each of our student athletes.


Commissioner Brad Bankston Celebrating its 35th year of operations, the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) is one of the nation’s largest Division III conferences. The 14- member ODAC, including one associate member, stands as the second-largest multi-sport NCAA Division III conference in the country. The league was formed on May 18, 1975 as the Virginia College Conference and began operations in September of 1976. (The name change to Old Dominion Athletic Conference became effective January 1, 1976). Charter members were eight colleges located in the state of Virginia: Bridgewater College, Eastern Mennonite College, Emory & Henry College, Hampden-Sydney College, Lynchburg College, Randolph-Macon College, Roanoke College and Washington and Lee University. From its initial year of operation through the 1981-82 academic year, the ODAC sponsored competition in 10 men’s varsity sports, including football, soccer, and cross country in the fall; basketball, wrestling, and indoor track and field in the winter; and baseball, golf, tennis, and outdoor track and field in the spring. Women’s sports were added prior to the 1982-83 school year. Today, the ODAC has grown to Sponsor championships in 22 sports (10 men and 12 women) and houses nine full-time coeducational institutions with four single-gender schools making up the current 13 full-time members. The conference expanded in the late 1980s, early 1990s and most recently in 1999. Virginia Wesleyan became the 13th member of the conference in 1988 and began full-scale competition in the league in the 1989-90 academic year. Guilford College, voted into the conference in the spring of 1990, began competing for conference championships in the 1991-92 season. The Catholic University of America (DC) was accepted for associate membership in football on January 12, 1999. Over the past 16 years the conference and the City of Salem, Va., have gained national attention through hosting five NCAA Division III championships in football, men’s basketball, softball, baseball, women’s lacrosse, and volleyball. The growing list of titles passed out in Salem began in the fall of 1993 with the DIII Football Championship. Through the 2008-09 academic year, the conference and city have hosted 46 NCAA Division III Championships since the ‘93 Stagg Bowl. This year, the two will serve as hosts to the DIII football and men’s basketball championships.

Asst. Commissioner J.J. Nekoloff

Director of Championships Mollie Robertson

Mary Jane Esperiti Administrative Assistant


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