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WELCOME This viewbook offers a glimpse into all the wonderful things happening within the Great Northeast Athletic Conference. The core values of the conference include Community, Sportsmanship and Integrity and we hope that this book demonstrates to you all the great things that our student-athletes, coaches and member institutions are accomplishing towards these goals both on their campuses and in the communities that they are a part of. Thank you for taking the time to join us.

Patience and love are the most powerful tools in coaching

Questionable, unsportsmanlike tactics employed to influence the odds of winning are never worth the price paid in loss of self-respect. Degrading remarks or actions aimed at spurring players on to greater effort may bring temporary success, but results in long-range failure.



Albertus Magnus College

Albertus Magnus College, founded in New Haven, Connecticut in 1925 by the Dominican Sisters of Mt. St. Mary of the Springs, who are now known as the Dominican Sisters of Peace, is an independent, coeducational, liberal arts Catholic College in the Dominican Tradition. The 50-acre campus is located just minutes from the heart of downtown New Haven. Albertus Magnus offers 50 traditional bachelor degree programs, nine master’s degree programs, as well as accelerated undergraduate and graduate degrees. The College offers 15 Division III NCAA Athletic programs for men and women. In its strong commitment to a liberal arts curriculum, the College affirms its fidelity to the life of the human mind and spirit. At Albertus, we believe that training in the liberal arts is excellent preparation for life. A liberal arts background not only enriches one’s daily existence, but also offers a firm foundation for mastery, either in college or afterwards, of vocational skills and the ability to utilize ever-changing technology.

Website: www.albertusfalcons.com Phone: 203-773-8596 Enrollment: 1,500 Founded: 1925 Nickname: Falcons Colors: Royal Blue & White

At Albertus, the learning experience is a joint effort in which both faculty and students take part. The Albertus community prides itself on its intellectual excellence, its high ideals, and its recognition of each person as a unique individual of dignity and worth, to whose development and achievements the college years are directed. The student/faculty ratio at Albertus Magnus is 13:1. On campus, the College offers nearly 25 student clubs and organizations as part of Student Government Association and Campus Activities Board.

President Marc Camille

Athletics Direct Report Sean-Michael Green

Athletics Director Jim Abromaitis

Faculty Athletics Representative Mark Barreuther

Senior Woman Administrator Kristen DeCarli

SAAC Advisor Samantha Masayda

Anna Maria College

Anna Maria College is a private, co-educational institution founded in 1946 by the Sisters of Saint Anne. Conveniently located just minutes from Worcester, Mass. on 192 acres in Paxton, the College prides itself on providing a values-based, servicefocused, career-oriented liberal arts education consistent with the College’s Catholic identity and values. Over time, AMC has grown to offer a variety of undergraduate majors, as well as many graduate and and certificate programs, both onground and online.

President Mary Lou Retelle

Faculty Athletics Representative Mike Morgan

Popular majors include criminal justice, fire science, music therapy, nursing, social work, and sport management. AMC also offers an Honors Program, as well a number of unique study abroad opportunities. Anna Maria College is also a member of the Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts, a group of 12 colleges that allows students to cross-register at no additional cost. With an annual enrollment of 1,500 students, the small student-faculty ratio creates a highly personalized learning experience with accessible and responsive faculty, while the modest class and campus size allows for optimal student involvement. Aiming to educate the whole student, Anna Maria College offers 16 NCAA Division III athletic programs for men and women, more than 25 student-led clubs and organizations, and numerous community service initiatives.

Athletic Director Serge DeBari

SWA | SAAC Advisor Julie Beer

Website: www.goamcats.com Phone: 508.849.3446 Enrollment: 1,500 Founded: 1946 Nickname: AMCATS Colors: Cardinal & White

Colby-Sawyer College

Colby-Sawyer College is a comprehensive college that integrates the liberal arts and sciences with professional preparation. The college’s faculty, staff and students strive for excellence in an engaged teaching and learning community that fosters students’ academic, intellectual and personal growth. With a strong emphasis on learning outcomes, including breadth and depth of knowledge, self-growth, creative and critical thinking and effective communication, ColbySawyer prepares students to thrive post-graduation and make a positive impact upon a dynamic, diverse and interdependent world. During their college careers, 100 percent of our students participate in one or more internships in their fields of study. They also create Learning Portfolios, in which they demonstrate their ongoing progress and achievement.

Website: www.colby-sawyerathletics.com Phone: 603-526-3610 Enrollment: 1,043 Founded: 1837 Nickname: Chargers Colors: Royal Blue and White

All of our students conclude their senior year with a Capstone project, in which they develop and demonstrate a deeper body of knowledge in their academic major. Founded in 1837, Colby-Sawyer is located in the scenic Lake Sunapee Region of central New Hampshire. Learn more about the college’s vibrant teaching and learning community at www.colbysawyer.edu.

President Susan Stuebner

Athletics Direct Report Robin Burroughs

Athletics Director George Martin

Athletics Director Bill Foti

Faculty Athletics Representative Benjamin Steel

SWA | SAAC Advisor Lyndsay Ostler

Emmanuel College

Emmanuel College—a Catholic, coeducational, residential, liberal arts and sciences college in Boston—has been educating critical thinkers, ethical decision makers and community leaders since 1919. Founded in 1919 by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur as the first Catholic college for women in New England, Emmanuel today is a coeducational, residential college with a 17-acre campus in the heart of Boston’s educational, scientific, cultural and medical communities. Emmanuel enrolls more than 2,500 students including 1,800 traditional undergraduate students from 30 states and 44 countries.

President Sister Janet Eisner

Faculty Athletics Representative Dr. Todd Williams

Athletics Direct Report Dr. Patricia Rissmeyer

Senior Woman Administrator Denitra Seals

Director of Athletics Brendan McWilliams

At Emmanuel College, excellence in the liberal arts and sciences intersects with experiential learning opportunities, including student-faculty collaboration on research and scholarship; internships with an array of corporations, institutions and nonprofits; service learning; study abroad programs; and scores of co-curricular activities that promote engagement and leadership. The College offers more than 50 majors, minors and concentrations in the liberal arts and sciences, along with graduate programs in education, nursing and management. Emmanuel College is a values-based community that fosters a free exchange of ideas in which all questions-including those touching on faith, ethics and values-are discussed openly and vibrantly. A strong sense of community allows students to connect easily with each other and faculty mentors, forming enduring relationships that enhance learning. An Emmanuel College education challenges students to become leaders and professionals who are critical thinkers, ethical decision makers and engaged members of the local community and global society.

Website: www.goecsaints.com Phone:617-735-9986 Enrollment: 1,850 Founded: 1919 Nickname: Saints Colors: Royal Blue & Gold

Johnson & Wales University

Founded in 1914, Johnson & Wales University is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution with approximately 14,000 graduate, undergraduate and online students at its 4 campuses in Providence, RI; North Miami, Fla.; Denver, Colo.; and Charlotte, NC. An innovative educational leader, the university offers degree programs in arts and sciences, business, culinary arts, design and engineering, education, health and wellness, hospitality, nutrition and physician assistant studies. Its unique model integrates arts and sciences and industry-focused education with work experience and leadership opportunities, inspiring students to achieve professional success and lifelong personal growth. The university’s impact is global, with 100,000+ alumni from 123 countries pursuing careers worldwide. We offer an optimal blend of intellectual development, industry-focused education, résumébuilding work experiences, community and leadership opportunities, and an uncommon depth of career services.

Website: www.providence.jwuathletics.com Phone: 401-598-1000 Enrollment: 8,564 (Providence) Founded: 1914 Nickname: Wildcats Colors: Blue & Gold

At Johnson & Wales, experience is the difference. This means that experiential learning is much more than an internship tacked onto a major. It’s woven into all aspects of our education, in and out of the classroom. You won’t just learn theory. You’ll turn it into real world practice. You’ll work on real world projects in class, in our industry specific learning labs, and sometimes with real companies. This approach is a more effective way to learn. Through these experiences, you’ll be uniquely prepared for shifting industries and have the flexibility to pursue other career paths and entrepreneurial ventures.”

President Mim Runey

Athletics Direct Report Ron Martel

Associate Dean & Executive Director of Athletics Mel Graf

Faculty Athletics Representative Lou Pullano

Senior Woman Administrator Nancy Somera

SAAC Advisor Jillian Withington

Lasell College

An innovator in education for over 150 years, Lasell College today is a comprehensive coeducational college offering professionally oriented bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. The 50-acre campus is located in suburban Newton, Massachusetts-within eight miles of downtown Boston at the heart of the Route 128 high-tech corridor. Lasell is known for helping students make the connection between classroom lessons and real life through hands-on activities such as internships, practicum, service learning, and meaningful projects. Lasell College engages students in the practice of their fields of study through collaborative

President Michael B. Alexander

Faculty Athletics Representative Janice Savitz

Athletics Direct Report Diane Austin

SWA | SAAC Advisor Caitlin Connolly

Director of Athletics Kristy Walter

learning that fosters lifelong intellectual exploration and social responsibility. The values we hold that guide our daily decision making are the following: 1 Student Focus 2 Innovative Education Across the Lifespan 3 Integrity, Honesty and Ethical Decision Making 4 Social Responsibility, Mutual Respect and Kindness

Lasell College clubs and organizations are student-initiated and run with the assistance of a staff or faculty advisor. All student clubs and organizations are open to any Lasell student. Recognized student clubs and organizations are able to receive a budget, get assistance with event planning and promotion through all activities fairs and publications. Lasell College provides multiple opportunities for global learning. Using the home tuition model enables greater numbers of students a chance to experience a college sponsored international experience. Lasell College offers 95 study abroad programs in 41 countires and 5 international service learning trips.

