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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

Lessons Learned from a Lifetime of Coaching 1. Questionable, unsportsmanlike tactics employed

to influence the odds of winning are never worth the price paid in loss of self-respect.

2. Degrading remarks or actions aimed at spurring

p layers on to greater effort may bring temporary success but results in long-range failure.

3. Anger is a poor substitute for reason. 4. Your players tend to become what they believe you think they are.

5. Teenagers, by nature, are idealistic. 6. Attitudes such as jealousy and discontent among

p layers are often nurtured by well-meaning adults whose eyes are set only upon the glamorous aspects of winning.

7. Patience and love are the most powerful tools in coaching.

8. Today’s heartbreaks turn into tomorrow’s strengths.

9. Gracefully accept unfortunate events beyond your control.

10. Work hard to influence the outcome of important things within your control.

11. Never “second-guess” yourself on decisions made with integrity, intelligence and with a glance from the heart.

12. The most essential thing in coaching, and a

coach’s greatest challenge, is to teach players to never give up.

Never “second-guess� yourself on decisions made with integrity, intelligence and with a glance from the heart


Albertus Magnus College

Albertus Magnus College is a four-year, private, liberal arts, coeducational, degree-granting college offering undergraduate and graduate programs that was founded in 1925 by the Dominican Sisters of St. Mary of the Springs, who are now known as the Dominican Sisters of Peace. The 50 acre campus is located just minutes from the heart of downtown New Haven. Albertus Magnus has more than 50 undergraduate majors, minors and concentrations, with pre-professional preparation; ten graduate programs in accounting, art therapy, business administration, criminal justice, education, fine arts in creative writing, human services, leadership, management and organizational leadership, and liberal studies. 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. At Albertus the

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

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 14:1. On campus, the College offers nearly 25 student clubs and organizations as part of Student Government Association and Campus Activities Board.

Interim President Sister Anne Kilbride

Athletics Direct Report William Guerrero

Director of Athletics Jim Abromaitis

Faculty Athletics Representative Dr. Mark Barreuther

Senior Woman Administrator Kristen DeCarli

SAAC Advisor Steve Cunha

Anna Maria College

Anna Maria College is a private, co-educational institution founded in 1946 by the Sisters of Saint Anne. With an annual enrollment of 1,500 students, the College prides itself on providing a values-based, service-focused liberal arts education. AMC has grown to offer a variety of undergraduate majors, as well as many graduate and certificate programs, both on-ground and online. The small student-faculty ratio allows for a highly personalized learning experience, while the modest class and campus size allows for optimal student involvement. The College offers 13 Division III NCAA athletic programs for men and women. AMC’s campus is conveniently located just minutes away from Worcester, MA on 192 acres in Paxton.

President Mary Lou Retelle

Faculty Athletics Representative Mike Morgan

Students at Anna Maria College receive a professionally-focused, liberal arts education consistent with the College’s Catholic identity and values. AMC distinguishes itself through its careeroriented liberal arts education, accessible and responsive faculty, small class sizes, and a variety of co-curricular activities including Division III athletics. Popular majors include criminal justice, fire science, music therapy, nursing, social work and sport management. AMC offers an Honors Program, as well as numerous and 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. Aiming to educate the whole student, Anna Maria College offers 13 Division III NCAA athletic programs, more than 25 student-led clubs and organization and numerous organized community service opportunities.

Athletic Director Laura Habacker

SWA | SAAC Advisor Samantha Shomo

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

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. 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

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

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.

President Sister Janet Eisner

Athletics Direct Report Dr. Patricia Rissmeyer

Director of Athletics Alexis Mastronardi

Faculty Athletics Representative Dr. Todd Williams

Senior Woman Administrator Denitra Seals

SAAC Advisor Jamahl Jackson

Johnson & Wales University

Founded in 1914, Johnson & Wales University is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution with approximately 15,000 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.

President Mim Runey

Athletics Direct Report Ron Martel

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, résumé-building work experiences, community and leadership opportunities, and an uncommon depth of career services. 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.

Associate Dean & Executive Director of Athletics Mel Graf

Website: Phone: 401-598-1000 Enrollment: 9,454 (Providence) Founded: 1914 Nickname: Wildcats Colors: Blue & White Director of Athletics Jamie Marcoux

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 learning that fosters lifelong intellectual exploration and social responsibility. The values we hold that guide our daily decision making are the following: 1 2 3 4

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.

Student Focus Innovative Education Across the Lifespan Integrity, Honesty and Ethical Decision Making Social Responsibility, Mutual Respect and Kindness

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

President Michael B. Alexander

Athletics Direct Report Diane Austin

Faculty Athletics Representative Janice Savitz

SWA | SAAC Advisor Caitlin Connolly

Director of Athletics Kristy Walter

Mount Ida College

The beautiful 72-acre campus of Mount Ida College (, located close to Boston, one of the world’s most dynamic cities, feels every bit like a rural New England college. Mount Ida provides the best of both worlds – a traditional college experience, with a forwardthinking career-focused education that results in an 85% placement rate for graduates within eleven months of graduation. Our student athletes find 16 NCAA Division III teams, coached by some of the finest, most experienced men and women in the Division. For well over a century, athletics has been part of Mount Ida life, integral to our spirit and culture and speaks to our emphasis on individualized student attention.

President Barry Brown

Director of Athletics Matthew Burke

Faculty Athletics Representative James Jabbour

Athletics Direct Report Laura Deveau

SWA | SAAC Advisor Katie Greene

Each of our schools: Business, Applied Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities and Design is made up of faculty who focus on a student’s academic and personal success through teaching and internships. We embrace a 24/7 philosophy of higher education; in classrooms, on our playing fields, in our residence halls and student centers. We strongly believe this approach contributes to the lifelong success of our graduates. Mount Ida echoes the motto of the GNAC: Community – Sportsmanship – Integrity, evidenced by Mount Ida student athletes who just broke the Academic All-Conference record for the 2nd straight year. Forty-eight Mustangs earned the nod into the conference, by earning a 3.25 or higher cumulative GPA and competing in at least one full season of a GNAC-sponsored sport. They were among the elite 861 students who earned this honor. Mount Ida is on the move, with plans to expand athletic resources to accommodate our growing teams and enrollment. With over 30,000 graduates around the world, becoming a Mustang means a path to college and career success. We look forward to welcoming you to our campus!

