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2012 Canisius College Synchronized Swimming

Melissa Andrews So. • 4’11”

Deanna DeSimone So. • 5’10”

Jessica Grogan Sr. • 5’7”

Olivia Hanlon Jr. • 5’7”

Smithfield, R.I. LaSalle Academy

Williamsville, N.Y. Williamsville East

Orchard Park, N.Y. Orchard Park

Clifton, Va. Paul VI

Morgan Lebrecht So. • 5’ 8”

Jessica Mancini So. • 5’3”

Victoria Mintz Jr. • 5’5”

Victoria Mironova Fr. • 5’7”

Troy, N.Y. Columbia High School

Andover, Mass. Anodver High School

Williamsville, N.Y. Williamsville East

Orchard Park, N.Y. Orchard Park

Svetlana Ponkratova So. • 5’5”

Sydney Sans Jr. • 5’6”

Jill Wright Sixth Season

Alaina Hill Second Season

Himki, Russia N1113

Williamsville, N.Y. Williamsville North

Head Coach

Assistant Coach


INTRODUCTION • SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING

GENERAL INFORMATION

Table of Contents

Location...................................................................... Buffalo, NY 14208 Founded . ...........................................................................................1870 Enrollment.........................................................................................3,369 Nickname........................................................ Golden Griffins or Griffs School Colors........................... Blue (PMS 289) and Gold (PMS 124) Venue.....................................................Koessler Athletic Center Pool Affiliation......................................................................NCAA, Division I

Media Roster....................................Inside Front Cover Introduction................................................................3 Coaching Staff Profile.................................................4 Schedule and Roster...................................................5 Men’s Profiles........................................................ 6-10 All-Time Records....................................................... 11 All-Time Roster.......................................................... 12 Facilities...................................................................13 ECAC.................................................................... 14-15 Canisius College.................................................. 16-17 Academic Services............................................... 18-19 Buffalo................................................................. 20-21 Tradition of Excellence........................................22-23 Department of Athletics........................................24-25 Administration.....................................................26-28 We are Canisius Synchro................. Inside Back Cover 2012 Schedule............................................ Back Cover

UNIVERSITY PERSONNEL

President......................................................................... John J. Hurley Alma Mater, Yr.................................................................... Canisius, ’78 Athletic Director.....................................................................Bill Maher Alma Mater.................................................. B.S. Canisius College, ’89 ..................................................................... M.S. East Stroudsburg, ’90 Faculty Athletic Rep............................................. Dr. Melissa Wanzer Athletic Dept. Phone.........................................................716-888-2970 Athletic Dept. Fax...............................................................716-888-3174

COACHING STAFF

Head Coach............................................................................ Jill Wright Alma Mater, Year................................................................ Canisius ’03 Email..................................................................wright37@canisius.edu Assistant Coach..................................................................... Alaina Hill Alma Mater, Year................................................................ Canisius ’07 Email..........................................................................hilla@canisius.edu Office Phone.....................................................................(716) 888-3765

Media Guide Credits The 2012 Canisius College synchronized swimming media guide is a production of the Canisius athletic communications office. The guide was written, designed and edited by athletic communications graduate assistant Will Nowadly. Editorial assistance provided by the Canisius athletic communications staff. Photos by Tom Wolf Imaging and Canisius Athletics. Special thanks to the Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Bisons, Buffalo Bandits and Buffalo Sabres.

TEAM INFORMATION

First season of sport................................................................... 1993-94 2010-11 National Standing................................................................. 4th Coference..................................... Eastern Collegiate Athletic (ECAC) ECAC Champions................ 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, ................................................ 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

The Canisius College sychronized swimming media guide was produced on a MacBook Pro with Adobe InDesign and Adobe Photoshop CS4.

ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

Synchro Contact...............................................................Will Nowadly Office Phone.......................................................................716-888-8267 E-Mail.............................................................nowadlyw@Canisius.edu Office Fax............................................................................716-888-8444 Mailing Address:...........................................Koessler Athletic Center ...................................................................................... 2001 Main Street ..................................................................................... Buffalo, NY 14208 Web Site...................................................................www.GoGriffs.com

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SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING • COACHING STAFF

Jill WRIGHT

Jill Wright is entering her sixth-year as coach of the Canisius College synchronized swimming program. The Canisius alum has continued HEAD COACH the Griffs’ winning tradition leading the Blue and Gold to five-straight CANISIUS ‘03 ECAC championships and 14-straight overall. Between 2008 and 2010, SIXTH SEASON Canisius earned three consecutive third place showings at the U.S. Collegiate National Championship, while in 2011 the team placed-fourth at the conclusion of the national event. During the 2011 season the Griffs were undefeated through the four-meets securing first-place honors in all of them on their way to the National Championship events. This season also marks five-straight years that the Blue and Gold have had one of it’s swimmers earn a Gold Medal at the U.S. Collegiate National Championships. During her time at Canisius, Wright was the first synchronized swimmer to be named an All-American three years in a row, achieving the feat during her first three seasons. As a sophomore, Wright finished third in the solo event at the U.S. Collegiate Championships and took fourth as a junior. Wright was a four-time Eastern College Athletic Conference solo champion as well as a four-time East Regional solo champion. Wright was a member of four ECAC and East Regional championship teams. After leaving Canisius, Wright was a member of the Santa Clara Aquamaids for one year. The 1999 New York State Female Athlete of the Year was a three-time national solo champion and two-time member of the national team champions. She was a member of the 1998 and 1999 U.S. Junior National teams and was a three-time Empire State Games Gold Medalist. Wright also has coached the Tonawanda Aquettes since 2004, the 2010 US Age Group National Champions, and is currently the assistant coach for the 2011 USA 11-12 National Team. In credit to Wright’s tutelage four local swimmers have qualified for the 2012 Olympic Trials held in Dec. 2011.

Alaina HILL

ASSISTANT COACH CANISIUS ‘07 SECOND SEASON

Alaina Hill enters her second year as assistant coach with the Golden Griffins. A 2007 graduate of the College, Hill earned four consecutive ECAC and Regional Championships as a part of the synchronized swimming team.

In her junior year, Hill finished second in the trio event at the ECAC Championship and was a member of the first-place squad at the East Regionals. As a sophomore, she was a member of the first-place team and trio at the 2005 ECAC Championship and the East Regional. Prior to competing at Canisius, Hill was a member of the Buffalo Swimkins for nine years. At the Empire State Games, she captured 10 medals, including seven golds. On the national level, she placed in the top ten on numerous occasions. At the National Age Group meet, she placed second in the duet event, third in the trio event, and fourth in the team event. Her team also placed fourth in the team event at the U.S. Open Competition.