Website: laserpride.lasell.edu Phone: 617-243-2147 Enrollment: 2,200 Founded: 1851 Nickname: Lasers Colors: Columbia, Navy & White

Norwich University

At Norwich, you’ll develop traits common among leaders in every profession—discipline, integrity, confidence, loyalty and honor—through a wide range of opportunities that will empower you in ways you never imagined. At the core is a rigorous academic environment emphasizing interactive classes, mentoring relationships with faculty and extensive hands-on learning. Whether you join the Corps of Cadets or pursue a civilian lifestyle, expect the greatest challenge of your life. Military colleges were not designed solely for students planning military careers. The Corps of Cadets prepares all students to become competent and responsible citizens. Our founder, Capt. Alden Partridge, understood that structured military lifestyle combined with rigorous academics would benefit those pursuing careers in both the military world and the private sector. In addition to Norwich, the first private military college in the country, his vision resulted in the creation of the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC). As the birthplace of ROTC, Norwich houses all four branches of

Website: www.norwichathletics.com Phone: 802-485-2160 Enrollment: 2,300 Founded: 1819 Nickname: Cadets Colors: Maroon & Gold

the U.S. Department of Defense military services: Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force. Our civilian students live and learn as part of a distinctive collegiate environment that combines a tradition of service and leadership development with a commitment to innovation and scholastic achievement. They encompass both residential students and commuters. Whether you’re looking for rigorous academics, championship athletics or an exceptional variety of clubs and organizations, Norwich has the resources to offer the amenities of a large university with the personal feel of a small private college.

President Richard W. Schneider

Athletics Direct Report Frank Vanecek

Faculty Athletics Representative Joe Latulippe

SWA | SAAC Advisor Ashlynn Nuckols

Director of Athletics Anthony Mariano

Regis (Mass.)

Regis College is a leading Catholic, coed, university 12 miles west of Boston that sits on a classic New England campus. A closeknit community with rigorous academics and welcoming environment, Regis has been empowering students from all backgrounds to pursue academic excellence in a vibrant Catholic community for over 90 years. Founded in 1927 by the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Boston, Regis is proud to welcome undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students from all religious backgrounds without distinction. Deeply rooted in the CSJ beliefs, Regis is dedicated to providing access to education by offering

President Antoinette Hayes

SAAC Advisor Angela Santa Fe

Dean of Athletics Pam Roecker

Senior Woman Administrator Laura Violette

over 40 academic programs across four schools including arts and sciences, health sciences, nursing and the school of business and communication. Our renowned faculty provides a values-based education integrated with cutting-edge technology and industry- focused curriculum. Regis is an Apple distinguished school, and our School of Nursing is nationally recognized by a Center for Excellence in Nursing Education. Regis enrolls approximately 2,000 students from 31 states and 7 countries with a 12:1 student-to- faculty ratio. Rooted in tradition, Regis is an engaged campus with ample opportunities for service- learning and immersion experiences locally, nationally, and globally, while also offering flexible study abroad opportunities all over the world. Our strong campus community is a place where students receive personalized support from faculty and staff in all aspects of their Regis experience. Regis is proud to empower student-driven initiatives and offer the opportunity for each student to do great things.

Faculty Athletics Representative Elizabeth Conant

Website: www.goregispride.com Phone: 781-768-7141 Enrollment: 2,748 Founded: 1927 Nickname: Pride Colors: Crimson & Gold

Rivier University

Founded by the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary and Sister Madeleine of Jesus, Rivier University in Nashua, New Hampshire, is a fouryear Catholic institution offering professional preparation and a liberal arts education for both undergraduate and graduate students. For more than 80 years, the University has offered academic excellence in a learning environment that seeks to educate the whole person—mind, body, and spirit. A Catholic, coeducational university offering undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees through day and evening courses with on-campus, online, and hybrid formats. The University offers a liberal education emphasizing academic excellence, service, global engagement, pre-professional and professional preparation. Rivier University is recognized for its more than 60 degree programs serving the needs of both traditional and non-traditional students. The University prides itself on small classes led by accomplished faculty who create an active, experience-based learning environment.

Website: www.rivierathletics.com Phone: 603-897-8257 Enrollment: 2,520 Founded: 1933 Nickname: Raiders Colors: Navy, White & Grey

At the heart of the Rivier experience are Christian and Catholic values. Inspired by the mission of the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary, Rivier students, faculty, and staff engage in dialogue about basic human issues and actively work toward solutions in their own communities and the world community. The University is ideally located in the heart of New England, just a short distance from Nashua’s downtown, an hour to Boston and the seacoast, and two hours from Hartford, Providence, and Portland.

President Sr. Paula Marie Buley IHM

Athletics Direct Report Kurt Stimeling

Faculty Athletics Representative Kevin Wayne

SWA | SAAC Advisor Ellen Persson

Athletics Director Joanne Merrill

University of Saint Joseph (Conn.)

In 1932, the Sisters of Mercy of Connecticut set out to establish a distinct liberal arts college in the Hartford area. They were determined to develop a curriculum that balanced professional studies with the liberal arts; focused on service to others; and welcomed students of all ages, races, religions, and cultures. Throughout the history of the University of Saint Joseph, this inclusive mission has never wavered. Guided by this vision, the University has flourished and is now recognized for outstanding programs that prepare graduates to serve their communities in dedicated and meaningful ways throughout their lives.

President Rhona Free

Faculty Athletics Representative Richard Halstead

Athletics Direct Report Kenneth Bedini

SWA | SAAC Advisor Jaclyn Piscitelli

In addition to becoming a fully coeducational undergraduate college in 2018, the University of Saint Joseph has grown over the years to include the following programs of study: graduate master’s and certificate programs (introduced in 1959); the undergraduate part-time student program (1985); and professional doctoral degrees (2011). As the University of Saint Joseph has evolved into a vibrant educational complex, it has never strayed from its original vision: a steadfast commitment to preparing students for insightful leadership and service to others. From campus clubs and athletic teams to community service opportunities, campus ministry, and the nearly 300 intramural and fitness classes offered throughout the year, USJ provides a wide variety of ways for you to get involved. Plus, as a USJ student, you’ll get free admission to the Carol Autorino Center for the Arts and Humanities, Art Museum, and student-organized events.

Athletic Director Bill Cardarelli

Website: www.usjbluejays.com Phone: 860-231-5410 Enrollment: 2,405 Founded: 1932 Nickname: Blue Jays Colors: Blue & Gold

Saint Joseph’s College of Maine

Saint Joseph’s College is a Roman Catholic liberal arts college for men and women of all faiths and ages. The 474-acre campus, on the shore of Sebago Lake in Standish, Maine, is in view of Mount Washington and the Presidential Range of the White Mountains. In 1970, Saint Joseph’s became a co-educational institution. The College began offering distance education programs in 1976. Today, Saint Joseph’s College provides certificates as well as undergraduate and advanced degrees for working adults through an online learning program that operates in collaboration with the College’s Sebago Lake campus. Campus life at Saint Joseph’s is about connecting. It’s making friends in the residence hall and cheering at the basketball game. Or meeting your best friends in the café for lunch or heading to Portland for the Guster concert. It’s about you and your friends checking out the comedian in the Chalet or skiing at Shawnee Peak.

Website: www.gomonks.com Phone: 888-SJC-MONK Enrollment: 1,015 Founded: 1912 Nickname: Monks Colors: Royal Blue & White

It’s about sunset kayak trips on Sebago Lake or taking a polar plunge in the lake to raise money for the student Habitat for Humanity chapter. It’s about you and what you want to explore here. Every week, students volunteer at area food pantries or Catherine’s Cupboard. Over semester break in January, students can choose to help feed people at a homeless shelter in Portland or build a house in Guatemala. During Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week, students serve breakfast and lunch at local food pantries. Saint Joseph’s was spotlighted in May 2016 by Crimson College Consulting as “the perfect place for your college adventure.”

