2006 Media Guide
and the Capital District
Table of Contents
Siena and the Capital District. . . Inside Front Cover
Content/Quick Facts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
The College . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Siena’s Franciscan Tradition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
The Capital Region. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
The Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
2006 Outlook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-7
Coaching Staff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
The Captain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Upperclassmen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-15
Newcomers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15-16
2005 Statistics and Results . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
2005 MAAC Results. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Year in Review . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
2006 Opponents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. . . . . . . . 21
Athletic Support Services . . . . . . . . . . . . 22-23
Siena College Administration . . . . . . . . . . 24-25
Siena College Head Coaching Staff . . . . . . . . 25
Saints in the Community . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26-27
Saints in the Classroom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
The Record Book. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29-32
Siena Athletics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
TV/Radio Roster . . . . . . . . . . inside back cover
2006 Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . back cover
2006 Volleyball Roster
Jason Rich ’98
Sports Information Director/
Stephen Dombroski ’04
Asst. Sports Information Director
NO NAME Class POS HT Hometown/High School
2 Elizabeth Akin JR OH 6-0 Monument, Colo./Palmer
3 Christie Gustafson SR OH 6-0 Rochester, N.Y./Gates Chili
5 Kelly Hummel SO M/RS 6-0 Hamburg, N.Y./Frontier
6 Nadiege Honore JR OH 6-0 San Fernando, Trinidad/Naparima Girls
7 Kathi Kobayashi SO DS 5-1 Aiea, Hawaii/Punahou
8 Celeste Sisson SO DS 5-7 Charleston, N.Y./Fonda-Fultonville
10 Janine Pesusich JR MH 6-1 Farmington Hills, Mich./Marian
11 Kaui Robello FR S/DS 5-7 Honolulu, Hawaii/Punahou
14 Emily Kruglik SO MH 6-3 Coventry, Conn./Coventry
16 Andrea McBride FR OH/DS 5-10 Hicksville, N.Y./Trinity
19 Burgandy McCurty FR M/RS 5-11 Port Washington, N.Y./Schreiber
20 April London SO S 5-10 Woodbury, Minn./Woodbury
23 Jessica Hackett JR S/DS 5-8 Pawling, N.Y./Pawling
Coaching Staff: Head Coach – Garvey Pierre
Assistant Coaches – Tim Stewart, Jennifer Sangiacomo
Location . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Loudonville, N.Y.
Enrollment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,900
Founded. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1937
Nickname. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Saints
Colors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Green and Gold
Facility/Capacity. . . . . . . . . Alumni Recreation Center/4,000
Conference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Metro Atlantic Athletic
President. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fr. Kevin E. Mackin, O.F.M.
Director of Athletics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John D’Argenio
Associate Athletic Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . Joyce Eggleston
Associate Athletic Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dennis Bates
Assistant Athletic Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kim Moutz
Corporate Sales Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Scott Knapp
Athletic Marketing Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . Camelia Trahan
Administrative Secretary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Megan Gilligan
Coaches’ Secretary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sybille Cowan
Athletic Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (518) 783-2450
Athletic Fax. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (518) 783-2992
2005 Record . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20-12
Conference Record/Finish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-2/2nd
Starters Returning/Lost. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 + libero/2
Letterwinners Returning/Lost. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/4
Head Coach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Garvey Pierre
Career Record. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34-49/4th Season
Record at Siena. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Same
Assistant Coaches . . . . . . Tim Stewart, Jennifer Sangiacomo
Office Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (518) 786-5044
Email . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . firstname.lastname@example.org
Sports Information Director. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jason Rich
Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (518) 783-2411
Email . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . email@example.com
Asst. SID. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stephen Dombroski
Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (518) 783-2377
Email . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . firstname.lastname@example.org
Fax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (518) 783-2992
The 2006 Siena College Volleyball Media Guide is published
by the Siena College Sports Information Office. It was written
and edited by Jason Rich, sports information director.
It may be purchased for $6 in the Marcelle Athletic Complex, or
by mail for $8. To do so, please send a check or money order to:
Siena College Sports Information Office, 515 Loudon Road,
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Design by: Jan Jarvis, Willow Graphics.
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Photography by: Stockton Photo, Inc.
Albany and Capital District photos courtesy of Albany County
Convention and Visitors Bureau, Inc.
For more information about the Siena College volleyball
program, please contact the Siena College Volleyball Office,
515 Loudon Road, Loudonville, N.Y. 12211-1462
Phone: (518) 786-5041 or (877) GO-SIENA (toll free)
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This is Siena
Siena College is a community of 2,900 men and women offering degrees in
Liberal Arts, Business, and Science. Founded in 1937, Siena is a coeducational,
independent, liberal arts college with a Franciscan and Catholic tradition.
Student-focused professors are at the heart of a supportive learning
community that prepares students for careers, an active role in their community,
and for the real world.
An independent Board of Trustees governs the College. An active Board of
Associate Trustees serves to strengthen the relationship between the campus
and the surrounding community.
Recognizing that its students come from varied racial, ethnic and cultural
backgrounds, Siena College supports the creation of a multi-cultured environment
for all of its students. The internal growth and development of Siena has
been continuous. In response to the changing needs of the times, the Siena
curriculum allows flexibility and individual choice for all undergraduates.
The Secret of Siena’s Success
What keeps Siena College among “America’s Best?” Since its founding,
Siena has been a community where care and concern for the intellectual,
personal and social growth of all students is paramount.
The overwhelming sense of community spirit at Siena grabs your attention the
moment you arrive on campus. It is a place where your friends are your neighbors,
your professors are your friends, and just about everyone calls you by
your name. The one on one interaction in the classroom and personal attention
to each individual is why students call Siena “home.”
Siena believes that a liberal arts education
provides our graduates with
the necessary skills to succeed.
Students can choose among 26 majors
in liberal arts, science and business.
All majors require coursework in
English, history, philosophy, religious
studies, fine arts, the social sciences
and natural science as part of Siena’s
Siena also offers more than a dozen
cooperative and special programs to
suit a variety of professional interests.
The Siena/Albany Medical College
Program features a medical education
with a distinct ethical dimension, the
first of its kind in America. Certificate
programs are also available in theatre,
peace and international studies, foreign
languages, and business. All certificate
programs offer students a concentration
of experience that enhances their majors and increases their career options.
Other popular choices include Study Abroad, the Siena in London program,
the Washington Semester, an MBA program with Clarkson University, and
several cooperative engineering programs.
Siena’s liberal arts education prepares every student for entry into professions
or to graduate school. Each year Siena graduates more
than 700 students who are eagerly accepted by leading
corporations, the public sector and into America’s
most prestigious graduate programs.
The proud sense of community
and spirit on the Siena
campus is directly linked to the students. Their
energy and enthusiasm is present in every
aspect of the College. Approximately 90 percent
of Siena’s freshmen live on campus,
and accommodations range from traditional
residence halls to suites and townhouses.
The student population is more influential
than most would imagine. There are more
than 70 student-run clubs, teams, committees,
intramural sports, and various other
programs to choose from. There is an
activity for virtually every interest. It is
student pride and activism that keeps
the Siena campus alive and strong.
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Understanding Siena’s Franciscan Tradition
The Catholic, Franciscan tradition is Siena’s founding tradition, and this
tradition remains alive at Siena where it engages students, faculty, staff,
administrators of diverse backgrounds.
Franciscan education is affective learning. It occurs in
the personal interactions of faculty, students, and student
affairs staff; it prepares students to address real
issues in our contemporary world, and to raise critical
questions. Siena has adopted a multicultural plan to
foster its Franciscan commitment to being a community
which reflects and appreciates the ethnic and cultural
richness of the college community.
The Franciscan tradition plays out in the two crucial areas of college life.
First, Siena’s Franciscan identity requires us to be a student-centered community.
It requires faculty, staff, and administrators to respect each student,
to work with students attentively, to communicate a sense of enjoyment
at being part of this college. Students work together in programs
which range from peer tutoring in the college to volunteering in the larger
community. The emphasis on volunteering means that not only does
Campus Ministry run an extensive volunteer program, but student organizations
carry out volunteer programs as part of being chartered by the College.
Many colleges say they are student-centered, but
Siena’s Catholic, Franciscan vision of human life
is essentially communal. It knows that life is
lived in, with, and for, other human beings. At
the same time, it respects the
irreplaceable dignity of the individual and the
individual’s freedom of conscience. This communal
and respectful experience begins
within the college community and is
carried out into the larger society.
Second, the Franciscan
tradition provides resources
which contribute to our
academic excellence. Saint
Francis called himself
simple and unlearned,
but he had a profound
and coherent understanding
of human identity,
social life, and the
physical world. This
with careful attention
to the real experience
of being human, living in a community, being situated in a particular place,
but then he put this experience in the context of a tradition. He could also
listen to and learn from people formed by other traditions.
Siena’s Franciscan tradition guides Siena in creating a curriculum which
stimulates individual intellectual growth and civic responsibility, connecting
knowledge and action.
The Franciscan tradition also focuses us on pedagogical strategies which
are both critical and interactive. It is the reason we limit our class sizes, it
is the reason we emphasize the relationship between faculty and students.
At Siena, education is understood as a transformative experience: personal
interaction, introduction into the traditions of human social life, and assuming
Siena College The Facts
Enrollment: Approximately 2,900 undergraduates: 53% women, 47% men.
Student-Faculty Ratio: 14:1
Class sizes range from 15-35
Location: Suburban, 155-acre campus two miles north of Albany, less
than three hours from New York City and Boston.