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2012 ROSTER • SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING

Alphabetical Roster Name Ht. Yr. Hometown (Prev School) Melissa Andrews Deanna DiSimone Jessica Grogan Olivia Hanlon Morgan Lebrecht Jessica Mancini Victoria Mintz Viktoria Mironova Svetlana Ponkratova Sydney Sans

4-11 5-10 5-7 5-7 5-8 5-3 5-5 5-9 5-4 5-6

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

Smithfield, R.I. (La Salle Academy) Athens, N.Y. (Academy of the Holy Names) Orchard Park, N.Y. (Orchard Park) Clifton, Va. (Paul VI) Troy, N.Y. (Columbia High School) Andover, Mass. (Andover High School) Toronto, Ont. (Silverthorn Collegiate Institute) Moscow, Russia Himki, Russia (N1113) Williamsville, N.Y. (Williamsville North)

2012 Schedule Date

Sat, Jan 28 Sun, Jan 29 Sat, Feb 4 Sat, Feb 11 Sun, Feb 12

Sat, Mar 3 Sun, Mar 4

Thu, Mar 15 Fri, Mar 16 Sat, Mar 17

Opponent

Location

Boston University Invitational Boston University Invitational Canisius Invitational Wheaton Invitational Wheaton Invitational

Day One Day Two

Day One Day Two Day Three

Time

at Boston, Mass. All Day at Boston, Mass. All Day Koessler Athletic Center Pool 12:00 pm at Norton, Mass. All Day at Norton, Mass. All Day

ECAC Regional Championships

Koessler Athletic Center Pool All Day Koessler Athletic Center Pool All Day

U.S. Collegiate National Championships

at Gainesville, Fla. All Day at Gainesville, Fla. All Day at Gainesville, Fla. All Day

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SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING • PLAYER PROFILES

2010-11: Recorded a second-place solo finish at the Canisius Invitational... At the ECAC Championship, finished third in the solo event (85.167)... Part of the first-place team performance, leading the team to its 14th consecutive ECAC team title.

2010-11: Joined Jessica Mancini to place second in the duet event (87.000) at the Canisius Invitational... At the ECAC Championships, placed second in the trio event (86.167) with Mancini and Morgan Lebrecht... In the solo event, Andrews joined Mancini to place third (84.167)... Part of the first-place team performance, leading the team to its 14th consecutive ECAC team title.

Before Canisius: Competed for five years..Member of the East Zone AllStar Team in 2007...Was a nine-time medalist at the Empire State Games... Recipient of the Dorothy Sowers Award...Named the Aquette of the Year in 2007 and 2008...Was a 2008 bronze medalist at the age-group National competition...Also swam at Orchard Park for four years...Earned the sportsmanship award and was an ECIC and sectional finalist as a swimmer Personal: Daughter of Cynthia and Thomas... Highly involved in charity events... Member of Honor Society... Born April 29, 1990.

Junior • 4-11

2008-2009: In her freshman season, placed second at the Canisius Invitational with 88.667 points in the solo routine...Also took second at the University of Florida Invitational and against Incarnate Word...Earned 87 or more points on two occasions for second place in the duet...Against Incarnate Word, placed third in the duet with 86 points...On two separate occasions, took third place in B figures.

Melissa ANDREWS

Smithfield, R.I./La Salle Academy

Senior • 5-7

Jessica GROGAN

Orchard Park, N.Y./Orchard Park

2009-10: Scored 82.00 points during the elements event against Keuka College... Was part of a second-place effort in the team-event at the Canisius College Invitational... Took third-place in the A Figures event at the ECAC Championship scoring 77.543 points... Teamed with Victoria Mintz and Brittanie Grant to earn second-place in the trio event at the ECAC Championship earning 80.167.

2009-10: Took second place in B figures with 69.778 points against Keuka College... Teamed with Victoria Mazur to take second place in the duet-event against Wheaton... Took part in a firstplace effort during the team event at the Canisius Invitational... Received the USA Synchronized Swimming Academic Award for her work in the classroom. Before Canisius: Competed ten years with a club team, finishing as a national finalist from 2003-09... Was also the regional champion from 2006-09 and the New England champion from 2004-09... A natural in the pool, as she also swam varsity for two seasons at LaSalle, competing in the butterfly and medley events... In swimming, she was a state finalist in three events, including medley relay, 100 butterfly and the 200 individual medley. Personal: Daughter of Richard and Patricia Andrews... Has two siblings, Allison and Matthew... Sister swam at Hobart/William Smith.

2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials Competitor

2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials Competitor 6


PLAYER PROFILES • SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING

2010-11: At the Canisius Invitational, she placed third in the trio portion (83.500) Deanna DiSimone and Charlotte Gorski... Combined with Gorski and DiSimone to place fourth in the trio event at the ECAC Championship... Part of the first-place team performance, leading the team to its 14th consecutive ECAC team title.

2010-11: Joined teammate Svetlana Ponkratova to take the duet event at the Lindenwood Invitational... At the Canisius Invitational, she combined with Ponkratova to take the duet-competition... At the ECAC Championships, she took first place in the duet competition with Ponkratova... Part of the first-place team performance, leading the team to its 14th consecutive ECAC team title.

Personal: Daughter of Greg and Beth Hanlon... Has three siblings, Greg, Pat, and Caroline... Works as a peer mentor for children with disabilities... Born

Junior • 5-7

2008-09: Finished first on the team in C figures on two occasions... Earned fourth-place honors in the trio against Incarnate Word and against the University of Florida... Helped the team to a first place finish in each team routine on the season... Placed third in the trio event at the Canisius Invitational with 84.833 points. Before Canisius: Competed for four years with the Northern Virginia Nereids... Was the 2008 captain... Earned All-Association team honors in 2007 and 2008... Was the association representative in 2007... Also competed with the Chester County Barracudas.

Victoria MINTZ

Toronto, Ontario/Silverthorn Collegiate Institute

Junior • 5-7

Olivia HANLON

Clifton, Va./Paul VI

2009-10: Earned a second-place finish during a free-team event during the ECAC Championship... Placed in second in the team-event during the Canisius College Invitational helping to earn a score of 86.750.