President Dr. James Dlugos

Athletics Direct Report Michael Pardales

Athletic Director Brian Curtin

FAR Dr. Kathleen Clements

SWA | SAAC Advisor Tiffany Miller-Gagnon

Simmons University

Located in the heart of Boston, Simmons University encompasses the many benefits of a small university in the nation’s best “college town.” For more than a century, Simmons has offered a pioneering liberal arts education for undergraduates integrated with professional work experience. Today, we also offer renowned coeducational graduate programs in nursing and health sciences, education, liberal arts, communications management, social work, and library and information science. Simmons University is a four-year, private, non-sectarian undergraduate women’s college with a comprehensive liberal arts and professional curriculum. Simmons maintains one of New England’s most successful undergraduate programs for adult women: the Dorothea Dix Scholars Program. Simmons University has four graduate professional schools offering programs for women and men in health studies, library and information

science, management, and social work, plus nine leading graduate programs in education and liberal arts. Simmons knows that much of what is important about college occurs outside the classroom. The Office of Student Leadership and Activities coordinates programs and services to enhance student development and encourages an active campus life for students by providing opportunities for co-curricular involvement. The staff accomplishes these goals through its work with student organizations, campus programs, leadership development, and New Student Orientation. The Office of Student Leadership and Activities supports student organizations and collaborates to organize programs throughout the year to enrich the college experience. Leadership training programs help to build essential leadership skills while building bonds between students. At Simmons, women athletes are the top - and only - priority in the varsity sports program. Unlike coeducational institutions where women’s teams often take a back seat to the men’s programs, Simmons gives its “Sharks” the best practice times, outstanding equipment and facilities, funding, and the undivided support of nearly 1,700 students who cheer on the athletes and encourage them to succeed in a spirited environment.

President Helen Drinan

Athletic Director | SWA SAAC Advisor Ali Kantor

Faculty Athletics Representative Lisa Brown

Website: athletics.simmons.edu Phone: 617-521-1040 Enrollment: 1,900 Founded: 1899 Nickname: Sharks Colors: Blue & Gold

Suffolk University

Suffolk University is a talent catalyst that recognizes and develops student potential. Leveraging our location in the heart of Boston, our faculty, staff, and alumni work together to provide a student-centered experience. This diverse community builds on its dedication and excellence in education and scholarship to empower graduates to be successful locally, regionally, and globally. Located right in the heart of downtown Boston, Suffolk University gives its students unparalleled access to the city and all it offers. Our college green is the Boston Common. We are steps from dozens of historic sites like the Old State House, Faneuil Hall, and the Massachusetts State House. We have no real boundaries to our campus—Boston and Suffolk blend together. That means our students have incredible access to a wealth of opportunities, whether it’s museums and restaurants or internships and co-ops. At the same time, we also take pride in being a personal, student-centered school, where faculty and administrators know students by name. We take the time to recognize each student’s promise, figure out what makes him or her tick, and build important mentoring relationships. As we have done since our founding, we strive for one thing at Suffolk: give students the tools they need in order to be successful, smart, and satisfied at whatever they choose to do.

Website: www.gosuffolkrams.com Phone: 617-573-8379 Enrollment: 8,046 Founded: 1906 Nickname: Rams Colors: Blue & Gold

Whether you’re a student-athlete, an alum, or just looking for the latest game times, you’ll find plenty of excitement in Suffolk athletics. We believe that athletic participation and competition are important aspects of the college experience. Lessons discovered through athletic participation contribute to success in a student’s college years as well as in their future professional and personal experiences. Getting involved at Suffolk University can mean a variety of things to students. For some getting involved means joining a student group, participating in a Performing Arts show, serving at a community organization, or helping students during Orientation. For others, getting involved means connecting to the campus by attending a campus program, participating in leadership training, participating in an intramural sport, or just hanging out in the Activities Center. With many offices and students committed to providing a great experience for individuals looking to get involved, there is something for everyone.

President Marisa Kelly

Athletics Direct Report Dean Ann Coyne

Director of Athletics Cary McConnell

Faculty Athletics Representative Gary Fireman

Senior Woman Administrator Jaclyn Davis

SAAC Advisor Taylor Wasylk


Today’s heartbreaks turn into tomorrow’s strengths

Men’s Cross Country

Norwich Champions


Trenton Shimata Norwich Rookie of the Year

Nick Cooper Norwich Coach of the Year

1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

Johnson & Wales Johnson & Wales Johnson & Wales Endicott Norwich Norwich Norwich Western New England Western New England Western New England Norwich Norwich Norwich Johnson & Wales Johnson & Wales Johnson & Wales Johnson & Wales Norwich Emmanuel Johnson & Wales Norwich Norwich Norwich

Brody Hale Norwich Runner of the Year

Women’s Cross Country

Norwich Champions

CHAMPIONS 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

Haddie Lary Norwich Runner of the Year

Johnson & Wales Rivier Emerson Emerson Western New England Southern Vermont Johnson & Wales Johnson & Wales Emerson Western New England Western New England Saint Joseph’s (ME) Saint Joseph’s (ME) Emerson Johnson & Wales Johnson & Wales Johnson & Wales Emmanuel Norwich Emmanuel Norwich Norwich

Stephanie Forester Emmanuel Rookie of the Year

Eric Ashe Simmons Coach of the Year

Field Hockey

Saint Joseph’s (ME) Champions

CHAMPIONS 2014 2015 2016 2017

Simmons Simmons Saint Joseph’s (ME) Saint Joseph’s (ME)

Lucy McNamara Simmons Rookie of the Year

Denise Landry Lasell Goalkeeper of the Year

Libby Pomerleau Saint Joseph’s (ME) Offensive Player of the Year

Hayley Winslow Saint Joseph’s (ME) Defensive Player of the Year

Caitlin Connolly Lasell Coach of the Year

Men’s Golf

Johnson & Wales Champions

CHAMPIONS 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

Christian Maselli Johnson & Wales Medalist/Golfer of the Year

Johnson & Wales Johnson & Wales Johnson & Wales UMass-Dartmouth Rhode Island College Rhode Island College Rhode Island College Rhode Island College Rhode Island College Saint Joseph’s (ME) Johnson & Wales

Lou Parente Johnson & Wales Coach of the Year

Ryan Malloy Johnson & Wales Rookie of the Year

Men’s Soccer

Saint Joseph’s (ME) Champions


Salah Oumorou Albertus Magnus Rookie of the Year

Brett Mattos Saint Joseph’s (ME) Offensive Player of the Year

1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

Johnson & Wales Albertus Magnus Rivier Endicott Norwich Norwich Norwich Johnson & Wales Johnson & Wales Western New England Johnson & Wales Western New England Johnson & Wales Norwich Saint Joseph’s (ME) Suffolk Saint Joseph’s (ME) Albertus Magnus Johnson & Wales Johnson & Wales Johnson & Wales Saint Joseph’s (ME) Saint Joseph’s (ME)

Blake Mullen Saint Joseph’s (ME) Goalkeeper of the Year

Adrian Dubois Saint Joseph’s (ME) Coach of the Year

Dalton Gaumer Saint Joseph’s (ME) Defensive Player of the Year

Women’s Soccer

Lasell Champions


Carly Zdanek Lasell Offensive Player of the Year

Sarah LaClair Lasell Goalkeeper of the Year

1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

Johnson & Wales Simmons Endicott Simmons Western New England Johnson & Wales Western New England Western New England Emmanuel Simmons Johnson & Wales Western New England Emmanuel Norwich Simmons Lasell Lasell Lasell Lasell Lasell Lasell Lasell Lasell

Dan Campagna Emmanuel Coach of the Year

Olivia Cairrao Johnson & Wales Rookie of the Year

Kali Trunca Johnson & Wales Defensive Player of the Year

Men’s Volleyball

Rivier Champions

CHAMPIONS 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018

Rivier Rivier Rivier Rivier Rivier Rivier Rivier Lasell Wentworth Wentworth Rivier

Ollie Oshman Wentworth Defensive Player of the Year

Craig Kolek Rivier Coach of the Year

Collin Ritter Wentworth Offensive Player of the Year

Peter Klembczyk Wentworth Rookie of the Year

Women’s Volleyball

Johnson & Wales Champions


Hannah Dolan Johnson & Wales Rookie of the Year

Morgan Weeg Simmons Player of the Year

1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

Coast Guard Saint Joseph (CT) Saint Joseph (CT) Saint Joseph (CT) Johnson & Wales Johnson & Wales Johnson & Wales Johnson & Wales Rivier Emmanuel Emmanuel Emmanuel Rivier Rivier Emerson Johnson & Wales Rivier Emerson Rivier Rivier Johnson & Wales Johnson & Wales Johnson & Wales

Nancy Somera Johnson & Wales Coach of the Year

Elyssa Nicolas Johnson & Wales Libero of the Year

Men’s Basketball

Johnson & Wales Champions


Jaqhawn Walters Albertus Magnus Player of the Year

Mike Rapoza Anna Maria Defensive Player of the Year

1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018

Albertus Magnus Emerson Emerson Endicott Western New England Western New England Suffolk Southern Vermont Johnson & Wales Norwich Norwich Lasell Saint Joseph’s (ME) Albertus Magnus Johnson & Wales Albertus Magnus Albertus Magnus Albertus Magnus Albertus Magnus Johnson & Wales Albertus Magnus Johnson & Wales