B.A.: American Studies, Classics, Creative Arts, Economics, English,
Environmental Studies, French, History, Mathematics, Philosophy, Political
Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish
B.S.: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Finance,
Marketing & Management, Physics
All Siena students have free Internet and e-mail access; students
have 24-hour access to campus-wide computer system; Siena maintains
specialized computer labs for Arts, Science, and Business students.
Student-Computer Ratio: 12:1.
80 percent of students live on campus in residence halls, suites or
townhouses. More than 60 organizations, including Karate Club, Ski
Club, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Multicultural Center, Model UN, Stage
Three, Students Events Board, and 88.3 FM-WVCR.
Marcelle Athletic Complex (“The MAC”) features exercise equipment,
swimming pool, racquet and squash courts, aerobics, an elevated,
banked running track and basketball courts.
18 NCAA Division I sports (7 for men, 11 for women); 20 intramural
and club activities.
$28,260 (tuition, room and board and fees
Approximately 85 percent of Siena students receive
Siena College Volleyball 2006 3
The Capital Region
Pick the ideal location for a city. Make it a port
on a seagoing river, and root it in history almost a
century older than the United States itself. Let it be
a seat of government, but situate it among three of
the most beautiful mountain ranges in the country.
For the adventurous spirit, position it equidistant
from New York, Boston, and Montreal, and you have
the Capital Region—one of the most dynamic capital
areas in the nation.
Albany’s prime location, stable economy and quality
of living are luring an increasingly diverse population
to the Capital Region. From large corporations to
seedling businesses and flourishing arts organizations,
the region provides the goods and services to
The 152-acre Siena College campus is located in the
suburban community of Loudonville, just two miles
north of the New
York State capital.
Nearly one million
people live and
work in the
and more than
live and learn in
the region’s 14 colleges and universities.
If it is entertainment one seeks, you need not look
far. The picturesque town of Saratoga Springs is
located only 20 minutes north, and is home to the
Saratoga Performing Arts Center, an amphitheatre
which draws famous acts for anyone’s taste. In the
summer, the serene town transforms into the mecca
of thoroughbred racing, drawing over half a million
fans to view its exciting races annually.
The Pepsi Arena,
located in downtown
Albany, hosts some of the
country’s top entertainment acts,
and doubles as the home of the area’s
premiere sporting events as well. The
Albany River Rats of the International Hockey
League, the Albany Conquest of the Arena2 Football
League and the Siena men’s basketball team all play
home games in the arena.
Outdoor fun takes students skiing on some of the best
trails in the Northeast, hiking in the Adirondacks, or
boating on the Hudson or Mohawk Rivers.
It’s that simple. This is a place of entertainment and
excitement, of history and beauty. From daydream to
fact, the Capital Region is fulfilling the highest
expectations of a diverse and growing community.
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2006 graduate Liz Hubbard capped off
one of the most decorated seasons any
Siena student-athlete has ever had with
a selection to the 2005 MAAC
Tournament Team after keying Siena’s
Championship. Hubbard was named
MAAC Woman of the Year, MAAC
Humanitarian of the Year and selected to
the First-Team All-District ESPN The
Magazine All-Academic Team. Hubbard
performed a service internship in Kenya
the summer prior to her senior year as
part of the nationally renowned Siena
College/Albany Medical College program
in Science, Humanities and Medicine.
With a full-time coaching staff in place, the Siena volleyball program
becomes increasingly dedicated to providing each student-athlete with the
opportunity to become the best volleyball player she can be; however, this
is not the number one priority. Any
athletic success without paralleled
academic achievement is viewed as a
hollow victory. As a result, volleyball
will always take a back seat to academics
and a player’s family values
Student-athletes strive to succeed
at Siena for a variety of reasons. The
combination of having each class at
Siena taught by actual professors,
and having a low student/professor
ratio, helps foster an environment in
which learning is cutting-edge and
exciting. Siena student-athletes
quickly realize the academic success
they attain will translate into opportunities,
and eventually, successful
careers beyond college. The Capital
Region provides an ideal locale for
such opportunities to be pursued,
as countless internships are readily
available to students.
Siena women’s volleyball has a proud
tradition of success both on the court
and in the classroom. Five MAAC
Championships (1993, 1994, 1995,
1996, 2005) and three American
Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA)
awards for academic distinction
(1994, 1995, 2005) – presented to
teams that boast a 20-win season
and a 3.3 team grade-point average –
highlight the program’s long list of
distinctions. The Saints returned to the
NCAA Tournament last season for the second time in
program history (1995); proving academic and athletic
achievement can go hand-in-hand. To that end, there is
perhaps no greater tribute to the Siena volleyball program
than the successes achieved by its alumni. Recent
graduates have become doctors, lawyers, educators,
medical researchers, psychologists and accountants in
national firms. Other alumni have moved on to different countries and top
graduate schools to pursue their dreams.
With the injection of full grant-in-aid scholarships, the Siena coaching staff
now has the luxury of recruiting exceptional high school athletes, while
remaining committed to bringing in the type of individual who is rich in
character and has demonstrated the capability to thrive at Siena. Coach Pierre
also has the added benefit of being the first full-time head coach in the history
of the program, meaning he and his staff will be on-campus full-time to
work toward the development of the storied Siena program. The staff has
singled out four goals they hope to discover in every recruit, each illustrating
a particular quality of an individual’s constitution.
The first goal is to find athletes who are willing to pay the price in the classroom
and excel academically – students who realize they can open more doors
in the world with a sound education than a hard spike. Second, the aim is
to discover proven leaders – athletes who are not afraid to be the go-to players
when the score is tied late in the match.
Third, the goal is to
find athletes who have
the unique ability to
make the players
around them better –
students who demonstrate
the importance of
teamwork and team
Finally, the staff looks
for something many
Division I schools do
not. The Siena
coaches recruit players
who are willing to
laugh and have fun.
After all, volleyball is
just a game, and
while at times it is
intense and serious,
without the laughs,
smiles and friendships
would not be worth
This type of athlete is
not easy to find, but
the Siena coaching
staff remains dedicated
to the search –
committed to keep
the rich tradition of
Siena volleyball alive.
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2006 Season Outlook
Head coach Garvey Pierre’s expectations for his program
are the same as they were a year ago at this time. It is
those around the league, and around the Northeast
that have changed.
Pierre brashly predicted Siena’s stunning MAAC
Championship last fall, listing the Saints atop the
ballot he cast in the 2005 poll of the conference’s
coaches. Every other coach picked Siena last.
Now, the tables have turned. Siena is the coaches’ choice
to repeat its 2005 title. The Saints return four of six starters
including a talented crop of outside and middle hitters, the conference’s
most heralded setter and a defense anchored by an ever-improving
young libero. So it stands to reason that the powers-to-be see the
Saints in a different light, even if Pierre does not.
“We knew we had the talent last year, it was just a matter of putting
everything together,” Pierre said. “We got a taste of what the
NCAAs are all about and everyone has the same goal in mind this
season. Last year we had to make everyone believe it was possible.
Now everyone knows what we are capable of, it’s just a matter
The Saints saw first-hand the value of preseason polls a year
ago, so Pierre is confident he can keep
the team focused from the start.
“It is important to approach
each game as a new challenge,
and not look too far in the future,”
Pierre said. “We cannot concern ourselves
with what we hope will happen in
November and December, and we must respect
every opponent on our schedule.”
MAAC Preseason Player of the Year Nadiege Honore will share duties
on the outside with reigning Tournament MVP, senior co-captain Christie
Gustafson, giving the Saints the most dangerous attack tandem in the league.
Honore set a school record, averaging just under four kills per game as a
sophomore a year ago. Her exponential improvement was a major reason
behind the Saints’ quantum leap in the conference standings. Honore, who
hails from the Caribbean island of Trinidad, was lured to Loudonville by
Pierre, who grew up in Haiti and has targeted the tropics throughout his
ambitious recruiting schedule.
Honore is far and away the MAAC’s most athletic talent. She will miss some
of the Saints’ summer workouts traveling with the Trinidad National Volleyball
team. Her vertical leap and finishes at the 10-foot line will be counted on
heavily as the Saints look to emphatically complete their attacks.
Gustafson has improved each year with the program. As a junior, she earned
Second-Team All-MAAC honors, and this summer she was tabbed to the
Preseason All-MAAC team. Gustafson is an ultra-consistent attacker who has
added velocity and improved location to her powerful swing. The consummate
teammate, she will again shoulder a major responsibility on the court
and be asked to lead as the team’s only senior.
Gustafson earned a perfect 4.0 this past spring, raising her grade
point average over 3.80. She could follow in the footsteps of 2005
graduate Liz Hubbard as a District Academic All-American this fall.
Freshman Andrea McBride figures to gain a great deal of
experience shadowing Honore and Gustafson this
spring. The Capital Region product is a versatile
talent with a great work ethic.
Player of the Year,
“We will count heavily on Christie and
Nadiege this season,” Pierre said. “I
expect us to be the best attacking
team in the league and the majority
of our offensive sets will run
through one of them.”
Junior Janine Pesusich
is the likely candidate to
fill the void left by the graduation of Hubbard. Hubbard will be
difficult to replace. The 6-foot middle hitter was the most decorated
athlete at the College last season, and her graduation will
certainly be felt this year on the hardwood.
“Liz was a major reason behind what we accomplished last year,”
Pierre said. “She was a calming influence on the court and a great
leader at practice and during the games. She will be difficult to
replace, but I am confident in the middles we have coming back.”
Pesusich also demonstrated great improvement a year ago seeing
meaningful action in 30 of the team’s 32 matches. She has the
size and confidence to produce in the middle, especially on defense.
