Table of Contents
1 .............................................................General Information 2-3.....................................................................Coaching Staff 4 .............................................................................2010 Roster 5-9..................................................................... Player Profiles 10 ........................................................................ Year-by-Year 11 ........................................................... 2009 Results & Stats 12 ........................................................................ Record Book 13-16................................................................................CCSU 17-18...................................................... Athletic Department 19 .............................................................. Dr. John W. Miller 20 .................................................................. Paul Shlickmann 21-22................................................... Northeast Conference 23-24........................................................................Academics 25 .................................................Strength and Conditioning 26 ................................................................... Sports Medicine
Location: ...............................................................New Britain, CT Founded: ................................................................................... 1849 Enrollment: ........................................................................... 12,000 President: ................................................................. Dr. Jack Miller Athletic Director: ..............................................Paul Schlickmann Colors: .....................................................................Blue and White Nickname: .....................................................................Blue Devils Conference: ..................................................................... Northeast Home Court: .................................................Detrick Gymnasium Capacity: .................................................................................. 2,654 2009 Record: ........................................................................... 18-15 2009 Conference Finish: ............................................ 12-4/T-2nd 2009 NEC Tournament: ...............................................Semifinals Letterwinners Returning/Lost: ............................................... 9/3 Starters Returning/Lost: .......................................................... 1/5 Newcomers: ....................................................................................3
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Volleyball Information Head Coach: Linda Sagnelli Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Office: (860) 832-3056 Fax: (860) 832-3754
Assistant Coach: Greg Shell Email: email@example.com Office: (860) 832-3049
Sports Information Sports Information Director Thomas Pincince ∙Assistant AD/SID Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Office: (860) 832-3089 Fax: (860) 832-3084 Hotline: (860) 832-BLUE CCSUBlueDevils.com
UNIVERSITY OF BUFFALO TOURNAMENT Sept. 3 vs. Delaware State 1:30 p.m. Sept. 3 vs. Naval Academy 4:30 p.m. Sept. 4 @ Buffalo 5:00 p.m. COULMBIA TOURNAMENT Sept. 10 vs. Iona Sept. 11 @ Columbia Sept. 11 vs. Lafayette Sept. 15
BROWN TOURNAMENT Sept. 17 vs. Boston College Sept. 18 vs. Rhode Island Sept. 18 @ Brown @ Holy Cross BRYANT* FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON* @ Saint Francis (PA)* @ Robert Morris* SAINT FRANCIS (NY)* @ Providence @ Long Island* @ Sacred Heart* QUINNNIPIAC* @ Bryant* ROBERT MORRIS* SAINT FRANCIS (PA)* @ Saint Francis (NY)* @ Fairleigh Dickinson* SACRED HEART* LONG ISLAND* @ Quinnipiac*
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NORTHEAST CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT Nov. 20 TBA TBA Nov. 21 TBA TBA HOME MATCHES ARE IN BOLD CAPS * Denotes Northeast Conference Match
Volleyball Conact: Tommy Meade ∙ Grad. Intern Email: St_Meadet@ccsu.edu Office: (860) 832-3057
The 2010 Central Connecticut State University Volleyball Media Guide was written, edited and designed by Michael Bono with assistance from Thomas Pincince, Chris McLaughlin and Tommy Meade. Photography provided by Nick Kosloski, Bob Wessman and Steve McLaughlin.
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Head Coach • 11th Season • C.W. Post, ’83
Head coach Linda Sagnelli, Central Connecticut State University’s alltime winningest Division I volleyball coach, enters her 11th season at 2009, 18-15 • Advanced to NEC Tournament for seventh straight year the helm of the Blue Devil program. In 2009, Sagnelli led CCSU to its • Jamie Baumert All-NEC First Team seventh straight Northeast Conference Tournament appearance. Last • Kaitlin Petrella and Amanda Bayer All-NEC Second Team season the Blue Devils continued Sagnelli’s perfect run of double-digit • Petrella named NEC Libero of the year win seasons as they finished the year 18-15. The C.W. Post alumna, • Emily Cochran named NEC Rookie of the year who has 169 wins in ten seasons as head coach at Central, has firmly 2008, 11-14 entrenched the Blue Devils as one of the top teams in the Northeast • Advanced to NEC Tournament Conference and the Northeast region. • Amanda Olmstead and Lauren Snyder All-NEC First Team • Jamie Baumert All-NEC Second Team In 2009, the Blue Devils once again proved to be among the NEC’s top teams on the court. • Jamie Baumert Academic All-District I Second Team • Won double-figure games for ninth straight season Senior Jamie Baumert helped lead the team to a 12-4 record in NEC play, and her efforts • Team earned AVCA Academic Award for third straight year were rewarded with a first team All-NEC selection. Juniors Kaitlin Petrella and Amanda Bayer were named to the All-NEC second team, Petrella also received the honor of being 2007, 23-7 • Advanced to the semifinals of the NEC Tournament named NEC Libero of the Year. New Blue Devil Emily Cochran made an immediate • NEC Coach of the Year impact on Coach Sagnelli’s squad and her performance earned her NEC Rookie of the Year • Amanda Bayer NEC Rookie of the Year honors. The Blue Devils were honored by the Northeast Conference and received na• Jamie Baumert All-NEC First Team tional recognition for the team’s academic performance. It was the fourth straight year that • Amanda Bayer, Kaitlin Petrella and Lauren Snyder All-NEC Second Team Sagnelli’s team received the honor from the American Volleyball Coaches Association. • Won double-figure games for the eighth straight season • Team earned AVCA Academic Award While recording a 5-3 NEC record in 2008, the Blue Devils finished third in the league during the regular season. Sagnelli guided three CCSU student-athletes to All-NEC honors last 2006, 19-10 season. Senior captain Amanda Olmstead and sophomore Lauren Snyder took home first • Advanced to the semifinals of the NEC Tournament • Brynn Good NEC Setter of the Year team accolades, as they finished first and second on the team in kills. Junior Jamie Baumert • Jamie Baumert NEC Rookie of the Year was named to the second team after leading the conference in blocks. The talented middle • Brynn Good All-NEC First Team blocker also received ESPN Academic All-District I Second Team honors for her success • Jamie Baumert All-NEC Second Team on and off the court. • Brynn Good becomes first player in school history with 3,000 career assists and 1,000 career digs With a 23-7 effort in 2007, Sagnelli earned NEC Coach of the Year honors while help• Won double-figure games for the seventh straight season • Team earned AVCA Academic Award ing the Blue Devils to their best season since 1994. As a freshman Amanda Bayer received Rookie of the Year honors for the NEC and tallied 1,334 assists in 2007, which ranks her 2005, 18-8 second in CCSU history for a single season. Sagnelli had four Blue Devils receive All-Con• Advanced to the semifinals of the NEC Tournament • Brynn Good NEC Setter of the Year ference honors in 2007. Bayer, as well as fellow freshmen, Snyder and Kaitlin Petrella were • Brynn Good and Jacqui Jackson All-NEC First Team selected to the All-NEC Second Team. Baumert received All-NEC First Team honors, • Chantelle Bowden, Chelsea Magee and Katie Seamon All while leading the Blue Devils with a .330 hitting percentage. NEC Second Team • Chantelle Bowden Academic All-District I First Team In 2006, Central advanced to the NEC semifinals. The Blue Devils had two major confer• Chantelle Bowden becomes first player in school history with ence award winners in 2006, as senior Brynn Good and Baumert, a freshman, took home 1,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs • Won double-figure games for the sixth straight season Setter of the Year and Rookie of the Year honors, • Chantelle Bowden named NEC Volleyball Scholar Athlete respectively, from the NEC. Good also made an of the Year All-NEC first team appearance, while Baumert was 2004, 20-8 a second team selection. The season also saw Good • Advanced to the semifinals of the NEC Tournament become the first player in CCSU history to record • Jen Cote All-NEC First Team 3,000 career assists and 1,000 career digs. • Chantelle Bowden and Katie Seamon All-NEC Second Team • Jen Cote named NEC Volleyball Scholar-Athlete In 2005, the Blue Devils advanced to the NEC • Jen Cote and Chantelle Bowden Academic All-District I First Tournament semifinals before dropping a four-game Team • Shannon Verity Academic All-District I Second Team match to eventual champion Long Island. The 18-8 • Jen Cote and Shannon Verity recorded 1,432 and 1,363 career record for the Blue Devils marked the third straight kills, good for second and third place, respectively, in the season CCSU had won at least 18 matches. CCSU Record Book • Won 15 straight matches The 2005 season saw Chantelle Bowden become the program’s first-ever student-athlete to record 1,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs. In addition to being named the NEC’s Volleyball Scholar Athlete of the Year, she also earned ESPN Academic All-District I First Team honors for her efforts in the classroom as well as on the court. Good was named the NEC Setter of the Year and, along with Jacqui Jackson, was named to the All-NEC First Team. Bowden, Katie Seamon and Chelsea Magee were named to the All-NEC Second Team. In 2004, Jen Cote earned All-NEC First Team honors, while Bowden and Seamon made the All-NEC Second Team. Cote and Bowden were named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District I First Team, and Shannon Verity was named to the second team. The Blue Devils recorded double-digit victories for the fifth straight season. Cote and Verity finished up outstanding careers, totaling 1,432 and 1,363 kills,
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Coaching Staff respectively. They rank in second and third place in the CCSU Record Book. During the 2003 campaign, Sagnelli and the Blue Devils posted a 21-9 record and advanced to the finals of the Northeast Conference tournament for the second time in three seasons. The Blue Devils, who hosted the tournament in 2003, entered as the second seed and eventually lost to Robert Morris in the finals. Three of Sagnelli’s players were named to the All-NEC teams and two earned Academic All-District recognition. She was named the 2003 Northeast Conference Coach of the Year. Sagnelli’s impression on the Blue Devils program was an immediate one. She took only two seasons to post the school’s first winning record in eight seasons by finishing 17-14 in 2001. Central capped Sagnelli’s inaugural campaign in 2000 with a trip to the Northeast Conference Volleyball Championships after an absence in 1999. On the campus of Fairleigh Dickinson, the Blue Devils recorded their first-ever NEC tournament match victory, a 3-0 win over FDU. In just her second season at the CCSU helm, Sagnelli brought the 2001 Blue Devils to the top of the Northeast Conference. That season, Central went into the NEC Championship as the top seed, and Sagnelli earned her first Northeast Conference Coach of the Year honor. The Northeast Conference coaches also selected Cote, a freshman at the time, to the All-NEC First Team, and seniors Sarah Haase and Sara Winchell, along with freshman Shannon Verity, to the All-NEC Second Team. In 2002, CCSU, which recorded double-digit victories for the third straight season, narrowly missed the NEC Championships, though the Blue Devils’ one-two punch of Cote and Verity received All-NEC Second Team honors. Previously, Sagnelli achieved a measure of success during a 14-year career as the head coach at Iona. At Iona, she compiled a 126-184 (.406) mark and remains the only coach in the history of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference to be named Coach of the Year in two different sports, winning the honor in volleyball and softball. One of the highlights of her softball coaching career at Iona, which spanned from 1985-1996, was her 1992 selection as the MAAC Softball Coach of the Year. She followed that up in 1994 with a MAAC Volleyball Coach of the Year award. Sagnelli wore a variety of hats while at Iona, serving four years as an assistant athletic director and eleven as the school’s senior women’s administrator. She was responsible for overseeing all of the Gaels’ women’s athletic programs and served as an advisor and mentor to the women’s coaching staff. She also directed Iona’s intramurals program and served as chairwoman of the MAAC Crew Championship Committee and on the MAAC Marketing Committee. Sagnelli served a three-year term as a member of the Regional Ranking Committee for the Mideast Region and is currently a member of the Regional All-America committee for the Mideast region. Her athletic background includes being named MVP of a Division I/Division II AIAW Regional Championship as a senior in 1982. That fall, Sagnelli and her C.W. Post teammates appeared in the NCAA Tournament and finished in the top-10 with a record of 47-5. in the spring of that year, she participated in the 1983 Nationals as a starter for The Windchimes, an open-level national team. Sagnelli was inducted into the C.W. Post Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008. Sagnelli, who has international playing experience as a member of a United States team that competed in Sweden for The Viking Cup, resides in Madison, CT, with her husband, John, and their children, Matthew and Erin.