Website: Phone: 617-928-7202 Enrollment: 1,430 Founded: 1899 Nickname: Mustangs Colors: Green & 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: 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. Shneider

Athletics Direct Report Frank Vanecek

Faculty Athletics Representative Joe Latulippe

SWA | SAAC Advisor Ashlynn Nuckols

Director of Athletics Anthony Mariano

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,

President Sr. Paula Marie Buley IHM

Faculty Athletics Representative Kevin Wayne

Athletics Direct Report Kurt Stimeling

Senior Woman Administrator Laura Ray

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. 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.

Athletics Director Joanna Merrill

SAAC Advisor Ellen Maruszewski

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

University of Saint Joseph (Conn.)

In 1932, the Sisters of Mercy of Connecticut set out to establish the first liberal arts college for women 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 infused the Catholic intellectual tradition while welcoming students of all ages, races, religions, and cultures. Throughout the history of the University of Saint Joseph, this inclusive mission has never been compromised. 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. In addition to its traditional undergraduate women’s program, the University of Saint Joseph has grown to include the following coeducational programs of study: graduate master’s and certificate programs (introduced in 1959); the undergraduate Program for Adult Learners (1985); and professional doctoral degrees (2011).

Website: Phone: 860-231-5415 Enrollment: 987 Founded: 1932 Nickname: Blue Jays Colors: Blue & Gold

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, to athletic teams, to community service opportunities and campus ministry, to the nearly 300 intramural and fitness classes offered throughout the year, USJ offers 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 Gallery and student-organized events.

President Rhona Free

Athletics Direct Report Dr. Cheryl Barnard

Faculty Athletics Representative Margaret E. Gaughan Ph.D

Senior Woman Administrator Jaclyn Piscitelli

Athletic Director Bill Cardarelli

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 coeducational 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.

President Dr. James Dlugos

Athletic Director Brian Curtin

FAR Dr. Kathleen Clements

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. 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.”

Athletics Direct Report Michael Pardales

SWA | SAAC Advisor Tiffany Miller-Gagnon

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

Simmons College

Located in the heart of Boston, Simmons College 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 College 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 College 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

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

Faculty Athletics Representative Jennifer Roecklein-Canfield

Athletics Direct Report Sarah Neill

SAAC Advisor Erica Schuling

Athletic Director | SWA Ali Kantor

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.

President Margaret Mckenna

Director of Athletics Cary McConnell

Faculty Athletics Representative Gary Fireman

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. 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.

Athletics Direct Report Ann Coyne

SWA | SAAC Advisor Jaclyn Davis

Website: Phone: 617-573-8379 Enrollment: 5,780 Founded: 1906 Nickname: Rams Colors: Blue & Gold

Colby- Sawyer College

Colby-Sawyer is a dynamic and innovative liberal arts and sciences college located in the scenic Lake Sunapee Region of central New Hampshire. 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. 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. Colby-Sawyer will begin full core GNAC membership in September 2018.

Regis College

Regis, through education in the arts, sciences, and professions, empowers women and men to challenge themselves academically, to serve and to lead. A Catholic college, Regis is a diverse and welcoming community guided by the values of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston. Regis is located on a beautiful suburban campus in Weston, Massachusetts, just 12 miles from the center of Boston. We’re just outside the great city of Boston, the nation’s ultimate college town. Regis has 2,000 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students in the arts, sciences and health professions devoted to engagement, service and advancement in a global community. Regis will begin full core GNAC membership in September 2017.

Today’s heartbreaks turn into tomorrow’s strengths


Men’s Cross Country

Norwich University Champions

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

Nick Cooper Norwich University Coach of the Year

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

Korey Leonard Norwich University Runner of the Year & Rookie of the Year

Women’s Cross Country

Emmanuel College Champions

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

Kaneen Gomez-Hixon University of Saint Joseph 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

Margaret McCaffrey Emmanuel College Rookie of the Year

Tony DaRocha Emmanuel College Coach of the Year

Field Hockey

Simmons College Champions

CHAMPIONS 2014 2015

Simmons Simmons

Cailin Flannery Lasell College Rookie of the Year

Mary Kate Breen Anna Maria College Goalkeeper of the Year

Julie Saltamartini Simmons College Offensive Player of the Year

Maizy Wagner Simmons College Defensive Player of the Year

Sharon Zenevitch Anna Maria College Coach of the Year

Men’s Golf

Rhode Island College Champions

CHAMPIONS 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015

Tom Sheran Rhode Island College Player of the Year & Rookie 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

Greg Gammell Rhode Island College Coach of the Year

Men’s Soccer

Johnson & Wales University Champions


Juan Brenes Mount Ida College Rookie of the Year

Carlos Martinez Mount Ida College 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

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

Miguel Colmenares Lasell College Goalkeeper of the Year

Joseph Campbell Mount Ida College Coach of the Year

Christian Albrecht Norwich University Defensive Player of the Year

Women’s Soccer

Lasell College Champions


Megan Cullen Lasell College Offensive Player of the Year

Chris Flint Johnson & Wales University 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

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

Melissa Dodge University of Saint Joseph Goalkeeper of the Year

Deja Hursey Johnson & Wales University Rookie of the Year

Lindsey Cifaldi University of Saint Joseph Defensive Player of the Year

Men’s Basketball

Johnson & Wales University Champions


Quarry Greenaway Johnson & Wales University Player of the Year

Robert Lewis Johnson & Wales University Defensive Player of the Year

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

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

Jamie Benton Johnson & Wales University Coach of the Year

Shontaey Lovell Albertus Magnus Rookie of the Year

Women’s Basketball

Saint Joseph’s College of Maine Champions


Corey Boilard Johnson & Wales University Coach of the Year

Kelsi McNamara Saint Joseph’s of Maine 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