She should have plenty of opportunities to show off her improved swing as
well, with opposing defenses keying on Honore and Gustafson.
“Janine is capable of dominating in the middle and competing for All-MAAC
honors this fall,” Pierre said. “She showed what she was capable of last
season and we will be happy with the same effort this season.”
Pesusich will be joined by sophomore Emily Kruglik and newcomer
Burgandy McCurty. Kruglik is the team’s tallest player. She saw limited
action a year ago, but worked tirelessly at improving her footwork in the
off-season. She could add a dimension to the middle if she develops as
quickly as Pierre hopes.
McCurty plays much bigger than her 5-11 frame would indicate, and although
she can play all three front row positions, Pierre will likely predominantly
utilize her in the middle.
It will be important that Pesusich, Kruglik and McCurty provide an immediate
presence so the Saints can balance their offense and
free up the opposite side.
Christa Glenn was presented with the inaugural
“Unsung Hero” award by her teammates for her
work on the right side last season and will be as
difficult as Hubbard to replace.
Leading the way as potential candidates are sophomore
Kelly Hummel and junior Elizabeth Akin.
Hummel saw the most action of the pair a year
ago, playing in all 32 matches. She progressed immensely as the year
advanced and was on the floor for several key points in the postseason.
That experience will likely give her an edge as will her size and range at
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Akin is another versatile player with improved confidence. She can play any
position on the floor and will likely see even more game action than the 22
contests in which she appeared last season.
It is also possible that Pierre could move Gustafson to the right side to
create a formidable front row and keep the opposing defense off guard.
“The right side will be critical to our success this season,” Pierre noted. “I
have confidence in all of the options we have away from the ball, and know
that April (London) does as well.”
There is no certainty greater than Pierre’s choice at setter. April London
broke onto the scene as a rookie a year ago in record-setting style. The
Woodbury, Minn. native amassed a school-best 10.4 assists per game en
route to capturing MAAC Rookie of the Year and MAAC co-Setter of the
London is a creative passer who sees the floor extremely well and makes
excellent decisions. The maturity she showed in her first season was perhaps
the biggest difference in the team’s overall success. The Saints expect to gel
as a cohesive unit for the next three years with London calling the shots. She
compliments her expert passing with an excellent service and sound defense.
“April may have been our team MVP last season,” Pierre said. “She made
as big a difference in our overall success as any player in the league. We all
have confidence in her and know she is committed to working even harder
to improve her game.”
The Saints return their entire defense with sparkplug libero Kathi Kobayashi
leading the way.
Kobayashi led the Saints with 3.5 digs per game as a freshman, regularly
turning opposing attacks into scoring opportunities. Her value, however, far
extends the stat sheet. In the Saints’ NCAA Tournament game against
eventual National Champion Washington, Kobayashi was all over the court,
regularly turning away attacks from some of the country’s most distinguished
hitters. The diminutive Hawaiian seems well suited to wear the opposite
colored jersey for the next three years.
“Kathi brings tremendous energy to the floor,” Pierre said. “She is unfazed
by everything around her and extremely adept at providing April with a
very passable ball.”
Jessica Hackett played in 30 of 32 games last season, primarily
as a defensive specialist. Hackett plays with great enthusiasm
and is a vocal leader on the court. With
two years of extensive playing experience, she will be looked to for leadership
in the back row this season.
Pierre’s most touted recruit is back row specialist Kaui Robello who played
her high school volleyball with Kobayashi at Punahou on the main island.
Kobayashi calls Robello the best passer she has ever played with, a skill that
will be valuable as the Saints look to start their offense with quality digs and
purposeful passes. Additionally, she has great instincts and technique, which
should enable her to step in and adapt quickly to Division I volleyball.
Rounding out the back row is sophomore Celeste Sisson. A local product,
Sisson gained valuable experience in Pierre’s system last season. She is a hard
worker who has shown improvement and should add quality depth on defense.
“Our defense will be a strength this season,” Pierre said. “We take great
pride in our defense and work very hard at teaching responsibility. Kathi
will have even more help this season which should enable us to be the best
digging and passing team in the MAAC.”
The Saints will be put to the test from the start. The season opens in
Tucson, Ariz. as Siena draws host Arizona in the first round of the Four
Points Sheraton Wildcat Invitational. After their date with the national
power Wildcats, the team will take on San Francisco and Northern Colorado
before hopping a cross-country flight back home.
The following two weekends bring Tournament play as well. The Saints
again partake in the Big Orange Tournament hosted by Syracuse the first
weekend in September, where matches with the Orange, Kentucky and New
A week later, the team will cross the Empire State over night to play in two
more invitationals. Siena travels to Long Island Friday, September 8 to play
Stony Brook and Yale in the Stony Brook Tournament and then boards a
bus for Hamilton for two games the next day against Princeton and host
Colgate in the Red Raider Classic.
“Tournament play early in the season is key to our long-term success,”
Pierre said. “Not only will we see quality opposition and get a bunch of
matches under our belt, but it will also help us prepare for the postseason
and the critical MAAC Tournament in November.”
MAAC play commences September 16 under a new format as Canisius comes
to Loudonville for the Saints’ home opener. This year, each team in the conference
will play each other twice (once home and once away) meaning nine
MAAC matches have been added to the schedule.
The additional conference matches trim the remaining non-conference
docket to just three contests. A quick trip to Albany on September 26
sandwiches home televised matches with Binghamton (September 20) and
Syracuse (October 17).
“The new format will certainly get us better acclimated with all the teams
in the league,” Pierre said. “There will be no surprises when we all get
together for the MAAC Tournament.”
The MAAC Tournament also takes on a new format this year, as Disney’s
Wide World of Sports Complex hosts this year’s volleyball championships for
the third time since 1998. As part of the league’s on-going partnership
with Disney, all 10 teams will partake in this year’s double-elimination
Tournament (as opposed to the traditional four-team, singleelimination
“It is a great opportunity to play the
Tournament at Disney’s first class venue,”
Pierre said. “That said, we know it will be
a more difficult route to the championship
with every team in the league advancing.”
Siena College Volleyball 2006
Siena Volleyball Coaching Staff
Head Coach – Garvey Pierre
Garvey Pierre begins his fourth season as the head
volleyball coach at Siena College after becoming the
program’s initial full-time coach in April of 2003.
Pierre has reenergized the Saints’ program with
stellar recruiting and ambitious vision. In just his
third year, he guided the upstart Saints to the
MAAC Championship last season and the second
NCAA appearance in program history.
This type of success is nothing new for Pierre.
Prior to being named Siena’s head coach, Pierre
led the volleyball program at Mercy College in
Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. While at Mercy, Pierre compiled a
winning percentage in excess of 75%, which listed him seventh among active
Division II coaches with at least five years of experience upon his resignation.
Pierre’s teams gained three conference championships, and a number one ranking
in the Northeast Region in 2000 (33-2 record) and 2001 (34-2 record).
He was named conference Coach of the Year four times and Northeast
Region Coach of the Year twice.
In 2001 Pierre led Mercy to the final eight in the NCAA Tournament. In addition,
his teams held the best grade point average among all teams in the Mercy
athletic department for seven straight years.
Pierre is a graduate of Quebec University (BA) and Mercy (BS). He was a
technical adviser for his native Haiti’s men’s national team in 1994 and was
an assistant coach for Haiti’s women’s national team in 1996 for the Norceca
Games (pre-Olympics). Pierre was also a participant in the 1992 Norceca Games.
The 2005 season marked the first year that Pierre coached a team consisting
of primarily his own recruits. The results were dramatic. Despite being picked
last by every coach in the league except Pierre (who picked Siena first) in the
Preseason Coaches Poll, the Saints reeled off nine straight wins to capture
the MAAC Championship. Pierre recruited 2006 MAAC Preseason Player of
the Year, Nadiege Honore, and 2005 MAAC Rookie of the Year, April London,
the last two seasons.
The future of the Siena volleyball program appears to be in very sound hands
and Pierre vows last season’s breakthrough
was just the beginning.
Assistant Coach – Tim Stewart ’02
Tim Stewart, a 2002 graduate of Siena College,
begins his second year as an assistant coach after
helping Siena reach the NCAA Tournament in just
his first season. Stewart brings a vast volleyball
background to the Siena program, with playing,
coaching and officiating experience at various
levels of the game.
Stewart’s coaching experience began in 1999
when he accepted a position as a varsity coach at
Niskayuna High School as an undergraduate. There
he coached the Silver Warriors for two seasons,
helping them to their first victory after two prior
winless seasons (0-36 previous record). Just two years later, in his final
season with the team, Stewart’s Warriors posted a 13-5 record and finished
third in the Suburban Council tournament. Since September of 2001, Stewart
has been a certified official, overseeing various high school and collegiate
matches in the Capital Region. During his tenure with the Siena women’s
program in 2005-06 season, Stewart extended his coaching career, acting
as head coach for the Siena Men’s Club Volleyball team, and head coach of
the Adirondack Women’s Open volleyball team for the Empire State Games.
Stewart was president and captain of the men’s club volleyball team at Siena
in 2000-2001 and participated all four years as a setter for the team. He
participated in the Empire State Games in 1996 and 2004 and has played in
the USA Adult National Tournaments in Atlanta (2004), Denver (2005), and
New Orleans (2006). Additionally, Stewart is a managing member and tournament
director for Capital District Grass Doubles. In that capacity, he
conducts 10-12 two-on-two grass volleyball tournaments each summer,
which are sanctioned by the Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP).
Off the court, Stewart has worked in the Capital Region as a risk and advisory
associate for KPMG LLP and is currently pursing a master’s degree in
Education at the State University of New York at Albany.