Assistant Coach • Ninth Season • CCSU ’03
Greg Shell begins his seventh season as the top assistant on the Blue Devil staff and his ninth overall. Prior to serving as an assistant, the 2003 CCSU graduate(B.S. Ed - English) held a managerial position on the team. The 1995 graduate of Torrington High School began his coaching career as a volunteer for the 1996-98 boys and girls volleyball teams at his alma mater. In 1999 and 2000, Shell was an assistant coach at Terryville High School, where he helped guide the squad to the Class S final in his second year. He also assisted with the girls basketball team at Terryville High in 2000 and 2001. In the spring of 2002, Shell joined the staff at Lewis Mills High School as an assistant coach with the boys volleyball program. While there, he helped guide the team past the state semifinals for the first time. They appeared in the state title game in back-to-back seasons. In addition to his high school coaching, Shell has coached in the Connecticut Juniors Volleyball program and has served as a head court coach at the Volleyball Achievement Camp and Shoreline Developmental Volleyball Camp for the past six years.
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Front Row (L to R): Amalia Ashley, Kaitlin Petrella, Amanda Bayer, Danielle Gasser, Maite Mendizabal, Tori Vaughan. Back row (L to R): Assistant Coach Greg Shell, Blaike King, Emily Cochran, Jamie Rademacher, Sara DeLacey, Caity Van Camp, Kyla Bielert, Head Coach Linda Sagnelli.
2010 CCSU Volleyball Roster No. 2 3 4 5 6 9 11 12 13 14 15 19
Name Caity Van Camp Jamie Rademacher Maite Mendizabal Sara DeLacey Amalia Ashley Danielle Gasser Amanda Bayer Kyla Bielert Blaike King Emily Cochran Kaitlin Petrella Tori Vaughan
Head Coach: Linda Sagnelli
Pos. DS MB OH RS L/DS S S MB OH OH/DS L RS/MB
Cl. Fr. So. Sr. Jr. Fr. Jr. Sr. Fr. So. So. Sr. Sr.
Ht. 5-11 6-1 5-9 6-3 5-4 5-10 5-8 5-11 5-9 5-10 5-3 6-2
Hometown/Last School Redding, CT/Joel Barlow New Lenox, IL/Lincoln-Way Central Stratford, CT/Bunnell Spring Lake Park, MN/Spring Lake Park Scottsdale, AZ/Desert Mountain New Milford, CT/New Milford Allen, TX/Allen Lebanon, CT/Lyman Memorial Carson City, NV/Carson Adel, IA/Adel-DeSoto-Minburn Stratford, CT/Bunnell Salinas, CA/Salinas
Assistant Coach: Greg Shell
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Year.............................................Senior Position ............................................... S Height ..............................................5-8 Hometown ..........................Allen, TX Last School..................................Allen
Year.............................................Senior Position .......................................... OH Height ..............................................5-9 Hometown ....................Stratford, CT Last School..............................Bunnell
2009: Led the team in assists with 991, averaging 8.54 assists per set...Also led the team in service aces totaling 44 on the season… Named All-NEC second team. 2008: Totaled
830 assists as setter for the Blue Devils...Led the team with 39 service aces...Second on the squad with 199 digs. 2007: Named NEC Rookie of the Year...All-NEC Second Team selection...Four time NEC Rookie of the Week...Played in every set for the Blue Devils and totaled 1,334 assists, which currently ranks her second in school history for single-season assists...Also co-led the team with 52 service aces. Before Central: All-State honoree as a senior at Allen High...Helped lead Allen to Class 5A state semifinals...Academic All-State selection...Named all-area by Dallas Morning News...District 9-5A Most Outstanding Setter...First team all-district in 2005 and 2006...Member of Skyline Juniors 18’s RoShamBo club team...Selected to compete for USA High Performance Regional Team in 2005. Personal: Born March 10, 1989...Daughter of Jerome and Vicki Bayer...Major is English.
Year 2007 2008 2009 TOTALS
Bayer’s Career Statistics M/SP 30/113 25-95 31-116 86-324
K-E-TA 99-39-291 59-35-194 54-21-197 212-95-682
Hit % .206 .124 .168 .172
SA 52 39 44 135
BLK 57 27 45 129
DIG 224 199 334 757
ASST 1334 830 991 3155
2009: Played in 55 sets starting nine…Totaled 137 digs on the year averaging 2.49 digs per set. 2008: Recorded 97 kills in 16 matches as a sophomore...Also totaled 99 digs, 11 service aces and nine blocks. 2007: Played in 17 sets as a freshman...Finished with 13 kills on 33 attempts (.303 hitting percentage). Before Central: Helped lead Bunnell
High to three straight Connecticut Class LL State Championships...Bunnell went 95-5 during her career...Two-time All-State selection...New Haven Register and Connecticut Post All-Area honoree as junior and senior. Personal: Born February 5, 1989...Daughter of Jose Luis and Donna Mendizabal...Major is physical education.
Mendiazbal Career Statistics
Year 2007 2008 2009 TOTALS
M/SP 11-17 16-60 21-55 48-132
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K-E-TA 13-3-33 97-69-392 97-57-395 207-129-820
Hit % .303 .071 .101 .095
SA 3 11 11 25
BLK 2 9 11 22
DIG 4 99 137 240
ASST 3 9 10 22
Player Profiles KATIE PETRELLA
Year.............................................Senior Position ......................................Libero Height ..............................................5-3 Hometown ....................Stratford, CT Last School..............................Bunnell
Year.............................................Senior Position ................................... RS/MB Height ..............................................6-2 Hometown ....................... Salinas, CA Last School............................... Salinas
2009: Led the team in defense with 533 digs on the season averaging 4.33 digs per set…Named to the All-NEC Second Team and was named Libero of the Year. 2008: Led the Blue Devils with 366 digs, which is sixth all-time in CCSU single-season history...also recorded 17 assists and three aces. 2007: All-NEC Second Team selection...Set CCSU single-season record for digs with 594...Had six matches with over 30 digs...Played in all 113 sets for CCSU while compiling 25 assists and 25 service aces. Before Central: Helped lead Bunnell High to three straight Connecticut Class LL State Championships...Bunnell went 95-5 during her career...All-State performer in 2006...Connecticut State Tournament Co-MVP in 2006. Personal: Born September 20, 1989...Daughter of Kenneth and Mary Petrella...Major is physical education.
Year 2007 2008 2009 TOTALS
Petrella’s Career Statistics M/SP 30-113 25-95 33-123 88-331
K-E-TA 3-0-14 0-2-10 4-3-45 7-5-69
Hit % .214 -.200 .022 .029
SA 25 3 43 71
BLK 0 1 1 2
DIG 594 366 533 1493
ASST 25 17 25 67
2009: Totaled 145 blocks on the season including 27 solo blocks…Had 204 kills and averaged 1.65 kills per set while hitting .244 on the season. 2008: Totaled 113 kills on a .212 hitting percentage as a sophomore...Added 28 assists and 66 blocks. 2007: Appeared in 21
matches in her first season...Hitting percentage of .304 good for third on the team and ninth in CCSU single-season history...Also tallied 91 kills and 52 blocks in 53 sets. Before Central: Senior captain at Salinas High...First team all-league performer in 2005 and 2006...All-league honoree as a sophomore...Named team MVP during her senior year...Placed fifth at USA Volleyball Junior Olympics National Club Championships in 2007...Was also member of City Beach Volleyball Club’s bronze medal-winning 16s squad. Personal: Born October 10, 1989...Daughter of Curtis and Janet Vaughan...Major is geography.
Vaughan’s Career Statistics
Year 2007 2008 2009 TOTALS
M/SP 21-53 25-94 33-124 79-271
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K-E-TA 91-29-204 113-46-316 204-73-536 408-148-1056
Hit % .304 .212 .244 .246
SA 1 0 0 1
BLK 52 66 145 263
DIG 7 22 43 72
ASST 4 28 18 50
Player Profiles SARA DELACEY
Year............................................. Junior Position ............................................ RS Height ..............................................6-3 Hometown ....Spring Lake Park, MN Last School............. Spring Lake Park
2009: Started 27 matches and played in 116 sets for the Blue Devils…Averages 1.44 kills per set with a .253 hitting percentage…Was second on the team in blocks 127. 2008: Recorded 37
kills on only 81 total attacks for a team high .395 hitting percentage...Also tallied 27 blocks and 16 digs in only 36 sets during her freshman campaign. Before Central: Helped club team Minnesota One to qualify for Nationals at the 18 open division...Season high of 10 blocks in a three game match during senior season...Voted most improved on the Spring Lake Park High School Volleyball team for the 2006 season. Personal: Born June 21, 1990...Daughter of Diane DeLacey and Thomas Schroedl...Major is biomolecular science.
DeLacey’s Career Statistics
Year 2008 2009 TOTALS
M/SP 11-36 31-116 42-152
Year............................................. Junior Position ............................................... S Height ........................................... 5-10 Hometown ............ New Milford, CT Last School.................... New Milford
K-E-TA 37-5-81 167-56-439 204-61-520
Hit % .395 .253 .275
SA 0 0 0
BLK 27 127 154
DIG 16 33 49
ASST 69 37 43
9 2009: Recorded 165 assists in 120 sets played…totaled 259 digs good for third most on the team. 2008: Played in all 25 matches as a freshman...Second on the team with 69 assists...Also recorded 153 digs, 12 aces and a .294 hitting percentage. Before Central:
2007 Coaches Association/Coca-Cola Volleyball Player of the Year...Connecticut State Championship Finalist Class LL in 2007...First Team All-State for 2006 & 2007...SWC AllConference First Team in 2005, 2006, 2007...Team Captain during sophomore, junior and senior seasons...2004 & 2005 Conference All-Academic Team...Team MVP all four years at New Milford High. Personal: Born December 30, 1989...Daughter of Keith and Linda Gasser...Major is pre-marketing.