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)

Sarah Higgins Emmanuel College Player of the Year & Defensive Player of the Year

Men’s Volleyball

Wentworth Institute of Technology Champions

CHAMPIONS 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016

Rivier Rivier Rivier Rivier Rivier Rivier Rivier Lasell Wentworth

Jared Gross Emerson College Defensive Player of the Year

Craig Kolek Rivier University Coach of the Year

Barrett Wingard Emmanuel College Offensive Player of the Year

Cameron Ponce Johnson & Wales University Rookie of the Year

Women’s Volleyball

Johnson & Wales University Champions


Emily Kalmink Johnson & Wales University Rookie of the Year

Jennelle Thompson Saint Joseph’s of Maine Defensive 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

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

Craig Kolek Rivier University Coach of the Year

Felicia Wachowiak Saint Joseph’s of Maine Offensive Player of the Year


Suffolk University Champions


Wes Hurty Lasell University Player of the Year

Jake Frasca Suffolk University 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

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

Anthony Del Prete Suffolk University Coach of the Year

Worth Walrod Suffolk University Pitcher of the Year


Johnson & Wales University Champions

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

Patti Sciglimpaglia University of Saint Joseph Player of the Year & Pitcher of the Year

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

Brenna DuPerry Johnson & Wales University Rookie of the Year

Jaclyn Davis Suffolk University Coach of the Year

Men’s Lacrosse

Emmanuel College Champions

CHAMPIONS 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016

Mount Ida Mount Ida Norwich Emmanuel Emmanuel Emmanuel

Paul Schwarz Anna Maria College Rookie of the Year

Neal Anderson Norwich University Coach of the Year

JC Guido Johnson & Wales University Goalkeeper of the Year

Chris Curtis Emmanuel College Offensive Player of the Year

Women’s Lacrosse

Lasell College Champions

CHAMPIONS 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016

Norwich Emerson Norwich Norwich Norwich Lasell Emmanuel Saint Joseph’s (ME) Lasell

Rupert Lewis Saint Joseph’s of Maine Coach of the Year

Michelle Cunha Saint Joseph’s of Maine Goalkeeper of the Year

Bridget Munnelly Lasell College Defensive Player of the Year

Alyssa Kelly Mount Ida College Rookie of the Year

Sarah Higgins Emmanuel Offensive Player of the Year

Men’s Tennis

Ramapo College Champions

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

Willen Feygin Ramapo College 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

Steven Woodfield Albertus Magnus Rookie of the Year

Devin Kitterick Johnson & Wales University Coach of the Year

Women’s Tennis

Simmons College Champions

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

Aidiana Sagyndykova Suffolk University 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

Bob Rauseo Simmons College Coach of the Year

Valentina Medina Suffolk University Rookie of the Year

Women’s Swimming & Diving

Simmons College Champions


Laura Simpson Simmons College Rookie of the Year

Miriam Swisher Simmons College Athlete of the Year

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

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

Mindy Williams Simmons College Coach 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 Albertus Magnus College Student-Athletes Making a Difference in the Community December 22, 2015 New Haven, CT


lbertus Magnus College student-athletes registered 725 hours of community service from the beginning of the fall semester until the second Friday in December. The Falcons completed 130 percent of the department’s original goal. For the third straight year, Falcon student-athletes and coaches surpassed the athletic department’s goal. This autumn, Albertus Magnus Director of Athletics Jim Abromaitis set a goal 558 hours. “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.” The women’s basketball team took part in four different events throughout the fall of 2015. Ten members of the team participated in a Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) walk in October. Players were also involved in New Haven Community Outreach with King’s Keep, practicing and going over drills with Edgewood Avenue School and campus clean up.

This year, Albertus student-athletes once again had a strong showing for the annual campus clean up during St. Albert Week. Members of 12 different varsity teams took part in one of the many Albert Week activities hosted by the College. The men’s basketball team raked leaved on campus, as well as having players take part in the campus clean up. Members of the women’s soccer team volunteered their time at the Amity High School Unified Soccer Tournament this autumn. Eleven different players on the men’s soccer team traveled to the nearby Roberto Clemente School and taught soccer drills during gym class. The men’s and women’s tennis teams did their community outreach at a Special Olympics bowling event at AMF Lanes in East Haven. Falcon women’s lacrosse players volunteered their time working with the Wallingford girl’s youth lacrosse team. AMC men’s lacrosse student-athletes participated in a lacrosse clinic

during the first semester and also volunteered at an East Haven Food Bank. Members of the baseball team took part in a baseball skills clinic hosted by Cromwell Little League and participated in a suicide prevention walk. Softball players volunteered one of their Saturday’s in the fall at a Special Olympics event. The men’s volleyball team volunteered at Special Olympics event as well as at First Congregational Church in Wallingford. Women’s volleyball players worked an event at Cheshire Academy and spent time at Masonicare Following their first-ever varsity season, members of the men’s golf team participated in the campus clean up. 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 basketball, baseball and softball. The women’s basketball team was tops in the department, completing 309% of their preseason goal.

Emmanuel College Emmanuel Holds Special Olympics Event in Boston May 1, 2016 Boston, MA


mmanuel participated in a community service project with a local branch of the Special Olympics. Emmanuel’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) helped organize an afternoon clinic at Roberto Clemente Field in which 25 children involved with the Special Olympic program came out and spent a few hours with the Saints family. The event was planned by 15 studentathletes and was attended by roughly 50 student-athletes along with the 25 Special Olympics athletes. The student-athletes broke off into stations based on their sport and led the Olympians in different training drills, skill tests, and games ranging from agility ladders and free throws to kickball and soccer. “As a staff member that assisted the SAAC with the coordination of the event, I could not be more proud of each one of our studentathletes,” said Emmanuel Assistant Sports Information Director Nicholas Sczerbinski. “They dealt with scheduling issues and weather problems and still pulled off an incredible event that left each Special Olympics athlete with a smile, great memories, and new role models.”