2009-10: Earned a first place finish in the B figures against Keuka college earning a score of 72.245... Finished first in the B Figures at the Canisius Invitational Figures event with a score of 70.102... Contributed to a trio-team that placed first in the Canisius Invitational with a score of 84.667... Helped earn a first place finish in the team event at the Canisius Invitational... Contributed to a first place finish in he team event at the ECAC Regional Championships earning a score of 88.833. Before Canisius: Swam for the Etobicoke Olympians... Was a competitor in the Canada Games in 2007... A member of Team Ontario from 2006-09... Earned a top-three ranking at Nationals... Part of the National Junior 15-18 year old team in Canada Personal: Daughter of Jeanette and Blake... Two sisters, Stephanie and Natalie... Born April 17, 1991... Majoring in communications.

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SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING • PLAYER PROFILES

2010-11: Placed second in the duet portion (82.500) with Charlotte Gorski at the Canisius Invitational... Took fourth place with Gorski in the duet portion at the ECAC Championship.

2010-11: Combined with Olivia Hanlon, and Charlotte Gorski at the Canisius Invitational to place third in the trio portion (83.500)... Part of the first-place team performance, leading the team to its 14th consecutive ECAC team title. Before Canisius: A ten-year participant at the YMCA synchronized swimming team.... Named captain senior year.

Personal: Daughter of Sharon and Michael... Has a brother, Ryan... Is the first in her family to participate in Division I collegiate athletics... Born Jan. 31, 1991... Majoring in environmental science.

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Personal: Daughter of Rocco and Hellen Mary DiSimone... Born Oct. 5, 1992... Majoring in digital media arts.

Sophomore • 5-10

Before Canisius: Before Canisius: Competed for four years with the Buffalo Swimkins and was a captain for two years... Also competed in speed swimming for three years as her team went undefeated all three seasons

Deanna DiSIMONE

Athens, N.Y./Academy of the Holy Names

Junior • 5-6

Sydney SANS

Williamsville, N.Y./Williamsville North

2009-10: Earned a season best score of 64.625 during the B figures against Kueka College... Helped contribute to a second-place team at the Canisius Invitational during the team event earning 86.750... Was a part of the second-place team during the freeroutine team-event at the ECAC Championships.


PLAYER PROFILES • SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING

2010-11: Placed second in the B figure category at the Lindenwood Invitational with a score of 63.220... At the ECAC Championships, placed second in the trio event (86.167) with Melissa Andrews and Jessica Mancini.

2010-11: At the Lindenwood Invitational, she placed first in the B figure category with a score of 63.256... At the ECAC Championships, placed second in the trio event (86.167)with Melissa Andrews and Morgan Lebrecht... Mancini and Andrews placed third (84.167) in the duet portion... Part of the first-place team performance, leading the team to its 14th consecutive ECAC team title.

Before Canisius: Participated on the Capital District YMCA Sculpins synchronized swimming team.

Sophomore • 5-3

Jessica MANCINI

Andover, Mass./Anodver

Sophomore • 5-7

Morgan LEBRECHT

Troy, N.Y./Columbia

Personal: Daughter of Deborah and Raymond Lebrecht... Has a brother, Jason... Born Dec. 8, 1991... Majoring in chemistry.

Before Canisius: A four-year participant on the Andover High School Swimming team... A member of the Andover YMCA Synchronized Swimming team... Named MVP of the Andover YMCA synchro team... Earned third place as a soloist at Nationals... A fourth-place figures champion. Personal: Daughter of Kathy and Lou Mancini... Has a sister, Julia.

2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials Competitor 9


SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING • PLAYER PROFILES

Svetlana PONKRATOVA

Viktoria MIRONOVA

Sophomore • 5-10 Himki, Russia N1113

Freshman • 5-9 Moscow, Russia

2010-11: In her collegiate debut, she finished first in the solo event at the Lindenwood Invitational... She also swept in the deut and trio events at Lindenwood... Recorded her second sweep of the season at the Canisius Invitational, taking first in the solo, duet, and trio events... Making her first appearance at the ECAC Championships, she swept all three categories to contribute to the team’s 14th consecutive team title... At the U.S. Collegiate National Championships, she earned a bronze medal in the solo event.

Before Canisius: Previously attended Truol in Moscow, Russia... Was a four-time champion at the Russian Championships... Competed at Common Cup in Russia. Personal: Daughter of Andrej and Elena Mironova... Has a sibling, Vasilisa... Born April 18, 1992...Plans to major in journalism.

Before Canisius: A two-year participant on the MGFSO synchronized swim club as a prejunior on the Russian National Team... Recorded first-place finishes four times in international competitions... A three-year participant on the MGFSO synchronized swim club as a member of the Junior Russian National Team... Placed first six times during the European Junior Championships... Took first place four-times during the Junior World Championships. Personal: Daughter of Oleg and Natalia Ponkratova... Has a brother, Kirill... Born Feb. 20, 1992... Majoring in physical education.

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ALL-TIME RECORDS • SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING

Canisius College Synchronized Swimming All-Time Records 14-Time ECAC Team Champions 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

At the U.S. Collegiate Championships Overall Third Place 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2008, 2009, 2010

Fourth Place 2002, 2003, 2004, 2011

Fifth Place 2005

Solo Event Sixth Place 2006

1997 1998 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2008 2009 2009 2010 2011

Team Fourth Place 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001

Fifth Place 2003, 2004

Sixth Place 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010

Seventh Place 2005

Trio Event 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2001 2002 2003 2003 2004 2004 2005 2006 2006 2008 2009 2010 2011

Jill Evans ............................................................ 2nd Mindy Fox . ......................................................... 2nd Jill Wright . .......................................................... 3rd Jill Wright . .......................................................... 4th Jill Wright . .......................................................... 6th Gabriela Pinango ............................................... 4th Kristina Averell . ................................................. 8th Ashley Leroy ....................................................... 8th Natalia Tarasova................................................ 2nd Yulia Shepeleva................................................... 4th Natalia Tarasova..................................................1st Yulia Shepeleva................................................... 3rd Natalia Tarasova..................................................1st Svetlana Ponkratova.......................................... 3rd

Duet Event

Jill Evans, Karin and Kristin Graham .......................................5th Michelle Bilkey, Karin and Kristin Graham .............................5th Michelle Bilkey, Jennifer Muzyk, Caren Gellin ......................5th Mindy Fox, Jennifer Muzyk, Caren Gellin ................................5th Jennifer Muzyk, Caren Gellin, Jill Wright ................................5th Alejandra and Gabriela Pinango, Jill Wright ..........................5th Kristal Brounce, Kate Matusiak, Heather Forester ...............8th Alejandra and Gabriela Pinango, Jill Wright ..........................6th Alejandra and Gabriela Pinango, Jill Wright ..........................5th Ruth Ashburn, Laura Gellin, Kate Matusiak ...........................6th Jamee Paoloemilio, Alejandra Pinango, Katie Scanlon . ......6th Ruth Ashburn, Laura Gellin, Andrea Prinzbach ......................7th Kristina Averell, Alaina Hill, Katie Scanlon . ............................7th Andrea Natoli, Jamee Paoloemilio, Beth Richie ....................8th Kristina Averell, Alaina Hill, Katie Scanlon . ............................9th Nicole Cardinale, Laurie Wakelam, Courtney Christman.......8th Natalia Tarasova, Yulia Shepeleva and Casey Aion...............5th Brittanie Grant, Jessica Grogan, Victoria Mintz......................8th Svetlana Ponkratova, Victoria Mintz, Laurie Wakelam..........5th