Assistant Coach – Jennifer Sangiacomo
Jennifer Sangiacomo looks to help the Saints repeat
the success they achieved in her first year with the
program in 2005. Sangiacomo brings a wealth of
volleyball knowledge to the Siena program, having
been actively involved at the club volleyball level,
coaching Primo (Rochester, N.Y.) from 1998-99
and serving as the Burnt Hills Coach in 2002.
Sangiacomo was born in Utica in 1979 and moved
to the Capital Region when she was five. She played
four years of volleyball, basketball and softball at
Guilderland High School. She played two years
under coach Patty Blacklock for the Capital District Volleyball Club
and has since played four years USAV for Slaughterhouse 6, a Club
Team in the Albany area. She was additionally a member of the 1998
Empire State Games Adirondack Open Team.
Sangiacomo has played six years of competitive doubles volleyball
at the open level, winning several tournaments around
the Northeast. She has also coached the Special Olympics
Unified Team (1999) and served as the co-director of Capital
District Grass Doubles, running outdoor tournaments for the
past five summers.
A 2000 graduate of Nazareth College with a degree in history,
Sangiacomo started for three years on the varsity volleyball
team as a middle blocker and outside hitter. She received her
Master’s in instructional technology and curriculum development
from SUNY Albany in 2004. Off the court, she serves as a
seventh-grade social studies teacher at Cohoes Middle School.
8 Siena College Volleyball 2006
Senior • 6-foot • Outside Hitter
Rochester, N.Y./Gates Chili
General: Preseason All-MAAC...Captain for second
straight season...The only senior on this year’s team
...On pace to finish her career in top-5 on career
charts in kills, digs and assists...An impact player
with strong knowledge of the game, a powerful
swing and great instincts at the net...Has developed
into one of the league’s
most consistent hitters
...Improved defensive player with tremendous
overall match experience...Excellent student
who carries a 3.80 GPA into senior season...
Extremely athletic player who possesses the
will to win and the respect of her teammates
...Has started since her arrival and will compete
for First-Team All-MAAC honors this season.
As a Junior: Second-Team All-MAAC...
MAAC Tournament MVP...MAAC All-Tournament
Team...MAAC Honor Roll...All-Tournament
Team at Holy Cross Invitational
...Started all 32 matches and all 120
games for MAAC Championship team...
Finished second on squad with 3.46 kills
per game and 44 service aces...Posted a .206
attack percentage...Third on the team with 2.4 digs
per game and 47 total blocks...Had five 20+ kill matches and 24 doubledigit
kill performances...Collected 16 kills and 22 digs in five-game win
over Canisius (10/30).
As a Sophomore: MAAC All-Academic Team...MAAC Honor Roll...Led
team with 370 kills and 3.94 kills per game...Tops on squad with 313
digs and 3.33 digs per game...Started all 26 matches and 96 of the
team’s 98 games...Registered 44 blocks (.47/game) and 37 service
aces (.39/game)...Recorded a .192 hitting percentage.
As a Freshman: Appeared in team-high 95 games and all 26
matches...Recorded 2.88 kills per game—the second most on the
squad...Also second on team with 36 blocks and 274 total kills...
Ended season third on team with 30 aces and 216 digs.
Personal/Community: Born September 17, 1985 in
Rochester...Active member of Siena and Capital
Region communities...Member of prestigious 21st
Century Business Leader’s Society...
Sigma Beta Delta member...Honored
on President’s List (2003-06)...
Volunteered with Albany’s “Kids in
the Kitchen” program...A marketing
major who chose the college
because of the campus, people
she met and surrounding area...
Sister Betsy is a 2001 graduate of
Oswego State where she lettered
on the volleyball team...The
daughter of Marianne and William
Before Siena: Lettered in soccer and volleyball for three years at Gates
Chili, where she was named Female Athlete of the Year in 2003...Additional
accolades include: New York State Scholar Athlete (Fr.-Sr.), First-Team All-
County (Jr. and Sr. seasons), Second-Team All-State (Sr.), Monroe County
Division I Player of the Year (Sr.) and Empire State Gold Medallist (Sr.).
Pierre on Gustafson: “I always believed in Christie. She is one of the finest
volleyball players I have ever coached. Christie can deliver when it really
matters. She possesses all the qualities one could ask for in a student-athlete
and I really am looking forward to her senior season.”
Getting to Know Christie Gustafson
Favorite food: Chicken Parm
Favorite color: Pink
Favorite thing about Siena: The people
Favorite class: Consumer Behavior
Favorite song: #41 by Dave Matthew Band
Favorite actor: Will Ferrell
Favorite book: The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks
Favorite musical group: Dave Matthews Band
Favorite movie: Anchorman
YEAR MP GP TA K K/GM PCT E D D/GM B SA
2003 26 95 866 274 2.88 .126 165 216 2.27 36 30
2004 26 94 1,062 370 3.94 .192 166 313 3.33 44 37
2005 32 120 1,136 415 3.46 .206 181 288 2.40 47 44
Totals 84 309 3,064 1,059 3.43 .180 512 817 2.64 127 111
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Junior • 6-foot • Right Side
General: A versatile threat, who can play in both
the front and back row...Has good size and fundamentals...A
capable defender and another weapon
on both the right side and middle on offense...
Made the cross-country journey to Loudonville
from Colorado...Possesses great volleyball upbringing,
and a strong work ethic...Excellent student as
evidenced by 3.63 GPA through two years...Will be counted on for increased
production and leadership as an upperclassman this year.
As a Sophomore: MAAC All-Academic Team...Played in 22 matches and 31
games...Collected 16 digs, two blocks and two kills.
As a Freshman: Played in 25 of the team’s 26 matches and 43 total games...
Collected 65 digs, averaging 1.5 per game...Also notched three kills and
two service aces.
Personal/Community: A biology major who aspires to be a researcher...
Enjoys art, baking and horseback riding when not in the classroom or on
the court...Served as a volunteer intern at USA Volleyball in Colorado...
Also volunteered as a counselor at Wings Like Eagles Therapeutic
Riding Camp (1999-2004)...Was named to the President’s List
at Siena...The daughter of David and Nancy Akin...David introduced
her to volleyball and still plays at the master’s level.
Before Siena: Born December 22, 1985 in Colorado
Springs, Colo...Played four years of volleyball at
Palmer High School, earning Most Improved
Player and Most Valuable Player accolades on
the junior varsity squad.
Pierre on Akin: “Liz is very versatile and
can play all positions on the court
except for setter. She is showing
great confidence and should make
an impact this season.”
Getting to Know Elizabeth Akin
Favorite food: Ice cream
Favorite thing about Siena: Friends I have made
Favorite class: Psychology
Favorite hobby: Snowboarding
Favorite actor: Will Smith
Favorite musical group: Goo Goo Dolls
Favorite movie: V for Vendetta
Favorite book: Angels and Demons
Favorite TV show: Grey’s Anatomy
Favorite color: Blue
YEAR MP GP TA K K/GM PCT E D D/GM B SA
2004 25 43 24 3 0.07 -.083 5 65 1.51 0 3
2005 22 31 18 2 0.06 -.222 6 16 0.52 2 0
Totals 47 74 42 5 0.06 -.140 11 81 1.09 2 3
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Junior • 6-foot • Outside Hitter
San Fernando, Trinidad/
Naparima Girls’ High School
General: Preseason MAAC Player of the
Year...Spent much of the summer traveling
with the Trinidad and Tobago National
volleyball team...Tremendous athlete with
developed knowledge of game fostered
through international competition...Extremely
skilled attacker who can kill the ball regularly
at the 10-foot line...Powerful, loose swing...The team’s top leaper and a
much-improved defender...A dominant force who can take over the
match...The conference’s most dangerous, and most athletic player.
As a Sophomore: First-Team All-MAAC...Broke single-season school
record with 3.96 kills per game...Led outside hitters with a .249
attack percentage...Second on the team with 2.62 kills per game...
Collected 43 blocks, 22 service aces and 33 assists...Named to Holy
Cross All-Tournament Team (9/3)...Named to Stony Brook All-
Tournament Team (9/10)...Joined the 30 kill club with 34 kills in five game
win over Marist (10/5)...Posted six 20+ kill matches.
As a Freshman: Finished second on the team with 2.24 kills per game....
Appeared in 22 matches and 63 games on the outside...Totaled 141 kills
and 71 digs...Ended season with 22 blocks and three service aces.
Personal/Community: Born January 4, 1986 in Trinidad...Was heavily
involved in the community in Trinidad, teaching underprivileged children
the game of volleyball and helping develop their self esteem...Brother Marc
Anthony attends St. Francis and younger sister, Solange, plays volleyball...
Father is president of a volleyball club team in Trinidad...Lists music, dance,
drama, poetry, writing, modeling and swimming as outside interests...
Chose Siena because of its high academic standard and volleyball history
...The daughter of Terrence and Judith Honore.
Before Siena: A three-sport athlete in high school, Honore competed in the
high jump as well as the 100 and 200-meter on the track team at Naparima
School for Girls...She was also a member of the Junior National Team for
Trinidad and Tobago.
Pierre on Honore: “Every coach would love to have Nadiege on their team.
With her experience, Nadiege should be able to show more confidence on
the court and dominate the MAAC with her leaping ability and devastating
attack. This season should be a turning point in her volleyball career.”