Anna Maria College Volleyball Hosts Skills Clinic for Local Special Olympics Teams May 3, 2016 Paxton, MA


he Anna Maria College volleyball team welcomed 50 Special Olympics athletes from Special Olympics Massachusetts to the Fuller Center on Sunday, May 1st for an afternoon of drills, competition, and socialization. Special Olympics Massachusetts teams from Center of Hope, ARC, and Shrewsbury participated in the clinic. The AMCAT volleyball team ran all of the drills, including stations for passing, setting, and serving, and then took to the sidelines as coaches during the six-on-six games. “It feels so good to put a smile on their faces by playing volleyball together,” said freshman and 2016 captain Amari King. “[Sunday’s clinic] really inspired me to appreciate both my sport and the opportunity to share it with others.” Teammate and fellow captain Demi Carreiro added, “it was so rewarding to see the athletes love volleyball as much as we do.” The event was the brainchild of Anna Maria head coach Samantha Shomo and Matt Ruxton, the Vice President of Sports for Special Olympics Massachusetts. The duo worked together to coordinate both Fans in the Stands events sponsored by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) earlier this year.

“I am always looking for opportunities to get my student-athletes involved in the community. When Matt mentioned he had a growing volleyball league, we immediately began working towards a skills-focused clinic to help improve the strength of their league,” said Shomo. The event ties in with the NCAA Division III partnership with Special Olympics. The purpose of the partnership is to enhance the lives of Division III student-athletes and Special Olympics athletes through a mutual

learning experience; provide a platform for recognition of Special Olympics athletes and Division III student-athletes within their communities; and raise awareness of Special Olympics, its programs and services. At the conclusion of a long day of volleyball, the Anna Maria student-athletes and the Special Olympics athletes huddled together to end the day in the same manner as the AMCATS do each practice—with an “AMCATS on three!” chant.

Johnson & Wales University

Athletics Collecting Hats & Donations For The Tomorrow November 23, 2015 Providence, RI


s a brain cancer survivor, 12-year-old Quinn Rothschild knows what it’s like to battle the disease and wants to help current and future pediatric cancer patients. The Johnson & Wales University athletic department has joined with Rothschild to support The Tomorrow Fund at its women’s basketball game on December 5. The Tomorrow Fund is a non-profit organization that provides daily financial and emotional support to children with cancer and their families who are treated in The Tomorrow Fund Clinic located in the Edwin Forman Pediatric Hematology/ Oncology Center at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence.

Knowing how harsh New England winters can be, especially for children going through chemotherapy treatment, Rothschild wanted to provide a little warmth. For his community service projects as part of his Bar Mitzvah, Rothschild is collecting hats to donate to cancer patients at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Rothschild contacted JWU Associate Dean and Executive Director of Athletics, Mel Graf, who connected him with the Wildcats’ Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). In addition to providing insight into the studentathlete experience, SAAC also spearheads a number of community service projects. Led by SAAC and Assistant Athletic Trainer Jillian Withington, the athletic department has collected more than 200 hats from teams and departments all over campus. The Wildcats women’s basketball team is taking on Brandeis at 1 p.m. on December 5 and all ticket revenue from the game will be donated to The Tomorrow Fund. In addition, Johnson &

Wales is collecting monetary donations as well as new hats at the game. Winter hats are preferred, but new non-winter hats will be accepted. In addition to support for The Tomorrow Fund Clinic at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, The Tomorrow Fund provides daily monetary stipends for in-patient families; hospital parking passes for the duration of treatment; financial aid for home expenses such as heat, utilities, and rent; bone marrow transplant expenses, etc. They also fund programs that help lift the burden of parenting a child with cancer including coping, teen and bereavement support groups, parent consultants and community education. All programs are made possible by contributions.

Lasell College

Lasell SAAC Hosts Special Olympics Unified Event April 27, 2015 Newton, MA


he Lasell College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), students of Lasell College, members of the Barry Price Center, and people with disabilities from around Newton all participated in Lasell College’s inaugural Special Olympics Event, “Laser for a Day” on Sunday, April 26. This student-run event was led by senior SAAC President Denise Archetto and her classmate Talia Gabriel. “Ever since my sophomore year, I knew that I wanted this kind of event to happen on campus. Division III athletics has a partnership with Special Olympics and I wanted to make sure that Lasell got on board, just like the other

GNAC institutions,” explained Archetto. Gabriel interned with Special Olympics Massachusetts in the fall of 2014 and coordinated with families and athletes to make the event a success. Roughly 15 student-athletes from Lasell participated with 12 athletes with disabilities making up three teams: navy, gray, and white. The first event on the schedule was the opening ceremony emceed by senior field hockey captain Brianna Robbins. Robbins served as the event director and made proper announcements before, during, and after games. In the opening act, Robbins played the National Anthem, had the youngest participant recite the Special Olympics players’ oath, and had junior basketball player Sherilyn Small recite the Special Olympics coaches’ oath. Participants played in multiple unified soccer and basketball events throughout the fourhour event while also enjoying refreshments throughout the day. Junior basketball player Deanna Barrett puts Special Olympics close to her heart, “Knowing

someone who passed away with a disability, I thought that being a part of a unified event like this would be extremely hard. But, seeing how happy the athletes were to play basketball with us opened my eyes to regretting not getting involved sooner.” All athletes were honored in a medal ceremony at the end of the day and went home with big smiles and new friends. Gabriel concluded the days’ event saying, “Wrapping up my senior year, I am extremely happy with this events’ outcome. My love for Special Olympics events started when I was in high school and being able to continue that in college has helped me decide to pursue working with non-profit organizations. I wanted to make some sort of impact on Lasell’s campus and having this be the first Special Olympics event, I am proud to say that I helped make it a Special Olympics college.”