Mitch Oliver Albertus Magnus Coach of the Year

Brendan Mulson Suffolk Rookie of the Year

Women’s Basketball

Saint Joseph’s (ME) Champions


Mike McDevitt Saint Joseph’s (ME) Coach of the Year

Jenni-Rose DiCecco Suffolk Rookie of the Year

1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018

Emmanuel Emmanuel Saint Joseph (CT) Emmanuel Norwich Emmanuel Emmanuel Emmanuel Emmanuel Emmanuel Norwich Emmanuel Emmanuel Emmanuel Emmanuel Emmanuel Emmanuel Emmanuel Saint Joseph’s (ME) Johnson & Wales Saint Joseph’s (ME) Saint Joseph’s (ME) Saint Joseph’s (ME)

Olivia Bolden Albertus Magnus Player of the Year

Julia Champagne Saint Joseph’s (ME) Defensive of the Year

Men’s Swimming & Diving

Norwich Champions



Joseph Clark Norwich Rookie of the Year

Nick Rainville Regis (Mass.) Athlete of the Year

James Sweeney Regis (Mass.) Coach of the Year

Women’s Swimming & Diving

Simmons Champions


Maria Soraghan Simmons Rookie of the Year

Mindy Williams Simmons Coach of the Year

1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

Norwich Norwich Simmons Simmons Western New England Simmons Simmons Simmons Simmons Simmons Simmons Simmons Simmons Simmons Simmons Simmons Simmons Simmons Simmons

Aine Scholand Simmons Athlete of the Year

PDS Program Schedule 2018 GNAC Professional Development Seminar Regis (Mass.) - Weston, Mass. Thursday, August 9, 2018

9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

Check-in and continental breakfast

10:00 a.m.-10:10 a.m.

Welcome from Regis College President Antoinette M. Hays, Ph.D., RN

10:10 a.m.-10:25 a.m.

GNAC Athletic Trainer, Sports Information Director, and Executive of the Year Presentation GNAC Woman of the Year Presentation GNAC Commissioner’s Cups GNAC Institutional Sportsmanship Awards Recognizing outgoing Presidents’ Council Chair Sister Paula Buley, IHM

10:25 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

GNAC SAAC Executive Committee

10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

GAMEDAYTHEDIIIWAY Michelle Morgan Senior Director of Athletics and Recreation John Carroll University (Cleveland, Ohio)

12:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.


12:15 p.m.

Presidents’ lunch hosted by President Hays

12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

Preseason Meetings for all GNAC Coaches, ATs and SIDs

2:15 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

GNAC Athletic Directors meeting

Gary Williams Director of Athletics and Recreation Wittenberg University (Springfield, Ohio)

Gameday The DIII Way Common Purpose We create a respectful and engaging educational environment through athletics, for everyone.


SAFETY • I understand the importance of ensuring a safe environment. • Know and follow all relevant safety procedures. • Be aware of surroundings and potential hazards. • I take actions to always ensure safety. • Identify, correct, and report safety concerns. • Address situations that may cause potential harm to anyone at the event.


RESPONSIVENESS • I initiate interaction in a welcoming, informative, and timely manner and respond to game management needs. • Plan in advance to ensure the event staff and facility are prepared. • Be knowledgeable of Gameday resources and logistics. • I will be prepared to facilitate a positive and enjoyable experience. • Anticipate issues and have a strategy to address them. • Execute my roles and responsibilities for game management.




I am respectful to everyone. • Keep conversations positive and appropriate. • Be present and actively listen. I engage in thoughtful interactions. • Address all situations in confidence. • Take action to eliminate inappropriate fan behavior


I will ensure the game environment is hospitable to all. • Deliver a clean and presentable appearance. • Proactively address fan behavior to create a respectful atmosphere. I will act as an ambassador of my institution and Division III. •Verbal and visual communication is practice, well-organized, and accurate. •Ensure positive interactions.


Suffolk Champions


Brady Chant Suffolk Player of the Year

Nick Genatossio Anna Maria Rookie of the Year

1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018

Daniel Webster Endicott Johnson & Wales Albertus Magnus Suffolk Western New England Suffolk Albertus Magnus Western New England Suffolk Western New England Western New England Saint Joseph’s (ME) Suffolk Saint Joseph’s (ME) Saint Joseph’s (ME) Saint Joseph’s (ME) Saint Joseph’s (ME) Saint Joseph’s (ME) Suffolk Suffolk Suffolk Suffolk

Anthony Del Prete Suffolk Coach of the Year

Josh Partridge Saint Joseph’s (ME) Pitcher of the Year


Johnson & Wales Champions


Delaney Sylvester Suffolk Player of the Year

Jennifer Corona Johnson & Wales Pitcher of the Year

1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018

Albertus Magnus Endicott Endicott Saint Joseph (CT) Pine Manor Western New England Western New England Western New England Western New England Western New England Emerson Rivier Emerson Rivier Saint Joseph’s (ME) Saint Joseph’s (ME) Saint Joseph’s (ME) Saint Joseph’s (ME) Johnson & Wales Johnson & Wales Johnson & Wales Johnson & Wales

Payton Sylvester Suffolk Rookie of the Year

Kim Camara-Harvey Johnson & Wales Coach of the Year

Men’s Lacrosse

Johnson & Wales Champions

CHAMPIONS 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018

Mount Ida Mount Ida Norwich Emmanuel Emmanuel Emmanuel Lasell Johnson & Wales

Mike Alibrandi Mount Ida Rookie of the Year

Nate Mayo Anna Maria Coach of the Year

Zach Adler Norwich Defensive Player of the Year

Paul Schwarz Anna Maria Goalkeeper of the Year

Josh Jenkins Norwich Offensive Player of the Year

Women’s Lacrosse

Johnson & Wales Champions

CHAMPIONS 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018

Maresa Malcolm Regis (Mass.) Goalkeeper of the Year

Vanessa Pino Lasell Attacker of the Year

Dani Lydecker Johnson & Wales Rookie of the Year

Norwich Emerson Norwich Norwich Norwich Lasell Emmanuel Saint Joseph’s (ME) Lasell Johnson & Wales Johnson & Wales

Jessica Scannapieco Johnson & Wales Coach of the Year

Alyssa Kelly Mount Ida Midfielder of the Year

Taylor Falco Lasell Defender of the Year

Men’s Tennis

Ramapo Champions

CHAMPIONS 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018

Willen Feygin Ramapo Player of the Year

Johnson & Wales Johnson & Wales Johnson & Wales Johnson & Wales Western New England Western New England Emerson Emerson Emerson Western New England Johnson & Wales Suffolk Suffolk Suffolk Suffolk Ramapo Ramapo Ramapo Ramapo Ramapo Ramapo

Ariel Ilarslan Russo Suffolk Rookie of the Year

Raza Baig Ramapo Coach of the Year

Women’s Tennis

Johnson & Wales Champions

CHAMPIONS 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

Nina Cohen Johnson & Wales Player of the Year

Emmanuel Emmanuel Suffolk Saint Joseph (CT) Johnson & Wales Johnson & Wales Johnson & Wales Western New England Simmons Simmons Simmons Suffolk Simmons Simmons Simmons Simmons Simmons Simmons Simmons Simmons Johnson & Wales Johnson & Wales

Karen Piazza Saint Joseph (Conn.) Coach of the Year

Carly Donovan Regis (Mass.) Rookie of the Year

Men’s Track & Field

Regis (Mass.) Champions


Regis (Mass.)

Francisco Tavares Emmanuel College Track Athlete of the Year

Daniel LaFlamme Regis (Mass.) Field Athlete of the Year

John Cavanaugh Emmanuel College Track Rookie of the Year

Kourtney Bonsey Regis (Mass.) Coach of the Year

Noah Hutchinson Saint Joseph’s (ME) Field Rookie of the Year

Women’s Track & Field

Regis (Mass.) Champions


Regis (Mass.)

Abby Flaherty Regis (Mass.) Track Rookie of the Year

Fatima St. Hilaire Regis (Mass.) Track Athlete of the Year Field Athlete of the Year

Kourtney Bonsey Regis (Mass.) Coach of the Year

Emma Belyea Saint Joseph’s (ME) Field Rookie of the Year


“A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.� -Greek Proverb

Albertus Magnus College S.A.A.C. Participates in “Fresh Check Day” October 4, 2017 New Haven, Conn.


lbertus Magnus College student-athletes registered over 1,000 hours of community service from the beginning of the fall semester until the second Friday in December. The Falcons completed 180 percent of the department’s original goal. For the third straight year, Falcon student-athletes and coaches surpassed the athletic department goal. “As has become a tradition, the studentathletes of Albertus Magnus worked hard to hit their goal,” Abromaitis said. “More importantly, they experienced the value of giving back to the community, which is something to go along nicely with their degrees from Albertus Magnus College.” Some of the Falcon teams that went above and beyond with their community service this year and completed more than 100 hours were women’s volleyball, women’s lacrosse and softball. The women’s lacrosse team was tops in the department, completing 411% of their preseason goal. The women’s lacrosse team took part in six different events throughout the fall of 2017. Fifteen members of the team participated in an Alzheimers Walk in September as well as held youth lacrosse clinics in Wallingford and assisted the staff at Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen with cleaning and stocking inventory. The women’s volleyball team volunteered their time at a Church Family Day event and took part in three walks, including an

Alzheimers Walk, a Suicide Awareness Walk and a Walk to End the Silence. Softball player’s volunteered one of their Saturday’s in the fall at a Special Olympics event and also took part in an Alzheimers Walk. Members of the baseball team took part in baseball skills clinic and participated in a Suicide Awareness Walk and Breast Cancer Walk. Albertus men’s lacrosse student-athletes participated in a five lacrosse clinic during the first semester in Wallingford. Both the men’s and women’s soccer teams assisted with Albertus Magnus move-in day for incoming and returning students as well as assisted with the Special Olympics. Players from both men’s and women’s `tennis teams spent their free time one evening assisting the Special Olympics Bowl-a- thon at the AMF Lanes in East Haven. The men’s basketball team volunteered their afternoons in the month of December to read to students at Lincoln-Bassett in New Haven while the women’s basketball participated in an Alzheimer Walk and a Church Festival. The men’s golf team hosted a First Tee event as the student-athletes taught youngsters about the game of golf.

This year, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (S.A.A.C.) was also active on campus as the student- athletes participated in the school’s first “Fresh Check Day”. S.A.A.C put together a relay event using the new Shea Softball Complex to show students how exercise can help relieve stress, boosts overall mood and self-confidence and help lower the risk of some diseases. During St. Albert Week, S.A.A.C. teamed up with the Dominican Mission & Ministry to help collect non- perishable food items for the Centro San Jose Family Center in New Haven, Conn. The athletic teams collected over 200 food items such as canned meat and soups, stuffing, gravy, canned fruit and vegetables, etc. and delivered the items to the center. Albertus student-athletes once again had a strong showing for the annual campus clean up as part of the day of Service. Members of the women’s soccer, women’s lacrosse, men’s lacrosse and softball teams assisted with members of the Albertus community to pick up trash and help clean up the campus as a way to celebrate Dr. Marc Camille’s inauguration.

Anna Maria College AMC Baseball Serves up Breakfast December 6, 2017 Worcester, Mass.


ednesday morning was dreary in Central Mass but head baseball coach, Dan Briand, and members of the Anna Maria baseball team made the day a little brighter for folks in Worcester as they helped serve breakfast at the St. John’s Church Soup Kitchen. The soup kitchen, which is located on Temple Street. In Worcester, serves as many as 500 breakfasts and lunches each day of the week. On the menu are fresh-cut fruits and vegetables; eggs daily, with bacon on Wednesdays; and depending on the day, prime rib, chicken, turkey, hot dogs, granola bars, pastries, birthday cake and more. Everything is free. For many who eat here, the meal is the only one they’ll have all day. The baseball team was happy to step up and help people in need during the holiday season. The team helped the staff unload trucks of food and supplies, mostly provided by multiple Stop and Shop supermarkets around Worcester, and served breakfast all morning.

“We want to extend a big thank you to Bill Riley for having us down to St. John’s to help out.” Coach Briand said, “Bill does so much for so many people. It was a great experience for our guys and it was an opportunity to take a step back from their daily routine and help them realize how lucky they are to be not only college athletes but even college students.

I am very proud of the players for being so willing to help out in the community. It speaks volumes for the type of people they are and the type of program we want to be.” While the AMCATS are already recording wins off the field during the off season, their first on-field opportunity at a victory will not come until March 3rd when they will travel to Florida for the team’s annual Spring Training trip.

Colby-Sawyer College Colby-Sawyer Signs Addyson Stadler October 25, 2017 New London, N.H.


he Colby-Sawyer women’s soccer team has signed 13-year-old Addyson Stadler as the newest member of the Chargers family. The team held a Team IMPACT “Draft Day” Ceremony on Wednesday evening with the soccer team, friends and family in attendance. Boston-headquartered national nonprofit Team IMPACT, whose mission is to improve the quality of life for children facing serious and chronic illnesses through the power of team, along with Colby-Sawyer Women’s Soccer, held a special Draft Day celebration for 13-yearold Addyson Stadler of New London, N.H. on Wednesday, October 25 at the Hogan Sports Center. Addyson was diagnosed in 2013 with Type 1 Diabetes. Through Team IMPACT’s program at Division III Colby-Sawyer College, the top recruit became an official member of the Women’s Soccer team. As a team member, Addyson attends Chargers’ practices, games, team dinners, events, and more. Team IMPACT is a national nonprofit headquartered in Boston, Mass. that connects

children facing serious or chronic illnesses with college athletic teams, forming lifelong bonds and life-changing outcomes. Since 2011, Team IMPACT has matched more than 1,200 children with more than 450 colleges and universities in 46 states, reaching over 35,000 participating student-athletes. The child joins the athletic team and the student-athletes join the child’s support team. Throughout the journey, the child gains strength, camaraderie and support

while the student-athletes experience lessons of courage, resiliency and perspective they can’t learn in a classroom. Team IMPACT has more than 1,000 teams waiting to be matched with children, ages 5-16, who have been diagnosed with a serious or chronic illness and who could benefit from becoming a member of the team. If you know a child who may be interested, visit www. goteamimpact.org for more information.

Emmanuel College Emmanuel Softball Volunteers at Local Family Shelter January 30, 2018 Boston, Mass.


n Saturday, January 27, the Emmanuel College Softball team spent the day volunteering at the St. Ambrose Family Shelter in Dorchester, Mass. The community service initiative is part of the Emmanuel Athletic Department’s commitment to serving the local community that each varsity program participated in during the 2017-18 academic year. At St. Ambrose, the Softball team split into three groups volunteering around the campus throughout the day. One group was responsible for cleaning and organizing the classrooms, another was in the kitchen and a third around the grounds doing maintenance and yard work. “Emmanuel’s commitment to the local community has been an important part of my experience as a student-athlete,” said junior catcher Casey Sheehan (Medway, Mass.).

“I was inspired by our local volunteering efforts to travel internationally last summer with Beyond Sports to South Africa where we volunteered hosting clinics for local children to learn the game of softball.”

The goal of St. Ambrose Family Shelter is to provide shelter, support and hope for homeless families in transition. The shelter offers a variety of services to prepare families for successful and independent living.

Johnson & Wales University

Men’s Basketball Drafts 9-year-old Braedon Walker From Team Impact February 5, 2018 Providence, R.I.


ne of the intangibles Johnson & Wales University men’s basketball head coach Jamie Benton looks for in potential student-athletes is toughness and determination. Braedon Walker certainly fits that profile.

On Saturday, Walker became of the newest member of the men’s basketball team when he was drafted by the Wildcats as they partnered with Team Impact. As a team member, Braedon will attend Wildcats’ practices, games, team dinners, events, and more. “On behalf of the JWU Men’s Basketball, it brings me great pleasure to welcome Braedon to our team,” Benton said. “Braedon’s story is truly inspiring. His perseverance during this trying time is a lesson that we could all learn from and it’s an honor to officially make him apart of our Wildcat Family. We hope with the support of his Wildcat teammates, no obstacle will be too big to overcome.” Walker, a native of Central Falls, R.I., was diagnosed in 2016 with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

Team IMPACT is a national nonprofit headquartered in Boston, Mass. that connects children facing serious or chronic illnesses with college athletic teams, forming lifelong bonds and life-changing outcomes. Since 2011, Team IMPACT has matched more than 1,400 children with more than 500 colleges and universities in 47 states, reaching over 35,000 participating student-athletes. The child joins the athletic team and the student-athletes join the child’s support team. Throughout the journey, the child gains strength, camaraderie and support while the student-athletes experience lessons of courage, resiliency and perspective they can’t learn in a classroom.

Lasell College Lasell Hosts White Ribbon Campaign May 1, 2018 Newton, Mass.


ike many higher educational institutions, Lasell College works to educate its community about the prevalence and damaging impacts of sexual and domestic violence on campus. Every year, as part of ongoing prevention and action efforts, the Lasell community hosts the White Ribbon Campaign, a global movement started in Canada in 1991 that asks men to take a pledge to end sexual and domestic violence. This year, the campaign was a huge success, in large part thanks to the active and meaningful training the college facilitates with athletes around Title IX issues. All Lasell men’s and women’s athletic teams receive in-depth training around sexual and domestic violence, as well as how they can play a role in recognizing, preventing, and reporting it. As a result of this training, Lasell’s teams were eager to get involved. Joining together with a Sexual Violence Advocacy class, more than 100 student volunteers from men’s basketball, lacrosse, baseball, and volleyball teams — and numerous other Lasell students and student-athletes — stepped up to help with the White Ribbon Campaign.