Year 2008 2009 TOTALS
Gasser’s Career Statistics M/SP 25-91 32-120 57-211
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K-E-TA 6-1-17 7-2-46 13-3-63
Hit % .294 .109 .159
SA 12 33 45
BLK 0 6 6
DIG 153 259 412
ASST 69 165 234
Player Profiles EMILY COCHRAN
Year................................... Sophomore Position .......................................... OH Height ........................................... 5-10 Hometown ............................ Adel, IA Last School...Adel-DeSoto-Minburn
Year................................... Sophomore Position .......................................... OH Height ..............................................5-9 Hometown ..............Carson City, NV Last School...............................Carson
14 2009: NEC Rookie of the Year…played in 118 sets for the Blue Devils…Recorded 296 kills
averaging 2.51 kills per set on a .116 hitting percentage..Also recorded 325 digs as a rookie. Before Central: Received Iowa All-State Third Team accolades during her senior season at Adel-DeSoto-Minburn...Led her team in kills and service aces, while being named MVP and best offensive player by her teammates...During her junior year Cochran led Adel-DeSotoMinburn in kills and digs, and was named to All-Conference and All-District First Teams. Personal: Born July 31, 1991...Daughter of Steve and Denise Cochran...Major is art.
Cochran’s Career Statistics
Year 2009 TOTALS
M/SP 32-118 32-118
K-E-TA Hit % SA 296-171-1073 .116 27 296-171-1073 .116 27
BLK 28 28
DIG 325 325
ASST 16 16
2009: Started 27 matches for Central Connecticut playing in 104 sets on the season…Totaled
215 kills to average 2.07 kills per set…Also recorded 250 digs good for fourth best on the team. Before Central: Selected to two all-tournament teams during her senior year at Carson High...Received the honor at the Las Vegas Invitational and the High Sierra Invitational tournaments...Was also named First Team All-League in 2009. Personal: Born June 26, 1991...Daughter of Eric and Kimberley King...Major is undeclared.
Year 2009 TOTALS
King’s Career Statistics M/SP 31-104 31-104
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K-E-TA 215-131-858 215-131-858
Hit % SA .098 12 .098 12
BLK 33 33
DIG 250 250
ASST 13 13
Year................................... Sophomore Position ...........................................MB Height ..............................................6-1 Hometown ................. New Lenox,IL Last School.......Lincoln-Way Central
Year.......................................Freshman Position .......................................L/DS Height ..............................................5-4 Hometown ................. Scottsdale, AZ Last School.............Desert Mountain
2009: Played in eight matches for the Blue Devils playing in 16 sets…Recorded eight blocks during her rookie campaign. Before Central: Illinois Second Team All-State selection as a senior at Lincoln-Way Central...Also received All-Area, All-Conference and team MVP honors during the 2008 season...As a sophomore helped lead Lincoln-Way Central to a regional championship...During her junior campaign led team to conference championship with a school record 195 blocks...Also holds the record for most blocks in a career at Lincoln-Way Central with 427. Personal: Born February 3, 1991...Daughter of Tom and Sue Rademacher...Major is pre-marketing.
Before Central: Led Desert Mountain High School to a 5A-2 Division Runner-up finish
in 2009…Was named team MVP in 2006 and 2007…Named All-State Honorable Mention in 2009. Personal: Daughter of Richard and Josie Ashley…Major is English
Rademacher’s Career Statistics
Year 2009 TOTALS
M/SP 8-16 8-16
K-E-TA 8-10-33 8-10-33
Hit % SA -.061 0 -.061 0
BLK 8 8
DIG 2 2
Year.......................................Freshman Position ...........................................MB Height ........................................... 5-11 Hometown ....................Lebanon, CT Last School.............Lyman Memorial
ASST 3 3
12 Before Central: Named to the New London Day and Norwich Bulletin All-Area Teams…Named to the Eastern Connecticut Conference first team…Hold Lyman Memorial High School record for Kills. Personal: Daughter of Kathy and Bob Bielert…Major is athletic training
CAITY VAN CAMP
Year.......................................Freshman Position ............................................DS Height ........................................... 5-11 Hometown .....................Redding, CT Last School.......................Joel Barlow
Before Central: Named 2009 Connecticut Coca Cola Player of the Year…Named first team All-State and Conference in 2008 and 2009…Named 2009 conference MVP…Recorded 419 varsity kills at Joel Barlow High School. Personal: Daughter of Nancy and Dean Van Camp…Major is secondary education (mathematics).
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CCSU Volleyball Year-by-Year 1986 - Central Connecticut State University’s first season of Division I volleyball.
2002 - Third straight season with double-digit victories. - Jennifer Cote and Shannon Verity named to All-NEC Second Team.
1987 - Tina Popp signs CCSU’s first Division I volleyball National Letter of Intent.
2003 - Fourth straight season with double-digit victories (21-9) - Posted second-most wins on the Division I level. - Jen Cote and Shannon Verity named to the All-NEC First Team. 1990 - Chantelle Bowden selected to the All-NEC Second Team. - CCSU joins the East Coast Conference. - Linda Sagnelli chosen NEC Coach of the Year. - Cote earned CoSIDA Academic All-District I Volleyball First Team 1991 -CCSU ranked 11th nationally with a 2.69 service aces per game average. honors. - Chantelle Bowden selected to CoSIDA Academic All-District I 1993 Volleyball Second Team. - The Blue Devils ranked seventh nationally with a 2.69 service aces per - Hosted the NEC Tournament and finished as the runner-up to Robert game average. Morris. - Jing Pu named East Coast Conference Coach of the Year. - Boasted three of the NEC’s top-10 hitters (Cote, Chelsea Magee, - Melissa Phelps named to East Coast Conference First Team. Shannon Verity). - Christine Dadducci, Nancy Ringrose and Susan Robitaille named to - Cote led the NEC in blocks (1.35 bpg). East Coast Conference Second Team. - Cote and Verity finished two-three in the NEC in kills per game (3.95, - Dadducci named to East Coast Conference All-Tournament Team. 3.70). - Verity and Cote finished the season with 1,071 and 1,051 career kills, 1994 respectively. - CCSU joins the Mid-Continent Conference. - CCSU wins the Mid-Con John McKenna Spirit Award. 2004 - Moved up 35 spots in the NCAA Division I RPI to 64; was top-ranked - Second straight 20-win season and fifth straight season with doubleMid-Con team (Valparaiso ranked 102). digit victories (20-8). - Ranked eighth nationally with a 2.68 service aces per game average. - Advanced to the semifinals of the NEC Tournament. - Finished the season with the program’s best-ever record (34-4) and won - Seniors Jen Cote and Shannon Verity named to All-NEC First Team. 19 matches by 3-0 scores. - Junior Chantelle Bowden and freshman Katie Seamon named to All- Earned Mid-Con Player of the Week honors four times (Carol Fester NEC Second Team. twice; Christine Dadducci and Kim Setter once each). - Cote and Bowden named CoSIDA Academic All-District I Volleyball - Had win streaks of 10 and 22. First Team. - Had two of the Mid-Con’s top six hitters (Dadducci, Setter) and three - Verity named CoSIDA Academic All-District I Volleyball Second Team. of the top 18 hitters (Dadducci, Setter, Carol Fester). - Cote named NEC Volleyball Scholar Athlete of the Year. - Only undefeated team during Mid-Con regular season (6-0). - Cote and Shannon Verity finish careers second and third respectively on - Ranked first in Mid-Con with a .287 team hitting percentage. the career kills list. - Ranked first in Mid-Con with a 2.7 service ace per game average. 2005 - Ranked second in Mid-Con at 12.2 assists per game average. - Advanced to the semifinals of the NEC Tournament. - Ranked fourth in Mid-Con with a 13.5 kills per game average. - Brynn Good named NEC Setter of the Year and All-NEC First Team. 1995 - Jacqui Jackson named All-NEC First Team and Chelsea Magee, - Christine Dadducci and Kim Setter were named to Mid-Continent All- Chantelle Bowden and Katie Seamon named All-NEC Second Team. Conference First Team. - Bowden named CoSIDA Academic All-District I Volleyball First Team. - Bowden named NEC Volleyball Scholar Athlete of the Year. 1996 - Cari Sanders was named to Mid-Continent All-Conference First Team. - Bowden becomes the first player in program history to record 1,000 - Sanders also earned Mid-Con Offensive Player of the Week honors for career kills and 1,000 career digs. - Sixth straight season with double-figure wins. the week ending November 10th. - CCSU had at least one player ranked in the Mid-Con’s top-10 in five out 2006 of six major statistical categories. - Advanced to the semifinals of the NEC Tournament - Brynn Good named NEC Setter of the Year and All-NEC First Team 1997 - Jamie Baumert named NEC Rookie of the Year and All-NEC Second - Rachel Miller and Jess Murphy were named to Mid-Continent Team. Conference East Division Second Team. - Good becomes first player in school history with 3,000 career assists - Molly Holcomb was named Mid-Continent Conference Player of the and 1,000 career digs Week for the week ending August 31st. - Won double-figure games for the seventh straight season 1998 2007 - CCSU joins the Northeast Conference. - Advanced to the semifinals of the NEC Tournament - Rachel Miller tied for 19th nationally with a service ace per game - Linda Sagnelli named NEC Coach of the Year average of 0.54. - Molly Holcomb was named to the Northeast Conference Second Team. - Amanda Bayer named NEC Rookie of the Year and All-NEC Second Team. - Sarah Haase twice earned Northeast Conference Newcomer of the - Jamie Baumert named All-NEC First Team. Week honors. - Kaitlin Petrella and Lauren Snyder named All-NEC Second Team. 2000 - Eighth straight season with double-figure wins. - Sarah Haase and Jackie Fernandez named to All-NEC Second Team. 2008 - Finished the regular season tied for first place in the conference. - Sixth straight NEC Tournament appearance. - Won first-ever Northeast Conference Tournament game, a 3-0 defeat - Amanda Olmstead and Lauren Snyder named All-NEC First Team. of Fairleigh Dickinson, on November 18th. - Jamie Baumert named All-NEC Second Team. - Topped its previous NEC-best with a 9-2 conference mark. - Baumert received CoSIDA Academic All-District I Volleyball Second 2001 Team honors. - Pegged for second place in the NEC Coaches’ Preseason Poll. - Baumert leads NEC with 114 blocks. - Finished the regular season as the NEC’s top team 2009 - Earned top seed in the NEC Tournament. - Advanced to NEC Tournament Semifinal - Finished the NEC Tournament as the runner-up to defending - Jamie Baumert named All-NEC First Team champion Robert Morris. - Amanda Bayer and Kaitlin Petrella named All-NEC Second Team. - Linda Sagnelli named NEC Coach of the Year. - Emily Cochran named NEC Rookie of the Year. - Freshman Jennifer Cote named to All-NEC First Team. - Kaitlin Petrella named NEC Libero of the Year. - Seniors Sarah Haase and Sara Winchell and freshman Shannon Verity named to All-NEC Second Team. - Posted program-best Northeast Conference record of 8-1.