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1996 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2005 2006 2006 2008 2008 2009 2010 2011

Karin and Kristin Graham..................................4th Heather Forester and Kate Matusiak .............4th Alejandra and Gabriela Pinango......................5th Alejandra and Gabriela Pinango .....................6th Alejandra and Gabriela Pinango .....................6th Alejandra and Gabriela Pinango .....................5th Jamee Paoloemilio and Beth Richie ..............6th Andrea Natoli and Katie Scanlon ...................8th Kristina Averell and Ashley Leroy....................9th Jamee Paoloemilio and Beth Richie ............11th Natalia Tarasova and Yulia Shepeleva...........2nd Nicole Cardinale and Laurie Wakelam...........9th Natalia Tarasova and Yulia Shepeleva...........2nd Natalia Taraosova and Yulia Shepeleva........2nd Svetlana Ponkratova and Victoria Mintz........4th


SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING • ALL-TIME ROSTER

Canisius College Synchronized Swimming All-Time Roster A

Name

Hometown

Years

Casey Aion Melissa Andrews Ruth Ashburn Kristina Averell

Caldwell, N.J. Smithfield, R.I Schenectady, N.Y. Uniontown, Ohio

2008-2010 2009-Pres. 2000-2004 2003-2008

Name

Hometown

Years

Michelle Bilkey Marghuretta Bland Kristal Brounce Jennifer Burzynski

Tonawanda, N.Y. Kirkwood, Mo. Levittown, Pa. Tonawanda, N.Y.

1995-1998 2000-2004 2000-2002 1999-2000

Name

Hometown

Years

Nicole Cardinale Courtney Christman Allison Cormon

Williamsville, N.Y. Tonawanda, N.Y. Saint Paul, Minn.

2006-2010 2006-2010 2000-2004

Name

Hometown

Years

Deanna DiSimone

Athens, N.Y.

2010-Pres.

Name

Hometown

Years

Jill Evans

Tonawanda, N.Y.

1992*-1996

Name

Hometown

Years

Heather Forester Lauren Foster Mindy Fox

Fairless Hills, Pa. Tonawanda, N.Y. Kenmore, N.Y.

1997-2001 1993-1996 1996-2000

B

C

D

E

F

G

Name

Hometown

Years

Caren Gellin Laura Gellin Charlotte Gorski Karin Graham Kristin Graham Jessica Grogan

Kenmore, N.Y. Kenmore, N.Y. Manchester, N.H. Kenmore, N.Y. Kenmore, N.Y. Orchard Park, N.Y.

1996-2000 2000-2004 2007-2011 1993-1997 1993-1997 2008-Pres.

Name

Hometown

Years

Jessie Hall Olivia Hanlon Rina Hanna-Gregoretti Alaina Hill

Troy, N.Y. Clifton, Va. Buffalo, N.Y. East Amherst, N.Y.

1995-1997 2008-Pres. 2007-2010 2003-2008

H

J

Name

Hometown

Years

Michelle Juarbe

Puerto Rico

2007-2008

L

Name

Hometown

Years

Katie Lama Louise Lighthall Morgan Lebrecht Ashley Leroy Chelsea Lowry

Tonawanda, N.Y. Oswego, N.Y. Troy, N.Y. Parker, Colo. Hermitage, Pa.

1993-1995 2000-2004 2010 -Pres 2006-2007 2007-2008

M

Name

Hometown

Years

Jessica Mancini Victoria Mintz Elise Matteson Kate Matusiak Victoria Mazur Starin McKeen Faith Mikalonis Katie Meger Viktoria Mironova Kristina Moore Jennifer Muzyk

Andover Mass. Toronto, Ont. Wauwatosa, Wis. Edison, N.Y. Dublin, Ohio Boulder, Colo Somerset, N.J. Lancaster, N.Y. Moscow, Russia Tonawanda, N.Y. Bristol, Conn.

2010-Pres 2009-Pres 2000-2002 1999-2003 2006-2010 2006-2007 2001-2005 2002-2004 2011-Pres. 1992*-1994 1996-2000

Name

Hometown

Years

Gabriella Nanni Andrea Natoli Kristen Nesom

Yonkers, N.Y. Endicott, N.Y. Sault ste Marie, Ont.

1996-1998 2003-2008 2000-2004

Name

Hometown

Years

Amy Parody Jennifer Paternostro Jamee Paoloemilio Alejandra Pinango Gabriela Pinango Svetlana Ponkratova Katie Prem Andrea Prinzbach

Westfield, Mass. Orchard Park, N.Y. Kissimmee, Fla. Montreal, Que. Montreal, Que. Himki Russa Tonawanda, N.Y. Tonawanda, N.Y.

1995-1998 1995-1996 2002-2006 2000-2004 2000-2004 2010-Pres 1997-2000 2001-2004

Name

Hometown

Years

Beth Richie Nilda Marie Rosado Stephanie Rottler

Riverside, Calif. Puerto Rico Lorton, Va.

2002-2006 2006-2010 2000-2004

Name

Hometown

Years

Sydney Sans Danielle Saunders Katie Scanlon Linda Semeraro Yulia Shepeleva Ashli Skura

Williamsville, N.Y. Binghamton, N.Y. Oswego, N.Y. Syracuse, N.Y. Moscow, Russia Tonawanda, N.Y.

2009-Pres. 2007-2008 2002-2006 1996-1997 2007-2010 1993-1995

Name

Hometown

Years

Natalia Tarasova Meagan Tremblay

Moscow, Russia Cheshire, Conn.

2006-2010 2006-2010

Name

Hometown

Years

Rebecca Williams Laurie Wakelam Jill Wright

Houma, La. Buffalo, N.Y. Tonawanda, N.Y.

2000-2002 2007-2011 1999-2003

N

P

R

S

T

W

* Indicates competed under club sports status

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First-Class Facilities


ECAC ECAC History The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) is the nation’s largest athletic conference and only multi-divisional conference, with 321 member institutions ranging across 16 states from Maine to North Carolina and westerly to Illinois. Established in 1938 with 58 charter members, the ECAC has since emerged as the nationwide leader in service.