Norwich University Norwich Student-Athletes Participate in International Walk to School Day October 7, 2015 Northfield, VT


ver 100 Norwich University studentathletes walked to school with local Northfield elementary, middle, and high school students on Wednesday, Oct. 7 as a part of the 11th annual International Walk to School Day. Norwich University head women’s volleyball coach and Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) chair Ashlynn Nuckols helped coordinate the event with Northfield Elementary School physical education teacher Mike Gonneville. The walk started at 7:15 a.m. on Wednesday from the Sabine Field gate on the Norwich University campus, with over 200 people embarking on the route along Main Street to the Northfield Elementary School. Starting in 2004, the Walk to School Day program aims to get kids moving more and be more active. It is part of the Safe Routes to School program, which is a national program to try to encourage communities to create safe environments for kids to walk and now bike to school. Gonneville praised Norwich for its involvement with the event which helps make

Northfield’s International Walk to School event a bit different than most. “Most of the other schools in the state don’t have one aspect of the International Walk to School Day that Northfield enjoys, the Norwich connection,” he said. “I think our environment is unique, combining our kids with the college kids. Four years ago was the first time we did it with Norwich and the student-athletes and coaches have been heavily involved since.” Gonneville went on to say that the International Walk to School Day isn’t the only involvement Norwich student-athletes have with the local community. “We do a lot with the Norwich students in many different aspects of our school,”Gonneville said. Norwich has kids come into the classroom helping our students with reading and other activities. It’s been going on for the 38 years that I have been doing this. We’ve always had a great connection with the college, especially in supporting our elementary students.” Nuckols, who is in her fourth year at helm of the NU volleyball program, coordinated the Norwich student-athlete participation in the event. “This was a great event and opportunity for Norwich athletics and the Northfield Community to come together and support physical fitness,” she said. “We’re always looking for ways to give back to the community. I was extremely pleased with the large turnout we had of Norwich student athletes and we’re hoping we can continue to build on this event next year.”

Mount Ida College SAAC Leads Blanketing Event April 8, 2016 Newton, MA


o celebrate NCAA’s Division III Week in April, the Mount Ida College Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) saw an incredible turnout from the Mustang community as over 100 students came out to help create blankets for Project Linus at the Athletic Center. A majority of the students creating blankets were part of the 275 student-athletes who compete on Mount Ida’s 16 athletic teams. “It was really inspiring to see so many students coming together for such a great cause. Looking across the gym and seeing everyone working so hard to create something special was very moving,” said sophomore Mary Kate Reidy, a 2015 GNAC women’s volleyball AllConference selection.  Project Linus started in 1995 after Karen Loucks read an article about a 3-year-old girl suffering from cancer. The article talked about how this young child used her “blankie” to get through two years of chemotherapy, and endure all of the side effects throughout. Today, Project Linus headquarters is located in Bloomington, Illinois, and has chapters in all 50 states. From each chapter, blankets are collected from local donations and distributed to children’s hospitals, shelters, social service agencies, or anywhere else a child might need one. Their mission is “Provide love, a sense of security,

warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer ‘blanketeers’”. Junior Rebecca Levy spoke glowingly about the impact the blankets from Mount Ida’s “student-blanketeers” will have on the children who receive them and how great it was to see members of the Mustang community volunteer their time and bond over a really great cause.  “These blankets were made with love and laughter and they will be a great way to brighten up a child’s day. The bright and playful

designs as well as the fun fringe on the edges are sure to bring a smile to the faces of the children who get these blankets. It is my hope that these blankets will allow the children to forget that they are sick and allow them to just be kids,” said Levy. The Mount Ida College SAAC epitomizes the message of Division III Week, where members of the athletic community can have a strong hand in guiding the programming, living, and competing experience they have while on campus.

Rivier University

Rivier Head Baseball Coach Perry Volunteers Time to Help ‘Miracle League of Frisco’ June 14, 2016 Frisco, TX


ivier Sports Information Director and Head Baseball Coach Anthony Perry took time from attending the College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA) National Convention to volunteer with the “The Miracle League of Frisco (Texas)” as part of the 2016 CoSIDA Community Service Project. CoSIDA Goodwill and Wellness Committee Community Service Project partnered up with the “Keeper of The Game Foundation” for a baseball skills camp with The Miracle League of Frisco (Texas), followed by a Frisco

RoughRiders game with the athletes. Keeper of The Game was founded in 2014 by current Oklahoma State University assistant baseball coach James Vilade. The mission of the nonprofit foundation is to provide kids and young adults with special needs and disabilities unique baseball experiences that foster the growth of those individuals and their love of baseball. Keeper of The Game promotes programs that allow these athletes to play, watch and experience baseball at a very personal level. This is all done with a focus on advancing servant leadership. Professional baseball players Chris Davis, Elvis Andrus, Adrian Beltre, Andrew Faulkner, Joey Gallo, Craig Gentry, Odubel Herrera, Brock Holt, David Murphy and Josh Tomlin actively support Keeper of The Game. Following the skills camp, Perry, one of the 50 CoSIDA volunteers, attended a Frisco RoughRiders baseball game at Dr Pepper Ballpark with the children. The Roughriders are

the Double A affiliate of the Texas Rangers. “This is a unique opportunity that I am fortunate to be a part of,” Perry said. “Obviously, baseball is a big part of my life and taking some time out of my day down here for the CoSIDA convention to volunteer was something that I might not be able to do again. Plus, our mission at Rivier is ‘Transforming Hearts and Minds to Serve the World’ and this is an opportunity to follow through on our mission and impact someone’s life in a positive way.” Earlier in the day, CoSIDA hosted a 5K Fun Run/Walk to benefit Keeper of the Game. The race, coupled with donations from volunteers, raised a record $4,170.