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Yearly Records YEAR 1986 1987 1988
RECORD 15-22 (.405) 12-22 (.353) 10-25 (.286)
1989 1990 1991 1992
12-33 (.267) 7-25 (.219) 10-19 (.345) 16-15 (.516)
19-17 (.528) 34-4 (.895)
1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
9-27 (.250) 7-28 (.200) 7-26 (.212) 12-18 (.400) 6-26 (.188)
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
12-19 (.387) 17-14 (.548) 10-20 (.333) 21-9 (.700) 20-8 (.714) 18-8 (.692) 19-10 (.655) 23-7 (.767) 11-14 (.440) 18-15 (.545)
23 Division I Seasons
COACH Manligius Manligius Manligius 37-69 (.349) Lee Lee Lee Lee 45-92 (.329) Pu Pu 53-21 (.716) Uzcategui Uzcategui Uzcategui Uzcategui Uzcategui 41-125 (.247) Sagnelli Sagnelli Sagnelli Sagnelli Sagnelli Sagnelli Sagnelli Sagnelli Sagnelli Sagnelli 169-124 (.576) 345-431 (.444)
Matt Manligius - Three Seasons 1986-88: 37-69 (.349) Claudia Lee - Four Seasons 1989-92: 45-92 (.329) Jing Pu - Two Seasons 1993-94: 53-21 (.716) Leo Uzcategui - Five Seasons 1995-99: 41-125 (.247) Linda Sagnelli - Ten Seasons 2000-present: 169-124 (.576)
2009 RESULTS & STATISTICS Date
CCSU BLUE DEVIL INVITATIONAL SEPT 4 MANHATTAN SEPT 5 NJIT SEPT 5 HARTFORD
L 2-3 (22-25, 25-21, 25-22, 21-25, 8-15) L 0-3 (21-25, 16-25, 16-25 W 3-0 (25-22, 25-16, 25-23)
0-1 0-2 1-2
Fordham Rose Hill Classic Sept 11 Manhattan Sept 12 Seton Hall Sept 12 Fordham
L 0-3 (21-25, 20-25, 23-25) W 3-2 (17-25, 25-15, 26-24, 23-25, 15-9) L 1-3 (19-25, 25-18, 20-25, 17-25)
1-3 2-3 2-4
SEPT 15 HOLY CROSS Dartmouth Invitational Sept 18 Northeastern Sept 19 Dartmouth Sept 19 Sacred Heart
W 3-1 (25-18, 25-23, 21-25, 26-24)
L 1-3 (22-25, 25-22, 23-25, 19-25) L 0-3 (23-25, 18-25, 21-25) L 0-3 (21-25, 26-28, 17-25)
3-5 3-6 3-7
W 3-1 (25-17, 25-14M 21-25, 25-22)
Yale Invitational Sept 25 Yale Sept 26 Binghamton Sept 26 Quinnipiac
L 0-3 (20-25, 15-25, 18-25) W 3-2 (15-25, 26-24, 26-24, 22-25, 15-12 W 3-1 (25-15, 25-13, 23-25, 25-18)
4-8 5-8 6-8
SEPT 30 Oct 2 Oct 7 Oct 10 Oct 11 OCT 14 OCT 17 OCT 18 Oct 21 Oct 24 Oct 25 OCT 31 NOV 1 NOV 6 NOV 7 NOV 11 Nov 14 Nov 15
W 3-0 (25-14, 25-18, 25-22) W 3-0 (25-10, 25-17, 25-17) L 0-3 (23-25, 21-25, 19-25) W 3-1 (25-16, 27-25, 23-25, 25-17) W 3-2 (23-25, 25-27, 25-20, 25-16, 15-8) W 3-1 (27-25, 25-22, 23-25, 25-8) W 3-0 (25-11, 25-15, 25-15) L 2-3 (17-25, 25-13, 27-25, 27-29, 12-15) L 1-3 (25-23, 19-25, 20-25, 16-25) L 1-3 (20-25, 24-26, 25-15, 22-25) W 3-0 (25-16, 25-19, 25-18) L 2-3 (25-27, 25-17, 23-25, 25-21, 14-16) W 3-1 (25-15, 25-10, 24-26, 25-14) W 3-1 (25-16, 16-25, 32-30, 26-24) W 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-15) W 3-1 (25-20, 25-14, 13-25, 25-16) L 0-3 (21-25, 17-25, 12-25) W 3-1 (22-25, 25-20, 25-18, 25-23)
7-8 8-8 8-9 9-9 10-9 11-9 12-9 12-10 12-11 12-12 13-12 13-13 14-13 15-13 16-13 17-13 17-14 18-14
L 0-3 (18-25, 28-30, 17-25)
HARTFORD Bryant Columbia Saint Francis (PA) Robert Morris PROVIDENCE SAINT FRANCIS (NY) LONG ISLAND URI Sacred Heart Fairleigh Dickinson ROBERT MORRIS SAINT FRANCIS (PA) SACRED HEART FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON BRYANT Long Island Saint Franics (NY)
Northeast Conference Tournament Nov 21 Sacred Heart
2009 Overall Stats
PCT ASST SA SE RE
2 3 5 7 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 19
Jenna Broadbent Jamie Rademacher Sara Delacy Jamie Baumert Daniele Gasser Mary Kate Smith Amanda Bayer Maite Mendizabal Blaike King Emily Cochran Kaitlin Petrella Tori Vaughn
11 8 31 33 32 8 31 21 31 32 33 33
18 16 116 124 120 16 116 55 104 118 123 124
0 8 167 321 7 17 54 97 215 296 4 204
1 10 56 59 2 13 21 57 131 171 3 73
1 33 439 722 46 62 197 395 858 1073 45 536
-1.00 -.061 .253 .363 .109 .065 .168 .101 .098 .116 .022 .244
1 0 6 2 2 0 16 2 2 0 0 0
1 3 37 14 165 3 991 10 13 16 25 18
1 0 0 14 33 0 44 11 12 27 43 0
3 3 0 18 42 0 33 28 9 37 43 0
2 1 0 3 5 3 0 27 35 3 1 3
8 2 33 93 259 15 334 137 250 325 533 43
0 1 3 27 0 0 0 1 3 1 0 27
0 7 124 127 6 4 45 10 30 27 1 118
0 1 11 9 2 0 5 4 2 2 1 7
4407 .180 1296 4779 .153
185 213 171
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CCSU Volleyball Record Book SINGLE-SEASON KILLS
CAREER HITTING PERCENTAGE
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
Jamie Baumert CAREER MATCHES 1. 2. 3. 4.
Christine Dadducci - 139; 1992-95 Jennifer Moshier - 135; 1992-95 Jessica Murphy - 128; 1995-98 Rachel Miller - 123; 1996-99 Nancy Ringrose - 123; 1991-94 6. Jennifer Cote - 116; 2001-04 Shannon Verity - 116; 2001-04 Melanie Sullivan - 116; 1991-94 9. Susan Robitaille - 115; 1990-93 10. Melissa Phelps - 113; 1990-93 Milou Saxton - 113; 2003-2007
CAREER SETS 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Christine Dadducci - 500; 1992-95 Jessica Murphy - 466; 1995-98 Jennifer Moshier - 444; 1992-95 Rachel Miller - 435; 1996-99 Shannon Verity - 406; 2001-04 Nancy Ringrose - 406; 1991-94 7. Jennifer Cote - 398; 2001-04 8. Sarah Haase - 391; 1998-01 9. Jamie Baumert - 388; 2006-09 10. Brynn Good - 384; 2003-06
CAREER KILLS 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Christine Dadducci - 1,678; 1992-95 Jennifer Cote - 1,432; 2001-04 Shannon Verity - 1,363; 2001-04 Chantelle Bowden - 1,140; 2002-05 Jessica Murphy - 1,059; 1995-98
1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Christine Dadducci - 471; 1994 Christine Dadducci - 470; 1993 Lauren Snyder - 457; 2007 Christine Dadducci - 431; 1995 Carol Fester - 429; 1994 Carrie Sanders - 427; 1996 Jennifer Cote - 415; 2003 Shannon Verity - 388; 2003 Jennifer Cote - 385; 2002 Jennifer Cote - 381; 2004
Jamie Baumert - .324; 2006-09 Jennifer Cote - .319; 2001-04 Kim Setter - .306; 1993-95 Christine Dadducci - .304; 1992-95 Brynn Good - .254; 2003-06
SINGLE-SEASON HITTING PERCENTAGE 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
Jennifer Cote - .378; 2004 Christine Dadducci - .377; 1994 Jamie Baumert - .372; 2006 Kim Setter - .359; 1994 Jennifer Cote - .338; 2003 Jamie Baumert - .330; 2007 Nancy Ringrose - .322; 1993 Amanda Olmstead - .309; 2007 Tori Vaughan - .304; 2007 Carol Fester - .300; 1994
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
1. 2. 3. 4.
Kaitlin Petrella - 594; 2007 Kaitlin Petrella - 533; 2009 Jennifer Moshier - 472; 1995 Carrie Sanders - 471; 1995 Melissa Phelps - 470; 1993 Molly Holcomb - 396; 1998 Kaitlin Petrella - 366; 2008 Carol Fester - 358; 1994 Katie Seamon - 356; 2005 Jennifer Moshier - 351; 1993
Christine Dadducci - 506; 1992-95 Jamie Baumert - 489; 2006-09 Sarah Haase - 463; 1998-01 Jennifer Cote - 408; 2001-04
SINGLE-SEASON BLOCKS 1. 2. 3. 4.
Jamie Baumert - 154; 2009 Christine Dadducci - 153; 1995 Tori Vaughan - 145; 2009 Jennifer Cote - 143; 2003 Sarah Haase - 143; 2001
CAREER SERVICE ACES 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Nancy Ringrose - 207; 1991-94 Rachel Miller - 165; 1996-99 Christine Dadducci - 157; 1992-95 Jennifer Moshier - 151; 1992-95 Amanda Olmstead - 147; 2005-08
SINGLE-SEASON SERVICE ACES 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
Carol Fester - 98; 1994 Nancy Ringrose - 92; 1993 Melissa Phelps - 88; 1993 Aimee Lecomte - 84; 1991 Nancy Ringrose - 65; 1994 Rachel Miller - 57; 1998 Chris Stuart - 57; 1996 8. Christine Dadducci - 53; 1994 Melanie Sullivan - 53; 1991 10. Amanda Bayer - 52; 2007 Lauren Snyder - 52; 2007
CAREER DIGS 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Kaitlin Petrella - 1,493; 2007-present Jennifer Moshier - 1,215; 1992-95 Chantelle Bowden - 1,156; 2002-05 Brynn Good - 1,092; 2003-06 Jackie Fernandez - 983; 1999-02 Christine Dadducci - 945; 1992-95 Jessica Murphy - 932; 1995-98 Rachel Miller - 896; 1996-99 Melissa Phelps - 821; 1990-93 Melanie Sullivan - 763; 1991-94
Nancy Ringrose - 3,634; 1991-94 Brynn Good - 3,479; 2003-06 Amanda Bayer - 3,155; 2007-present Sara Winchell - 2,790; 1998-01 Chris Stuart - 2,521; 1995-96
SINGLE-SEASON ASSISTS 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Current Players in Bold
Nancy Ringrose - 1,336; 1994 Amanda Bayer - 1,334; 2007 Chris Stuart - 1,310; 1995 Chris Stuart - 1,211; 1996 Nancy Ringrose - 1,170; 1993
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Central Connecticut State University
Start with a Dream. Whether you long to be an educator or aspire to a career in international business or state-ofthe-art technology, Central Connecticut State University in New Britain can help you realize your dream. CCSU offers a wealth of undergraduate and master’s-level programs. The recent introduction of the University’s first doctoral program (an Ed.D. in educational leadership) and a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering further expands learning opportunities. Those who wish to pursue their education on a part-time basis have access to the same nationally honored courses, taught by the same superb faculty, as their full-time peers. The proof of CCSU’s educational excellence is its distinguished and diverse alumni body, which features an impressively wide array of highly accomplished people --distinguished novelists, successful industrialists and corporate leaders, medical doctors, path-breaking inventors, award-winning teachers, and even NFL coaches. CCSU has more than 60,000 living alumni. Although 85 percent remain in Connecticut contributing to the state’s cultural and economic vitality, the University’s alumni are also to be found throughout the nation and around the globe. Whatever path they choose, CCSU alumni enjoy lives of accomplishment, personal satisfaction, and civic participation. Undergraduate Schools Graduates of the School of Arts and Sciences are well equipped for a lifetime of accomplishment, success – and learning. With nearly 100 academic programs in a wide variety of disciplines, the school helps students to think critically, communicate effectively, and readily assimilate new concepts and skills – essential abilities in today’s world. Committed to teaching as their first calling, CCSU professors are also award-winning scholars who involve students in collaborative research leading to co-authored publications or joint presentations. Many also serve as expert commentators for national, regional, and local news media – testament to the high regard in which they are held. School of Business Boasts “Real-World” Orientation Thanks to its real-world orientation, and to faculty members who bring real-life work experiences to class, School of Business students learn how to succeed in business long before they graduate. Many professors have worked in business and still serve as consultants – allowing them to offer students insights into current best practices and business issues. The school’s strong focus on international business prepares students to compete in global enterprise. And graduates of the school often go on to some of the finest MBA programs in the nation. School of Education and Professional Studies Has Long and Distinguished History The oldest public school of education in Connecticut, CCSU’s School of Education and Professional Studies has been preparing teachers and other educational leaders for more than 150 years. In the 21st century, CCSU is a leader in readying future teachers to make optimal use of technology; in fact, it was the only institution in the state to receive a prestigious $1 million federally funded PT3 grant to Prepare Teachers to Teach with Technology. The school also offers baccalaureate training for registered nurses. And its health fitness and athletic training programs have spawned trainers and coaches for high school, college, and professional sports teams.