Mission Statement The mission of the ECAC shall be to initiate, stimulate and improve intercollegiate athletics programs for student-athletes, and to promote and develop educational leadership, athletics excellence and athletics participation. The ECAC shall: 1. Understand, respect and support programs and philosophies of each member; 2. Assist and involve all constituents in developing and maintaining consistent, equitable competitive opportunities; 3. Develop and implement the best possible programs and services (championships, officiating, public relations, etc.) for the membership; and 4. Promote college athletics in general, and specifically, highlight stories about its membership, student-athletes, coaches and administrators. The ECAC shall be a leader, either as a primary or secondary provider, of services to its member conferences and institutions to achieve the mission.

Championships The ECAC administers 98 preseason and postseason events in 35 men’s and women’s sports for over 122,000 student athletes. Please visit the web site, www.ECAC.org, and click on Championships to view the current schedule.

Canisius College • One of four (4) Division I Athletic Institutions that offers synchronized swimming. • One of nine (9) members of the ECAC. • One of eight (8) varsity-level synchronized swimming teams in the country. • The only Division I Athletic Institution that is a member of the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC). • 14-year champions of the ECAC Championship. • 15-year winners of the East Regional Championship.


COLLEGIATE LEVEL SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING * Member of ECAC ^ Member of 2007-08 East Regional Competition

DIVISION I *^Canisius College The Ohio State University Stanford University University of Alabama at Birmingham

DIVISION II University of the Incarnate Word

DIVISION III Carleton College *^Keuka College *^Wheaton College

NAIA Lindenwood

NON-VARSITY (CLUB) Arizona State University Babson College Ball State University *^Boston University *College of William and Mary Florida State University *George Mason University *^Massachusetts Institute of Technology Miami University Michigan State University Millersville University Ohio University Smith College *^Pennsylvania State University University of Arizona University of Florida University of Georgia University of Hawaii University of Illinois University of Mary Washington University of Michigan University of Minnesota University of Nebraska, Lincoln *^University of Pennsylvania University of Richmond


Canisius College


Undergraduate Majors & Programs College of Arts and Sciences Animal Behavior, Ecology & Conservation Anthropology Art History Biochemistry Bioinformatics Biology Chemistry Classics Clinical Laboratory Science Communication Studies Computational Science Computer Science (BA and BS) Creative Writing Criminal Justice Digital Media Arts Economics (BA) English Environmental Science Environmental Studies European Studies History International Relations Journalism Mathematics/Statistics Modern Languages: French, German, Spanish Music Operations Research Philosophy Physics Political Science Psychology Religious Studies and Theology Sociology Urban Studies

Pre-Professional Programs Dental Early Assurance of Admission Joint Degree Programs: Dental Medicine, Optometric Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine and Podiatric Medicine Medical Early Assurance of Admission Pre-Dental Pre-Engineering Pre-Law Pre-Medical Pre-Pharmacy Pre-Veterinary

Richard J. Wehle School of Business Accounting Accounting Information Systems Economics (BS) Entrepreneurship Finance Information Systems International Business Management Marketing

School of Education and Human Services Athletic Training/Sports Medicine Health and Wellness Physical Education/Health Education Special Education Sport Studies Teacher Education: Early Childhood Education (Birth to Grade 2) Childhood Education (Grades 1 - 6) Adolescence Education (Grades 7 - 12)


Academic Services Canisius College Academic Services provides academic, personal and career support programs that foster the total development for the studentathletes. A comprehensive program on life skills provides student-athletes with educational experiences. Service programs preparing students for the demands of a well-balanced lifestyle are also provided. Academic Services for Student-Athletes offers the guidance and direction needed to prepare student-athletes for success beyond graduation.

Academic Advisor for Athletics Services The Academic Advisor for Athletics provides the following support services to best serve the student-athletes at Canisius: • Provide effective academic advising; conduct individual advising appointments with student-athletes who have concerns abut their major choice, progress toward graduation, grades, or any other aspects that may impede their success toward graduation and NCAA eligibility. • Pay particular attention to the “at-risk” student-athletes and students who have not yet chosen a major course of study. • Schedule meetings with designated student-athletes to assist in the monitoring of academic progress. • Assist student-athletes with the development of academic recovery plans. • Develop travel contracts for student-athletes to share with their course instructors. • Provide assistant with scholarship and award applications.

Study Hall/ Tutorial Program In order to assist student-athletes in achieving optimal academic performance, the Athletic Department provides a Study Hall Program. Study hall is open to all student-athletes and is an opportunity to do academic work at consistent time in a quiet place where tutors are available to answer questions and concerns. 
 Study hall is to be used for course work only. 
A total of six hours each week are required for all first semester freshmen and first semester transfers.

Tutoring Services 
 The college offers free tutoring to all Canisius College students. If you have any questions regarding a tutor, or need assistance setting up a time to meet with someone from the College’s Tutorial Program, contact Tim Paul, Academic Advisor for Athletics.


A new computer lab was added to the Koessler Athletic Center during the 2008-09 season, available to athletes every day during the school year.


Buffalo Fascinating Facts • All Cheerios are made here. • Niagara Falls, one of the seven wonders of the world, is located 20 minutes away from Buffalo. • Chicken wings were first served at the Anchor Bar on Main Street in 1964. • Kleinhans Music Hall, a National Historic Landmark, is considered one of the five acoustically perfect buildings in the world. • In 1905, the NAACP was founded in the region, with its first national conference in Buffalo. • Two hundred miles of fresh water shore border the area. • Buffalo was the first city in the United States to light streets with electricity. • Buffalo is the only city in the United States to boast five Frank Lloyd Wright designed homes. • More bagels are made in Buffalo than any other U.S. city. • Buffalo is home to more than 50 public and private art galleries, the country’s largest intact park system designed by Frederick Law Olmstead and Calvert Vaux, and more buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright than any other city except Chicago. • The Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site, formerly the Wilcox residence, was the scene of the inauguration of Theodore Roosevelt as President of the United States on September 14, 1901, following the assassination of William McKinley. • Forest Lawn Cemetery, located across the street from Canisius College, is the resting place of President Millard Fillmore, General Albert J. Meyer (founder of National Weather Service), Chief Red Jacket of the Seneca Indians and William G. Fargo, co-organizer of the first transcontinental Express Service. • Home of Samuel Clemens, who worked as the managing editor of them Buffalo Express Newspapers, Grover Cleveland, the 22nd and 24th President of the United States, and Warren Spahn, the Hall of Fame pitcher, who is the winningest left-hander of all time with 363 victories.