YEAR MP GP TA K K/GM PCT E D D/GM B SA
2004 22 63 373 141 2.24 .188 71 71 1.13 22 3
2005 32 116 1,050 459 3.96 .249 198 304 2.62 43 22
Totals 54 179 1,423 600 3.35 .230 269 375 2.09 65 25
Getting to Know Nadiege Honore
Favorite food: Lasagna
Favorite song: Hopeful by Faith Evans
Favorite thing about Siena: The people
Favorite class: Love and intimate relationships
Favorite hobby: Listening to music
Favorite actor/actress: I like too many to choose one
Favorite movie: The list is too long
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Junior • 6-1 • Middle Hitter
Farmington Hills, Mich./Marian
General: The likely starter in the middle this season
...A talented athlete who adds size and skill to the
Saints front row...Improved greatly from her freshman
to sophomore seasons and appears poised for
a breakthrough year...Possesses tremendous skill
and has potential to evolve into one of the league’s
premier front line players.
As a Sophomore: Played in 30 matches and 90 games...Compiled 1.38 kills
per game and led the team with 82 blocks (.91/game)...Posted a .231 attack
percentage...Had season-high 11 kills and seven blocks in key win over
As a Freshman: Played in 24 matches and 67 games...Ended season with
100 kills and finished second on team with a .207 hitting percentage...Led the
team with .90 blocks per game, collecting 60 blocks (14 solo) on season.
Personal/Community: Born October 2, 1985 in Southfield, Mich...Played
club volleyball for one of the most recognized clubs in the country...Chose
Siena because she liked the campus and the area...Lists ultimate Frisbee and
shopping as outside interests...A biology major at Siena...The daughter of
Simon and Joanna Pesusich.
Before Siena: Lettered three years at Marian, earning All-League accolades
as a sophomore, junior and senior...Named All-Tournament Team as a junior
and senior at Walled Lake Central Championships...Selected to All-Metro First
Team, All-Catholic and All-Region as a senior.
Pierre on Pesusich: “Janine has improved a great deal since she arrived at
Siena. She is playing with a lot of confidence and I think she will be one of
the best middle players in the conference.”
Getting to Know
Favorite song: Sunglasses at
Night, by Cory Hart
Favorite food: Saga
(Serra Hall Cafeteria)
Favorite color: Pink
Favorite movie: Wedding Crashers
Favorite hobby: Rollerblading
Favorite book: The Indian in the Cupboard
Favorite thing about Siena: Saga Omelets
Favorite TV Show: Arrested Development
YEAR MP GP TA K K/GM PCT E D BS BA B/GM
2004 24 67 241 100 1.49 .207 50 7 14 46 .90
2005 30 90 299 124 1.38 .231 55 12 12 70 .91
Totals 54 157 540 224 1.43 .220 105 19 26 116 .90
Junior • 5-8 • Defensive Specialist
General: A superior athlete who adds great experience
to the Saints’ back row defense...Brings
tremendous energy and desire to the floor...Gained
experience as a freshman in a forced role as setter
and transitioned nicely to defensive specialist last
year...Clutch competitor who can get the crucial dig
and make the key pass...Will be looked to for muchneeded
leadership this season.
As a Sophomore: MAAC All-Academic Team selection...Played in 30 matches
and 93 games...Collected 107 digs (1.15/game)...Added 21 assists, three
aces and two kills.
As a Freshman: Played in all 26 matches and 87 of 98 games...Finished
season third on the team with 213 digs (2.45/game) and second with 305
assists...Was fourth on the team with 16 service aces and combined for
Personal/Community: Born November 17, 1986 in Carmel, N.Y...Is an expert
baton twirler who holds five AAU Junior Olympic Gold Medals and two National
Baton Twirling Association National and World Open titles...Currently coaches
and judges baton twirling competitions...An active member of the community
who has volunteered to work with organizations such as Relay for Life,
Jimmy Fund’s cancer research, Amnesty International as well as several
local organizations, churches and animal shelters...The
daughter of Jeffrey and Janice Hackett.
Before Siena: Lettered in volleyball and softball at
Pawling...Selected All-League four times, All-Section
three times and All-State as a senior...Recipient of
Dutchess County Sportsmanship Award and twice
named Scholar Athlete of the Month at Pawling...A
Pierre on Hackett: “Jessica has a lot of heart and
character on the court. She is one of the most enthusiastic
players we have and really keeps this team
together. She plays to win and she is willing to do
all the little things it takes to make that happen.”
Getting to Know Jessica Hackett
Favorite food: Shrimp Scampi
Favorite thing about Siena: The size, I know all
of my teachers and can go to them for help if I need it
Favorite class: Linear Algebra, or any math class
Favorite hobby: Beach volleyball with friends
Favorite actor/actress: Tom Cruise and Julia Roberts
Favorite artist: Jessica Simpson
Favorite movie: The Notebook
Favorite book: Beloved by Toni Morrison
Favorite TV show: Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
Favorite color: Pink
YEAR MP GP TA K PCT E D D/GM A A/GM SA
2004 26 87 38 4 –.079 7 213 2.45 305 3.51 16
2005 30 93 14 2 –.071 3 107 1.15 21 0.23 3
Totals 56 180 52 6 –.075 10 320 1.78 326 1.81 19
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Sophomore • 6-foot • Middle/Right Side
General: Versatile athlete who can contribute in
both the middle and right side...Has good size and
a powerful swing...An imposing defensive force
at the net who gained confidence as her rookie
As a Freshman: Played in all 32 matches and 79
of the team’s 120 games...Recorded 65 kills and a
.158 attack percentage...Combined for 26 total blocks (.33/game) and tallied
12 digs...Posted season-high six kills in win over Hartford (9/24).
Personal/Community: Born April 23, 1987 in Buffalo, N.Y...Volunteered for
the Red Cross Blood Drive and at Autumn View Nursing Home...Also participated
in Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway and various charitable runs and
walks, including a recent Walk for Diabetes...Served as a volunteer at Autumn
View Nursing Home...Chose Siena because she loved the atmosphere...Older
brother, Jim, attends Stonehill...Sister, Kathryn, played four years of volleyball
at Edinboro and now works in Boca Raton, Fla...Lists shopping, playing
sports and attending concerts as outside interests...The daughter of
Thomas and Kathleen Hummel.
Before Siena: A scholar athlete all four years at Frontier, where she was
named Female Athlete of the Year as a senior...Tabbed ECIC Division I First
Team as a junior and All-ECIC as a senior...Honored as a First-Team All-
Western New York (WNY) pick as a senior...Received the Captain’s Award
for highly regarded WNY Storm Club team...Selected to participate in WNY
Super Senior All-Star game.
Pierre on Hummel: “Kelly is another versatile player who can play all
positions on the court including setter. She has great technique, plays to
win and I expect a lot from her this season.”
Getting to Know Kelly Hummel
Favorite food: Mexican
Favorite thing about Siena: The friends I’ve made, the athletic
program and the campus
Favorite class: Writing
Favorite hobbies: Shopping, sleeping, hanging out with friends
Favorite book: The DaVinci Code
Favorite actor/actress: Will Ferrell/Jennifer Aniston
Favorite artists: Jack Johnson, Dave Matthews Band
Favorite movies: Anchorman, Wedding Crashers
Favorite TV shows:
Favorite color: Green
YEAR MP GP TA K K/GM PCT E D D/GM B SA
2005 32 79 177 65 0.82 .158 37 12 0.15 26 4
Totals 32 79 177 65 0.82 .158 37 12 0.15 26 4
Sophomore • 5-1 • Libero
General: Skilled, intelligent libero with great
instincts and agility...Covers court extremely well
and makes up for lack of size with quick reflexes
and great knowledge of the game...One of the top
back row defenders in the MAAC...Emerged as the
team’s starting libero from day one last season, a
position she figures to hold for the next three years.
As a Freshman: Played in all 32 matches and all but two games...Led the
team with 409 digs (3.47/game)...Posted double-digit digs in 24 matches...
Had season-high 27 digs in just four games at Iona (10/16).
Personal/Community: Born January 19, 1987 in Honolulu...Active in the
community, volunteering up to 12 hours per week (January-March 2005) for
the Hale Nani Rehabilitation Center...Assisted with Special Olympics and
worked on the Enchanted Lake Elementary Beautification Project in her
neighborhood...The daughter of Alan and Evie Kobayashi.
Before Siena: Named First-Team All-State (Hawaii Sports Network), Second-
Team All-State (Honolulu Advertiser) and All-State Honorable Mention following
junior season in which Punahou captured State Championship...Selected
All-State Honorable Mention as a senior.
Pierre on Kobayashi: “Kathi has a great passion for the game, especially in
defense. She is very smart and moves extremely well. She is one of the best
defensive specialists in the state of Hawaii. Kathi brings much depth and
consistency to our game.”
Getting to Know Kathi Kobayashi
Full name: Kathi Lauren Hanako Kobayashi
Favorite food: Italian and Japanese
Favorite song: Second Chance by Milano
Club Team: Quicksets Hawaii Volleyball Club
Chose Siena because: “I liked the campus and the people. It is a great
academic school and I wanted to play
competitive Division I volleyball!”
Career objective: Sports Medicine
Siblings: Sisters Alena and Kelli,
YEAR MP GP TA K K/GM PCT E D D/GM B SA
2005 32 118 19 3 0.03 -.211 7 409 3.47 0 20
Totals 32 118 19 3 0.03 -.211 7 409 3.47 0 20
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Sophomore • 5-7 • Defensive Specialist
General: Solid defender with strong knowledge of
the game and a positive work ethic...Dedicated and
committed athlete who adds depth to the Saints’
back row...Could see increased playing time this
As a Freshman: Appeared in eight matches and
11 games...Registered six digs in limited action
and killed one of her three attacks.
Personal/Community: Born April 7, 1987 in Schenectady, N.Y...Has an older
brother, Cory, and an older sister, Christina...A mathematics major who aspires
to be a teacher...Chose to attend Siena because of the friendly campus and
the educational ideals...The daughter of George and Debra Sisson.
Before Siena: Selected First-Team All-Area and team MVP as a senior at
Fonda-Fultonville...Recipient of the Coaches’ Award as a junior...Had 74
service aces and 141 kills as a senior...Also participated in Track and Field.
Pierre on Sisson: “Celeste worked very hard last season. She should be able
to put more depth in our defense as her game has seen a lot of improvement.”
Getting to Know Celeste Sisson
Favorite food: Chinese and Mexican
Favorite thing about Siena: Campus
Favorite song: Lean on me
Favorite class: Mathematics
Favorite actor/actress: Matthew
McConaughey/ Julia Roberts
Favorite artist: Sean Paul
Favorite TV shows: Survivor,
Saved by the Bell, Grey’s
Favorite color: Green
YEAR MP GP TA K K/GM PCT E D D/GM B SA
2005 8 11 3 1 0.09 .333 0 6 0.55 1 0
Totals 8 11 3 1 0.09 .333 0 6 0.55 1 0
Sophomore • 6-3 • Middle Hitter
General: Talented middle blocker with good size
and skill...Comes from a winning volleyball program,
and has a dedicated work ethic...Has improved her
footwork and has the potential to be a major force
at the net on both offense and defense.
As a Freshman: Appeared in four matches and
four games...Killed one of her four attacks and
collected one dig.
Personal/Community: Born January 23, 1987 in Hartford...Chose Siena
because of its location and the size of the campus...Older sister, Denise,
attends Merrimack College...The daughter of Zdzislaw and Roberta Kruglik.
Before Siena: Lettered in volleyball and basketball for four years at Coventry
...Named First-Team All-State and First-Team All-Conference as a senior...
Led Coventry to Class S State Championship in 2003 and 2004...Was Named
State Championship Game MVP in 2004 and selected to the Senior All-Star
Game...Coventry finished 2004 season undefeated and Kruglik was honored
with the team’s Leadership Award.
Pierre on Kruglik: “We spent last year working on Emily’s footwork and
skills. She is very big at the net and should be able to contribute a great
deal to the team success this fall.”
Getting to Know Emily Kruglik
Favorite food: Chicken Fingers
Favorite song: Like all kinds of music
Major: Business Undecided
Club team: Husky Volleyball
YEAR MP GP TA K K/GM PCT E D BS BA B/GM
2005 4 4 4 1 0.25 .000 1 1 0 0 0
Totals 4 4 4 1 0.25 .000 1 1 0 0 0
14 Siena College Volleyball 2006
Sophomore • 5-10 • Setter
General: Preseason All-MAAC Selection...Emerged
as one of the top setters in the MAAC as a freshman
...Has great hands, vision and knowledge of the game
...Is a precise passer with tremendous instincts and
excellent timing...Makes players around her better
with her deft ball distribution and consistent passes...
The team’s top serving threat...Excellent defensive
player and a superior athlete.
As a Freshman: MAAC Rookie of the Year...MAAC co-Setter of the Year...
Eight-Time MAAC Rookie of the Week (9/5, 9/12, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/31,
11/7, 11/14)...Set school record with 10.44 assists per game...One of two
players to play in all 32 matches and 120 games...Quinnipiac Invitational
Tournament MVP (9/24)...New Hampshire Classic All-Tournament Team
(9/17)...Totaled 1253 assists and 225 digs (1.9/game)...Led the team with
58 service aces...Combined for 45 blocks, including five solo...Led team
with a .303 attack percentage, dumping 147 kills.
Personal/Community: Excellent student who carries a 3.87 GPA and is a
current member of the athletic department’s 4.0 club after scoring straight
A’s in her first semester...Actively involved in community activities such as
park cleanups, tutoring, Diabetes Walk and volunteering at Oak Meadows
Assisted Living...Also an active member of church, leading youth groups,
and serving as hospitality minister and alter server and trainer...Born
October 20, 1986 in St. Paul Minnesota...Has a brother, Lucas...The daughter
of Patrick and Nancy London.
Before Siena: Selected Second-Team All-State as a senior at Woodbury, where
she also lettered in golf, track and basketball...Named All-Conference and
Team MVP as a junior and senior...True student-athlete, was chosen Academic
All-State and graduated with highest honors as a member of the National
Honor Society...Registered 867 assists, 71 aces, 142 digs, 112 kills and 37
blocks at Woodbury.
Pierre on London: “April showed us what she is capable of
doing last season. We are confident that she will again
emerge as the top setter in the conference and dominate
the opposition with her devastating serves.”
Getting to Know April London
Favorite food: Chinese food and Tatertot casserole
Favorite song: Anything I can dance to
Club team: Adidas Select (Qualified for Junior
Favorite hobby: Hanging out with friends
Favorite actor/actress: Will Ferrell/ Audry Hepburn
Favorite movie: Monty Python and
the Holy Grail
Favorite class: Computer Science 110
Favorite thing about Siena: The people
YEAR MP GP TA K PCT E D D/GM A A/GM SA
2005 32 120 340 147 .303 44 225 1.88 1253 10.44* 44
2005 32 120 340 147 .303 44 225 1.88 1253 10.44* 44
Freshman • 5-7
General: One of two Saints to make her way to
Loudonville from Honolulu’s Punahou High School
...A very skilled passer with excellent athleticism
...Will step in and earn meaningful playing time in
the back row from the start...Excellent defender with
polished fundamentals and good court awareness.
Personal/Community: Born March 23, 1988 in Honolulu...Chose Siena
because of its competitive Division I volleyball program...Served as a teaching
assistant at Palolo Head Start during the second semester of her senior
year...Enjoys watching the Food Network and going to the beach...Has two
brothers, Lopaka and Kaipo...Daughter of Rodney and Alicia Robello.
Before Siena: Played eight years of volleyball during her scholastic career,
lettering for the last four at Punahou.
Pierre on Robello: “Kaui will help us in all areas in the back row. She has
great ball control and technique. I feel she could evolve into one of the best
players in the MAAC.”
Getting to Know Kaui Robello
Favorite food: Sushi
Favorite class: Psychology
Favorite hobby: Eating, going to the beach, watching TV
Favorite book: Perks of Being a Wallflower
Favorite TV show: Anything on the Food Channel or
Dog the Bounty Hunter
Favorite color: Green
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Freshman • 5-10
Defensive Specialist/Outside Hitter
Hicksville, N.Y./Holy Trinity
General: Versatile student-athlete who will add quality
depth at a variety of positions...Possesses a great
work ethic...A quick study who picked up the game
during the summer prior to ninth grade.
Personal/Community: Born May 11, 1988 in Mineola, N.Y...Chose Siena
because she liked the campus and the atmosphere and her sister, Megan, is
a junior here...An undecided major...Coached CYO volleyball (2002-2006),
cheerleading (2002-2004) and lacrosse (2005) in her community...Also has
a younger brother, Matt...Daughter of Joseph and Phyllis McBride.
Before Siena: Lettered four years of volleyball and lacrosse and two years
of basketball at Holy Trinity...Was named All-League and MVP of the Championship
Game as a senior on the hardwood...Selected team MVP in lacrosse
as a freshman and sophomore...Captained the volleyball team senior season.
Pierre on McBride: “Andrea is a great athlete who plays with heart and
passion. She can play both in front or in the back. She has a winning attitude,
and I like that.”
Getting to Know Andrea McBride
Favorite food: Pizza
Favorite thing about Siena: The wonderful people
Favorite class: English
Favorite hobby: Going to the beach
Favorite song: Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol
Favorite movie: Pirates of the Caribbean
Favorite color: Yellow
Freshman • 5-11
Middle Hitter/Right Side
Port Washington, N.Y./Paul D. Schreiber
General: Talented front row presence who will add
another option to the middle and right side...Very
athletic player with tremendous leaping ability...Will
gain valuable experience this season spelling the Saints’
Personal/Community: Born May 26, 1988 in Manhasset, N.Y...Chose Siena
because of its academic reputation and her athletic scholarship...Lists drawing
and extreme sports as outside interests...An accounting major who aspires
to be a CPA...Has a younger brother, Michael, and a younger sister, Ariana
...The daughter of Michael McCurty and Robbyn Wright.
Before Siena: Lettered four years of volleyball, three years of lacrosse and
two years of basketball at Paul D. Schreiber...Was selected team MVP as a
sophomore, junior and senior in volleyball...Named All-Conference those
same years...Schreiber won the conference championship her sophomore
and senior years...Tournament MVP as a senior.
PIERRE ON McCURTY: "Burgandy plays huge on the net with her leaping
ability. She can play all positions in the front row especially in the middle.
She should make an impact during her first year."