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Central Connecticut State University
Finish with a Future! School of Engineering and Technology Is a State-Designated Center of Excellence Graduates of Connecticut’s only four-year public school of engineering and technology consistently land high-paying jobs right after college. As a state-designated “Center of Excellence,” the School of Engineering and Technology responds to industry needs by turning out highly prepared graduates who are eager to solve real-world problems. Taught by faculty who serve as researchers and consultants to engineering, construction, and high-tech firms, students benefit from application-oriented programs and access to state-of-the-art laboratories in robotics, engineering, biomolecular sciences, networking, computer electronics, and manufacturing. Its many academic programs, offered within an array of technological disciplines, meet current industry standards. Graduate Studies Program Offers Degrees in Many Disciplines From anesthesiology to TESOL, CCSU’s Graduate Studies Program grants master’s degrees in a wide variety of fields. Sixth-year teaching certificates, teacher certification, and non-degree professional certificates are also available. Among many other exceptional programs, Graduate Studies offers the world’s first completely online, university-based data-mining program and an Ed.D. in educational leadership. Where Our Students Pursue Their Dreams After Graduating As teachers, school counselors, principals, and superintendents, and as higher education academic advisors, career counselors, and administrators throughout Connecticut and New England. As business and technology professionals in such major companies as Aetna Financial, AIG, American Express, Blum Shapiro, Bristol Meyers, Chase Manhattan, CIGNA, Coopers Lybrand, ESPN, GE, Hamilton Sundstrand, Hartford Life, Johnson & Johnson, J. P. Morgan, Pfizer, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Pratt & Whitney, Sikorsky Aircraft, Siemens Westinghouse, Travelers, Unilever, United Technologies, and Verizon. As marriage & family therapists at hospitals and community mental health agencies; as private counselors and psychotherapists; as mental health counselors at the Institute of Living, New Britain General Hospital, Wheeler Clinic, and Klingberg Family Clinic; as rehabilitation counselors with the State Bureau of Rehabilitation, Department of Veterans Affairs, and at insurance companies. And as students in some of the top professional and doctoral programs in the state and nation.
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Central Connecticut State University
CCSU Faculty Excel at Teaching and Research The faculty are the heart of CCSU. Professors are widely recognized for excellence in both teaching and scholarship. Many receive research funding from such prestigious sources as NASA, the Fulbright Program, the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice, the National Science Foundation and the National Education Association. The education CCSU provides is distinguished by our professors, who work closely with students, challenging them and supporting them. Student learning is at the center of all we do. In keeping with this commitment, all classes are taught by professors, not teaching assistants. Exceptional academics, top-notch faculty. What else makes CCSU special? CCSU students also enjoy extensive study-abroad and international studies opportunities. The University’s Co-op program provides students with invaluable career-related work experiences plus the opportunity to make connections with potential employers. Annually, some 300 students in the University’s Co-op program are placed at over 200 Connecticut businesses, where they earn a total of $4 million. Some 65 percent of these students are offered permanent employment with their Co-op employers. As part of their educational programs, many CCSU students intern with local and area businesses and agencies. While students benefit from this opportunity to test classroom learning in the “real world,” business owners and agency directors benefit from student labor valued in the millions of dollars. On campus, the University offers students a wide range of cultural programming: from theatrical plays to stand-up comics, from outstanding jazz, choral, and instrumental music to world-renowned dancers, from painting, photography, and sculpture presentations to over 100 student clubs for nearly every student interest, from academics to sports. There is truly “always something to do at CCSU.” National “Leadership Institution” In recognition of its “innovative undergraduate education,” CCSU has been designated a “Leadership Institution” by the Association of American Colleges & Universities; it is one of only 16 institutions in the nation – and the only one in Connecticut – to be so honored. CCSU is also cited in the college guidebook Great Colleges for the Real World for its commitment to preparing students for lives of accomplishment. And Princeton Review recently selected CCSU as one of “The Best Northeastern Colleges” and one of “America’s Best Value Colleges.” CCSU has long been dedicated to providing a student-centered learning environment. CCSU has recently renovated its campus, assuring the University’s place among the finest educational institutions in Connecticut. All major academic buildings feature classrooms with computers, ceilingmounted video/data projectors, VCRs, document cameras, and DVD players, along with other components enabling satellite teleconferencing and computer software demonstrations. The University offers 8 residence halls, housing some 20 percent of students. CCSU’s Elihu Burritt library is designed to meet the needs of undergraduate and graduate students and a faculty of serious scholars. Current holdings of books total more than 650,000 volumes; periodicals total over 3,000; and microform and other non-print materials total an additional 550,000 items. The library facility offers both individual and group study areas and is open over 112 hours per week during the academic year. And the library offers a wide range of electronic information services and special holdings. The Institute of Technology and Business Development (ITBD), located in downtown New Britain, is CCSU’s comprehensive business outreach facility. With a mission “to promote the economic development of the state and to help business and industry sustain economic growth,” the ITBD serves a statewide clientele ranging from manufacturers, entrepreneurs, inventors, health-care providers, and real-estate firms to State agencies, Chambers of Commerce, professional organizations, and media groups. Operating four business centers, the ITBD offers technology training, conferencing, procurement, engineering, and business incubation services.
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Central Connecticut State University
This is CCSU.
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Athletics at CCSU
Department of Athletics The Central Connecticut State University Department of Athletics sponsors 18 Division I varsity sports and participates in the Northeast Conference. Other members of the Northeast Conference include charter members Fairleigh Dickinson, Long Island, Robert Morris, St. Francis (NY), St. Francis (PA) and Wagner. They are joined by Bryant (official in 2012), Monmouth (admitted in 1985), Mount St. Mary’s (1989), Central Connecticut State (1997), Quinnipiac (1998) and Sacred Heart (1999). For more information on all Blue Devil Sports, you can visit the official home of the Blue Devils on the world wide web, CCSUBlueDevils.com. Men’s Varsity Sports Baseball Basketball Cross Country Football Golf Indoor Track and Field Outdoor Track and Field Soccer
Women’s Varsity Sports Basketball Cross Country Golf Indoor Track and Field Lacrosse Outdoor Track and Field Soccer Softball Swimming and Diving Volleyball
CCSU Athletics Mission Statement The mission of the Intercollegiate Athletics Program at Central Connecticut State University is to contribute positively to the personal development of students by providing a wide range of opportunities for participation in sports, on either a highly-competitive NCAA Division I or recreational level. The Intercollegiate Athletics Program contributes to the vitality of campus life by providing entertaining, highly-competitive sporting events for the campus and community at large. In this sense, it serves as one of the principle centers of campus life because it contributes to the development of campus identity and community.
CCSUBlueDevils.com Home of the Blue Devils on the World Wide Web
Athletics are an appropriate and important component of the Central Connecticut State University experience because they embody
On July 1, 2007, Central Connecticut State
many of the intrinsic values and goals of
University and JumpTV (now NeuLion) re-
education at our University, in particular, the
launched the official website of CCSU Athletics, www.CCSUBlueDevils.com. The partnership with NeuLion will last at least five years, and brings the online experience for CCSU and its fanbase to a whole new level. Fans will have the opportunity
striving to achieve excellence in all manifestations of human life and the enrichment of the human spirit.
to bid on one-of-a-kind auction items and browse our mobile store for the latest in ring tones and wallpaper for their cellular phones. Fans will continue to experience live stats for all home CCSU games as well as an exhanced audio/video section, Media CENTRAL, that will feature both live and archived audio and video of CCSU athletics events.
The mission of the Intercollegiate Athletics Program is inextricably tied to the mission of the University. Therefore, as Central Connecti-
Central Connecticut is one of six members of the Northeast Conference that has its official
cut State University aspires to become one of
Web site powered by NeuLion. Other NEC schools affiliated with NeuLion include Quinnipiac
the best public, comprehensive universities
University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Monmouth University, Mount St. Mary’s University and
in the nation and the finest in New England,
Robert Morris University. JumpTV offers its more than 150 partners every piece of fan-facing technology including Internet publishing tools, streaming video and audio, e-commerce, ticketing,
the Intercollegiate Athletics Program similarly
mobile, community and emerging technologies. This interactive fan services platform, backed by an
aspires to become one of the best athletics
integrated database, provides teams with a single, comprehensive profile of each and every fan. As
programs among comparable universities in
part of NeuLion, sports teams can leverage online media to generate new revenue, operate more
the region and nation.
cost effectively and extend the reach of their brand to a broader audience.
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Athletics at CCSU The Central Connecticut State University Athletics Department made the move to Division I prior to the 1986-87 season, but it is the last 15 seasons that have turned the Blue Devils into one of the top athletics programs in New England. The following is a list of accomplishments during that time.