Tradition of Excellence 2010-11 Canisius Athletics Highlights • The women’s lacrosse team won its first MAAC Championship with a 13-8 victory against rival Fairfield. Head Coach Scott Teeter also led the Canadian Under-19 National Team to a bronze medal at the World Championship. • Shortstop Sean Jamieson of the baseball team earned 2010-11 MAAC Male Student-Athlete of the Year. • Jamieson was also one of three Griffs selected in the 2011 MLB Draft. The Oakland Athletics picked Jamieson, while pitchers Chris Cox and Shane Davis were both selected by the Toronto Blue Jays. • Midfielder Adam Jones of the men’s lacrosse team became the first Griff selected in the MLL Draft, selected with the 38th pick. Jones is also listed as the top prospect for the NLL Draft. • Cory Conacher of the hockey team earned Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award All-America First Team honors, leading all candidates nationally in a fan vote. • A total of 24 Canisius student-athletes were named to the all-conference team, including a record-setting four Players of the Year. • Drew Pettit and Jamieson of the baseball team were both named to the Capital One Academic All-America Team.


Natalia Tarasova 2009 & 2010 National Champion

Mark Miyashita No. 1 pick in the 2003 NLL Draft

Sean Jamieson 2011 MAAC Student-Athlete of the Year Second-Team Academic All-American Drafted in 2011 by the Oakland A’s

Carl Hudson Signed with the Florida Panthers of the NHL


Department of Athletics What is a Griffin? The Griffin is a mythical creature of supposed gigantic size that has the head, forelegs and wings of an eagle and the hindquarters, tail and ears of a lion. They are well known for their speed, ability to fly and having eyes like an eagle as well as the strength and courage of a lion. Griffins have been known for centuries as symbols of strength and vigilance, have been called “The Hounds of Zeus” in Greek mythology and are said to have mastery of both the land and sky. They are thought to be from India, where the natives of the land made their talons and claws into drinking cups because the talon of a Griffin was said to detect poison in a liquid. Griffins would find gold in the mountains and line their nests with it and as a result, were forced to become great guardians of the nests to keep the hunters away. According to Charles A. Brady in Canisius College The First Hundred Years, “Though the problems of when and where the Griffin began his reign as King Herald of the Canisius College of Arms are not easily settled, the whence is simple to establish. Our Griffin flew to us from the prow of LaSalle’s lost Griffon, the Flying Dutchman of the Great Lakes, which disappeared after making a safe voyage from the Niagara River to the Strait of Detroit. LaSalle’s illfated caravel, the first ship ever built on America’s inland seas, with its 45 tons and five cannons, had its beakhead adorned ‘with a flying Griffin, and an eagle above it,’ in honor of the two heraldic beasts on the armorial bearing of the great Frontenac.” The Griffin became the symbol for Canisius athletics in the mid-1930s. Steve Weller wrote in The Buffalo News Jan. 22, 1962, “You can have your Chihuahuas, Piranhas, Horned Frogs and Iguanas. The best all-around athletic mascot in business today has to be the beast adopted by Canisius College – the Golden Griffin.”


2011 Canisius Male Athlete of the Year Cory Conacher finished his career with 12 school records, including the program’s career points and goals standards. Maura Frauenhofer placed second at the 2010 MAAC Championship, the highest finish by a Griff since 1997.

Battle of the Bridge

Student-Athlete of the Year

During the 2006-07 athletic season, Canisius College and Niagara University developed an all-sports competition, in an effort to enhance the historic rivalry between the Golden Griffins and Purple Eagles. Previous Results 2006-07: Niagara 24, Canisius 10 2007-08: Canisius 21, Niagara 13 2008-09: Canisius 23, Niagara 11 2009-10: Niagara 17, Canisius 15 2010-11: Canisius 20, Niagara 13

Year 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011

Female Athlete Heather Forester (Synchro) Shauna Geronzin (Basketball) Jénel Stevens (Basketball) Jénel Stevens (Basketball) Andrea Bunten (Softball) Whitney Card (Lacrosse) Jess Stackhouse (Volleyball) Katie Miranto (Softball) Natalia Tarasova (Synchro) Sylvia Kowalski (Soccer) Maura Frauenhofer (Cross Country)

Male Athlete Stephen Fabiilli (Hockey) Tom Zabawa (Football) Mark Miyashita (Lacrosse) Rob Martin (Hockey) Matt Vinc (Lacrosse) Matt Mazurek (Baseball) Kevin Ross (Lacrosse) Alan McGreal (Soccer) Kevin Mailloux (Baseball) Cory Conacher (Hockey) Cory Conacher (Hockey)