University of Saint Joseph (Conn.) USJ Celebrates Divison III Week April 7, 2016 West Hartford, CT


he University of Saint Joseph athletic department honored its student-athletes and recognized staff and faculty in a Thursday luncheon at the O’Connell Center as part of the NCAA’s Division-III week celebration. Division III Week is a positive opportunity for all individuals associated with Division III to observe and celebrate the impact of athletics and of student-athletes on the campus and surrounding community. The event is part of Division III’s Identity Initiative, which was introduced in 2010. Division III is a place where student-athletes can “follow your passions and develop your potential,”within an approach that combines rigorous academics, competitive sports and an opportunity to pursue other interests.

Simmons College Simmons Athletics Announces New Outdoor Community Complex October 22, 2016 Boston, MA


immons College, in an innovative publicprivate partnership with the community of Allston, Brighton and Brighton High School, has announced plans for a state-of-the-art athletic complex to be located on the Daly Field site in Brighton, Mass. Site preparation for the Daly Field project will begin this fall with a projected completion date of August 2016 to coincide with the beginning of the pre-season schedule for Simmons Fall athletics teams. The athletic complex will serve the Simmons College soccer, field hockey, softball, tennis and lacrosse teams as well as Brighton High School, Allston-Brighton Little League and community sports and recreation programs for Allston and Brighton. Simmons plays a leadership role in the partnership, which will transform Daly Field from a long-neglected parcel of public land into one of the finest athletic facilities in the region. The complex will include a fieldhouse, six tennis courts, a field for football, soccer, lacrosse and field hockey, a softball diamond, a walking track, a bike/walking path, sports lighting, digital scoring and spectator stadium seating with a press box. “Simmons College’s outdoor athletic programs, that will be served by this complex, have enjoyed great success over the years and deserve one of the finest complexes in New England,” said Director of Athletics Ali Kantor. “Our student-athletes are among the college’s strongest and most accomplished students on campus.” The Field Hockey team is the defending Great Northeast Athletic Conference Champion and is among the top teams in New England

once again this season. Simmons Tennis has won the conference championship 10 of the last 11 years to go with eight NCAA Tournament appearances. Soccer has earned a GNAC playoff berth in six of the last seven campaigns, including a pair of title match appearances and a league championship. Lacrosse is entering just its eighth year as a varsity program at Simmons and has already made a championship match appearance with five playoff appearances over the last five years. Simmons Athletics involvement in the community has always been a hallmark of the college’s mission.

“Throughout the years, Simmons Athletics has provided mentorship for young girls and boys in sports through camps, clinics and direct interaction,” said Kantor. “This community partnership strengthens our commitment to our mission of investing in our community, while championing the benefit of athletics and recreation for all.”

Saint Joseph’s College of Maine St. Joe’s SAAC Members Contribute to ‘Operation Christmas Child’ November 24, 2016 Standish, ME


or the fourth year in a row, members of the Saint Joseph’s College Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) gathered and packed items for Operation Christmas Child, a global Christmas gift exchange project operated by Samaritan’s Purse. The Saint Joseph’s SAAC, which features representatives from each of the Monks’athletic programs, gathered on Sunday, November 8th to fill shoeboxes with toys and other items that will be shipped to less fortunate children, ages 2-14, in multiple countries around the world. The student-athletes assembled the boxes, which were filled with matchbox cars, coloring

books, crayons, socks, toothbrushes and toothpaste, hats and mittens and various other items – with every item having been donated by SAAC members and SJC athletic programs. With the help of Committee Advisor Tiffany Miller-Gagnon, the SJC SAAC members assembled 35 total boxes, 14 more than the amount submitted by the group last winter and triple the total sent the year prior. Their contribution was added to the shipment made by Royal Ridge Church of God in Scarborough, Maine. Samaritan’s Purse provides a tracking

feature so the SJC SAAC members will learn where each package was sent. Operation Christmas Child, a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse, provides an opportunity for people of all ages to be involved in simple, hands-on mission projects. According to the Samaritan’s Purse web site, the mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Suffolk University Suffolk U and Big Brother Big Sisters Mentor Students at Donald McKay School January 7, 2016 East Boston, MA


uffolk University and its studentathletes, in partnership with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay, have teamed-up to launch a new program aimed at mentoring and impacting the lives of students at the Donald McKay School in East Boston. “Suffolk University is deeply committed to the East Boston neighborhood, especially its young people,” said Suffolk’s Senior Vice President for External Affairs John A. Nucci, a lifelong East Boston resident. “This is just one of the many ways our students will continue to contribute to this community and help Suffolk be a good neighbor for residents of all ages.” “Being involved with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and the Donald McKay School in East Boston is a tremendous honor and opportunity for our student athletes,” said Suffolk Director of Athletics Cary McConnell. “We are proud of their commitment to this endeavor and look forward to the program continually growing and becoming a big success.” This collaboration is part of Suffolk’s continuous effort in providing opportunities for young people and athletes in East Boston. In September, Suffolk and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh officially celebrated the University’s new athletics home at East Boston Memorial Park, established through a private public partnership with the city of Boston. This partnership also supports and aligns with Mayor Walsh’s Mentoring Movement, which seeks to recruit 1,000 new mentors over

the next two years. Suffolk baseball, softball, and men’s and women’s soccer teams will now train and play home games at the park, sharing the facilities with East Boston High School and the East Boston community. The Donald McKay School, serving kindergarten to eighth grade students, is located only a short distance from East Boston Memorial Park. It is easily accessible for Suffolk student-athletes participating in the Big Brothers Big Sisters volunteer effort, just a short walk from the Airport train station on the Blue Line. As part of the program, Suffolk studentathletes visit the Donald McKay School once a week for about 45 minutes, normally during lunch and recess time. Once there, they enjoy quality, one-on-one time with their Little Brothers and Sisters, participating in various fun activities, including working on the computer, listening to music, reading, running around outside, and playing board games. Big Sister Sydney Littlefield, a Suffolk University sophomore, and her Little Sister Emily, a Donald McKay School fourth-grader, spend much of their time together in the playground, where Emily likes to do flips on the monkey bars and play basketball. “The reason I decided to get involved in the program was to form a closeness and bond with someone like Emily,” said Littlefield, a two-sport athlete (volleyball and softball) at Suffolk.

