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Academic Success in the minds of NYIT student-athletes The NYIT athletic teams combined in the spring 2016 semester to maintain the 3.2 GPA set by studentathletes at the conclusion of the 2014-15 academic calendar. To meet the requirements for the honor roll, student-athletes must post a 3.2 or higher grade point average for the semester. The department increased its members on the A.D. Honor Roll as 136 student-athletes qualified, up from 126 in Fall 2015. The Bears also posted a recordsetting 13 athletes with 4.0 GPA’s, which increased from 9 in the fall semester. The top 3 teams for the spring semester were Women’s Basketball (3.60), Volleyball (3.51), and Women’s Tennis (3.49).
The NYIT department of athletics hosted it’s annual end of the year student-athlete banquet on Monday, May 2 to acknowledge the accomplishments of the teams throughout the 2015-16 seasons. The SAAC Banquet honors both scholastic and competitive accomplishments. Awards were presented to outstanding male and female student-athletes from the freshman, sophomore, junior and senior classes.
In addition to individual awards for each of the Senior captain Dina Ragab of the Women’s Basketball classes, all of the team earned top honors from the East Coast graduating seniors Conference as the 2015-16 ECC Female Scholar were honored by Athlete of the Year as a Business Administration major their coaches for with a 3.82 GPA. She was also named the Scholar their dedication Athlete of the Year across the conference for Women’s and hard work in their final Basketball. Also earning academic recognition for their year of competition. The respective sports this academic year was Kat Zabielski Student Athlete Advisory of NYIT Softball and Nick Sidaras of NYIT Men’s Committee also honored Lacrosse for their 3.87 and 4.0 GPA’s, respectively. two staff members with the SAAC Staff Appreciation The Bears were also recognized by organizations Award the night of outside of the ECC for their efforts in the classroom. the banquet. NYIT Jon Lynott and Sean Cleary were named United States Security Guard Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Scholar Jeff Friedland and All-Americans, and qualified for this award after NYIT Staff member earning All-American status for their performance Cecile King were on the field. Zabielski and Ragab continued to receive chosen due to their awards at the conclusion of both of their seasons when dedication to NYIT they earned College Sports Information Directors of and their investment America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America inclusion in the lives of the student-athletes while on campus. on the second and third teams, respectively. The final two awards of the evening were presented to In addition to academic services offered at NYIT, the the most outstanding female and male student-athletes athletic department has instituted a program entitled at NYIT, on behalf of Patty Burnside and Ryan T. “B.E.A.R. Mentor” which stands for Bear Education Caufield, respectively. The Patty Burnside Award was Academic Retention, in which all freshman and given to senior Volleyball/Women’s Basketball player transfer students become enrolled during their first Kate Brock, who demonstrates ideals of athleticism, semester at NYIT. Additionally, students who post a sportsmanship, and integrity—all espoused by the GPA of 2.5 or lower are matched with a mentor with award’s namesake. The Ryan T. Caufield award was whom they meet with regularly to discuss any issues presented by Head Athletic Trainer Dean Kamvakis to that may arise during the course of the semester. senior captain of the NYIT Baseball team Joe Daru for being the all-around male student-athlete.
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Academic All-Americans 4Kat Zabielski, Softball, was named a Capital One Academic All-America First Team honoree. She achieved a 3.87 GPA as a business major and was a key member of the NYIT softball offense. She became the program’s career home run leader and was the program’s first National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) First Team AllAmerican. The Farmingdale, New York native was also recognized by the NCAA as she led all of NCAA Division II in home runs and runs batted in per game. 4NYIT increased the number of student-athletes on the East Coast Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll from 99 (2014-15) to 108 out of 1,262 athletes from across the conference.
4Nick Sidaras, Men’s Lacrosse, was named a Capital One Academic All- District First Team honoree. He achieved a 3.96 GPA while playing in all 18 games for the men’s lacrosse program. He was first on the team in ground balls (68) and third in caused turnovers (15) to also earn inclusion on the ECC Second Team. Along with teammate Jon Lynott, he was selected for the USILA North/South Senior All-Star game.
4Dina Ragab, Women’s Basketball, was named a Capital One Academic All- America Third Team honoree. She achieved a 3.77 GPA while starting and playing in all 35 contests for the Bears. She averaged 16.8 points per game and 8.3 rebounds while also putting up 1.3 blocks per game. With that average she became the program’s all-time block leader and was named ECC Player of the Year, ECC Female Scholar Athlete of the Year, and ECAC Division II Player of the Year. For her efforts she also earned Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) All-American Honorable Mention.
NYIT IN THE NCAA’S Sara Jerotich was the first member of the NYIT Women’s Cross Country team to return to the NCAA championships since 2009. Her time of 22:01.8 placed her 80th in the field.
The NYIT Women’s Volleyball team concluded a historic season, posting a 28-8 overall record which matches the season wins set back in 2003. They won the NCAA East Region at Adelphi University with a 3-0 sweep of Bridgeport, whom they previously lost to in the ECC Championship game. They traveled to Tampa, Florida for the Elite 8 Tournament, where they took on Palm Beach Atlantic in the first round.
Finals against the hosting Falcons. Despite a lead at halftime, the Bears dropped a narrow 79-74 decision to conclude their season. The NYIT Men’s Tennis program kept the theme alive by making strides with their program last season. With their fourth consecutive ECC Championship under their belt they advanced to the NCAA Round of 16 after hosting the East II Regional. They took on No. 21 Indianapolis in the first round at the NCAA Division II Festival, hosted in Denver, Colorado. After a match that spanned four hours and went until midnight, they captured a 5-4 win against the Greyhounds to make their first Elite 8 appearance. The women’s tennis program returned to the NCAA Round of 16 after also picking up their fourth straight conference title and East Region I victory. In the opening round the Bears took on No. 18 Southwest Baptist.
Women’s Basketball also made history in the 201516 campaign, earning a bid to the NCAA Tournament hosted by Bentley University after being named ECC Regular Season Champions. There they won not only their first, but also their second playoff game in school history to make an appearance in the East Region
Men’s Lacrosse returned to the dance after a two-year hiatus from the NCAA Tournament. The Bears were named ECC Co-Champions of the regular season and earned an at-large bid after falling to local rivals LIU Post in the championship game. Despite scoring six goals in the second half, the Bears fell 8-7 in overtime to eventual Division II National Champions Le Moyne College.
learfield sportsninth, directors ’ cup respectively on the national stage which added
In the final release of the Division II Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings NYIT finished as the second highest member in the East Coast Conference with 299.0 points during the 2015-16 academic year to sit 60th out of 263 scoring institutions. In the 2014-15 academic year, the Bears finished 135th, making the margin one of the largest jumps in the history of the Learfield Standings. NYIT’s largest point accumulation came in the spring season, as the Bears posted 162.00 points after totaling 137.0 after the fall and winter sessions. The Men’s and Women’s Tennis teams finished fifth and
137 to the overall total. Also making a run in the NCAA tournament was Men’s Lacrosse, who’s NCAA quarterfinal appearance contributed another 25.0 points. Grand Valley State won its 11th Division II Learfield Directors’ Cup this year, successfully defending its 2014-15 title. The Lakers tallied 1070 total points, scoring in the maximum 14 sports, including a national championship in Women’s Soccer, a runner-up finish in Women’s Cross Country and 11 top five finishes.
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All-Americans 4John Lynott, United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association All-America First Team, William C. Schmeisser Division II Most Outstanding Defensive Player
4Kat Zabielski, National Fastpitch Coaches Association First Team All-American
4Sean Cleary, United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association All-America Second Team
4Dina Ragab, Womenâ€™s Basketball Coaches Association All-America Honorable Mention
4William Kistinger, United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association All-America Second Team
4Alex Seltzer, United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association All-America Second Team
4Thomas Hughes, United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association All-America Third Team
4Shawn Murphy, United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association All-America Third Team
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The team finished at 5-11-1 with first year head coach Carlos Delcid (Men’s Soccer head coach 15 seasons). Goalkeeper Briana Bollettieri was named ECC Defensive Player of the Week once after the Bears jumped out to a 3-0-1 record.
Team status and Barroso was named to the second team.
VOLLEYBALL Besides posting a historic season with a 28-8 overall record, the volleyball program celebrated 40 years of being in existence at NYIT, with Head Coach Gail Wasmus at the helm for 30. 2015 marked the tenth NCAA appearance for Wasmus and the Bears, who won the NCAA
Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation Duane Bailey hired Rachel Reeves, a Division I athlete and assistant out of Wagner College to take over the program in the spring of 2016.
MEN’S SOCCER The Bears posted a 12-6-1 overall record, narrowly missing the NCAA Tournament after falling to ECC champions LIU Post in the finals. Gonzalo Barroso was selected as Preseason Player of the Year as the team was slated to finish second. Four members were included on ECC AllConference teams, as Barroso and Ben Wilson earned a spot on the Second Team and Carlos Coto and Alex Barbosa landed on the third team. Additionally, Coto and Alvaro Cruz earned NSCAA Division II All-East Region Third
Division II East Region to make a trip to the NCAA Division II Elite 8 in Tampa, Florida. Gail Wasmus earned ECC Coach of the Year honors for the fourth time in her tenure, and Allison Fowler earned Setter of the Year. Fowler reached a career milestone of 1,000 assists in the Blue and Gold and teammate Becky Syers also reached a career highlight of 1,000 digs. Kate Brock and Karolina Moderova were named to the ECC All-Conference First team as Emily Mankowski earned a Second Team nod. Fowler, Moderova and Brock were also recognized as AVCA AllRegion players for their efforts.
WOMEN’S TENNIS The Bears won their fourth consecutive East Coast Conference title with a 7-0 mark against league
opponents. Alessia Rossetti was chosen as ECC Player of the Year and landed on the All-Conference First Team. Melanie Benyadi and Paulina Velasquez also earned first team inclusion as Justyna Krol and Alexandra Borgenhoff were named to the Second Team. Head Coach Jason Pasion was also voted ECC Coach of the Year by his peers as he led the women’s team to their fourth consecutive NCAA Division II Round of 16, this time in Denver, Colorado. In the fall season, Alessia Rossetti took home the ITA singles crown and competed in ITA doubles action with Justyna Krol in Sumter, South Carolina.
CROSS COUNTRY Newcomer Sarah Jerotich was named ECC Female Runner of the Year for her first place finish at the ECC Championships at LIU Post. Her time at the NCAA Regional qualified her to compete at the NCAA Championships in Joplin, Missouri. She was the first NYIT runner to compete since 2009. She came in 80th out of a field of 247 runners.
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2015-16 Athletics year in review Joe Battaglia and Teddy Hamlin both posted season-best times at the ECC Championships as Eugene Lease finished in 29:39.4 for a career-best finish.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Finishing at 26-9 overall and 18-2 in conference play, the Bears were crowned ECC regular season Champions and earned an at-large bid in the NCAA tournament after bowing out of the conference playoffs in the semifinals. At the NCAA East Regional, the team made history as they earned the program’s first postseason win over Philadelphia at Bentley University. They continued on, winning their second round contest to advance to the championship game against the hosting Falcons.
Despite holding a lead at halftime, the Blue and Gold fell 79-74. Nina Vukosavljevic and Dina Ragab were named to the alltournament team. Prior to NCAA’s Ragab was also named ECC Player of the Year accompanied by Coach of the Year Anthony Crocitto. Vukosavljevic was named to the ECC Second
Team with teammate Shannon Duer. Ragab continued to earn postseason accolades as she was named CoSIDA Academic AllAmerican, WBCA All-America Honorable Mention and All-Met Player of the Year.
MEN’S BASKETBALL Head Coach Rob Isme was named the Interim Head Coach of the NYIT Men’s Basketball program in May 2015. He picked up his first career win over Goldey-Beacom in their season opener, 80-76. Jeffery Hayden was named ECC Rookie of the week two times. The team finished the season with a 3-24 overall record.
SOFTBALL The NYIT Softball team finished the 2016 campaign with a 36-13 overall record and a 24-4 mark in East Coast Conference action. That record earned them a Regular Season Champion title and hosting rights for the tournament. The Bears won their first round game but suffered back-toback losses to end their run at a conference title. With their early bow out of the ECC tournament, the team was not granted a bid to the NCAA tournament. Kat Zabielski became the program’s all-time home run leader, finishing with 29 in her career and
earned ECC Player of the Year accolades. Additionally she was named an NFCA First Team AllAmerican among regional awards as well. Head Coach Stephen Christianson was named ECC Coach of the Year for leading his team to a 24-4 conference record. Amber Butenhoff, Tori Duquette, Laura McLaughlin and Christina Pantages were all named to the First Team as teammates Tiffany McCracken and Madison Smith round out the awards on the Second Team.
Duquette, Pantages, Butenhoff and Zabielski also earned inclusion on the NFCA All-East Regions teams and the latter three joined McLaughlin on the D2CCA Region Teams.
BASEBALL The NYIT baseball team had their best season to date under the direction of Head Coach Bob Malvagna. At 17-26, the Bears had the privilege of playing at MCU Park (Home of the Brooklyn Cyclones) twice this season: in a season opening doubleheader against Albany and later in the season against Stony Brook. Senior captain Joe Daru was named to the Division I Northeast AllRegion Second Team.
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Daru led the Bears in several offensive categories in his final season, including hits, doubles, home runs and RBIs. In 2015, he was the NCAA Division I Statistical Champion for stolen bases per game and this year added 24 more to his career total. He finishes his NYIT career ranked fourth all time in stolen bases with 110.
in the third quarter to come back from a 6-1 deficit to force the game to overtime. The eventual NCAA Division II National Champions scored first in OT to end the contest, leaving the Bears on the lower end of an 8-7 decision.
Senior captain Jon Lynott was named USILA Division II Most Outsanding Defenseman of the Year and ECC Defensive Player of the Year for his efforts. Additionally he earned the ECC John Smillie Jr. Award, and was MEN’S LACROSSE The NYIT Men’s Lacrosse program named a USILA Scholar-Athlete with teammate completed the 2016 season with Nick Sidaras. The two were also a 13-5 overall record including a 7-1 mark in East Coast Conference selected to play the USILA Senior North/South All-Star game. action, which earned them the Co-Regular Season Champion crown, shared with Northern Blvd. Teammates Will Kistinger, Sean Cleary and Alex Seltzer were all neighbor LIU Post. named to the All-America Second Team as Tom Hughes and Shawn Murphy rounded on the awards on the All-America Third Team.
Despite a narrow 11-12 loss in the ECC finals, the Blue and Gold earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, after a two-year hiatus from postseason play. In the first round they were matched up against Le Moyne College of the Northeast-10. In a contest in Syracuse, NYIT scored five goals
Seltzer also earned his second ECC Goalkeeper of the Year in three seasons and was included on the All-Conference First Team. Cleary, Hughes, Murphy, Lynott, and Seltzer were all named to the ECC First Team; Kistinger and Sidaras earned inclusion on the Second Team; and rounding out the conference awards were Kevin Long and Joe Mordhardt on the Third Team.
The NYIT Men’s Tennis program won it’s fourth straight East Coast Conference title and made its fourth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Their 21-4 overall record included a 5-0 mark in ECC play, which helped Head Coach Jason Pasion earn Coach of the Year honors for the second straight season as Matej Selecky was named ECC Player of the Year. Four additional members of the team were named to the All-Conference teams as Rafal Charkiewicz, and Tomas Lieb landed on the First Team while David Jiang and Rares Ispas earned inclusion on the Second Team. In the NCAA Round of 16, the Bears were matched up with No. 21 Indianapolis. In a contest spanning nearly four hours between two days, Ispas earned the final point in a 5-4 decision to advance the tennis team to the Elite 8 for the first time in program history. Matej Selecky upset #21 Otakar Lucak 6-1 and 6-4 at second singles to earn the lone point for the No. 33 Bears who fell 6-1 to No. 2 Armstrong State to conclude their season.
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East Coast Conference Accolades PLAYER OF THE YEAR
4Jon Lynott (Defensive), Men’s Lacrosse 4Dina Ragab, Women’s Basketball 4Alessia Rossetti, Women’s Tennis 4Matej Selecky, Men’s Tennis 4Kat Zabielski, Softball RUNNER OF THE YEAR
4Sarah Jerotich, Women’s Cross Country SETTER OF THE YEAR 4Allison Fowler, Volleyball GOALKEEPER OF THE YEAR 4Alex Seltzer, Men’s Lacrosse COACH OF THE YEAR 4Gail Wasmus, Volleyball 4Stephen Christianson, Softball 4Anthony Crocitto, Women’s Basketball 4Jason Pasion, Women’s Tennis 4Jason Pasion, Men’s Tennis (Co-Coach) FEMALE SCHOLAR ATHLETE OF THE YEAR 4Dina Ragab, Women’s Basketball JOHN SMILLIE, JR. AWARD 4Jon Lynott, Men’s Lacrosse
4Dina Ragab, Women’s Basketball 4Shawn Murphy, Men’s Lacrosse 4Sean Cleary, Men’s Lacrosse 4Tom Hughes, Men’s Lacrosse 4Jon Lynott, Men’s Lacrosse 4Alex Seltzer, Men’s Lacrosse 4Amber Butenhoff, Softball 4Tori Duquette, Softball 4Laura McLaughlin, Softball 4Christina Pantages, Softball 4Kat Zabielski, Softball 4Rafal Charkiewicz, Men’s Tennis 4Tomas Lieb, Men’s Tennis 4Matej Selecky, Men’s Tennis 4Melanie Benyadi, Women’s Tennis 4Alessia Rossetti, Women’s Tennis 4Paulina Velasquez, Women’s Tennis 4Kate Brock, Volleyball 4Karolina Moderova, Volleyball
East Coast Conference Accolades
4Shannon Duer, Women’s Basketball 4Nina Vukosavljevic, Women’s Basketball 4Will Kistinger, Men’s Lacrosse 4Nick Sidaras, Men’s Lacrosse 4Madison Smith, Softball 4Tiffany McCracken, Softball 4Ben Wilson, Men’s Soccer 4Gonzalo Barroso, Men’s Soccer 4Rares Ispas, Men’s Tennis 4David Jiang, Men’s Tennis 4Alexandra Borgenhoff, Women’s Tennis 4Justyna Krol, Women’s Tennis 4Allison Fowler, Volleyball 4Emily Mankowski, Volleyball
4Kevin Long, Men’s Lacrosse 4Joe Morhardt, Men’s Lacrosse 4Carlos Coto, Men’s Soccer 4Alex Barbosa, Men’s Soccer
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Bears in the Community Along with excelling on the fields of play and in the classroom, the NYIT athletic department has also had several teams join together to complete many hours of community service over the past couple of months.
In honor of April as Autism Awareness Month, several offcampus groups as well as students from the on-campus NYIT Vocational Independence Program (VIP) came out for a day of activities concluding with the NYIT Baseball game against St. John’s. Despite a rainy start, the participants had the chance to interact with our student-athletes indoors before heading out to join the baseball program for the national anthem as well as throw out a first pitch, or two. The NYIT Women’s Soccer team visited the Almost Home Animal Adoption & Rescue, in Bohemia, N.Y. - a 501c3 nonprofit organization that is dedicated to helping homeless, abused, and neglected animals. Their outreach programs are responsible for keeping animals healthy despite the conditions they may live in. The team was able to give the animals some much-needed love and affection by playing, walking, and even bathing them. Having the opportunity to volunteer with Almost Home Animal Rescue and Adoption was an eye opening experience that impacted our studentathletes immensely. “Community service plays a huge role in our athletes’ lives at NYIT,” said newly named Head Coach Rachel Reeves. “As coaches, I think it’s our responsibility to engage our student athletes and expose them to
different areas in our community that may need a helping hand. Not only is it great to give back to those in need, it’s great to see the impact that giving back has on our students.” Additionally, the NYIT Men’s Soccer team spent a morning creating Easter baskets for the children of New Hour families. New Hour for Women and Children on Long Island is dedicated to supporting women and their families during and after incarceration, and to empowering parents, children and families in our community. The Bears were in charge of putting together the baskets, including the candy and toys inside as well as wrapping the baskets to be delivered. The Elite 8 NYIT Volleyball team spent an afternoon at the Brookville Center for Children’s services during their spring season, donating their time to do activities with the students. Members of the team were in charge of setting up the space with a balance beam, parachute games and an obstacle course and spending time with the students.
NYIT Annual Golf Outing & Hall of Fame The NYIT Athletic department inducted four outstanding honorees at its 13th Hall of Fame Enshrinement Dinner on Monday, June 20, 2016 at the Muttontown Club in East Norwich, N.Y. For the first time the dinner occurred in conjunction with the 11th annual NYIT Athletics Golf and Tennis Outing,
The dinner, which honors those individuals who have made significant contributions to the athletics program, included Bob Hirschfield (Baseball), Monika Kaley (Men’s Lacrosse), Kristen Kastrinos ’97 (Women’s Soccer), and Frank Palumbo ’91 (Men’s Soccer). Hirschfield was the architect of the NYIT baseball program, after leading the Bears from 19822011, amassing a 668-715-15 overall record in 30 seasons. He was the first coach at NYIT to reach the 500-win mark and was responsible for 73% of NYIT alltime baseball victories. “Hirsch” coached the Blue and Gold to their first NCAA Division I Tournament in 1983 and had four players earn ABCA Division I AllAmerica status. The Long Island native watched 55 of his studentathletes pursue professional careers after their time in an NYIT uniform. Kaley was an honorary recipient in this year’s Hall of Fame Class. The wife of Hall of Famer and former NYIT Men’s Lacrosse Coach Jack Kaley, her
philanthropy played a critical role in the advancement of the NYIT Men’s Lacrosse program for more than 16 years. She sat alongside Head Coach Emeritus Kaley through all four of the NCAA Division II Men’s Lacrosse Championships (1997, 2003, 2005, 2008) and was a vital supporter of the program.
Kastrinos, also a Long Island native, was a member of the original Women’s Soccer team that started in 1994. Instead of going immediately into a career in graphics upon graduation, she instead chose to go to the NY State Police Academy in 2000 and now, in her 16th year, she is a Sergeant in the State Police. The final member of the 2016 Hall of Fame class was Palumbo, a men’s soccer student-athlete who graduated from NYIT in 1991. He was a member of the ECAC Championship team in 1988 that posted a 12-4-2 season record. A recipient of the Big Bear Award in 2012, his philanthropy has allowed NYIT men’s soccer along with the athletic department to provide what is necessary to the student-athletes. In addition to the Hall of Fame inductees, special recognition awards were presented. John V. Sullivan ‘82 was given with the “Big Bear” Award for his extended dedication and support of NYIT Athletics and the annual golf outing.
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Bears Athletic Fund Events BEARS ATHLETIC FUND INAUGURAL TIP-OFF DINNER The Inaugural NYIT Bears Athletic Fund Tip-Off Dinner, presented by the NYIT Athletic Department on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 , was an outstanding success, as the sold-out event brought both Men’s and Women’s Basketball programs together with their supporters to celebrate the 201516 season. In addition to serving as a fundraiser, the signature Bears Athletic Fund event was an opportunity for Bears fans, supporters, and alumni to meet the 2015-16 Men’s and Women’s basketball teams, who mingled with everyone during the cocktail hour and throughout the evening. The event was sponsored by the Whitmore Group, and Metro Team Outfitters. BEARS ATHLETIC FUND LACROSSE FACEOFF LUNCHEON The inaugural NYIT Bears Athletic Fund Faceoff Luncheon, presented by the NYIT Athletic Department on Sunday, February 21, 2016, was an outstanding event as the 200+ guests, along with the Men’s Lacrosse program got together to celebrate the upcoming season. Held at The Emporium in Patchogue, N.Y., the venue was accommodating to all those who came out in support. In addition to serving as a fundraiser, this signature Bears Athletic Fund event was an opportunity for Bears fans, to meet the 2016 were introduced by throughout the
supporters and alumni Men’s Lacrosse team, who Head Coach Bill Dunn program.