Getting to Burgandy McCurty
Favorite food: Brownies
Favorite thing about Siena: Campus
Favorite class: Mathematics
Favorite hobby: Drawing, buying sneakers
Favorite song: Changes by Tupac
Favorite movie: Remember the Titans
Favorite color: Blue
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2005 Results and Statistics
9/2 St. John’s Worcester, Mass. L, 3-0 (18-30, 18-30, 28-30)
9/3 Binghamton Worcester, Mass. L, 3-2 (28-30, 27-30, 30-15, 30-27, 8-15)
9/3 Holy Cross Worcester, Mass W, 3-1 (32-34, 30-18, 30-28, 30-22)
9/5 Fordham Bronx, N.Y. L, 3-0 (12-30, 13-30, 30-32)
9/6 Providence Providence, R.I. W, 3-0 (30-17, 30-19, 30-22)
9/7 Colgate Loudonville, N.Y. W, 3-0 (30-25, 31-29, 30-25)
9/9 Stony Brook Stony Brook, N.Y. L, 3-2 (16-30, 31-29, 30-26, 23-30, 10-15)
9/10 Bucknell Stony Brook, N.Y. W, 3-1 (30-28, 30-17, 24-30, 30-19)
9/10 Saint Francis Stony Brook, N.Y. W, 3-0 (30-25, 30-24, 30-24)
9/16 Boston College Durham, N.H. L, 3-0 (23-30, 21-30, 14-30)
9/17 New Hampshire Durham, N.H. W, 3-2 (26-30, 30-21, 28-30, 30-27, 15-10)
9/17 Florida Atlantic Durham, N.H. L, 3-0 (21-30, 15-30, 21-30)
9/24 Hartford Hamden, Conn. W, 3-0 (30-24, 36-34, 30-20)
9/24 Quinnipiac Hamden, Conn. W, 3-0 (30-20, 30-20, 30-22)
9/28 Syracuse 2 Syracuse, N.Y. W, 3-2 (33-31, 14-30, 30-28, 11-30, 15-12)
9/30 Connecticut Loudonville, N.Y. L, 3-0 (18-30, 19-30, 17-30)
10/2 Quinnipiac Loudonville, N.Y. W, 3-0 (30-15, 30-23, 30-18)
Overall Record: 20-12 Conf: 7-2 Home: 7-2 Away: 8-5 Neutral: 5-5
ATTACK SET SERVE
## Name GP MP K K/Game E TA Pct A A/Game SA SA/Gm SE
6 Honore, Nadiege 116 32 459 3.96 198 1050 .249 33 0.28 22 0.19 56
3 Gustafson, Christie 120 32 415 3.46 181 1136 .206 25 0.21 44 0.37 83
15 Hubbard, Liz 116 32 230 1.98 81 533 .280 12 0.10 31 0.27 73
4 Glenn, Christa 100 29 149 1.49 65 417 .201 41 0.41 20 0.20 11
10 Pesusich, Janine 90 30 124 1.38 55 299 .231 9 0.10 0 0.00 0
20 London, April 120 32 147 1.23 44 340 .303 1253 10.44 58 0.48 79
5 Hummel, Kelly 79 32 65 0.82 37 177 .158 10 0.13 4 0.05 10
12 Lakatos, Amy 53 26 43 0.81 22 159 .132 14 0.26 8 0.15 14
9 Christensen, Amy 9 5 5 0.56 6 17 -.059 2 0.22 1 0.11 1
14 Kruglik, Emily 4 4 1 0.25 1 4 .000 0 0.00 0 0.00 0
1 Beck, Robin 77 31 14 0.18 14 63 .000 5 0.06 10 0.13 10
8 Sisson, Celeste 11 8 1 0.09 0 3 .333 1 0.09 0 0.00 2
2 Akin, Elizabeth 31 22 2 0.06 6 18 -.222 0 0.00 0 0.00 1
7 Kobayashi, Kathi 118 32 3 0.03 7 19 -.211 36 0.31 20 0.17 19
23 Hackett, Jessica 93 30 2 0.02 3 14 -.071 21 0.23 3 0.03 5
SIENA 120 32 1661 13.84 720 4249 .221 1462 12.18 221 1.84 364
Opponents 120 32 1589 13.24 710 4263 .206 1383 11.52 265 2.21 283
## Name G RE DIG Dig/G BS BA Total B/Game BE BHE
6 Honore, Nadiege 116 38 304 2.62 8 35 43 0.37 13 2
3 Gustafson, Christie 120 50 288 2.40 15 32 47 0.39 1 2
15 Hubbard, Liz 116 1 62 0.53 13 63 76 0.66 32 1
4 Glenn, Christa 100 24 84 0.84 4 35 39 0.39 3 7
10 Pesusich, Janine 90 1 12 0.13 12 70 82 0.91 5 0
20 London, April 120 1 225 1.88 5 40 45 0.38 6 27
5 Hummel, Kelly 79 3 12 0.15 7 19 26 0.33 1 4
12 Lakatos, Amy 53 16 55 1.04 0 7 7 0.13 1 2
9 Christensen, Amy 9 2 4 0.44 0 1 1 0.11 0 1
14 Kruglik, Emily 4 0 1 0.25 0 0 0 0.00 0 0
1 Beck, Robin 77 5 36 0.47 0 9 9 0.12 0 0
8 Sisson, Celeste 11 2 6 0.55 0 1 1 0.09 0 0
2 Akin, Elizabeth 31 5 16 0.52 0 2 2 0.06 0 0
7 Kobayashi, Kathi 118 72 409 3.47 0 0 0 0.00 1 1
23 Hackett, Jessica 93 20 107 1.15 0 0 0 0.00 0 1
SIENA 120 240 1621 13.51 64 314 221.0 1.84 63 48
Opponents 120 221 1548 12.90 75 309 229.5 1.91 47 60
10/4 Albany Loudonville, N.Y. L, 3-0 (20-30, 27-30, 21-30)
10/5 Marist Loudonville, N.Y. W, 3-2 (30-25, 23-30, 29-31, 31-29, 15-9)
10/11 Seton Hall South Orange, N.J. L, 3-0 (23-30, 28-30, 22-30)
10/15 Fairfield Fairfield, Conn. L, 3-0 (18-30, 21-30, 7-30)
10/16 Iona New Rochelle, N.Y. L, 3-1 (20-30, 22-30, 30-28, 21-30)
10/21 Fairleigh Dickinson Hackensack, N.J. W, 3-1 (20-30, 30-27, 30-28, 30-22)
10/29 Niagara Loudonville, N.Y. W, 3-1 (30-28, 30-26, 21-30, 34-32)
10/30 Canisius Loudonville, N.Y. W, 3-2 (30-23, 26-30, 22-30, 30-26, 15-12)
11/5 Loyola Baltimore, Md. W, 3-0 (30-28, 30-27, 32-30)
11/6 Rider Lawrenceville, N.J. W, 3-0 (30-22, 30-26, 30-18)
11/12 Manhattan Loudonville, N.Y. W, 3-2 (30-21, 26-30, 30-15, 24-30, 15-11)
11/13 Saint Peter’s Loudonville, N.Y. W, 3-1 (30-19, 30-27, 25-30, 30-18)
11/19 Iona MAAC Semifinals Lewiston, N.Y. W, 3-2 (28-30, 30-21, 30-19, 25-30, 15-10)
11/20 MAAC Championship Game
Fairfield Lewiston, N.Y. W, 3-2 (29-31, 30-19, 27-30, 30-28, 15-11)
12/2 NCAA Tournament First Round
#3 Washington Fort Collins, Colo. L, 3-0 (21-30, 17-30, 18-30)
April London was selected
2005 MAAC Rookie
of the Year and MAAC
co-Setter of the Year
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2005 MAAC Results
2005 MAAC Standings
School W L PCT W L PCT
(1) Fairfield$ 8 1 .889 18 15 .545
(2)Siena% 7 2 .778 20 12 .625
(3) Iona 6 3 .667 11 20 .355
(4) Niagara 6 3 .667 16 10 .552
Saint Peter’s 5 4 .556 16 13 .552
Manhattan 5 4 .556 17 16 .515
Canisius 3 6 .333 9 17 .346
Rider 2 7 .222 10 19 .345
Marist 2 7 .222 8 20 .286
Loyola 1 8 .111 7 25 .219
$ Regular-Season Champions
% Tournament Champions
April London - 2005 Rookie of the Year
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
8/29 Sally Hanson, Marist
9/6 Maggie Pfeifer, Manhattan
9/12 Machon, Fairfield
9/19 Megan Smith, Rider
9/26 Maggie Pfeifer, Manhattan,
Sally Hanson, Marist
10/3 Maggie Pfeifer, Manhattan
10/10 Maggie Pfeifer, Manhattan
10/17 Michelle LeSouder, Niagara,
Morgan Young, Iona
10/24 Miki Hogg, Iona
10/31 Miki Hogg, Iona
11/7 Maggie Pfeifer, Manhattan
11/14 Stephanie Hopkins, Niagara
MAAC All-Tournament Team
Miki Hogg, Iona
Micole Daluisio, Niagara
Alex Fox, Fairfield
Casey Machon, Fairfield
April London, Siena
Liz Hubbard, Siena
Most Valuable Player
Christie Gustafson, Siena
All-MAAC First Team
Maggie Pfeifer, Manhattan
Nadiege Honore, Siena
Miki Hogg, Iona
Michelle LeSouder, Niagara
Morgan Young, Iona
Serra Soylu, Saint Peter’s
Gulhan Cakcak, Saint Peter’s
All-MAAC Second Team
Erin Graham, Niagara
Mary Boller, Canisius
Lindsey Lee, Fairfield
Stephanie Hopkins, Niagara
Casey Machon, Fairfield
Sally Hanson, Marist
Megan O’Dorisio, Manhattan
Christie Gustafson, Siena
Chelsea White, Iona
2005 MAAC co- 2005 MAAC First Team 2005 MAAC Second Team
Setters of the Year
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
8/29 Lauren Laramore, Fairfield
9/6 Jess Stackhouse, Canisius
9/12 Micole Daluisio, Niagara
9/19 Chelsea White, Iona
9/26 Micole Daluisio, Niagara
10/3 Micole Daluisio, Niagara
10/10 Ashley Watson, Manhattan
10/17 Jess Stackhouse, Canisius
10/24 Leigh Launhardt, Canisius,
Chelsea White, Iona
10/31 Chelsea White, Iona
11/7 Ashley Davis, Manhattan
11/14 Micole Daluisio, Niagara
of the Year
Maggie Pfeifer, Manhattan
of the Year
Chelsea White, Iona
of the Year
Beth Holly, Iona
April London, Siena
Rookie of the Year
April London, Siena
Coach of the Year
Rocco Lucci, Jr., Niagara
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
8/29 Brandi Higa, Fairfield
9/6 April London, Siena
9/12 April London, Siena
9/19 Shannon Lee, Iona
9/26 April London, Siena
10/3 April London, Siena
10/10 April London, Siena
10/17 Shannon Lee, Iona
10/24 Marcellee Williams, Loyola
10/31 April London, Siena
11/7 April London, Siena
11/14 April London, Siena
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Year in Review
It was widely predicted that the 2005 Siena volleyball campaign would end
As it turned out, that was one of the few predictions surrounding last year’s
squad that proved accurate.