CCSU Championship History 1995-96 MEN’S SOCCER Mid-Continent Conference East Division Champions Mid-Continent Conference Tournament Champions WOMEN’S TENNIS Mid-Continent Conference Champions MEN’S GOLF New England Champions 1996-97 WOMEN’S TENNIS Mid-Continent Conference Champions New England Champions 1997-98 MEN’S GOLF Northeast Conference Champions NCAA Tournament WOMEN’S SOCCER Northeast Conference Regular Season Champions Northeast Conference Tournament Champions MEN’S TENNIS New England Champions WOMEN’S TENNIS Northeast Conference Champions New England Champions 1998-99 WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY Northeast Conference Champions WOMEN’S SOCCER Northeast Conference Regular Season Champions Northeast Conference Tournament Champions NCAA Tournament MEN’S SOCCER Northeast Conference Regular Season Co-Champions 1999-00 WOMEN’S SOCCER Northeast Conference Regular Season Champions WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY New England Champions MEN’S BASKETBALL Northeast Conference Regular Season Champions Northeast Conference Tournament Champions NCAA Tournament 2000-01 WOMEN’S INDOOR TRACK Northeast Conference Champions WOMEN’S SWIMMING Northeast Conference Champions MEN’S GOLF Northeast Conference Champion NCAA Tournament BASEBALL Northeast Conference North Division Co-Champions 2001-02
MEN’S BASKETBALL Northeast Conference Regular Season Champions Northeast Conference Tournament Champions NCAA Tournament WOMEN’S GOLF Northeast Conference Champions NCAA Tournament BASEBALL Northeast Conference Tournament Champions NCAA Tournament VOLLEYBALL Northeast Conference Regular Season Tri-Champions 2002-03 WOMEN’S SOCCER Northeast Conference Regular Season Champions Northeast Conference Tournament Champions NCAA Tournament
BASEBALL Northeast Conference Regular Season Champions Northeast Conference Tournament Champions NCAA Tournament MEN’S GOLF Northeast Conference Champions NCAA Tournament 2003-04 WOMEN’S SOCCER Northeast Conference Regular Season Champions Northeast Conference Tournament Champions NCAA Tournament Recorded CCSU’s First NCAA Division I Tournament Win BASEBALL Northeast Conference Regular Season Champions Northeast Conference Tournament Champions NCAA Tournament 2004-05 FOOTBALL Northeast Conference Co-Champions WOMEN’S SOCCER Northeast Conference Tournament Champions NCAA Tournament MEN’S GOLF Northeast Conference Champions NCAA Tournament 2005-06 FOOTBALL Northeast Conference Co-Champions WOMEN’S SOCCER Northeast Conference Regular Season Champions Northeast Conference Tournament Champions NCAA Tournament BASEBALL Northeast Conference Regular Season Champions 2006-07 MEN’S BASKETBALL Northeast Conference Regular Season Champions Northeast Conference Tournament Champions NCAA Tournament 2007-08 MEN’S SOCCER Northeast Conference Tournament Champions NCAA Tournament Recorded CCSU’s First NCAA Division I Tournament Win in Men’s Sport Reached Sweet Sixteen WOMEN’S SWIMMING AND DIVING Northeast Conference Champions ECAC Champions 2008-09 WOMEN’S SOCCER Northeast Conference Tournament Champions NCAA Tournament WOMEN’S SWIMMING AND DIVING Northeast Conference Champions 2009-10 FOOTBALL Northeast Conference Champions WOMEN’S SOCCER Northeast Conference Regular Season Champions MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY Northeast Conference Champions BASEBALL Northeast Conference Tournament Champions
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INDIVIDUAL AWARDS 1997-98 Steven Konopka Football Defensive Player of the Year Jane McFarlane Women’s Soccer Player of the Year Women’s Soccer Rookie of the Year 1998-99 Julie Twaddle Women’s Soccer Player of the Year Olga Budasz Women’s Swimming Outstanding Swimmer Kelly Yong Collins Women’s Golf Individual Champion 1999-2000 Kim Crowley Cross Country Rookie of the Year Jackie Hadden Women’s Soccer Player of the Year Olga Budasz Women’s Swimming Outstanding Swimmer Rick Mickens Men’s Basketball Player of the Year Defensive Player of the Year 2000-01 Denise Thomas Women’s Soccer Rookie of the Year Tammie Repass Women’s Swimming Outstanding Swimmer Tim D’Aquila Baseball Rookie of the Year Coleen McDowell Women’s Golf Individual Champion 2001-02 Denise Thomas Women’s Soccer Player of the Year Olga Budasz Women’s Swimming Outstanding Swimmer Corsley Edwards Men’s Basketball Player of the Year Phil Rothkugel Baseball Rookie of the Year 2002-03 Kelly Shimmin Women’s Soccer Player of the Year Jorden Holder Men’s Soccer Rookie of the Year Tammie Repass Women’s Swimming Outstanding Swimmer Tim D’Aquila Baseball Player of the Year Barry Hertzler Baseball Pitcher of the Year 2003-04 Tim Konoval Cross Country Rookie of the Year Cory Harge Football Offensive Rookie of the Year Kelly Shimmin Women’s Soccer Player of the Year Jessica McCavanagh Women’s Soccer Rookie of the Year Alex Harrison Men’s Soccer Rookie of the Year Juliana DiPlacido Women’s Diving Outstanding Diver Ron Robinson Men’s Basketball Player of the Year Bobby Myles Men’s Golf Individual Champion Keith Stegbauer Baseball Player of the Year 2004-05 Cory Harge Football Offensive Player of the Year Andre Smith Football Offensive Rookie of the Year Alex Harrison Men’s Soccer Player of the Year Jaime Crowley Women’s Swimming Outstanding Swimmer Juliana DiPlacido Women’s Diving Outstanding Diver Lindsey Snyder Women’s Swimming Co-Rookie of the Year 2005-06 Aubrey Norris Football Offensive Rookie of the Year Anthony Wilson Football Defensive Rookie of the Year Sophie Hopper Women’s Soccer Player of the Year Ashley Ferra Women’s Soccer Defender of the Year Alex Harrison Men’s Soccer Player of the Year Brynn Good Volleyball Setter of the Year Juliana DiPlacido Women’s Diving Outstanding Diver 2006-07 Justise Hairston Football Offensive Player of the Year Javier Mojica Men’s Basketball Player of the Year Tristan Blackwood Men’s Basketball Defensive Player of the Year Brendon Ray Men’s Golfer of the Year 2007-08 Megan McClements Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Year David Tyrie Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Year Amanda Bayer Volleyball Rookie of the Year Lindsey Snyder Women’s Swimming Outstanding Swimmer Kate Sohon Women’s Diving Co-Outstanding Diver Liz Wahlberg Women’s Diving Co-Outstanding Diver Alex Huffman Women’s Swimming Rookie of the Year Tristan Blackwood Men’s Basketball Defensive Player of the Year Lucie Sarochova Women’s Golf Individual Champion 2008-09 Mallory Miller Women’s Diving Outstanding Diver Alex Czaplicki Women’s Swimming Rookie of the Year Eric Hawerchuk Men’s Golf Individual Champion\ 2009-10 James Mallory Football Offensive Player of the Year Lawton Arnold Football Defensive Rookie of the Year Leah Blayney Women’s Soccer Player of the Year Emily Cochran Volleyball Rookie of the Year Taylor Friedman Women’s Swimming Co-Outstanding Swimmer Aaron Radden Men’s Track Outstanding Performer/Rookie Sean Allaire Baseball Player of the Year Sara Budrick Softball Most Improved Player Betsy Vendel Women’s Lacrosse Rookie of the Year
Dr. John W. Miller University President • Sixth Year
Dr. Jack Miller began his duties in 2005 as the President of CCSU, which was founded in 1849 and is the oldest publicly supported institution of higher education in Connecticut. The University enrollment is over 12,000 students, including over 2,500 graduate students. Prior to coming to Connecticut, Dr. Miller served as the Chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater for six years. He has also been Dean of the College of Education at Florida State University from 1993-1999. He served as a professor and an administrator at Georgia Southern University and Wichita State University. Miller has taught students in public education from the elementary to doctoral degree levels in the United States, Costa Rica, England, and South Africa. He has lectured in many other countries, including Ireland and Sweden. Dr. Miller’s academic background includes a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ohio University (1969), a master’s degree in education from Northern Illinois University (1972) and a doctorate degree in education from Purdue University (1975). He has received numerous national awards, including the Excellence in Diversity award from the Brothers of the Academy for his commitment to access, retention, and graduation of underrepresented students in higher education in 2005, and the Pacesetter Award from the National Academic Advisory Association as CEO of the year in 2003. His annual study of America’s Most Literate Cities has been published by USA Today, and recognized in over 100 of the largest daily newspapers and on National Public Radio. He has presented 56 referred papers to 16 different learned societies in the United States and internationally in countries such as France and Jordan. He has also given numerous invited addresses and served as a consultant to over 40 educational agencies in the U.S. and other countries. He has published 43 articles in national and international journals, including publications in journals such as Educational Researcher and Journal of Educational Psychology. He has also authored 10 book chapters, two major monographs disseminated by international associations, four books, and three series of electronic and print instructional materials. Dr. Miller has served as Principal Investigator and written 19 research and training proposals funded for a total of $4.5 million by state, federal, and private agencies, including the Department of Defense, Department of Education, Bell South Foundation, and Foundation for Improvement of Postsecondary Education. He has served on boards of directors for both private corporations and public non-profit organizations, including Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Victim Assistance Program, Educational Assessment Systems, Inc., Farmers and Merchants Bank, St. Coletta’s of Wisconsin for Developmentally Disabled Citizens, Jefferson Literacy Council, and The Renaissance Group. Jack and his wife, Barbara, have three grown children: Lauren, Elizabeth, and Raymond.
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Paul Schlickmann Director of Athletics • First Year
Central Connecticut State University President Jack Miller named Paul Schlickmann the new Director of Athletics on April 9, 2010. Schlickmann, 44, comes to New Britain from Stony Brook University, where he was the Executive Associate Director of Athletics. He began his duties in the spring of 2010 and is charged with directing the Blue Devils’ 18-sport Division I athletics program. “We are extremely excited and proud to name Paul Schlickmann our new Director of Athletics,” Miller said. “He comes to Central at an exciting time. We are confident that he can lead us in the direction we are looking to go, and that is competing to win the Northeast Conference Commissioner’s Cup every season. Paul comes from a program that has grown tremendously during his time, and we are confident that his leadership and experience can bring Central back to the top of the NEC.” “I am honored and thrilled to be the Director of Athletics at Central Connecticut State University,” Schlickmann said. “Central has an impressive history of success and there is a palpable sense of pride about athletics throughout the campus community. I am excited to work with President Miller in achieving his vision for Blue Devil Athletics to be the premier program in the Northeast Conference.” Schlickmann served as the Chief Operating Officer at Stony Brook, managing the daily operations of the athletics department. He had direct oversight of over 30 full-time professional staff in several areas of the department, including external services, business operations, facility operations, planning and capital projects and all personnel matters. As a member of the senior management team, Schlickmann managed department strategic planning initiatives, policy and procedure development and implementation, the coordination of short- and long-term facility improvements and capital projects, and all facets of fund raising, corporate development and revenue generation. Schlickmann was responsible for a dramatic overhaul of Stony Brook’s athletic facilities during his tenure. In addition to successfully completing facility renovation and improvement projects totaling more than $8 million, he also managed the planning and design of another $30 million in capital projects. Schlickmann was elected to a four-year term on the NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Committee from 2004-08, and served as chair of that committee in 2007. He has been Stony Brook’s representative on the America East Championship/Competition Cabinet for each of the past seven years. He also served as the chair of Stony Brook’s organizing committee when the school hosted the 2006 NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse quarterfinals. At Stony Brook, Schlickmann was active on three strategic committees appointed by the President. These included the Five Year Plan Task Force on Student Experience, the Campus Climate Task Force and the Campus Council on Diversity and Affirmative Action. Schlickmann arrived at Stony Brook in August of 2003 after serving as the Associate Director of Athletics for Sports Administration and Football Operations at Yale University. He supervised the daily internal operations of 35 intercollegiate programs as a member of the senior management team. Schlickmann was the sport administrator for the men’s soccer and men’s lacrosse programs while also overseeing event operations. He has over 19 years of experience in intercollegiate athletics as an administrator and a coach. Schlickmann began his career in college athletics in 1989 as an assistant men’s basketball coach for two years at Worcester State College before moving on to graduate school at Springfield College. He worked as both an assistant men’s basketball coach and a graduate assistant to the Director of Athletics at Springfield. A native of Worcester, MA, Schlickmann earned his Bachelor of Arts in American Studies in 1989 from Trinity College, where he was a four year member of the men’s basketball team. He earned his Master of Science degree in Sport Administration from Springfield College in 1995 and is a 2008 graduate of the highly regarded Sports Management Institute. Schlickmann and his wife, Kristin, reside in Rocky Hill..
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The Northeast Conference Northeast Conference History When the Northeast Conference (NEC) was first established as the ECAC-Metro Conference back in 1981, the league’s founders had one goal in mind: to create a competitive NCAA Division I men’s basketball conference for unaffiliated schools on the Eastern seaboard. A single-sport entity at its inception, the NEC has grown far beyond expectations over the past three decades, having transformed itself into a burgeoning 12-member, 23-sport conference. To mark the NEC’s 30th Anniversary season in 2010-11, the Conference will proudly celebrate its heritage as its builds toward a promising future. The NEC and its member institutions are committed to providing opportunities for student-athletes to achieve their fullest potential both in athletic competition and in the classroom. Likewise, the Conference continually strives to be an NCAA Division I leader for athletic success, academic achievement and integrity, sportsmanship, equity and diversity, community partnership and national engagement. The remarkable success story of the conference began to unfold in 1985, when the league began sponsoring additional sports. Three years later, a change of name was in order and the Northeast Conference as we know it today was born. With membership and sport sponsorship continuing to grow over the next 25 years, the NEC now enjoys qualification or play-in access to 14 different NCAA Championships (baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, field hockey, football, men’s and women’s golf, women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, men’s and women’s tennis and women’s volleyball). Though the NEC has featured various incarnations since its inception, charter members Fairleigh Dickinson, Long Island, Robert Morris, St. Francis (NY), Saint Francis (PA) and Wagner remain part of the current 12-school alignment. They are joined by Monmouth (admitted in 1985), Mount St. Mary’s (1989), Central Connecticut State (1997), Quinnipiac (1998) and Sacred Heart (1999). NEC expansion continues with the addition of Bryant University in 2012 as the league’s 12th member, which will give the league a six-state geographic footprint with access to such major media markets as New York City, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Hartford and Providence. NEC member institutions now compete in 23 championship sports: baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, women’s bowling, men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, football, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s indoor track and field, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s outdoor track and field, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, women’s swimming, men’s and women’s tennis, and women’s volleyball. Northeast Conference Website/Television More widely-recognized than ever, the NEC continues to expand its new media initiatives to cater to a growing fan base.
The Conference has embraced social media with Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages, all of which have attracted loyal followings. The NEC also provides its fans with NEC On The Run podcast segments, weekly NEC Notebook spots (that also air on Sports Radio 66 WFAN in New York City and ESPN Radio 1250 in Pittsburgh) and video blogs. To further enhance its multimedia efforts, the league launched satellite website, www.northeastconference.tv, last fall. The site serves as the league’s webcast hub and offers an event archive dating back two years. A women’s basketball regular season Game of the Week along with ten conference championships (men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey, volleyball, women’s basketball, women’s bowling, men’s and women’s lacrosse, softball and baseball) made up the 2009-10 webcast package. The Conference also plans a summer relaunch of its official website, www.northeastconference.org. To supplement one of the premier regional basketball television packages in the country, the conference also produces a football package and a preseason basketball show entitled NEC Countdown to Tipoff. Over the last five years, the Conference has televised nearly 150 events, as the league’s coverage area expanded to over 50 million homes. Along with flagship station MSG Network, other regional television partners include MSG Plus, FSN-Pittsburgh, MASN, NESN, Fox College Sports, Cox Cable and the Connecticut Sports Network. In 2010, ESPN broadcast the men’s basketball championship game for the 23rd straight year, while ESPNU carried the women’s championship game, marking the third year in a row the women’s contest reached a nationwide audience. Academic Success The Northeast Conference’s commitment to academic excellence led to national recognition for both individual student-athletes and the league’s member institutions as a whole in 2009-10. NEC student-athletes graduated at an 84.7 percent rate, which is well above the national average of 79 percent according to NCAA Graduation Success Rate (GSR) data. Likewise, a total of 19 NEC teams garnered public recognition from the NCAA for their latest Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores. The league placed 33 representatives on ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District teams, one of whom - Monmouth men’s soccer player Daniel Bostock - went on to garner Academic All-America Honors. On a conference-wide level, more than 2,200 student-athletes qualified for the NEC Academic Honor Roll, a 13 percent increase from the previous year, while nearly 500 were named to the Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll with GPAs of 3.75 or higher. Student-athletes at Fairleigh Dickinson and Saint Francis (PA) posted combined GPAs of 3.24 to share the NEC Institutional Academic Award. Athletic Achievement The NEC’s exposure was widened on a national basis as the Conference sent representatives to NCAA Championship events in 13 different team sports in 200910, while NEC student-athletes individually qualified to compete for an NCAA title in women’s tennis, along with men’s and women’s golf. In the league’s highest profile event of the year - played before the largest crowd in conference history at the TD Bank Sports Center - Robert Morris defeated Quinnipiac, 52-50, to become the first men’s basketball program since the mid-90’s to repeat as NEC champion; RMU then captivated a nationwide audience with a
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The Northeast Conference near upset of #2 seed Villanova in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Less than a month later, the Conference drew headlines as Fairleigh Dickinson won the NCAA Women’s Bowling championship with a thrilling 4-3 win over Nebraska in the title match televised live by ESPN. The championship was historical in nature as it marked the first such title for a Northeast Conference institution in a leaguesponsored sport. In just its second year sponsoring the sport, the NEC featured six teams ranked in the top-15 of the National Tenpin Coaches Association (NTCA) poll during the 2009-10 campaign. The Monmouth men’s soccer program and Long Island softball team also found success on the national stage. After winning its fifth consecutive regular season crown, Monmouth went on to capture the NEC Tournament title and earned the opportunity to host #12 UConn on the Great Lawn in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Before a sellout crowd, the Hawks advanced past the Huskies in penalty kicks. The Hawks ranked as high as fifth and finished the season ranked 13th nationally in the NSCAA/adidas poll. Long Island softball completed an unprecedented season on the diamond by becoming the first team in NEC history to reach an NCAA Regional final in the sport. The Blackbirds defeated #21 UMass and Boston University before falling to #13 Arizona State. In football, Central Connecticut State won its first NEC football crown since 2005 and represented the Conference in the fourth Gridiron Classic. The Long Island women’s volleyball program continued its dominance with a sixth straight Northeast Conference championship last fall. It marks the longest active title streak in the conference in any sport. In its first season of competition, NEC newcomer Bryant ran away with the baseball regular season title. The stage was also set for the official launch of men’s lacrosse in 2010-11 as Mount St. Mary’s advanced to the NCAA Tournament after capturing the MAAC Championship. Bryant claimed the biggest win of the season with a 9-7 conquest of #9 Yale in April and Robert Morris reached as high as #19 in the USILA national poll. Individually, six NEC student-athletes received All-America honors in their respective sports. Monmouth senior attacker Ryan Kinne was named a first team NSCAA/ adidas All-American in men’s soccer, while his teammate, senior defender Daniel Bostock, was tabbed to the second team. Two members of the FDU national champion women’s bowling team - Sara Litteral and Erica Perez - were named AllAmericans by the National Tenpin Coaches Association. For Perez, it marked her fourth consecutive honor, while Litteral was recognized for the second straight year. CCSU baseball star Sean Allaire was tabbed a third team ABCA and Louisville Slugger All-American and Blue Devil running back James Mallory was named to the Associated Press and AFCA All-American teams, and was a finalist for the Walter Payton Award, presented annually to the outstanding college football player at the FCS level. Bryant catcher Jeff Vigurs (Cubs) and Sacred Heart’s Mike Drowne (Dodgers) were selected in the 2010 MLB Draft. Sacred Heart captured its third straight Brenda Weare Commissioner’s Cup. The Pioneers also claimed a fourth straight Joan Martin Women’s Commissioner’s Cup. The Men’s Cup was won by Monmouth for the eighth time in the last nine years. On Campus/In The Community The NEC welcomed the class of 2013 to campus last summer with a Freshman Orientation gift bag promotion, the first step in a new outreach program developed as a byproduct of the NEC Strategic Plan. Over 10,000 freshmen students across the membership were introduced to the Conference with promotional items, including an informative NEC Fan Guide. The NEC also participated in the NCAA’s Respect Campaign, an effort to promote an environment of respect and integrity at Conference events. The marketing campaign included co-branded NEC/NCAA banners, logos and print ads, along with public address announcements and personalized spots that ran during institutional radio and webcasts. The NEC, its member institutions and student-athletes have made community involvement an important piece of its mission. In 2009-10, the NEC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee made its annual visit to the Cancer Recovery Foundation in Hershey, PA in February. The SAAC coordinated a leaguewide “Penny Wars” fundraiser that resulted in a significant donation to the organization. NEC field hockey programs participated in a Be the Match Challenge, which helped facilitate matches for potential bone marrow donors. The drive resulted in more than 650 people signing up for the national Be The Match Registry. To assist in raising breast cancer awareness, NEC women’s volleyball teams supported “Dig Pink” for the first time on a conference basis this season, while women’s basketball teams also participated in the WBCA’s “Pink Zone” promotion. Additionally, the Sacred Heart SAAC was the recipient of the 2010 NCAA SAAC Award of Excellence. Evolving and Expanding In recent years, the NEC has taken aim at upgrading the caliber of the league’s championship sports and enhancing the opportunities and experiences for the more than 4,000 student-athletes that compete in the conference. The Conference will contest its first men’s lacrosse championship this year and has upgraded its women’s swimming and diving championship venue with its move to MIT in 2011. This fall, the NEC will gain automatic access to the Division I Football Championship for the first time, making football the 14th team sport in which NEC student-athletes are guaranteed a chance to compete for an NCAA crown. Set to embark on a number of new initiatives as part of the league’s Strategic Plan - including the creation of an NEC Athletic Hall of Fame - the NEC and its member institutions are committed to the future growth of the Conference.
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Academics Central Connecticut State University recognizes the contributions made by our student-athletes to the campus and community. Through the creation and support of the Academic Center for Student-Athletes, the university demonstrates its commitment to its mission: We prepare students to be thoughtful, responsible and successful citizens. We believe that academic development and athletic successes are mutually compatible; our objective is to: provide academic support, promote personal and social growth, and provide leadership opportunities. Each week, team advisors hold group meetings to promote the discussion of topics relevant to college life. Through a series of activities and guest speakers the student-athletes deal with issues including, but not limited to: • • • • • • • • • • •
Time Management Nutrition Learning Strategies Career Planning Self-Esteem Financial Planning and Preparedness Health and Wellness Study Skills Choosing a Major Team Building Community Service
Weekly meetings with team advisors provide student-athletes the opportunity to receive individualized academic advising and support. By reviewing their individual calendars and assignments with their team advisors, student-athletes are able to structure their time as they adapt to college life. Entering students are required to spend eight hours a week in the Academic Center. This requirement necessitates proper study time and task management. Extended hours, computer stations for student use, and academic support ensures a comfortable academic environ-
ment for student-athletes to excel. Students are encouraged to use other campus resources such as The Learning Center, The Math Center, The Writing Center, Language Lab and Music Lab to fulfill their required study hours. Each year a group of upperclassmen are selected to serve as Student Athlete Academic Mentors. Chosen for their academic record and demonstrated leadership ability, the Student Athlete Academic Mentors serve as models for incoming student-athletes. By assisting Team Advisors during group meetings, holding small group study sessions and tutoring in the academic center, the Student Athlete Academic Mentors provide additional academic support while developing their own leadership skills. Each athletic team selects representatives to serve on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). This group is designed to represent the interests of student-athletes on our campus and beyond. SAAC has input into the rules, regulations and policies that affect the lives of student-athletes as well as addressing issues of national concern. The group also sponsors events on campus and service projects in the community. Representatives participate in similar discussions at the conference level as part of the Northeast Conference SAAC.
Director of the Academic Center for Student-Athletes • Seventh Year
Kevin Oliva graduated from Central Connecticut State University in 1989 with his bachelor’s degree from the School of Business. He began working at Central Connecticut State University as a Residence Hall Director immediately following graduation. Oliva also received his master’s degree in counseling/student development in higher education from CCSU. He went on to work as an admissions counselor, recruiting and counseling prospective students at CCSU. He was then promoted to Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs, helping raise money for scholarships. Oliva led the Admissions Office for five years, meeting the University enrollment targets as Associate Director and Interim Director of Admissions. His commitment to student success led him to his current position as the Director of the Academic Center for Student-Athletes, which he has held for the past six years.
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Academics Blue Devil NEC Scholar-Athletes 2001-02 Tammie Repass Women’s Swimming and Diving 2002-03 Tammie Repass Women’s Swimming and Diving
The time demands on today’s Division I student-athletes to balance athletic participation with their obligations in the classroom are more challenging than ever. At Central, our primary objective is to provide our student-athletes with a positive educational experience. Thus, it is critical that we provide them with the services and resources they need to achieve academic success and to graduate. We value and foster the traditional concept of “mens sana in corpore sano”; a healthy mind in a healthy body. We strive to recruit young men and women who embrace all that a Central education has to offer and take great pride in the impressive academic accomplishments and accolades that our student-athletes achieve on an annual basis.
2003-04 Sabrina Mariani Women’s Soccer
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Lewis Pappariella Baseball 2004-05 Sabrina Mariani Women’s Soccer Jen Cote Volleyball Tom Pezzello Baseball 2005-06 Ashley Ferra Women’s Soccer Alex Harrison Men’s Soccer Chantelle Bowden Volleyball 2006-07 Alex Harrison Men’s Soccer Jess McCavanagh Women’s Soccer Lindsey Snyder Women’s Swimming and Diving Brendon Ray Men’s Golf 2007-08 Ryne Nutt Football Lindsey Snyder Women’s Swimming and Diving 2008-09 Erin Herd Women’s Soccer
NORTHEAST CONFERENCE Academic Honor Roll Each fall, winter and spring, the Northeast Conference names its Academic Honor Roll consisting of all its member institutions. To be a member of the NEC Honor Roll, student-athletes must maintain a 3.20 or better GPA (calculated after the most recent semester). The NEC also instituted a Commissioner’s Honor Roll, which began with the 2008-09 winter season. Student-athletes must maintain a 3.75 or better GPA to be recognized.
Since the Fall of 2000, CCSU has placed almost 700 studentathletes on the NEC Academic Honor Roll. Athletic Season Fall Winter Spring Fall Winter Spring Fall Winter Spring Fall Winter Spring Fall Winter Spring Fall Winter Spring Fall Winter Spring Fall Winter Spring Fall Winter Spring Fall Winter Spring
Year 2000 2000-01 2001 2001 2001-02 2002 2002 2002-03 2003 2003 2003-04 2004 2004 2004-05 2005 2005 2005-06 2006 2006 2006-07 2007 2007 2007-08 2008 2008 2008-09 2009 2009 2009-10 2010
CCSU Student-Athletes Honored 12 16 13 13 16 24 23 11 14 22 10 14 32 10 14 23 11 13 20 21 24 46 39 42 46 40 52 50 34 45
The Commissioner’s Honor Roll was instituted in 2008-09. Athletic Season Winter Spring Fall Winter Spring
Year 2008-09 2009 2010 2009-10 2010
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Strength and Conditioning
MICHAEL S. KNAPP WEIGHT TRAINING CENTER The Central Connecticut State University Strength and Conditioning program is a sophisticated blend of science, technology, nutrition, and one-on-one attention to each student-athlete. Central’s student-athletes make a year-round commitment to physically preparing to play their sport at the highest level.
Michael Ericksen • Director
That physical preparation addresses numerous components that are critical to athletic success, including strength, speed, power, agility, flexibility, metabolic conditioning and motivation. Central’s strength and conditioning staff, under the guidance of Michael P. Ericksen, MS, C.S.C.S., tailors a strength and conditioning program that matches the student athletes individual needs with the specific physical demands of their sport. At the heart of Central’s strength and conditioning program is the Michael S. Knapp Weight Training Center, located in Kaiser Hall, below Detrick Gymnasium. The physical elements of the Strength Center reflect the strength and conditioning philosophy. The 4,000 square foot facility contains more than 15,000 pounds of weights and 12 Olympic lifting platforms with multi-purpose power racks. The room also includes dumbbells ranging from five to 170 pounds, selectorized machines and numerous pieces of cardiovascular equipment. A fully equipped plyometric training area is located just off the Strength Center.
Alan Burr • Assistant Coach
Ericksen has been the Director of Sports Conditioning for Central Connecticut State University since 1997. He is a 2000 graduate of Central Connecticut State University with a MS in physical education/exercise science. Ericksen is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and holds a club coaching certificate from the United States Weightlifting Federation. He was a three-time captain of the rugby club at CCSU. Ericksen directs the strength and conditioning programs for all of CCSU’s 18 varsity sports. He is assisted by Alan Burr, MS, C.S.C.S., Phil Giampa, C.S.C.S. and Michael Piper, C.S.C.S.
Phil Giampa • Assistant Coach
Michael Piper • Assistant Coach
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Sports Medicine Head athletic trainer Kathy Pirog, MEd, ATC, oversees the Central Connecticut State University Sports Medicine Program. Pirog is joined by assistant athletic trainers Tom McCarthy, MS, ATC and Paul Manwaring, MS, ATC. The athletic training staff consists of board certified athletic trainers and athletic training students with EMT-B certification. Pirog, BS ’81, has served as the head athletic trainer for the Blue Devils since 1996. She is in her 25th year overall with the University, serving her first 11 years as a full-time assistant under Carl Krein, ATC, PT. Pirog played a major role in and was the primary designer for the Carl F. Krein Athletic Training Center, which is regarded by many as the top athletic training center in the state. Serving in a dual role, Pirog holds the rank of associate professor in the Department of Physical Education & Human Performance, where she teaches athletic training courses and serves as an approved clinical instructor in the Athletic Training Education Program. In May 2008, she was selected as an honorary member of the CT Orthopedic Society. Pirog can also be credited with obtaining national accreditation of the Athletic Training Education program in 2000, when she served as the curriculum program director. Pirog is the faculty advisor to the students’ athletic training club and is a past President of the Connecticut Athletic Trainers Association (CATA). She is also a former Secretary/Treasurer for the Eastern Athletic Trainer’s Association. McCarthy, a graduate of Central (BS ’90, MS ’94), began his tenure at CCSU in 1996. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Education & Human Performance where he teaches athletic training courses and serves as the clinical coordinator for the Athletic Training Education Program. McCarthy is also a past President of the CATA and co-chaired the licensure committee, where he was instrumental in securing licensure of athletic trainers in the state. Both McCarthy and Pirog are past recipients of the CATA Athletic Trainer of the Year Award. Manwaring is a graduate of the University of Connecticut (’95) and received his master’s degree from Central in 1999, where he worked as a graduate assistant in the athletic training department. Manwaring’s full-time appointment as an athletic trainer began in 2003 and he also serves as an approved clinical instructor for the Athletic Training Education Program. He is the Past-President of the CATA. Manwaring, along with McCarthy and Pirog, have co-authored numerous articles and presented their works relating to sports medicine at state, regional, and national conferences. Robert Waskowitz, MD is the senior team physician for intercollegiate athletics and also serves as the medical director to the Athletic Training Education Program at CCSU. He is a third generation doctor, as well as the third generation to practice as a team physician at CCSU. Now in his 10th year working with the Blue Devils, Robert is board certified, completed a fellowship in Sports Medicine at the prestigious Steadman-Hawkins Clinic in Colorado and is a highly respected orthopedic surgeon in New Britain. Additionally, he is an orthopedic consultant to the ESPN X-Games and Great Outdoor Games. Continuing with the CCSU medical team for his fifth year is Jeffrey Brown, MD. Brown is the Director of Sports Medicine at Hartford Medical Group and is Board Certified in both Family and Sports Medicine. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Brown University and his Sports Medicine Fellowship from the University of Connecticut. He is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine. The Carl Krein Athletic Training Center is named in honor of CCSU’s retired head athletic trainer, who served in that capacity for 30 years. Krein established a nationallyrespected athletic training curriculum at CCSU and was inducted into the CCSU Hall of Fame in 1995. He is a former U.S. Olympic athletic trainer, serving in the Lake Placid Olympics in 1980. In June of 2001, Krein received the highest honor obtainable in his profession when he was inducted as a member of the National Athletics Trainers Association (NATA) Hall of Fame. The Carl Krein Athletic Training Center was dedicated in 1998 and services both the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Department of Physical Education & Human Performance. It underwent a makeover this summer. In addition to serving as a health care facility for CCSU athletes, the facility provides a clinical setting for students majoring in athletic training and is utilized as an academic setting for the instruction of athletic training courses. The athletic training facility boasts over 3,000 square feet including areas for: hydrotherapy, rehabilitation, cardiovascular conditioning, evaluation, treatment, and a spacious taping area.
Head Athletic Trainer
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The Waskowitz Family Physician’s Room and Academic Center, also dedicated in 1998, honors the late Dr. William Waskowitz, and his late father, Dr. David Waskowitz. Both doctors served as team physicians of CCSU athletics and are members of CCSU’s Alumni Athletics Hall of Fame.
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