“She has a great personality and her smile is my reward. I want to give her the confidence to be an independent young lady.” “Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mass Bay is grateful to Suffolk University and its student athletes for partnering with us and serving kids in East Boston as long-term, one-on-one mentors and role models,” said Thomas Bentley, collegiate & community partnerships manager for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay. “While this partnership just got started, we are excited by the level of interest we are receiving from Suffolk students and look forward to the impact they can make by being Bigs.” “This new partnership will allow our students to build meaningful relationships with a mentor through one-to-one friendships fostered during the school year,” said Jordan Weymer, principal of the Donald McKay School. “Having a college mentor, like a Suffolk University student athlete, will provide our students with a role model that continues to strengthen our students’ belief that college is a real possibility.”

Brian Honan 5K Every year for the past 12 years, student-athletes from the Great Northeast Athletic Conference have volunteered in the organization and administration of the Brian Honan 5K, held each September in the Allston-Brighton neighborhood of Boston. Annually, more than 100 GNAC volunteers help raise much needed funding for community programs that support education, recreation, housing and healthcare.

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Formed in 1995, the Great Northeast Athletic Conference consisted of eleven New England NCAA Division III institutions. 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 St. 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 St. Joseph’s College of Maine begin conference play in 2007. Anna Maria


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College became a new member in the fall of 2011. With the addition of new full members Regis College (September 2017) and Colby-Sawyer College (September 2018) the GNAC will have 3,400 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 College 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 of 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. A full time Assistant Commissioner, Michael Ghika, was added to the staff in 2014.

2015-2016 GNAC Awards School Honors

Men’s Commissioner’s Cup Johnson & Wales University

Men’s Institutional Sportsmanship Award Norwich University

Women’s Commissioner’s Cup Emmanuel College

Women’s Institutional Sportsmanship Award Saint Joseph’s College of Maine

Individual Honors

GNAC Executive of the Year Brian Curtin Saint Joseph’s College of Maine

GNAC Trainer of the Year Michael Welch Simmons College

GNAC Woman of the Year Kylie Dalbec Anna Maria College

GNAC SID of the Year Emily Machado Lasell College

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.

Alex Comeau Associate Dir. Athletics Communications, UNH

Kisha Tapangan Associate Marketing Manager, Hasbro

Erin Doherty Women’s Lacrosse Head Coach, Bay Path

Miles Roberts Sports Information Director, Wellesley

Garrett Quinn Former Golf/Men’s Basketball Coach, Newbury

Jessica Huntley Vaugn Calhoun Asst. Executive Director, Director of Business Centennial Conf. Programs, Becker

Nick Avery Asst. Director of Club Sports, Northeastern

Jeff Kolb Catherine Carmignani Sports Reporter/Anchor, Director of Branding, WJAR-TV American Conf.

Scott Wright Men’s/Women’s Head Volleyball Coach, Regis

Doug Chin Asst. Commissioner, Commonwealth Coast Conf.

Jackie Murray Rebecca Mullen Althetics Marketing Asst. Commissioner, Grad Asst., Northeastern NECC

Jhonneris Mendez Assistant Baseball Coach, Suffolk

James Wenz Former Athletics Event Ops/Facilties, Marshall

The Great Northeast Athletic Conference is extremely fortunate to have wonderful relationships with several strategic partners

Strategic Partners

Over the past 12 years the NCAA has provided us with grant funding in excess of $661,000. This financial support helps provide outstanding programming for both our student athletes and our institutions. It also provided the funding for this GNAC view book.

Doug Chin

Jessica Huntley

Rebecca Mullen

Vaugn Calhoun

Additionally we have been able to hire four different interns who have gone on to successful careers in college administration as detailed in the article below.

GNAC Helping Develop Young Professionals on NCAA Division III Ethnic Minority and Women’s Grant December 14, 2015 Winthrop, MA


he Division III Ethnic Minority and Women’s Internship Grant was designed to provide financial assistance to NCAA Division III member institutions and conference offices that are committed to enhancing ethnic minority and gender representation in collegiate athletics. At the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC), based out of Winthrop, Mass., the league office has prided itself on helping develop young professionals and launching them forward into successful careers in college athletics. GNAC Commissioner Joe Walsh has always advocated to his conference members to apply for the Ethnic Minority and Women’s Grant. After all, he has seen it work firsthand time and time again. “The NCAA Ethnic Minority and Women’s Grant is a wonderful opportunity for all parties involved to have an impact on the future landscape of Division III athletics administration,” said Walsh. “We have been extremely fortunate to have had wonderfully talented interns who have been mentored collaboratively by all of our GNAC athletic directors and sports information directors.” Just last year during the 2014-15 academic year, the GNAC was thrilled to have former Boston University graduate Doug Chin serve on the conference staff through the grant. Chin coordinated and emceed the biennial GNAC Professional Development Seminar (PDS) in August 2014 before taking on an array of duties when fall sports kicked off that September. Nonetheless, other opportunities came calling for Chin, who in October 2014 left the GNAC to become the full-time sports information director at Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, Mass. Less than a year later, he was named the full-time assistant commissioner at the Commonwealth Coast Conference under CCC Commissioner Gregg Kaye. “The program creates a great environment for the recipients where they have a cohort of peers who are in similar situations trying to break into the business,” said Chin. “Bringing these groups together allows them to form bonds with people who, if all goes according to plan, they could be working with long into the future. I think the program is great.” “Aside from just creating networking opportunities, I also loved that part of the grant allotted money for professional development,” added Chin, who is the only Asian-American assistant commissioner in Division III. “The ability to attend Regional Rules Seminars and CoSIDA conventions has definitely served me well in my career.” After Chin departed, Commissioner Walsh brought in new candidates in an effort to replace him on the grant. As it turned out, a former Division III student-athlete named Rebecca Mullen proved to be the perfect fit. Mullen, who after assisting in all areas of the GNAC day-to-day operations last year, was hired in June 2015 by New England Collegiate Conference Commissioner Del Malloy as the full-time assistant

commissioner at the NECC. She too is grateful for her time at the GNAC and the opportunity the grant provided. “The opportunity to work for Joe Walsh opened more doors for my future than I could have ever imagined,” said Mullen. “It was the grant that gave me the opportunity to learn the skills needed to continue on in the industry. The grant is a vital stepping stone to job opportunities in college athletics and I cannot express how thankful I am that the NCAA has it in place.” In addition to Chin and Mullen using their time at the GNAC to propel their professional careers forward, the conference’s success with the Ethnic Minority and Women’s Grant actually began many years ago, which is just another indication of the program’s value. After serving as a women’s basketball captain for the York College (Pa.) Spartans, Jessica Huntley worked under Commissioner Walsh at the GNAC from 2007-09 through the Ethnic Minority and Women’s Grant while earning her master’s degree from Boston College. Following her tenure with the GNAC, Huntley went on to become head women’s basketball coach at Bay Path College and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Director of Division III Governance. Then in 2012, she was named to her current position of Assistant Executive Director at the Centennial Conference. “The internship is a great opportunity for women and ethnic minorities to get their foot in the door,” said Huntley. “I have also had the unique opportunity to mentor and supervise my own intern through this grant at the Centennial Conference, and it was great to give back to the internship that did so much for me.” Following Huntley’s tenure with the GNAC, Vaughn Calhoun worked at the GNAC on the Ethnic Minority and Women’s Grant during the 200910 academic year. After that, he worked at Emerson College in Boston as an Assistant Athletic Director for three years before joining Becker College’s School of Business as an Assistant Professor in May 2015. “The Division III Ethnic Minority and Women’s Grant is a program that not only values diversity in number, but also in practice that provides mentorship, training, peer-to-peer support and networking opportunities even after young professionals complete their internship,” said Vaughn. “Although I have changed careers,” he added, “I often reflect and use the experiences I gained while at the GNAC and bring them into the classroom.” The Division III Ethnic Minority and Women’s Grant is administered by Division III Governance and Leadership Development. It is a two-year grant with an annual budget of just over $988,000, which allows for 40 recipients. The NCAA provides $20,100 for each year. “As evidenced by our success with the initiative at the GNAC,” said Walsh, “the program is a win-win-win for all involved. It benefits the individual, the school or conference that receives the grant, as well as the NCAA.”

Student Athlete Advisory Committee The Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is composed of student-athletes who provide insight on the student-athlete experience and leadership to fellow student-athletes, the surrounding campus, and community. Each campus SAAC aims to facilitate better communication among student-athletes from various athletics teams to address issues common to all. SAAC has the opportunity to reflect on current and proposed rules, regulations and policies which may affect their welfare. The campus SAAC may also serve as a channel of communication among coaches and athletics administrators for the purpose of improving the student-athlete experience, promote growth, and develop life-long skills through sports participation. The GNAC SAAC is comprised of two or three student-athletes from each member institution. The GNAC SAAC reunites at least once per year, and by conference call if necessary. The mission of the GNAC SAAC is to promote opportunity, protect student athlete welfare, and foster a positive image of all GNAC student athletes both athletically and from a community outreach orientation. The GNAC SAAC is responsible for exemplifying sportsmanship, integrity, and leadership among the campus and surrounding communities. For the coming year, the Division III National SAAC is focusing its efforts on student-athlete mental health. In its April meeting in Indianapolis, the group decided it would dedicate itself to assisting in the ongoing efforts to improve the environment at Division III athletics contests, educating fellow student-athletes on mental health issues and working to give more of their peers an opportunity to attend the NCAA Convention. At the April 2016 meeting, the Division III National SAAC formed a working group that the committee hopes will take measures to help fellow student-athletes realize what campus mental health resources are available to them. In addition, the working group hopes to discover a way to train Division III athletes to recognize signs and symptoms of potential problems among teammates and steer them to the appropriate resources. The committee will meet with representatives from the NCAA Sport Science Institute to discuss this issue in more detail in the summer.

Nafeesa Connolly, a former Simmons women’s volleyball student-athlete, represented the GNAC on the Division III National SAAC before interning with the NCAA office in Indianapolis.

Our Strategic Partners


Four of our GNAC folks have been inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame: Suffolk’s Jim Nelson, Suffolk’s Ed Leyden, Emmanuel’s Andy Yosinoff and GNAC Commissioner Joe Walsh


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



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

The College Basketball Officials of America recently recognized Johnson & Wales Vice President Ron Martel with a lifetime achievement award


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

Corporate Partners

The GNAC Staff

Dr. James Dlugos

GNAC Presidents’ Council Chair Saint Joseph’s College of Maine

Joe Walsh

Michael Ghika

GNAC Commissioner

Brian Curtin

GNAC Athletic Directors’ Council Chair Saint Joseph’s College of Maine

GNAC Assistant Commissioner for Media Relations

Rachel Wyman

GNAC Assistant to 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) Larry Last, New England Collegiate Officiating (NECO) 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.

GNAC Viewbook  

Be sure to check out the GNAC Viewbook, printed in August 2016, to learn all you need to know about the conference's member institutions and...

GNAC Viewbook  

Be sure to check out the GNAC Viewbook, printed in August 2016, to learn all you need to know about the conference's member institutions and...