Through these students’ efforts, more than 700 Lasell community members signed the White Ribbon banner, took the pledge, participated in our Denim Day (sexual misconduct awareness) project, and learned about our campus-wide work to end sexual and domestic violence through education and intervention. Lasell also hosted two White Ribbon games for men’s volleyball and men’s lacrosse during which all attendees — players, referees, and spectators — joined together to publicly take the pledge to stand up against sexual and domestic violence. The Lasell players and their

opponent’s wrote and posted thoughtful public statements attesting to why they are standing up against these issues. Athletes often emerge as leaders for their respective institutions and can set the tone for how important social issues are perceived by the larger student community. At Lasell, our athletes are integral components to the college’s efforts to shift the climate around sexual and domestic violence to ensure that everyone can safely learn, live, and thrive on campus.

Norwich University Norwich Student-Athletes Take Part in ‘Read Across America’ February, 19 2018 Northfield, Vt.


n Thursday, February 15, members of the Norwich University football and baseball teams visited Williamstown Elementary School to participate in the annual Read Across America event. Norwich has partnered with local elementary schools for the last 10 years to provide student-athletes to support the community service event. Norwich assistant football coach and associate baseball coach John Rhoades helps coordinate the event every year. “The Read Across America event is something our student-athletes look forward to participating in ever year,” Rhoades said. “This is one of the highlights of their year getting the chance to give back to the community and see the smiles on the young kids faces when they arrive.” The National Education Association’s Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss.

Regis (Mass.) Jarod Woo Joins Pride Men’s Basketball Through Team IMPACT September 23, 2017 Weston, Mass.


he Regis (Mass.) men’s basketball program announced last week the addition of Jarod Woo to to the program through Team IMPACT in a special ceremony at Higgins Court. Woo, 16, is currently enrolled at Natick High School. “We are extremely fortunate to be signing Jarod Woo into our Regis basketball program today,” said Regis head coach Nate Hager. “He is a high character young man who loves hoops, video games and hanging out with friends, just like each and every one of our guys. Though Jarod is battling daily adversities he has a wonderful outlook on life and is a true role model for our program. We couldn’t be happier to welcome Jarod and his family to the Pride!” The day started with Jarod Woo along with his mother, Linda and father, Virgil arriving on campus. Promptly members of the team and Jarod hit the court for a shootaround and played a game of knock out where Jarod emerged as the winner. Afterward, everybody gathered in the team room for Jarod’s signing

day press conference. Coach Hager introduced Jarod and his parents and welcomed him to the Pride. Finally Jarod signed the Congratulatory form and was an official member of the Pride. Jarod helped coach the Gold team during the Crimson and Gold Scrimmage and had a great time with the team. This event was facilitated by Boston-based nonprofit organization, Team IMPACT, whose mission is to improve the quality of life for

children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses through the power of team. Team IMPACT children are drafted on to local college athletic teams and, in effect, become official members of the team from Signing Day through to graduation, attending practices, games and social events while forming unparalleled relationships with the studentathletes and coaching staffs.

Rivier University Team IMPACT’s Damien Rodrigues Joins Rivier Men’s Basketball Program January 18, 2018 Nashua, N.H.


t was a surreal day in the life of Damien Rodrigues as he was introduced to the Rivier University community. In front of a packed room inside the Dion Center, the young seven year-old was on stage along with Head Men’s Basketball Coach Lance Bisson and sophomore Joshua L’Heureux (Dracut, Mass.) as the team welcomed Damien with his own press conference. “The Raider Way is to always fight no matter what is stacked against you.” Coach Bisson said during the press conference. “Every Rivier Raider knows that giving is not an option and whatever battle we face today will make us stronger forever.” Damien Rodrigues joins the Raiders after first being introduced to the program from Team IMPACT, a national non-profit organization that connects children facing serious and chronic illnesses to local college/university athletic teams, forming lifelong bonds and life-changing outcomes. He is a Nashua, N.H. native, who has been diagnosed with Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis, or better known as FSGS. FSGS is a rare disease that attacks the kidney’s filtering units. Damien’s treatments have included biopsies, infusions and monthly labs.

Just last week he went through an infusion and handled it like a champ! “Damien embodies the spirit of what it means to be a Rivier Raider.” Coach Bisson discussed following the event. “I truly believe that the lives of everyone involved will be positively affected by this relationship and I would like to thank Team IMPACT on making this possible for us.” This is the third time that Team IMPACT has paired local children with one of the Raider Athletic Teams. The Men’s Basketball team

welcomed Jack Christenson prior to the 2012-13 season and Connor Flanagan was a part of the Baseball team in the 2014 season. For more information on Team IMPACT, please visit www.teamimpact.org. The Rivier Men’s Basketball team will continue their season tonight with a home-game tonight against Regis College. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. inside the Muldoon Gymnasium. Please visit www. rivierathletics.com for up-to-date information on all the Athletic Programs at Rivier University.

University of Saint Joseph (Conn.) USJ Opens Full-Time Undergraduate Programs to Men; Introduces Men’s Athletics Programs June 15, 2017 West Hartford, Conn.


ollowing months of research and analysis, the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) Board of Trustees unanimously agreed in June of 2017 that the University’s admission process for fulltime undergraduate programs will open to all students in the fall of 2018. “This is a very exciting day for everyone associated with the University of Saint Joseph,” said Rhona Free, Ph.D., President of USJ. “With today’s decision, we reaffirm our commitment of educational excellence to our undergraduate women students, reinforce our culture of openness, diversity and inclusion established by our Sisters of Mercy founders, and continue our mission of responding to the needs and interests of today’s students.” “The Board’s unanimous decision to open undergraduate enrollment to men followed a thoughtful and inclusive process based on a lengthy accumulation of data, followed by a detail-oriented process of overview and discussion,” said E. Clayton “Skip” Gengras Jr., Chair of the University of Saint Joseph Board of

Trustees. “I am very thankful for all the input from students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the University that led to this significant development in USJ’s history.” USJ began its comprehensive research and review of becoming a coeducational institution in November 2016. The University established 12 task force groups with each commissioned to research and document findings in their respective areas, such as: mission integration, academic programs and consortia, athletics, student life, and academic and administrative support. “The data we received and analyzed during the last eight months was conclusive: by opening the admission process to all academically qualified students we would have significant opportunities to expand our undergraduate programs and increase the diversity of academic thought in the classrooms, while also providing a catalyst for a more active campus life,” said President Free. “Studies show that less than one percent of full-time female college students today attend a women’s college and only two percent of female high school seniors say they would consider attending a women’s college. Admitting men will open our doors to 98 percent more women who would otherwise not even consider our high quality, distinctive educational experience here at USJ. “Also, my meetings with faculty, staff, students, and alumni, showed a clear consensus that current students’ interests have changed in regards to the kind of college experience they want to have. Today’s women want an active, engaging

college environment that mirrors the real world. By admitting men, the educational experience for USJ’s women undergraduates will be more aligned to their expectations of a four-year university experience,” said President Free. “The determination of the Founding Sisters to provide higher education for women will continue with this decision to become fully coeducational,” said Patricia J. Rooney, RSM, secretary of the University of Saint Joseph Board of Trustees. “As a University, we will continue all efforts on and off campus to ensure that the Catholic tradition and original mission remain central to the identity of USJ.” Also, as a fully coeducational institution, USJ presented the expansion of its athletics programs for the upcoming 2018-19 academic year. In addition to introducing coeducational cross country and swimming and diving teams, the University will also offer men’s soccer and men’s basketball teams come fall 2018. Spearheading the men’s basketball recruitment, Hall of Fame Coach Jim Calhoun currently serves as the Men’s Basketball Consultant for the emerging team, working alongside the Associate Director of Men’s Basketball, Glen Miller.

Saint Joseph’s College of Maine Monks Men’s Lacrosse Signs Team IMPACT’s Joshua Peterson February 2, 2017 Standish, Maine


irst-year Head Coach Bill Cosentino has been heavily recruiting some of the best talent since being named as the Monks’ men’s lacrosse skipper late last summer, but on Thursday he landed the most impactful young man on his list: 13-year old Joshua Peterson of Ossipee, New Hampshire. As announced in a press conference held in the SJC Hall of Fame Room on Thursday evening, Joshua is the first child to be matched with a Monks team through Team IMPACT, an organization that seeks to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses through the power of team. Through Team IMPACT, young boys and girls become official members of collegiate athletics teams, starting on draft day and continuing all the way through to graduation. The child joins the athletic team and the student-athletes join the child’s support team. The child gains great strength, camaraderie, and support and the student-athletes are taught lessons about courage, resiliency, and life perspective that they can’t learn in a classroom. When asked about bringing Joshua into the program, Coach Cosentino stated “We are so excited to welcome Joshua to our team. We believe he can help teach the men on our team valuable lessons about perseverance and

character. In turn, I know our team will teach Joshua the importance of camaraderie, hard work, and discipline, while also having a good time.” Adopted by Jennifer and Bob Peterson when he was eight, Joshua was born with only half a heart and received a heart transplant when he was 10 years old. Joshua suffered a stroke after his transplant and is still doing PT, OT, and speech therapy.

