NEAC Midsummer Recap: News & Notes from Around the League

NEAC Midsummer Recap: News & Notes from Around the League

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – As we pass the halfway point of the summer, the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) takes a look at news from a number of our institutions around the league.


Four NEAC teams were ranked in the final Learfield Directors’ Cup standings. Morrisville State led all NEAC institutions with 125 points to tie for 153rd among the 324 institutions in the standings. Penn State Berks earned 114 points to tie for 163rd, while SUNY Polytechnic tied for 241st with 50 points. Gallaudet University rounded out the NEAC contingent, finishing tied for 289th with 25 points. Complete 2016-17 Learfield Directors’ Cup standings

The NEAC honored 806 scholar-athletes, setting a new record for the third-straight year. Keuka College led all NEAC institutions with 85 student-athletes earning a scholar-athlete distinction. Full Article

Thirteen Senior Woman Administrators and 20 NEAC female student-athletes attended the first-ever NEAC Women’s Leadership Day at the NEAC Annual Retreat in May. Full Article

Dr. David Rogers from Morrisville State is the new President’s Council Chair and Penn College President Dr. Davie Jane Gilmour has been selected as the vice-chair of the President’s Council. Cazenovia College Athletic Director Pete Way and Penn State Abington’s Deb Solfaro have also been named to the NEAC Executive Committee. Full Article

Bryn Athyn College

Bryn Athyn will compete as full member of NCAA Division III beginning fall 2017. The NCAA notified Bryn Athyn that it had successfully completed the provisional membership process in late June. Full Article

Cedar Crest College

Cedar Crest College has selected Charles MacDonald as its next Head Swim Coach, with his position slated to begin August 1. MacDonald comes to Cedar Crest after serving as an assistant coach and Physical Education Professor at Tufts University. Full Article

College of Saint Elizabeth

Juliene Brazinski-Simpson, the College of Saint Elizabeth’s Director of Athletics, was inducted into the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame on June 22. Simpson was one of four inductees in the Class of 2017, join former NFl player and coach Gary Kubiak, former NBA referee Steve Javie and world-renowned fencing coach Janusz Bednarski. Full Article

The College of Saint Elizabeth has announced the hiring of Marquetta Dickens as the Eagles’ new Head Women’s Basketball Coach and Assistant Director of Athletics. In addition to her coaching role, she will oversee student-athlete academics, game day management, team travel and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Full Article

D’Youville College

D’Youville College has named Hans Schroeder as its new head men’s volleyball coach. Prior to his promotion to the head position, Schroeder served as the Spartans’ assistant coach for the last three seasons. Full Article

Gallaudet University

The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved a proposal stating NCAA men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will follow the International Swimming Federation technical rules. The panel also approved the use of lights or a lighting system in addition to hand signals used for the start of races involving deaf and hard of hearing swimmers. The NEAC incorporated Reaction Light Systems (RLS) at the 2017 NEAC Swimming and Diving Championships hosted by Cazenovia College. Full Article

The Gallaudet University Sports Information Office, led by Associate Athletic Director for Communications Sam Atkinson, was selected as the 2016-17 Grant Burger Media Award winner for the Northeast Region as presented by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). Gallaudet is one of 10 Division III regional award recipients for women's volleyball. Full Article

Gallaudet University Associate Athletic Director for Communications Sam Atkinson was elected as Third Vice President of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) during the organization’s annual convention held in Orlando in June. Atkinson has served on the CoSIDA Board of Directors for the past two years and is the first in Gallaudet history to be elected for the CoSIDA officers’ rotation. Full Article

Hilbert College

After assuming the head coach position on an interim basis for the 2017 season, Hilbert College has announced Melissa Graham will continue to serve as head coach of the women’s lacrosse program. Graham stepped in to lead the team in February 2017 and guided the program to a number of new records. Full Article

Penn College

Penn College will compete as full members of NCAA Division III in fall 2017. The Wildcats received notification from the NCAA Division III Management Council that they had successfully completed the provisional membership process in three years. Full Article

Penn College announced the hiring of Bambi Hawkins as the new women’s volleyball head coach. Hawkins previously led the Wildcats from 2000-2012 and was the Penn College men’s club team coach for two years from 2013-2015. Hawkins was also a 2016 Penn College Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee. Full Article

SUNY Cobleskill

SUNY Cobleskill announced the hiring of Rosie Kays as the head coach of the Fighting Tigers women’s soccer program. Most recently, Kays spent two years as an assistant coach at Neumann University. She will also serve as the Director of Campus Recreation at SUNY Cobleskill. Full Article

The Fighting Tigers announced the resignation of Head Swimming and Diving Coach Chris Brown. Brown stepped down from his post after two seasons to accept a research assistantship position at Lehigh University where he will be pursuing doctoral studies. Brown led his men’s squad to a NEAC Championship in 2017, while the women’s team placed third overall. Full Article

Wells College

Wells College announced the hiring of Jim Clementi as the next men’s soccer head coach for the Express. Clementi brings an extensive background in coaching and playing at the collegiate level, most recently as the full-time assistant coach at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Full Article

Wilson College

Wilson College has named John Poss the first head coach of the new baseball program. Poss, who has extensive experience as a successful coach and a professional player, will begin building a Wilson team that will begin competition during the 2018-19 academic year. Full Article


The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has fourteen NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Bryn Athyn College, Cazenovia College, College of St. Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University – Abington, Pennsylvania State University – Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Morrisville State College, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Wells College, and Wilson College.  Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (M Volleyball), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse, M Volleyball), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse, M Volleyball), Pennsylvania State University – Altoona (M Volleyball), and Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf).  The NEAC has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sports of field hockey and men’s and women’s tennis.  For more information, please visit: