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HEAD COACH: Dan Gaspar (Hartford ’74-’78) ASSISTANT COACHES: David Kelly (Maine 90), Ryan Carr (Hartford ’06)

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Table of Contents

2009-10 Tennis Quick Facts

2009-10 Tennis Rosters.........................IFC Contents............................................................ 1 Quick Facts...........................................................1 Mission Statement.............................................1 Coaching Staff Head Coach Michael Raymond.................. 2 Assistant Coach Rich Lieberman................. 3 Spring 2010 Season Preview........................4 Spring 2010 Player Profiles...................... 6 America East Conference....................... 13 University of Hartford Hartford Athletics.......................................14 Hartford and The Region...........................15 University Profile.........................................16 President Walter Harrison.........................17 Director of Athletics Patricia H. Meiser...................................18 Strength & Conditioning............................19 Athletic Training..........................................20 2010 Spring Tennis Schedules...Back Cover

UNIVERSITY INFORMATION Name.........................................................................University of Hartford Location.......................................................................... West Hartford, CT Founded..............................................................................................1877 Enrollment......................................................................................... 4,697 Nickname......................................................................................... Hawks Colors............................................................................. Scarlet and White Affiliation........................................................................... NCAA Division I Conference...............................................................................America East President.............................................................................Walter Harrison Director of Athletics......................................................... Patricia H. Meiser 2009-10 TENNIS INFORMATION Head Coach...............................................Michael Raymond (Third Season) Alma Mater......................................................... Western New England ‘02 Phone.................................................................................. 860.768.4001 Assistant Coach............................................. Rich Lieberman (First Season) Alma Mater.......................................................................... Assumption ‘08

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HARTFORD SPORTS INFORMATION Tennis Contact........................................................................... Sam Angell Office Phone........................................................................ 860.768.4620 Email......................................................................... Sports Information Fax........................................................ 860.768.4068

Department of Athletics Mission Statement

Hartford men’s and women’s combined team photo.

Credits: The 2009-10 University of Hartford Tennis Media Guide is a production of the Hartford Athletic Communications Office. It was written and designed by Sam Angell, Assistant Director of Athletic Communications. Editorial assistance was provided by Dan Ruede, Sarah Cote and the coaching staff. Photography was provided by Steve McLaughlin and the Hartford Sports Information Archives.

The mission of the University of Hartford Athletics Department is to enhance the educational and personal development of all students by providing equitable intercollegiate, intramural, and recreational athletic opportunities in an environment that promotes excellence and wellness. We value academic achievement as the primary measure of a successful student-athlete and integrity as the hallmark of a successful program.


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Tennis Coaching Staff



Head Coach • 3rd Season • Western New England ‘02

Michael Raymond returns for his third year as the men’s and women’s tennis coach at the University of Hartford. Raymond also serves as a compliance assistant for the Department of Athletics and the chair of the America East men’s tennis coaches. The 2008-09 season saw vast improvements of the Hartford tennis program. Raymond guided the men’s team to its first victory since Spring 2007 when it defeated Wagner, and the women earned their first triumph since the Fall of 2004 when they defeated St. Francis (NY) in the fall and later took down Wagner. For a second consecutive season, the women’s tennis team was named an ITA academic achievement honoree, for a team GPA of 3.2 or better. In his first year with the Hawks, Raymond coached four Intercollegiate Tennis Association scholar-athletes, and had the women’s team receive ITA academic achievement honors. Raymond came to Hartford after serving as an assistant coach at Allegheny College from 2004 to 2007. During his stint at Allegheny, he helped elevate the status of both tennis programs in the nationally-recognized North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAA Division III). In the 2006-07 season, he helped coach the men’s program to third place in the NCAC, its highest finish since 1995. Between both programs Raymond coached eight All-NCAC singles players and one All-NCAC doubles team. He also played an integral role in the recruitment of several sectional and nationally ranked players, and served as the advisor of the school’s StudentAthlete Advisory Committee. Prior to his time at Allegheny, Raymond served as the graduate assistant coach of the men’s and women’s tennis programs at Western New England College in Springfield, MA, his alma mater. He helped lead the men’s team to the Great Northeast Athletic Conference championship in 2003 and duplicated the feat with the women’s squad the following fall, a first for that program. Raymond also has experience coaching as an assistant tennis professional at the Ausable Club in Keene Valley, NY and is a certified PTR teaching professional.

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As a player, Raymond earned Great Northeast Athletic Conference Tennis Player of the Year honors as a senior and was also honored as the WNEC Male Scholar Athlete of the Year after helping the Golden Bears to the GNAC Tournament title. One of the top players in WNEC history, he served as team captain his final season and compiled a career record of 86-26, ranking him first on the school’s all-time win list. Active in the athletic community at Western New England, Raymond was the first student-athlete in school history to serve on the National Division III Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (as vice chair) and was president of the Sport Management Association. A 2002 graduate of Western New England, Raymond earned a degree in sports management before completing his master’s in business administration at his alma mater. Raymond is a native of Vernon, CT and currently resides in West Hartford.

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LIEBERMAN Assistant Coach First Season Assumption ‘08 Rich Lieberman enters his first season as an assistant coach for the Hartford men’s and women’s tennis teams after completing his collegiate tennis career with the Hawks’ men’s team last season. During his season in West Hartford, Lieberman compiled four individual victories, including a 6-0, 6-0 triumph from the No. 1 position to help the Hawks beat Wagner for their first team victory since the Spring of 2007. Pairing primarily with Matt Seltzer, he also added two doubles victories to his record. Lieberman was honored with the Sportsmanship Award at the Connecticut State Championships. At the conclusion of the season, Lieberman earned the America East Sportsmanship Award. Lieberman graduated magna cum laude from Assumption College in 2008, where he also played three years of tennis. A three-time Northeast10 champion, he was honored with the department of athletics director’s citation five times for his academic achievements. Lieberman was named an All-American in 2007. A native of East Haddam, CT, Lieberman currently resides in West Hartford.