In spite of all the hardships he has faced – and continues to face – with his health, friends and family members know Joshua to be incredibly bright, sweet, and sensitive. He has 10 siblings and his favorite activities include riding his bike, origami, coloring, Legos, puzzles, and his therapeutic horse riding classes. He loves listening to Charlie Puth, the color blue, eating noodles and fried dumplings, and his favorite movies are Fast and Furious and Ironman.

Simmons University Simmons Softball Drafts 9-Year Old Kailyn as Official Team Member Through Team IMPACT February 24, 2018 Boston, Mass.


he Simmons College softball team drafted nine-year-old Kailyn Hewitt from Brockton, Mass. as an official member of its team in a partnership with Team IMPACT this afternoon at the Holmes Sports Center on the college’s residential campus. Hewitt signed a letter of intent to join the Sharks and will attend Simmons’ practices, games, team dinners, events and more. She was joined by Head Coach Brook Capello, team advocate Molly Hennessy, her mother and father, as well as her younger brother. Hewitt and her family celebrated her signing with a pizza party and a movie with the Sharks in their team locker room. “We couldn’t be more proud to welcome Kailyn as the newest member of the Simmons Softball team,” said Capello. “It was a special day and we are excited for what she will bring to the team.” Hewitt was presented with a number of gifts, including a glove, cap, water bottle, signed

ball from the team and her own official team jersey and will wear number 88. She will also be featured on the Simmons Athletics official website on the team’s roster page with her own bio page and will also have her own locker in the Sharks’ locker room. The Brockton resident was diagnosed with anaplastic ependymoma, a rapidly growing type of brain cancer rarely found in children on August 23, 2013. She has been a symbol of courage over the last four and a half years and is an inspiration to her new teammates. Team IMPACT is a national nonprofit headquartered in Boston, Mass. that connects

children facing serious or chronic illnesses with college athletic teams, forming lifelong bonds and life-changing outcomes. Since 2011, Team IMPACT has matched more than 1,400 children with more than 500 colleges and universities in 47 states, reaching over 35,000 participating student-athletes. The child joins the athletic team and the student-athletes join the child’s support team. Throughout the journey, the child gains strength, camaraderie and support while the student-athletes experience lessons of courage, resiliency and perspective they can’t learn in a classroom.

Suffolk University Ram Nation Answers Sampson’s Call – Donates Suffolk Athletics Gear to Harvey Relief August 31, 2017 Boston, Mass.


uffolk Athletics is proud to be taking part in the relief campaign launched by Houston men’s basketball coach Kelvin Sampson in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. At the beginning of the week, Sampson took to social media asking all coaches at any level of athletics to send 20 t-shirts and 10 pairs of shoes to the Houston basketball program. Samspon’s request has more than 6,000 retweets and 8,000 likes on Twitter, and his timeline is filled with teams all across the country sending gear to the flood-stricken city. Headlined by the Rams’ men’s basketball coach, Jeff Juron, Suffolk Athletics teamed up and collected an assortment of athletic gear. Thursday afternoon, Suffolk Athletics official Twitter account, @GoSuffolkRams, let Sampson know that the apparel from Bean Town was on its way. “The outpouring of support for Houston from the college basketball community has been inspiring,” Juron said. “Many of our programs at Suffolk have donated and we’re thankful we can play a small role in the relief effort.” Suffolk Athletics Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) has already declared its first community service project to benefit Houston relief efforts.

During the 2017 - 2018 academic year, GNAC student-athletes performed 7,688 hours of community service.

Brian Honan 5K GNAC Representatives Volunteer At 14th Annual Brian J. Honan 5K Road Race September 26, 2017 Winthrop, Mass.


early 100 student-athletes, coaches, and administrators from the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) gathered this past Sunday, September 24th to volunteer their time at the 14th Annual Brian J. Honan 5K Run/Walk in Allston, Mass. Named in honor of the former Boston city councilor who passed away in 2002, the Brian J. Honan 5K is a commemorative road race honoring Honan’s unwavering dedication to his community. The GNAC has maintained a rich tradition of participating in community volunteer efforts year-round as part of its commitment to the values of sportsmanship, integrity, and community and is proud to return year after year to help give back. Carrying on the tradition, seven teams from across the conference joined together to assist with event registration, setting up water stations along the race route,

and handling the distribution of medals at the finish line of the 2017 Brian Honan 5K, among other responsibilities along Brighton Avenue to continue Honan’s commitment to serving others. A special thanks goes out to the student-athletes and coaches from Emmanuel men’s and women’s cross country, Lasell women’s volleyball, Mount Ida women’s basketball, Mount Ida men’s lacrosse, Simmons women’s basketball and Suffolk men’s ice hockey for their volunteer efforts. Honan, before passing away at the age of 39 due to complications following cancer surgery, devoted his life to public service as a teacher, prosecutor and city councilor. In his memory, the Brian J. Honan Charitable Fund was established to help support and foster programs that support education, recreation, housing and healthcare. For more information on the Brian J. Honan Charitable Fund, please visit: www.brianhonan.org.

In 2017, the GNAC conference office staff had a chance to spend time with Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, who has been a key supporter of the Brian Honan 5K since Day 1.


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Founded in 1995, the Great Northeast Athletic Conference originally consisted of eleven NCAA Division III institutions across New England. Six teams competed in men’s sports: Albertus Magnus College, Daniel Webster College, Emerson College, Endicott College, Johnson & Wales University, and Rivier University. The six were joined by Emmanuel College, Pine Manor College, University of Saint Joseph (CT), Simmons College, and Suffolk University and competed in an eleven-team women’s league. Norwich University, Western New England College, Southern Vermont College, and the men’s teams of Suffolk University were added in 1998. Lasell College, Mount Ida College, and Saint Joseph’s College of Maine begin conference play in 2007. Anna Maria College became a new member in the fall of 2011. With the addition of new full mem-


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bers Regis College (July 2017) and Colby-Sawyer College (July 2018), the GNAC will have more than 3,200 student athletes competing for 20 conference championships. Phil Rowe of Daniel Webster College was elected the conference’s first commissioner in 1995. He was succeeded by Jim Domoracki of Rivier in the fall of 1996. Dave Morris of Johnson & Wales was elected in June 1997. Donna Ruseckas of Daniel Webster took over for Morris in July 1999. Mike Theulen of Western New England served from August 2000 to August 2001. John Parente of Johnson & Wales served from August 2001 until Joe Walsh became commissioner in August of 2005. Michael Ghika was named the first-ever full-time Assistant Commissioner in 2014, and Annie Jenkins becomes the conference’s full-time third staffer with the 2018-19 academic year.

GNAC Committees Faculty Athletics Representatives Lou Pullano, FAR Chair Johnson & Wales University (RI)

Senior Woman Administrators Kristen DeCarli, SWA Chair Albertus Magnus College

Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Executive Council Sabrina Pohlig Albertus Magnus College

Milik Wallace Regis (Mass.)

Marshall Berninghausen Saint Joseph’s College of Maine

Molly Hennessey Simmons University

2017-2018 GNAC Awards School Honors

Men’s Commissioner’s Cup Johnson & Wales University (RI)

Women’s Commissioner’s Cup Johnson & Wales University (RI)

Men’s Institutional Sportsmanship Award Regis (Mass.)

Women’s Institutional Sportsmanship Award University of Saint Joseph (Conn.)

Individual Honors

GNAC Executive of the Year Jamie Marcoux Johnson & Wales

GNAC Woman of the Year Raquel Pederzani Johnson & Wales University (RI)

GNAC Athletic Trainer of the Year Katy Annunziata Mount Ida

GNAC SID of the Year Amy Barry Suffolk

Previous Interns

The Great Northeast Athletic Conference has a very successful internship program. Here is a peek at what our past interns are doing now.

Vaughn Calhoun Director of Business Programs, Becker

Catherine Carmignani Senior Director of Branding & Sport Administration, American Athletic Conference

Doug Chin Associate Commissioner, Commonwealth Coast Conference

Jessica Huntley Founding Commissioner, Atlantic East Conference

Annie Jenkins Assistant to the Commissioner, GNAC

Rebecca Mullen Former Assistant Commissioner, New England Collegiate Conference

Miles Roberts Sports Information Director, Wellesley

Rachel Wyman Athletics Development Associate, Georgetown

Divison III Diversity Funding Grants

In both 2017 and 2018, the GNAC received two separate $2,500 grants to hire a current GNAC student as a Marketing & Multimedia Content Specialist at the conference office.