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of MerchantPro Express, Patricia Burnside, Educator and NYIT Hall of Famer and Kristen Kastrinos, Sergeant in the New York State Police Department.
The New York Institute of Technology Department of Athletics hosted its first-annual Leadership Forum, which took place on Friday, April 22 in the Bears Den at the Old Westbury campus. All junior and senior NYIT varsity student-athletes were invited to attend the Leadership Forum, which was moderated by Rich Gainer, and featured four additional speakers who have been a part of the everchanging sports landscape and have the credentials to show for it. This event was created as a tool to help NYIT student-athletes prepare for life after college and sports by giving them the opportunity to hear success stories from industry leaders who went through college athletics to get where they are now. The speakers included Ryan Smith, ABC News Correspondent and legal analyst for both ABC News and ESPN; Christopher Briller, President and CEO
FITNESS CENTER GRAND OPENING
There’s a new indoor space where you can exercise and stay in shape on NYIT’s Old Westbury campus—just in time for the winter season. At a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 28, more than 100 people enjoyed the unveiling of the NYIT Fitness Center in the Sports Complex. The center has treadmills, spin and stationary bikes, elliptical machines, weightlifting circuit training equipment, and a Stairmaster.
faculty, and staff members. Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Extra amenities are available to you The grand opening of the NYIT Fitness Center was when working out co-hosted by Duane Bailey, Director of Intercollegiate in the NYIT Fitness Athletics and Recreation, NYIT President Edward Center, including access to Guiliano, Ph.D., and Patrick Love, Ph.D., Vice storage cubbies, day-use President for Student Affairs. lockers, and a separate yoga/stretching/core room “I’m proud of the recreational opportunities offered at stocked with stability NYIT,” says Bailey. “The new fitness center is a great example of NYIT’s investment in building relationships balls, jump ropes, yoga mats, and foam rollers. among our vibrant community members.” Yoga and spin classes are slated for the near future. The NYIT Fitness Center is open to all students,
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Athletics News and Notes Duane Bailey was appointed the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation starting June 1. He was also selected to serve on USILA Board of Directors as Division II administrator. NYIT Athletics welcomed Dan Velez as the Associate Athletic Director, effective September 28 . Christine Barcavage was announced as the newest member of the athletic training staff, effective October 14. Her responsibilities include providing medical coverage, as well as supplying athletic training services to NYIT’s 12 NCAA intercollegiate sports. Head Volleyball Coach Gail Wasmus celebrated 30 years with a program that has been active for 40 seasons. In that time she made 10 NCAA appearances and won one East Region Championship.
Men’s Basketball assistant coach Rob Isme was elevated to the Interim Head Coach position for the 2015-16 season.
Anthony Crocitto earned 100 wins at NYIT on January 9 against Mercy College. At the end of the season he accepted a position at Saint Leo University in Saint Leo, Fla.
Former Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach Jack Kaley (19932009) was named Head Coach Emeritus by Duane Bailey on June 8. Under his tutelege, the Bears won four national championships. Former NYIT Track & Field (1973-2003) Coach Peter Zinno was named Head Coach Emeritus on February 10. A milestone in track and field history at NYIT, Zinno started the Women’s Track and Field program in 1979, which was one of the first women’s programs in the United States. Rachel Reeves (Wagner ‘13) was selected to lead the NYIT Women’s Soccer program.
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