Canisius College Head Coaches

Cathy Hummel Volleyball

Todd Hummel Golf

Dermot McGrane Men’s Soccer

Mike McRae Baseball

Randy Mearns Men’s Lacrosse

Pete Osmond Cross Country

Tom Parrotta Men’s Basketball

Mike Rappl Softball

Dave Smith Hockey

Scott Teeter Women’s Lacrosse

Scott Vanderzell Swimming & Diving

Jim Wendling Women’s Soccer

Jill Wright Synchro Swimming

Terry Zeh Women’s Basketball


Administration John J. Hurley President John J. Hurley assumed his position as the 24th president of Canisius College on July 1, 2010. He is the first lay president in Canisius College’s 140-year history. As president, he has led the college in the development of a new strategic plan approved by the college’s Board of Trustees and entitled A Transformational Education: The Strategic Plan for Canisius College. He has begun the renovation of the former HealthNow building on Main Street into a comprehensive state-of-the-art interdisciplinary science center, a $68 million capital project that will be completed in phases. He has also started the conversion of the Rev. Andrew L. Bouwhuis, S.J. Library into a comprehensive technology-based learning commons. He has announced the Hamlin Park Initiative through which houses owned by the college in the immediate neighborhood are being renovated and sold to buyers who commit to being owner occupiers. The college is also nearing its $90 million goal for the largest campaign in college history, A Legacy of Leadership: The Campaign for Canisius College. A 1978 alumnus of Canisius, President Hurley served as executive vice president of the college from 2007 to 2010 and vice president for college relations from 1997 to 2010. In these positions, he oversaw the college’s advancement and external relations and managed institutional strategic planning, integrated marketing, and legal and compliance issues. He also served as secretary to the Canisius College Board of Trustees. President Hurley has played a significant leadership role in the college’s investment in the campus since 1994, which now totals more than $150 million. He was the architect of the college’s innovative Employer Assisted Housing program, which offers employees grants in the form of forgivable loans to assist them with the purchase of homes near the college’s central Buffalo campus. A native of Buffalo, President Hurley is a graduate of St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute in Kenmore; Canisius College (BA 1978 summa cum laude, English/history); and the University of Notre Dame Law School (JD 1981). He practiced law for 16 years, including 13 years at the Buffalo firm of Phillips, Lytle, Hitchcock, Blaine & Huber, where he concentrated his practice in the areas of secured lending, bankruptcy and insolvency. President Hurley serves on numerous educational associations and as the representative of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference’s representative on the NCAA’s President’s Advisory Group. He serves as Buffalo Bishop Edward U. Kmiec’s appointee on the board of Fidelis Care New York, a $2 billion health maintenance organization that serves the poor in New York State. He and his wife, Maureen, are chairs of the Bishop’s Council of the Laity for the Diocese of Buffalo. President Hurley is also a member of the Buffalo Philharmonic Board of Trustees. Inducted as a Distinguished Alumnus of Canisius College in 2002, President Hurley is also a recipient of the college’s LaSalle Medal (1996), which is the highest honor conferred upon an alumnus for service to alma mater. St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute inducted him into its Signum Fidei Society (1998) and the University of Notre Dame presented President Hurley with its Exemplar Award (1997). In 1990, and again in 1997, President Hurley received the HOME’s (Housing Opportunities Made Equal) James Crawford and Director’s Awards for outstanding service to the cause of fair housing.

Dr. Ellen Conley Vice President for Student Affairs Ellen O. Conley, PhD, a member of the Canisius Community since 1970, was named vice president for student affairs in 1998. One of her many accomplishments in her role as vice president includes spearheading the upgrade of the athletics program at the college. Dr. Conley earned a bachelor’s degree from Slippery Rock State College (1967), advanced education degrees from the University of Pittsburgh (1968) and Buffalo State (1973) and a doctorate in higher education from the University at Buffalo (1981). During her tenure as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Conley supported the formation of the School of Education and Human Services, developed a mentoring program for new faculty, initiated the development of majors in criminal justice and environmental science and guided the initiative to implement a Master of Science in Organizational Communication and Development. She also established the Fine Arts Department and facilitated the development of MusiCanisius, which has since evolved into the ArtsCanisius program. While acting dean, she coordinated the promotion of the school’s graduate education program to the Canadian market and guided the implementation of the Master in Sport Administration. From 1987-89, Dr. Conley was the assistant director of athletics for women’s sports and financial aid, and from 1987-90, she was the athletic scholarship coordinator. Under her direction, the women’s athletic program was formed and grew from one club level team to seven varsity teams. In addition, she implemented and monitored an athletic scholarship program for men’s and women’s non-revenue producing sports. From 1982-1990 Dr. Conley served as chair of the undergraduate Physical Education Major Program and Coordinator of the Physical Education Graduate Program. In 1989, she developed alternative curricular tracks for physical education majors to enhance enrollment, and in 1986, she co-wrote the New York State Professional Preparation Council’s position paper for “Strengthening Teaching in New York State.”


Bill Maher Director of Athletics

Named Director of Athletics in May 2005, Bill Maher is in his seventh year back in the Blue and Gold.

The Maher File

Since taking over at Canisius, the athletic teams have won 25 conference or regional championships, with a number of programs winning championships or setting records for most wins in a season. The Canisius College campus has undergone a number of renovations for its athletic facilities. The Golden Griffins have also achieved academic honors on the regional and national level.

Education

Birthplace: Avon, N.Y. Family: Wife Kristin, sons Danny and David Canisius College (B.A. 1989) East Stroudsburg University (M.S. 1990)

Career • T  he women’s lacrosse team won the program’s first-ever MAAC ChampionCanisius College (2005-Present) ship, playing in the 2011 NCAA Tournament. The Griffs have qualified for the postseason five times in the last six years after never making the MAAC Director of Athletics Tournament before the 2006 season. University at Buffalo (1998-2005) • The women’s soccer team won the first regular-season title in program history in 2010, appearing in the champion Interim Athletic Director ship game of the MAAC Tournament, and set a program-record for wins (14) for the second consecutive year. Senior Associate Athletic Director • The softball team has advanced to the NCAA Tournament three times in the last five years and 11 times in the last Assistant Athletic Director/Compliance 17 seasons. • The baseball program has won two MAAC regular-season titles since 2008 and ranks third in the Northeast in wins Canisius College (1991-1998) (142) in the last four seasons. Assistant AD for Compliance • The synchronized swimming program won its 14th consecutive ECAC Championship in 2011 and also finished third Director of Intramurals and Facility Supervisor at the U.S. Collegiate Championships for the fourth consecutive season. • The 2008-09 women’s basketball team set the program’s Division I record with 24 wins and advanced to the Women’s NIT for the first time in program history. • The 2008 men’s lacrosse team advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history and won a share of the regular-season MAAC Championship for the second time in three seasons. • The 2006 volleyball team set a program record for victories, the 2008 team qualified for a four-team MAAC Tournament for the first five since 1994 and during the past five seasons has had the most wins during any five-year stretch in program history. • The hockey program has advanced in the postseason each of the last two years, including a 6-3 win over rival Niagara last season. The program has graduated two of the most successful classes in program history during the past two years, including the program’s first NHL signee. • At the 2011 MAAC Championships, the men’s swimming and diving team scored the most points in program history while the women’s team scored the most points since 1997. The Golden Griffin men won the program’s first individual titles since 1997. The men’s team beat Niagara in a dual meet in 2010 for the first time in more than 10 years while the Canisius women beat Niagara at the 2009 MAAC Championship. • The Class of 2009 was the winningest class in program history for the men’s soccer program. • The men’s basketball program has won 15 games in back-to-back seasons for the first time since the 1995-96 and 1996-97 seasons. The class of 2011 earned its undergraduate degrees by the end of its junior season. • The cross country teams have each won five consecutive Little Three Championships. The Golden Griffin women have taken second at the conference meet each of the last two seasons. Both teams have beaten Niagara each of the last four years at the MAAC Championship. • The golf team has finished fifth at the MAAC Championships each of the past three seasons with Drew Creighton tying for first place at the 2009 MAAC Championship.