2017 Grant Recipent Sarah Comtois Saint Joseph’s College of Maine

2018 Grant Recipent Kelsey Hagan Lasell College

NCAA Conference Self-Study Guide The CSSG is a reflective exercise that the NCAA requires each member conference to complete every five years. There is no requirement to file a written report with the NCAA; however, the NCAA does require that the conference submits a form indicating that we completed the exercise. The CSSG asks these type of questions: Does your conference have a mission statement? Does scheduling of contests take into consideration missed class time? Are men's and women's sports treated equitably? The NCAA stresses that there are no right or wrong answers, but their goal is to stimulate conversation where it is needed to improve the student-athlete experience and overall success.

CSSG Committee

Dan Campagna Emmanuel Asst. AD/Director of Athletic Communications/Sports Information & Compliance

Sarah Comtois Saint Joseph’s (ME) Women’s Soccer Student-Athlete

Troy Gonsalves Lasell Men’s Track & Field Student-Athlete

Annie Jenkins GNAC Assistant to the Commissioner

Marisa Kelly Suffolk President

Brendan McWilliams Emmanuel Director of Athletics and Recreation

Ashlynn Nuckols Norwich Women’s Volleyball Head Coach/SWA

Alan Segee Johnson & Wales Director of Sports Medicine

Laura Violette Regis (Mass.) Asst. AD/Compliance Coordinator/SWA

Joe Walsh GNAC Commissioner

6 Strategic Recommendations

1. Discuss establishing a Great Northeast Athletic Conference-wide policy on new graduate transfer rules (based on 2018-4 NCAA Convention legislation) http://www.ncaa.org/about/resources/media-center/news/2018-convention-legislation-division-iii 2. Discuss a Great Northeast Athletic Conference-wide policy to formally adopt “sportsmanship” standards through “Gameday the DIII Way” (expand upon current GNAC Manual Code of Conduct) 3. Formalize an official Great Northeast Athletic Conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Executive Council that meets multiple times a year 4. Establish working committees within each coaching group to discuss, review, and adopt specific game-management standards from “best practices” (ex: upgrade facilities, athletic training staff, etc. ) 5. Enhance GNAC Championship “visibility” (perhaps through creation of online or on-site commemorative fan apparel for purchase) 6. Increase GNAC representation on NCAA and other affiliated national committees

2019 GNAC Hall of Fame Induction Dinner Wednesday, August 7, 2019 6:00 p.m.

Hilton Garden Inn - East Boston, Mass. Inductees to be announced Early 2019

StudentAthlete Sucess

“The Division III experience offers participation in a competitive athletic environment that pushes student-athletes to excel on the field and build upon their potential by tackling new challenges across campus.� - NCAA Division III

GNAC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee In April 2018, the GNAC Presidents’ Council voted to create a GNAC conference-wide SAAC. This initiative came about in support of the recommendation from the CSSG committee and in concert with the strategic goals of emphasizing student-athlete experience and student-athlete success. The GNAC Assistant to the Commissioner will work as the liaison to the GNAC SAAC to coordinate two group meetings/events per academic year. The four-member GNAC SAAC Executive Council will represent the GNAC and their institutions at the annual NCAA Convention held in January each year. Each of the GNAC’s core member institutions will have three delegates on the conference-wide SAAC.

Ashley David Jr. | Women’s Volleyball Math Education

Sabrina Pohlig Jr. | Women’s Soccer/ Women’s Lacrosse Sport Management

Jemaa Yuori Gr. | Men’s Basketball International Business

Sabrina Carreira Sr. | Softball Sport Management

Danielle Huston Sr. | Field Hockey Business Administration

Victoria Falco Sr. | Women’s Volleyball Forensic Criminology/ Social Work

Ben Lewis Jr. | Baseball Sport Management

Bruin Smith Sr. | Men’s Cross Country Sport Management

Joslin Wainwright So. | Women’s Basketball Psychology

Carly Church Sr. | Women’s Volleyball Political Science

Sarah Hoisl Jr. | Softball Special Education, Elementary Education

Morgan Mercier So. | Men’s Soccer/ Men’s Lacrosse Business Management

Mikayla Arimura So. | Women’s Volleyball Sports, Event & Entertainment Management

Ben Farrell Sr. | Men’s Lacrosse Psychology

Caroline Mettler Jr. | Women’s Golf Culinary Arts

Mackenzie Foley Sr. | Field Hockey Athletic Training

Ben Lane Sr. | Men’s Track & Field Sport Management

Samantha Taylor Jr. | Field Hockey/ Women’s Lacrosse Graphic Design

Dylan Henderson Sr. | Men’s Swimming & Diving Health Science

Alex MacPherson So. | Women’s Soccer Criminal Justice

Brandon Milburn Jr. | Men’s Lacrosse Criminal Justice

Abbie Cooke Jr. | Women’s Track & Field Undecided

Kiana Koke Sr. | Field Hockey/ Women’s Lacrosse Nuclear Medicine

Milik Wallace Sr. | Men’s Basketball Exercise Science

Kayla Bednarz So. | Field Hockey Psychology

Dashaun Graham Sr. | Men’s Volleyball Business Marketing

Josh L’Heureux Jr. | Men’s Basketball Education

Abigail Horner So. | Women’s Soccer/ Women’s Lacrosse Nursing

Brenna Miller Sr. | Women’s Volleyball Biology

Megan Ricci Sr. | Women’s Soccer/ Softball Psychology/Spanish

Marshall Berninghausen Sr. | Men’s Track & Field Exercise Science

Lillian Bisset Jr. | Women’s Track & Field Criminal Justice

Keenan Welzel Jr. | Men’s Soccer Business & Sports Management

McKinley Croteau So. | Field Hockey Biochemistry

Molly Hennessey Jr. | Softball Nursing

Cassie Vietas Sr. | Women’s Swimming & Diving Exercise Science/Doctorate of Physical Therapy

Bridget Allison Sr. | Women’s Volleyball Marketing

Aine Dillon Jr. | Women’s Golf Applied Legal Studies

Dorothy Mensah Sr. | Women’s Volleyball Politics, Philosophy, & Economics

2017- 2018 Year In Review 20 Championships sponsored by the GNAC in 2017-2018

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 3,178 student-athletes participated in 3,647 games on 189 GNAC teams, led by 516 head and assistant coaches.

By The Numbers

1,000 Student-athletes named GNAC Academic All-Conference (3.25 GPA or higher)

3 GNAC Student-Athletes in attendance at the 2018 NCAA Convention

18 Team IMPACT matches across the GNAC

14 Google Cloud CoSIDA Academic All-District selections in the GNAC

976,000 Alumni across the GNAC’s Core and Associate Member Institutions

Corporate Partners

Our Strategic Partners

Management Council




The Management Council reports directly to the Presidents Council and handles the implementation of policies adopted by the Association’s Board of Governors and DIII Presidents Council. GNAC Commissioner Joe Walsh is currently serving on the Management Council until January 2021.

Longtime Suffolk University athletic trainer Jeff Stone was inducted into the National Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame in 2013.

CoSIDA was founded in 1957 and is a 3,000+ member national organization comprised of the sports public relations, media relations and communications/ information professionals throughout all levels of collegiate athletics.

The Minority Opportunities Athletic Association recognized the GNAC in 2014 with an Honorable Mention Award for our efforts on behalf of diversity and gender equity.


ECAC-SIDA takes pride in providing professional services utilizing all available resources and building relationships as its core principles. As part of the athletic communication/sports information service industry, the organization enhances and promotes the student-athlete experience while representing higher education institutions in a positive and strategic manner.


In January 2016, GNAC Commissioner Joe Walsh was elected the new president of the National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators.

The GNAC Staff

Mary Lou Retelle

GNAC Presidents’ Council Chair Anna Maria College

Joe Walsh

Michael Ghika

GNAC Commissioner

Cary McConnell

GNAC Athletic Directors’ Council Chair Suffolk University

GNAC Assistant Commissioner for Media Relations

Annie Jenkins

GNAC Assistant to the Commissioner

After student-athletes and coaches, none of what we do would be possible without the officials. The Great Northeast Athletic Conference is proud to partner with the following organizations:

Officiating Organizations Joseph Argo, New England Softball Umpires (NESU) Anne Marie Carr-Reardon, Professional Volleyball Assigning Services Barb Carreiro, New England Collegiate Field Hockey Umpires Association (NECFHUA) Roy Condon, United States Lacrosse Intercollegiate Association (USILA) Don Cortese, Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Rob Garon, Swimming & Diving Larry Last, New England Collegiate Officiating (NECO) Massachusetts Track and Field Officials Association (MTFOA) Dan Picard, GNAC Women’s Basketball Coordinator Steve Rossetti, New England Sports Services (NESS) Robin Volpone, New England Women’s College Lacrosse Umpires Association (NEWCLUA) Nick Zibelli, College Baseball Umpire Assigners (CBUAO)

The Great Northeast Athletic Conference expresses our deepest appreciation to the NCAA for their support of our student-athletes and our member institutions.

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