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2010 Spring Season Preview Now in his third year at the helm of the Hartford tennis program, Michael Raymond is continuing to build the men’s and women’s teams into contending squads. Coming off an encouraging fall season, the Hawks are poised to continue that development during the Spring of 2010. What has been most exciting for Raymond has been the way his student athletes have bought into the process and dedicated themselves to rebuilding the Hawks. “The progress we have made has very little to do with me,” Raymond said. “I put things down on paper and in e-mails, but the student athletes need to buy into the entire system and make it their own. Gulay Ozdemir and Aaron Kooden are the only players left in the program who played for the former coach, and they wouldn’t be with us today if they hadn’t committed themselves to rebuilding the program. It has been a struggle at times, but there isn’t anyone around our program that can say we are not moving in the right direction.” Last season saw both the men’s and women’s teams take important strides when they earned their first team victories in more than a season. The women defeated St. Francis (NY) and Wagner, while the men knocked off Wagner. Now, the goal for both Hawks teams is to improve upon last year’s mark and compete in the season-ending America East Championship. The Hawks will do battle this spring with young rosters on both the men’s and women’s side. Five freshmen will take the court for the women, while four will see action for the men. Two seniors will take the court for the women, Gulay Ozdemir and Margaret Potkay. Ozdemir, a native of Ansonia, CT, was a starter on last year’s squad and helped the team to a 6-1 victory over St. Francis (NY) in the fall. Raymond points to her dedication and work ethic as crucial leadership qualities that has helped develop the program under his watch. Potkay, a senior history major from New Fairfield, CT, will serve as a co-captain for the Hawks. Potkay was a regular starter for last year’s team. She won her doubles match in the team’s victories over St. Francis (NY) and Wagner. Junior Nicole Haynal (Bayside, NY) will act as the other co-captain for the women’s tennis team. Coming off a season which featured a three-match winning streak and six total victories, Haynal has been honored as an ITA Scholar Athlete in each of her first two seasons in West Hartford. Margaret Sabatino (Antioch, IL) returns for her sophomore season with the women, looking to build upon a stellar freshman campaign. Sabatino missed the fall schedule as she studied abroad in Italy, but the coaching staff expects great things from her after nine victories in 2008-09. She will play an integral part in both singles and doubles, and will serve as a mentor to young teammates whose shoes she was in just a year ago. Five freshmen join Ozdemir, Potkay, Haynal and Sabatino on the women’s team. Livia Blasque

(Andradina, Brazil), Amanda Epstein (Greensboro, NC), Kaitlin Lennon (North Scituate, RI), Emily Menafra (Manchester, NH) and Emily Willhoft (Manchester, CT) all saw the court for the first time during the fall, and will play important roles during the spring season. On the men’s side, senior Aaron Kooden will wrap up a memorable tenure with the Hawks as the team captain for a third season. Last season, the Savannah, GA native posted individual and doubles victories over Wagner, leading the Hawks to their first team triumph since the Spring of 2007. Filip Miletic, a junior out of Natick, MA, returns to Hartford after studying abroad in Scotland during the fall season. A regular starter during his freshman and sophomore seasons, Miletic is expected to compete for playing time in both singles and doubles this season. Out of Ottawa, Ontario, Aneil Bhalla has been described by Coach Raymond as “one of our top returning players, and someone we will rely on to provide solid play at the front of the lineup this year.” Already, he has

posted two wins in the fall season to follow up a freshman campaign that saw him help earn six doubles victories. As it is on the women’s side, the men’s team has a large freshman class coming into the year, featuring four first-year student athletes. Eric Floum (Fairfield, CT), Josh Isaacson (Marietta, GA), Marco Neves (Sao Paolo, Bazil) and Edgardo Ureta (Las Vegas, NV) make up the Class of 2013 for the Hartford men’s tennis team. Although Potkay, Haynal and Kooden will provide reliable leadership that Coach Raymond views as critical to the continued renewal of the program, the Hawks will be relying heavily on their underclassmen to take on large roles on the court. For Raymond, that means the newcomers will need to be immersed quickly into the culture of Hartford tennis. “Our most critical message to our nine freshmen is that they have to continue to establish the positive culture and direction of the program,” Raymond emphasized. “We have tremendous senior leadership, but in a few short months that responsibility will fall on some younger players. We have worked very hard to build an athletic and academic environment that has high standards.” “Our conference is tough,” Coach Raymond continued. “There are some highly competitive teams for a mid-major league. Boston University has been the class of the women’s side, while Binghamton has won the men’s side the past few years. Our goal at the moment is to move up one spot. The conference champions receive that automatic bid to NCAA’s, so that’s the ultimate goal.” This year, the America East Championship will be held in nearby New Haven, CT, from April 30 through May 2. With the event so close to home, Coach Raymond and the Hawks look forward to it as an opportunity to make some noise in the postseason. “Everything we do will build towards the America East Championship,” Raymond explained. “Even though we are not required to, I schedule every conference team, because I feel that is important for us. The conference schools represent the toughest competition we face all year.” There will be a new face on the coaching staff at Hartford, but he is not new to the Hawks tennis program. Rich Lieberman joins Raymond’s staff as an assistant coach for both the men and women after completing his collegiate career with the Hawks last season. Lieberman came to Hartford after playing three years of tennis at Assumption College, from which he graduated in 2008. His 6-0, 6-0 victory helped seal the men’s team’s victory over Wagner last season which marked its first since the spring of 2007. Together, Raymond and Lieberman will develop the linupes for the Hawks from what they consider to be a deep talent pool. “We definitely have several players capable of playing a few different positions,” Raymond assured. “I am looking forward to seeing how 1-through-3 singles falls on the men’s side between Bhalla, Neves and Isaacson. Like-

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wise, on the women’s side, I anticipate a battle between Lennon, Haynal, Epstein and Sabatino for different roles in the starting lineup. Once spring practice rolls around, there will be a dedicated court for challenge matches during every practice. We’re looking forward to seeing what happens.” Although a lot of exciting things are anticipated in West Hartford this spring, Raymond and the Hawks know that the program is still building towards a consistent and bright future. “Looking forward, we need to continue building in every aspect,” Raymond said. “This year’s main targets have been recruiting and fundraising for the spring break trip to Orlando. Next year, I’d like the teams to become more involved in community service. There is always an area that can be improved upon, and we look forward to that challenge.”


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OZDEMIR Senior Ansonia, CT SHORTSTOP Platt Technical 5-4 •Engineering Senior Architechtual

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ton - One of three seniors in the program. - Has played multiple roles since joining the team, including as a starter in 08-09. - Helped the Hawks to a 6-1 victory over St. Francis (NY) in the fall. - Daughter of Nevin and Muzaffer Ozdemir.



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“There aren’t many players whose absence will be felt more than Gulay’s when she graduates in May. She is one of two players left in the program who played for the previous coach, and I truly respect and admire her ability to stay with the team through thick and thin. She will always have a place here with the Hawks.”

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POTKAY Senior New Fairfield, CT Ethel Walker History - Team co-captain in 2009-2010 with Nikki Haynal. - A regular starter for the 2008-2009 Hawks. - Helped Hartford to a 6-1 win over St. Francis (NY) in the fall. - Played tennis, soccer, basketball and ice hockey during high school career. - Daughter of Ursula and Ted Potkay. Coach Raymond says…


“Look up ‘personality’ in the dictionary, and a picture of Margaret will be there. Her positive influence over the team, despite being in only her second year, is tremendous. Everyone knows that she gives all of herself to every team event, whether it be practice, lifting or conditioning. Most importantly, she does it with a smile and fierce determination to succeed. She, along with Gulay, will be deeply missed.”

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haynal Junior Bayside, NY Benjamin N. Cardozo Accounting - Team co-captain in 2009-2010 with Margaret Potkay. - Posted a three match win streak in singles in the fall season, including a gutty 6-1, 1-6, 7-5 win over Siena in the #4 position. - ITA Scholar-Athlete as a freshman and a sophomore. - Enjoys going to concerts in free time. - Daughter of Susan Haynal.

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Coach Raymond says… “Nikki has been an anchor for the program since my first day on campus. She is incredibly dependable, as well as an academic and athletic example for her teammates to follow. I continually have high expectations of her and she has never disappointed.”


SABATINO Sophomore Antioch, IL Antioch Management - Spent the fall semester studying abroad in Italy. - Put up nine match wins in 08-09 as a freshman. - ITA Scholar-Athlete as a freshman. - Represents women’s tennis as a vice-chair of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. - Daughter of Melissa and Joseph Sabatino. Coach Raymond says… “We are excited to have Maggie back from her study abroad program. She contributed to the team on several levels as a freshman, and she will do the same this coming spring. Her singles and doubles skills will make us a deeper team, and I expect her to take on more of a leadership role with this year’s group.”


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epstein Freshman

BLASQUE Freshman

Greensboro, NC Grimsley Undecided

Andradina, Brazil Colegio Stella Maris Architectural Engineering - Reached #1 singles final at New England Championships with wins over Holy Cross and Fairfield. - Ended fall season on a 4 match singles win streak. - Achieved a #1 national ranking in junior singles 16’s in Brazil. - Enjoys traveling, photography and playing guitar. - Daughter of Nilza and Tomaz Blasque.

- Started several fall matches, playing mainly #3 singles. - Played tennis and softball in high school. - Captain and all-conference tennis selection as a senior. - Student ambassador in high school. - Daughter of Lauran and Stephen Epstein.

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“Amanda has a game that is capable of going up several levels. She hits solid topspin off both sides and is capable of putting away her volleys. As her consistency improves, she will be a major contributor in our lineup all year.”

“Livia is the player who can hold down our top spot for years to come. She has competed against the best in her country and is prepared to compete against the best here. As she continues to adjust to the college environment, her fitness and toughness will improve and she will be a force.”


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North Scituate, RI Ponaganset Illustration - A regular starter in the fall, posted two wins over St. Francis (NY) to help the Hawks to a 6-1 victory over the Terriers. - Played tennis, softball and basketball all four years in high school – named to all-conference teams in all three sports. - Only player on the Hawks roster enrolled in the Hartford Art School. - Daughter of Nancy and Edwin Lennon. Coach Raymond says…


“Kait is a great addition for us. She continues to work extremely hard for the tennis team despite a challenging Art School schedule. By virtue of her status as a regular starter, she has proven that she can more than handle the rigors of academic commitment along with playing a Division I sport.”


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Manchester, NH Manchester Memorial Undecided - Posted a victory at #3 doubles over St. Francis (NY) with Emily Willhoft, helping the Hawks to a 6-1 victory over the Terriers. - Played two years of tennis and four years of soccer in high school. - A Gold Key Award winner in Scholastic Arts & Writing. - Daughter of Donna and Robert Menafra. Coach Raymond says… “Emily has already set examples for teammates to follow in her first semester on campus. She has a tremendous work ethic in the weight room and can always be counted on in any situation. I expect her tennis to continue to develop and look forward to having her with the program as we move forward.”


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willhoft Freshman Manchester, CT Manchester Accounting - Helped the Hawks to a 6-1 victory over St. Francis (NY) in the fall, winning her singles and doubles matches. - Captained her high school tennis team as a senior. - National Honor Society member and plays the cello in her free time. - Daughter of Joan and James Willhoft. Coach Raymond says… “I have truly enjoyed having Emily on the team. I’ve known her family for several years and they are all hard workers and academically successful. Her tennis made a huge jump over the fall, and it’s my hope she can challenge for more playing time in the spring.”


Day 1 - Friday, April 24 No. 3 Stony Brook 4, No. 6 Hartford 0 No. 4 UMBC 4, No. 5 Albany 0 Day 2 - Saturday, April 25 No. 5 Albany 4, No. 6 Hartford 0 No. 1 Boston Univ. 4, No. 3 Stony Brook 1 No. 2 Binghamton 4, No. 4 UMBC 0 Day 3 - Sunday, April 26 No. 1 Boston Univ. 4, No. 2 Binghamton 0 2009 AMERICA EAST MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

Day 1 - Friday, April 24 No. 4 Boston Univ. 4, No. 5 Hartford 0 Day 2 - Saturday, April 25 No. 2 Binghamton 4, No. 3 UMBC 0 No. 1 Stony Brook 4, No. 4 Boston Univ. 0 No. 3 UMBC 4, No. 4 Boston Univ. 0

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kooden Senior Savannah, GA Benedictine Military Communications - Team captain for the third consecutive year. - Posted two critical victories over St. Francis (NY), helping the Hawks to a 4-3 win over the Terriers. - Active member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. - Played varsity tennis and football in high school. - Son of Joanne and Michael Kooden. Coach Raymond says… “Aaron will graduate in May as one of the most important pieces in our rebuilding process. He has been with me every step of the way, and truly understands what I expect from the players and how hard everyone needs to work to make special things happen here. We will be truly lucky to have another leader like him as we continue down the road.”





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miletic Junior Natick, MA Natick Biomedical Engineering - Spent the fall semester studying abroad in Scotland. - A regular starter during his freshman and sophomore campaigns. - Team captain as a senior and MVP as a junior in high school. - Son of Neda and Predrag Miletic. Coach Raymond says… “We look forward to having Fil back in the fold this coming spring. He brings two years of Division I experience with him and I expect him to challenge the current starters for playing time in singles and doubles.”

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bhalla Sophomore Ottawa, Ontario Merivale Biology & Chemistry - Posted two tournament wins in the fall, one at the UConn Invitational and the other at the Connecticut College Championships. - Posted a team-high six doubles wins in his freshman campaign. - ITA Scholar-Athlete as a freshman. - Ranked #1 in home city of Ottawa in 2007. - Son of Anu and Ameet Bhalla. Coach Raymond says… “I will rely on Aneil as one of our top returning players to provide solid play at the front of the lineup this year. He knows what he has to do in order to compete with the best players from other teams. He is also first-rate academically and an example for his teammates in that area.”


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isaacson Freshman

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Marietta, GA George Walton Physical Therapy

Fairfield, CT Fairfield Warde Pre-Law - Posted two singles wins in the fall, including a crucial 7-5, 7-5 victory at #4 singles against St. Francis (NY), helping the Hawks to a dramatic 4-3 victory. - Reached the consolation doubles final of the Connecticut College Championships with partner Josh Isaacson. - Class “M” doubles semifinalist as a senior, helping Fairfield Warde to a share of the state title. - Son of Patti and Mark Floum.

- Led the team with six match wins in the fall. - Reached the consolation doubles final of the Connecticut College Championships with partner Eric Floum. - Helped lead George Walton to a regional championship as a senior. - Son of Amy and Jimmy Isaacson.

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“Josh brings a significant amount of training and experience to the table for us. He has proven to be someone who absorbs strategy and uses it to his advantage, including in the development of a solid serve and volley game. He will be a major factor in our lineup throughout his career here.”

“Eric is an important addition for us because of the positive emotion he brings to the court every day. His game has already improved by one level over the fall, and I expect it will make another jump in the spring.”

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NEVES Freshman

URETA Freshman

Sao Paulo, Brazil Colegio Salesiano Santa Teresinha Management


Las Vegas, NV Odyssey Charter Undecided

- Posted three singles wins in the fall, including the matchclinching victory over St. Francis (NY) at #3 singles. - Advanced to the Flight A doubles semifinals at the UConn Invitational, partnering with Josh Isaacson for a victory over B.U. - Junior state champion in Brazil.

- Posted his first collegiate victory with a 6-2, 7-5 win at #5 singles against Holy Cross. - Was a regular starter at #5 singles and #3 doubles. - Active member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. - Ranked as high as #2 in Nevada as a junior player. - Son of Maria and Hernan Ureta.

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Coach Raymond says…

“Marco has the talent required to play a very high level of Division I tennis. He has tremendous work ethic and as he improves his mental toughness, will challenge the top players we compete against.”

“Ed has a tremendous spirit that’s going to serve him very well in college and in life. He demonstrates an extremely positive attitude toward every situation, and that has helped him improve on the court this fall. I expect that he will continue to develop his all-around game and be a major factor this coming spring.”

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About America East... Now in its third decade of operation, America East has evolved into one of the most comprehensive NCAA Division I conferences with a commitment to broad-based, competitive athletics programs, complementing the academic integrity and missions of the member institutions. Progressive in its approach to its more than 3,200 student-athletes, America East recognizes champions in each of its 20 sports: baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, men’s and women’s indoor track and field, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s outdoor track and field, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, men’s and women’s tennis, and women’s volleyball. America East also conducts the nation’s most comprehensive academic recognition program for student-athletes. With a geographic footprint covering the Mid-Atlantic to Northeast regions of the United States, America East strives to develop champions in academics, athletics and leadership at its nine member institutions: University at Albany, Binghamton University, Boston University, University of Hartford, University of Maine, UMBC, University of New Hampshire, Stony Brook University and University of Vermont. Academics… •

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Vermont captured its fifth straight America East Academic Cup in 2009 after its student-athletes registered a cumulative 3.14 grade-point average, which tied the league’s best mark ever. Six other schools also earned a 3.0 GPA or better. America East’s 3,200 student-athletes registered a combined 3.05 GPA during the 2008-09 academic year, and over 60 percent of them were named to America East’s Academic Honor Roll for recording a GPA of 3.0 or better. Connor Tobin (Vermont), Dan Schultz (Boston University) and Cornelia Carapcea (UMBC) were tabbed ESPN The Magazine Academic All-Americans, while 26 others were All-District selections. Vermont’s Connor Tobin (soccer) and Kristen Millar (lacrosse) were the America East Male and Female Scholar-Athletes of the Year, respectively. Twenty-one student-athletes were recognized as America East Scholar-Athletes and 167 received All-Academic recognition in their respective sport. Nineteen America East teams were publicly recognized by the NCAA for their multiyear Academic Progress Rate (APR), finishing among the top 10 percent of teams in the nation, with nine programs receiving perfect scores of 1,000.

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Boston University won the Stuart P. Haskell, Jr. Commissioner’s Cup for the fourth straight year and seventh time in the last eight seasons after capturing a conference-best seven championships, four regular-season titles and four runner-up finishes during the 2008-09 season.

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Four America East programs won postseason games in 200809: Boston University men’s soccer (NCAA), Boston University women’s basketball (WNIT), Vermont men’s basketball (CBI) and Boston University softball (NCAA). Nineteen America East student-athletes earned All-America recognition, including one in men’s basketball, one in men’s soccer, six in men’s lacrosse, four in women’s lacrosse and nine in cross country/track & field. America East improved 10 positions in the men’s basketball conference RPI to No. 17, its fifth-best finish ever, and sent two teams (Binghamton, NCAA; Vermont, CBI) to the postseason for the fifth time since 2003. Three women’s basketball teams – Boston University, Hartford and Vermont – reached the postseason, tying a conference record set in 1999. Boston University defeated Fairleigh Dickinson in the first round of the NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship to give America East at least one NCAA win in seven of the last eight years, and the conference RPI (No. 6) was America East’s highest ever. Boston University became the first women’s soccer champion to complete an unbeaten and untied conference slate since 2000 and made its fourth straight NCAA appearance. UMBC (No. 9), which won its second straight America East Men’s Lacrosse Championship, and Stony Brook (No. 20) were ranked in the final USILA national poll, while Albany was also ranked during the season. Sarah Dalton, a first-team All-American in women’s lacrosse, led Boston University to its fifth straight conference title. The Terriers (No. 11) and New Hampshire (No. 20) were ranked in the final IWLCA national poll. Stony Brook women’s cross country competed at the NCAA Women’s Cross Country Championship for the second straight season. Boston University reached the championship round of its NCAA Softball Regional with wins over Iowa and Auburn, matching the best finish ever by an America East team.

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Vermont women’s lacrosse standout Kristen Millar was selected the 2009 America East Woman of the Year for a distinguished career in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership. Hartford tennis player Rich Lieberman and the Maine softball team were named the America East Male and Female Sportsmanship Award winners. University at Albany appointed George M. Philip as its 18th president, while Stony Brook University named Dr. Samuel Stanley its next president. Patrick Chambers, who helped lead Villanova to the Final Four as a men’s basketball assistant coach in 2009, took over as Boston University’s next head coach. Binghamton’s Kevin Broadus, New Hampshire’s Bill Herrion and Stony Brook’s Steve Pikiell all received contract extensions.


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University of Hartford Athletics The University of Hartford celebrates its 26th year competing at the Division I level in 2008-09. Division I competition in all sports began in 1984-85, and the ensuing 25 years have been keynoted by success. The following is a sampling of some of the achievements. Hartford has fielded NCAA or national tournament teams in six sports: women’s basketball (2002, 2005, 2006, 2008), men’s golf (198595, 2001, 2007), women’s soccer (1989-92, 1994-95, 1997-2002, 2006), men’s soccer (1991-92, 1996), men’s tennis (2002) and women’s volleyball (1993). The Hawks have also received ECAC postseason bids in baseball (1988, 1992) and volleyball (1991). The Hawks sport conference champions in seven sports: women’s basketball (2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008), men’s soccer (1991, 1992, 1996, 1999), women’s soccer (1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2006), men’s golf (1988-95, 2001-02, 2004, 2006-07), men’s tennis (1990, 1991, 1995, 2002), women’s golf (2005) and women’s volleyball (1993). In addition to team success, Hartford players and coaches have received a multitude of individual honors. The awards have ranged from All-American distinction and national Coach of the Year honors to conference Player of the Year, All-Conference, individual tournament championships and others. All-Americans have been crowned in the following sports: baseball (2), men’s basketball (1), men’s golf (6), men’s lacrosse (3), men’s soccer (2) and women’s soccer (11). Three former Hartford student-athletes stand out among those who have played professionally. Vin Baker, who starred as an All-American on the basketball court for the Hawks, played 13 seasons in the NBA. A four-time NBA All-Star, he averaged 15.0 points and 7.4 rebounds per game in 791 career games. Baker was picked eighth overall in the June 1993 NBA draft. At the time he was the highest draft pick ever from a Connecticut college or university.


Jeff Bagwell, who played third base for Hartford from 1987 to 1989 and is the New England career leader in batting average at .413, played first base for the Houston Astros. In his 16 years with the Astros he hit .297 with 449 home runs and 1,529 runs batted in. He ranks among Houston’s career leaders in batting average, slugging percentage, home runs and RBI. He was the 1994 National League MVP,

1991 Rookie of the Year, and was a four-time All-Star (1994, 1996, 1997, 1999). Men’s golfer Jerry Kelly, who topped the Nike Tour in earnings in 1995, has been impressive in his 12 years playing on the PGA Tour. He’s topped $2 million in earnings in three of the past six seasons, and he played on the United States President’s Cup team in 2003. In 2002, Kelly was sixth on the PGA money list and finished in the Top 25 at 13 tournaments, including wins at the Sony Open in Hawaii and the Advil Western Open. Men’s golfers Tim Petrovic and Patrick Sheehan have also enjoyed success on the PGA Tour. Petrovic, now in his seventh season, broke through in 2005 with his first career victory at the Zurich Classic. Sheehan is in his fifth year on the PGA Tour and has topped $3 million in career earnings. Other Hartford athletes who are currently playing in the professional ranks include Tracey Kelusky (National Lacrosse League), Earl Snyder (minor league baseball), Chris Doyle (USL First Division soccer), Daniel Antunez (USL), Saralyn Smith (AVP), Rory Glaves (NLL), Todd Richard (NLL), Derek Suddons (NLL), Jason Clark (NLL), Josh Wasson (NLL) and Matt Holman (NLL).


Dubbed “New England’s Rising Star,” Hartford is enjoying a renaissance fueled by the development of its riverfront. With retail and residential development taking off, downtown Hartford is poised to become a 24-hour hub of culture, arts, and entertainment. Within Hartford’s borders, one can tour the home of Mark Twain, mingle with 5,000-plus years of art at the Wadsworth Atheneum, and explore history at the oldest state house in the country. The Bushnell and Hartford Stage Company offer traveling Broadway shows and other award-winning productions. The XL Center and Comcast Theatre offer top-name concerts while the former is home to the American Hockey League’s Hartford Wolfpack. The Connecticut Convention Center offers an ideal new venue to make your event memorable, from intimate, upscale gatherings to large city-wide experiences. The surrounding Connecticut countryside offers unlimited and varied get-away possibilities, including skiing, spring garden tours, summer winery tours, fall festivals, and two of the world’s largest casino and entertainment complexes, Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Resort & Casino.

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Hartford and the Region

Hartford boasts an extraordinarily active arts and entertainment scene with nearly 200 arts, cultural and heritage organizations. The experts agree: Places Rated Almanac ranked Hartford among the top six percent of North American cities for arts and culture. Greater Hartford also runs the 10th-largest United Arts Fund in the nation, demonstrating its strong commitment to the arts. It’s no wonder noted economist Richard Florida has ranked Hartford in the “Top 20” of cool places to live, work, start a family and have fun.


Connecticut has been the home to many professional or semi-professional sports teams or events. The only current professional team in Connecticut is the Connecticut Sun, a member of the Women’s National Basketball Association. The CT Sun are housed in the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. The Hartford Wolfpack, an American Hockey League affiliate for the New York Rangers (NHL), are one of two minor league teams who call Connecticut home. The New Britain Rock Cats (Minnesota Twins, MLB) also have their home field in Connecticut. Joining them on the semi-professional ranks is the Connecticut Crush (Women’s Football).


Hartford is just a two-hour drive from New York or Boston. Bradley International Airport–gateway to Southern New England–is just minutes from the Capital City. The region is also a part of the AMTRAK system and is home to a number of major bus lines.


Downtown lodgings include the Hilton Hartford Hotel, Hartford Marriott, Crowne Plaza, Sheraton Hartford Hotel, Holiday Inn Express and the Residence Inn Downtown, which offer luxury hotel rooms within an easy walk of the convention center and Adriaen’s Landing. If that’s not enough, there are more than 6,000 hotel rooms within the Greater Hartford region offering visitors a variety of accommodations ranging from casino hotels to quaint New England inns.


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University of Hartford Small Classes, Big Opportunity At the University of Hartford, classes are small, but the list of academic offerings is not. The University is a comprehensive, independent institution, offering educational and career programs in 89 undergraduate and 33 graduate areas of study in its seven schools and colleges. It prides itself on providing the intimacy of a liberal arts college with the creativity and intellectual excitement of a university. While the range of studies offered at the University is diverse, so, too, are the people. Enrolled are 4,697 full-time undergraduates, 819 part-time undergraduates, and 1,696 graduate students, representing 48 states and 43 countries. The full-time student-to-faculty ratio is 12:1.

Tradition The University of Hartford dates back to 1877, when the first of its original three schools was founded. The Hartford Art School (1877), Hillyer College (1879), and The Hartt School (1920) joined in 1957 to form the University of Hartford. The origins of the University can be traced back to the wife of Mark Twain. Mrs. Samuel Clemens, along with Harriett Beecher Stowe of Uncle Tom’s Cabin fame, formed an art society that later became the Hartford Art School.

Expansion The University has undertaken several ambitious building projects over the past half decade. A $34-million Integrated Science, Engineering, and Technology complex, which included major renovations to the adjacent Dana Hall (one of the original buildings on campus), opened in 2005. On its heels, new turf athletics fields brought a much different look to the opposite end of campus, benefitting students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community residents. The new Renée Samuels Center opened in January 2007, providing the Hartford Art School with new space for its photography and media arts programs. In fall 2007, Hawk Hall, a five-story residential facility for first-year students and its adjacent Alumni Plaza, a new outdoor gathering place for students, greeted students returning to campus. Now open just a mile from the University’s main campus, the Mort and Irma Handel Performing Arts Center houses five dance studios, four theatre rehearsal studios and two black box theatres. It is a vibrant center for dance and theatre instruction and performances at one of the key gateways to the city of Hartford. The University of Hartford also houses two public magnet schools on its campus—an elementary school for students from Hartford and several neighboring towns and University High School of Science and Engineering, which saw its legacy class graduate this past June.

Quality The University prides itself on its growing academic reputation, best illustrated by a consistent year-to-year increase in applications (more than 12,000 received annually) and selectivity (the University’s acceptance rate is lower than at any time in its history). The educational experience takes place in small, supportive classroom environments.

Location The charm of the suburbs and the opportunities of the city all come alive at the University of Hartford. Situated on a 340-acre, wooded, suburban campus, the University borders Hartford, West Hartford, and Bloomfield. Midway between Boston and New York City, downtown Hartford, only five miles away, is gaining a name for itself.

Campus Activities Numerous social, recreational, and entertainment alternatives exist for students on campus. More than 100 groups, clubs, and organizations, including campus media, student government, fraternities and sororities add to student life. The Campus Activities Team (CAT) is a student-run organization whose sole purpose is to schedule events for student enjoyment. The University of Hartford has gained a national reputation for the quality of cultural activities and fine-arts exhibits on its campus. The Hartt School and the Joseloff Gallery of the Hartford Art School are highly respected. Lincoln Theater, the Sports Center, and three auditoriums host numerous special events throughout the year.


Growth, vitality, and service to the community are key attributes of Walter Harrison’s first 10 years as president of the University of Hartford. Since his appointment as the University of Hartford’s fifth president in 1998, the University has experienced a period of energy and momentum unmatched in its history. President Harrison has overseen dramatic improvements in academic quality, finances, and fundraising. More than 7,300 students (5,600 undergraduates and 1,700 graduate students) study at the seven schools and colleges of the University of Hartford, which is classified as a doctoral niversity research–intensive university by resident the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The institution has seen a 15 percent increase in undergraduate enrollment, and a 23-percent increase in degrees awarded, over the past decade. A highly visible figure on campus, President Harrison is known for his enthusiasm for student life and University activities, and is fondly referred to as Walt by many students. During President Harrison’s tenure, the University has undertaken a vigorous and comprehensive building campaign. Many of the University’s residence halls have been renovated, and Hawk Hall, the University’s new five-story, 208-bed residence for first-year students, was completed during the summer of 2007. The oval-shaped Alumni Plaza, constructed out of concrete of various colors and finishes, now provides students with a large gathering spot on the residential side of campus. At the heart of this construction campaign are three major new additions to the University’s signature academic programs: The Renée Samuels Center of the Hartford Art School (opened in January 2007), the Integrated Science, Engineering, and Technology Complex (opened in 2005), and the Mort and Irma Handel Performing Arts Center (opened in September 2008), which houses the Dance and Theatre divisions of The Hartt School. The Handel Center, located in the Upper Albany and Blue Hills neighborhoods of Hartford, one mile east of the University’s campus, also contains space for community activities. Two buildings have been renovated to house two of the University’s leading liberal arts programs: Psychology (East Hall) and Communications and Cinema Studies (Abrahms Hall). In 2006, the University opened new state-of-the-art athletic fields for soccer, lacrosse, softball, and baseball. The University’s vibrant relationship with the Greater Hartford community is a hallmark of President Harrison’s tenure. The University has become a recognized leader in helping to improve public schools. It is the only private university in the country with two public magnet schools on campus—the University of Hartford Magnet School and the University High School of Science and Engineering. President Harrison’s community involvement is extensive. He serves on the boards of directors of the Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges and the Hartford Consortium of Higher Educa-

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tion. He is currently the president of the board of the Hartford Stage Company. He serves as trustee or director of a number of other Hartford-area organizations, including the Greater Hartford Arts Council, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, the Connecticut Science Center, and Suffield Academy. He is also a director of WorldBusiness Capital, an international finance firm based in Hartford. Reflecting his longtime interest in intercollegiate athletics, President Harrison chairs the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Committee on Academic Performance, the group charged with implementing academic reforms among the nation’s leading intercollegiate athletic programs, and serves on a number of other NCAA committees. He is the immediate past chair of the NCAA Executive Committee. He also serves on the Presidential Advisory Committee of the Association of Governing Boards. All this is a long way from President Harrison’s beginnings as a scholar of American literature and culture. A native of Pittsburgh, he graduated from Trinity College in Hartford in 1968, then earned a master’s degree from the University of Michigan in 1969. After an interim of three years to serve as a captain in the United States Air Force, President Harrison earned a doctorate from the University of California–Davis. His doctoral dissertation, “Out of Play: Baseball Fiction from Pulp to Art,” was one of the earliest scholarly treatments of baseball and its place in American life. In 1982 President Harrison left full-time teaching to take an administrative position at Colorado College. He joined Gehrung Associates University Relations Counselors in 1985, becoming president of the firm shortly thereafter. In 1989 President Harrison moved to the University of Michigan, where he became vice president of university relations and secretary of the university. President Harrison and his wife, Dianne, a scholar of 19th-century Victorian literature and mystery literature, make their home in Russell House, the president’s residence at the University of Hartford.

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University President Walter Harrison


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Director of Athletics Patricia H. Meiser Pat Meiser, in her 17th year at the University of Hartford, serves as the director of athletics and special assistant to the president. One of only 22 women director of athletics among the 329 institutions competing at the Division I level, Meiser has 38 years of experience in coaching and athletics administration. In June of 2009 she was named the Northeast Region I-AAA Under Armour Athletics Director of the Year award for the second time (2006), and in May of 1999, she was named one of the nation’s top 50 women’s sports expecial ssistant to ecutives by Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal. the resident At Hartford, Meiser heads a team that is reirector of thletics sponsible for growing the athletics and academic quality of the program, enhancing revenue and extending the program into the community. In Meiser’s tenure, seven sports (women’s basketball, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, men’s golf, women’s golf, men’s tennis and women’s volleyball) have won America East Conference championships and either reached NCAA Division I tournament or national postseason play. Basketball, in particular, has emerged with Meiser’s hiring of Jennifer Rizzotti and Dan Leibovitz. The women’s basketball team has been crowned America East Conference champion and reached the NCAA Tournament in 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2008. The men’s team set a school record with 18 wins in 2007-08 and advanced to the America East Championship finals for the first time in school history. Revenue enhancement has also been an area of growth for Hartford under Meiser’s leadership. This has taken place through an expanded fund raising and alumni relations effort, development of a corporate sponsorship program, implementation of a licensing program and successful grant submissions. Most significantly, Hartford athletics embarked on a $10 million athletics capital campaign in April of 2003. The campaign, called Home Field Advantage, funded the renovation of the existing soccer and lacrosse field, the relocation and construction of a softball field, the construction of a baseball field and will include construction of a track surrounding an allpurpose field. The ground breaking for Home Field Advantage took place in April of 2005, and Phase I of the project was completed in 2007. Phase II is presently under way. Meiser’s commitment to academics is well documented and demonstrated through the success of her student-athletes. Hartford has been among the leaders in The America’s East’s Academic Cup standings each of the past 10 years. The Hawks won the Cup in 199697. This past academic year, the average student-athlete GPA was 2.98. Reaching out in the community is important for Meiser. She is past chair of the Greater Hartford Convention and Visitors Bureau and her appointment came at a critical time as the city opened a $350

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million convention center. Meiser was named a Connecticut “Woman of Merit” by the Girl Scouts in June 2000. She is a board member of both the Connecticut Special Olympics and the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame. In October of 2007, Meiser served as Co-Chair of the CWHF Gala that celebrated the 35th anniversary of Title IX. The evening brought together the top female Olympians and national champions with ties to the state of Connecticut. Meiser has also been involved with various intercollegiate committees and organizations at the conference, regional and national levels. She serves on the Executive Committee of NACDA and is a past President of the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association (NACDA), has been a professional sport liaison, member of the soccer rules committee and active as a NCAA Certification representative. Over the years, she has also served a variety of roles in the America East Conference and is presently a member of the Executive Committee. Prior to joining the Hawks, Meiser was the associate athletics director for administration and senior women’s administrator at the University of Connecticut. During her 10 years at Connecticut, she played a pivotal role in the rejuvenation of the athletics program. Before arriving at Connecticut, Meiser was the head women’s basketball coach and a tenured faculty member at Penn State (1971-81). She gave the first women’s basketball scholarship at Penn State in 1974 and advanced the program to Top-20 status in the late 1970s. In addition, she coached the Gold Medal-winning East team in the inaugural 1979 National Sports Festival. Meiser holds a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education (1969) from West Chester University and a M.Ed. in education (1971) and an MBA in business administration (1986) from Penn State. She is a native of Lancaster, PA, and has four children: Katherine, 36, wife of Jason Steadman of London; Christopher, 34, husband of Renee Jansen, Boston; Julie, 32, wife of Robert Rioux of State College, PA; and Daniel, 30, West Hartford. She also has three grandchildren, Lincoln, Lyle and Josephine.

The Hartford Hawks strength and conditioning program is designed to develop the best gains, in the least amount of time, in the safest way possible. It is the goal of the staff to develop both the muscular and cardiovascular systems in a manner that is compatible with the demands of competing as a Division I student-athlete. The hands-on approach not only increases safety in the weight room, but augments results of each athlete. The commitment from the coaching staff is the single most determining factor which maximizes results both in- and off-season. The methods endorsed at Hartford are based on research, physiological fact and years of experience. The college experience is a learning environment and the weight room is no different. The lessons that are learned in the weight room will be applicable to life once your playing days are over at Hartford. The purpose of the Hartford Hawks strength and conditioning program is to create a bigger, stronger, betterconditioned student-athlete that is less susceptible to injury.

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Strength & Conditioning

KALI VAN COVERN Strength & Conditioning Coach First Season


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Athletics Training Three full-time sports medicine professionals provide a comprehensive list of services, including injury care and rehabilitation, strength and conditioning, drug and alcohol education, and general personal health advisement. The sports medicine staff is aided by a wide range of equipment for the prevention of injuries and the rehabilitation and conditioning of studentathletes. A weight room, used solely by student-athletes and supervised by the training staff and a strength and conditioning professional, is housed in the sports medicine wing of the Sports Center. The sports medicine staff is supported by a network of highly qualified medical and counseling professionals practicing in the Greater Hartford area. Student Health Services staff, also located in the Sports Center, work in concert with the sports medicine staff in providing student-athletes with a full complement of coverage.

Caitlin COLLAZO Athletic Trainer First Season


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