During the past six seasons, 28 student-athletes have won conference player or rookie of the year awards, including six during the 2010-11 season. On the academic level during that timeframe, Canisius has had 19 student-athletes recognized on the district level as Capital One CoSIDA All-Academic, including five Academic All-Americans during the last two years. Canisius has claimed the Battle of the Bridge and won the Canal Cup in three of the last four seasons, which is an all-sports competition with rival Niagara University. Maher has overseen numerous renovations to the Koessler Athletic Center and the Demske Sports Complex. A new Center for Athletic Training opened in May 2007. New locker rooms were constructed for all female teams and finished in 2008 while the men and women’s basketball teams each received new locker rooms in the summer of 2008. The Demske Sports Complex received a $1.7 million facelift with the installation of new A-Turf as well as new scoreboards. New offices for coaches along with new locker rooms for all of the men’s teams were constructed in 2010. Maher is the MAAC’s representative to the NCAA Legislative Council, which has one representative from each of the 31 Division I conferences. A Canisius graduate and former assistant athletic director at the school, Maher spent seven years at the University at Buffalo and served as the Bulls’ interim athletic director from 2003-05. During his tenure as the interim athletic director at Buffalo, Maher helped UB Athletics oversee $3.6 million in capital improvements to its athletic facilities, restructure the school’s Blue & White Club fund drive for athletics, which generated $1 million during the 2003-04 season, and develop marketing campaigns which increased attendance at athletic events. He also oversaw the development of the men’s basketball program, which set a school record for victories and earned the first postseason bid in school history with an invitation to the 2005 National Invitation Tournament. Under his watch, the Bulls’ RPI increased from 284 in 2003 to as high as 34 during the 2004-05 season. Maher was a four-year letterwinner on the Canisius College football team from 1985-88 and earned All-America honorable mention honors as a senior. He received his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Canisius in 1989 and his master’s degree in sport management from East Stroudsburg University in 1990. Following an internship with the New York Knicks, Maher returned to Canisius in 1991, becoming the assistant athletic director for compliance in 1994. He became the director of compliance at the University at Buffalo in 1998, where he moved up the ranks and was named senior associate athletic director in 2002. In that role, he managed the day-to-day operations of the Division of Athletics, including the direct supervision of Buffalo’s football and men’s and women’s basketball programs, in addition to the office of compliance and the office of student-athlete services. Maher resides in East Amherst with his wife, Kristin, and sons, Danny and David.


Administration Traci Murphy

John Maddock

Senior Women’s Administrator/ Associate Athletic Director

Associate Athletic Director External Affairs

Traci Murphy is in her seventh year as Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman’’s Administrator for the Golden Griffins. Murphy joined the Canisius staff after spending seven seasons at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Murphy is responsible for all NCAA rules enforcement of Canisius’ 16 Division I athletic programs in addition to all areas of student-athlete welfare. She supervises compliance, academic counseling, strength and conditioning and athletic training. She also oversees the Life Skills program, and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Murphy is the sport supervisor for women’s soccer, men’s soccer, volleyball, women’s cross country, men’s cross country and softball. She serves on MAAC committees for Athletic Administration, Finance, Gender and Minority Issues, Women’s Basketball and chairs the MAAC Swimming and Diving Committee. She also organizes the annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) at Canisius and helped found the WNY Girls in Sports Program. The program, in collaboration with the City of Buffalo Public Schools, area colleges and universities, the Buffalo Bills, focuses specifically on young girls (ages 9-12) and their involvement in sports. Murphy began her career in 1992 as associate head athletic trainer at St Mary’s and moved to ULM in 1998. She added the responsibility of senior woman administrator in 2001 which involved the monitoring of women’s sports and mentoring the SAAC. In July 2003, she was promoted to the position of director of academics, compliance and student-athlete services. Murphy worked to develop and implement an enhanced academic development and compliance program for ULM’s student-athletes and the athletics department. Prior to ULM, Murphy served five years as the head athletic trainer at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. She is a 1989 graduate of West Chester University with a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education. In 1992, Murphy earned a master’s degree in health education from the University of Arkansas. The Maryland native and her husband, Pat, a vice-principal at Amherst Central High School, have two children, Sean (10) and Sarah (6).

John Maddock is in his 31st year with Canisius College athletics and his 15th as associate athletic director for external affairs. Originally hired as the Golden Griffins’ sports information director, the native of Washington, Ill, was named an assistant athletic director prior to the 1987-88 season and moved into his current position in 1997. Maddock is responsible for corporate partnerships, marketing, promotions and merchandise sales, licensing, special fund-raising events and oversees the operations of the ticket office and athletic communications. Maddock is the sport supervisor for hockey, baseball, swimming and diving and synchronized swimming. The 56-year-old Maddock oversaw the operation of the department of athletics during Spring 2005 before Bill Maher was named the director of athletics. Maddock also assisted the MAAC with plans for its 25th Anniversary celebration during the 2005-06 athletic season. He chaired the search committee for the Griffs’ head swimming and diving coach in 2008, head football coach in 2000 and men’s soccer coach in 1998. He serves on the College’s Hall of Fame and the MLK Awards Selection Committees and oversaw the development of the athletic department’s current logo. He was also instrumental in planning the season-long 100-year anniversary celebration for men’s basketball in 2003-04. Maddock arrived at Canisius in July 1981 after spending two-and-a-half years as the administrative assistant to the athletic director at Brockport State College. Prior to his job at Brockport, he was the ticket manager for the Atlanta Braves Triple-A farm club in Richmond, Va. A graduate of Western Illinois University, Maddock received his bachelor’s degree in recreation and park administration in 1976 and his master’s degree in athletic administration in 1978. In addition to his duties at Canisius, Maddock is an active member of the National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators (NACMA) and the former chair of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Committee on Committees. He also served on the CoSIDA Academic All-America Committee and is a Vice President for the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame and is a member of the MAAC Baseball Committee. Maddock spent two seasons as the public relations director for the North Atlantic Conference and served as the host for the 1990 ECAC-SIDA conference at the Buffalo Hilton. He chaired the Baseball Committee for the 1993 World University Games and was the assistant media coordinator for the 2000 NCAA Division I men’s basketball opening round games played at Buffalo’s HSBC Arena. Maddock was honored in 1998 by ECAC-SIDA with the Irving T. Marsh Award for contributions, dedication and excellence in the field of collegiate sports information. John and his wife, Priscilla, reside in Snyder with their daughters Mackenzie and Mikaela.

Canisius Athletic Administration

Judi Caserta Athletics Business Manager

Rachelle Held Director of Compliance

Matt Reitnour Director of Athletic Communications

Andy Smith Head Athletic Trainer

Barb Zimmerman Administrative Assistant


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January

Boston University Invitational

February

CANISIUS COLLEGE INVITATIONAL Wheaton College Invitational

March

ECAC Regional Championships US Collegiate National Championships

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