The skeptics had reason to count the Saints out early. The year before,
Siena had finished ninth in the MAAC, winning just nine games all season.
And after mid-October MAAC losses at Fairfield and Iona, it appeared
things were going to play out just the way everyone thought.
“That was really a turning point for us,” senior captain Liz Hubbard said.
“We knew we needed to rededicate ourselves and focus on enjoying the
game and performing to the best of our ability.”
The Iona loss would be the team’s final loss of the regular season. Freshman
setter April London found her groove and proved to be the missing piece in
the Saints’ championship puzzle. London masterfully distributed the ball to
sensational sophomore Nadiege Honore and junior captain Christie
Gustafson on the outside. Seniors Christie Gustafson and Hubbard controlled
the right side and the middle, and Siena reeled off seven straight wins to
end the regular season.
The reward was a #2 seed in the MAAC Tournament and a rematch with the
Gaels. The Saints outlasted Iona 3-2 to earn a Championship game rematch
with top-seeded Fairfield. In a stunning turn of events, Siena shocked the
Stags and won the 2005 MAAC Championship (29-31, 30-19, 27-30, 30-28
and 15-11) on Niagara University’s home court in Lewiston.
Gustafson was named MAAC Tournament MVP. Hubbard and London were
named to the All-Tournament Team. At an awards banquet preceding the
Championship, Honore was named to the MAAC First Team, Gustafson to
the Second and London (an eight-time MAAC Rookie of the Week) was
named MAAC Rookie of the Year and MAAC co-Setter of the Year.
A week later at a Selection Show party in their honor, the Saints learned they
would play #3 national seed Washington in the program’s first NCAA Tournament
appearance in a decade. The game was set to take place in Fort Collins,
Colo. on the campus of Colorado State University on December 2.
Siena gave the eventual National Champions all they could handle in the
first game and played some of its best defense of the season all match long
to make things interesting. In the end, the Huskies advanced with a 30-21,
30-17 and 30-18 victory. Washington did not lose a single game in the
NCAA Tournament, capturing the National title.
In the lockerroom, temporary disappointment was eventually overshadowed
by reflection and a calm confidence of what the future holds.
“You should all be very proud of what we accomplished this season,” Pierre
said following the loss. “Our goal all along was to reach the NCAAs and by
believing in yourselves, you made it happen.”
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Four Points Sheraton Arizona
Opponents: Arizona, San Francisco,
Location: Tucson, Ariz.
Big Orange Tournament
Opponents: Syracuse, Kentucky,
Location: Syracuse, N.Y.
Stony Brook Invitational
Opponents: Stony Brook, Yale
Location: Stony Brook, N.Y.
Opponents: Colgate, Princeton
Location: Hamilton, N.Y.
9/16 Home 2 p.m.
11/5 Away 2 p.m.
Location: Buffalo, N.Y.
Nickname: Golden Griffins
Colors: Blue and Gold
President: Rev. Vincent M. Cooke, S.J.
Athletic Director: Bill Maher
Facility: Koessler Athletic Center (2,176)
Head Coach: Cathy Hummel
2005 Record: 9-17/3-6 MAAC
Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 11/1
10/7 Home 2 p.m.
10/29 Away 2 p.m.
Colors: Cardinal Red
President: Jeffrey von Arx, S.J.
Athletic Director: Eugene P. Doris
Facility: Alumni Hall (2,479)
Head Coach: Jeff Werneke
2005 Record: 18-15/8-1 MAAC
Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 9/3
Location: Vestal, N.Y.
Colors: Dark Green, Black and White
Conference: America East
President: Lois B DeFleur
Athletic Director: Joel Thirer
Facility: West Gym
Head Coach: Glenn Kiriyama
2005 Record: 20-12/10-2 America East
Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 13/0
10/14 Away 4 p.m.
11/12 Home 4 p.m.
New Rochelle, N.Y.
Colors: Maroon and Gold
President: Br. James A. Liguori
Acting Athletic Director: Patrick Lyons
Facility: Hynes Athletic Center (2,611)
Head Coach: Alan Edwards
2005 Record: 11-20
Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 10/4
9/30 Away 11 a.m.
10/22 Home 2 p.m.
Colors: Green and Grey
President: Rev. Harold Ridley, SJ
Athletic Director: Joseph Boylan
Facility: Reitz Arena (3,000)
Head Coach: Kristina Hernandez
2005 Record: 7-25/1-8 MAAC
Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 6/10
Location: Albany, N.Y.
Nickname: Great Danes
Colors: Purple and Gold
Conference: America East
Athletic Director: Dr. Lee McElroy
Facility: University Gymnasium
Head Coach: Kelly Sheffield
2005 Record: 28-4/11-1 America East
Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 10/4
9/24 Home 2 p.m.
10/15 Away 2 p.m.
Location: Riverdale, N.Y.
Colors: Kelly Green and White
President: Brother Thomas Scanlan, FSC
Athletic Director: Robert J. Byrnes
Facility: Draddy Gymnasium (2,500)
Head Coach: Ray Green
2005 Record: 17-16/5-4 MAAC
Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 5/7
10/4 Away 7 p.m.
11/9 Home 7 p.m.
Nickname: Red Foxes
Colors: Red and White
President: Dr. Dennis J. Murray
Athletic Director: Tim Murray
Facility: McCann Center (3,750)
Head Coach: Tom Hanna
2005 Record: 8-20/2-7
Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 11/3
Location: Syracuse, N.Y.
Conference: BIG EAST
President: Nancy Cantor
Athletic Director: Dr. Daryl Gross
Facility: Manley Field House
Head Coach: Jing Pu
2005 Record: 25-10/11-3 BIG EAST
Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 7/5
9/17 Home 2 p.m.
11/4 Away 12 p.m.
Location: Lewiston, N.Y.
Nickname: Purple Eagles
Colors: Purple and White
President: Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M.
Athletic Director: Ed McLaughlin
Facility: Gallagher Center (2,400)
Head Coach: Rocco Lucci, Jr.
2005 Record: 16-10/6-3 MAAC
Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 11/6
10/1 Away 11 a.m.
10/21 Home 4 p.m.
Colors: Cranberry and White
President: Dr. Mordechai Rozanski
Athletic Director: Don Harnum
Facility: Alumni Gym (1,650)
Head Coach: Emily Ahlquist
2005 Record: 10/19/2-7 MAAC
Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 5/5
9/23 Home 2 p.m.
10/28 Away 1 p.m.
Jersey City, N.J.
Colors: Blue and White
President: James N. Loughran
Athletic Director: William A. Stein
Facility: Yanitelli Center
Head Coach: Mike Massone
2005 Record: 16-13/5-4 MAAC
Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 10/3
20 Siena College Volleyball 2006
With 10 institutions strongly bound by the sound principles of quality
and integrity in academics and excellence in athletics, the Metro Atlantic
Athletic Conference enters its 26th year of competition during the 2006-
2007 academic year.
The MAAC was founded in 1980 by six charter members: the U.S. Military
Academy, Fairfield University, Fordham University, Iona College, Manhattan
College and Saint Peter’s College. Competition followed one year later in
the fall of 1981 with members competing in the sports of men’s cross country
and men’s soccer. On January 2, 1982, Army traveled to Iona for the
first MAAC men’s basketball game and the MAAC story had begun.
Today, Conference members include: Canisius College, Fairfield University,
Iona College, Loyola College (Md.), Manhattan College, Marist College,
Niagara University, Rider University, Saint Peter’s College, and Siena College.
In addition, associate members Duquesne University and LaSalle University
compete in football. Le Moyne College competes in baseball and women’s
lacrosse, while Mount St. Mary’s College, Providence College, Saint Joseph’s
University, Virginia Military Institute and Wagner College compete in men’s
lacrosse. St. Francis (N.Y.) College, Villanova University and Wagner College
are all associate members of the MAAC Women’s Water Polo League. The
MAAC will support 25 sports and conduct 24 championships during the
2006-2007 academic year.
The 2007 MAAC Basketball Championships move to the Arena at Harbor
Yard in Bridgeport, Connecticut, with Albany’s Pepsi Arena preparing to host
the 2008 championship. By having an excellent working relationship with
these working facilities, the MAAC has been able to attract a number of
NCAA Championship events. In 1995, the MAAC and Siena hosted the
highly successful First and Second Rounds of the Division I Men’s Basketball
Championship. In 2000, the MAAC, along with Canisius and Niagara, again
received rave reviews as they hosted the First and Second Rounds of
the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship at the
HSBC Arena in Buffalo, NY. The MAAC, Rider and Siena
co-hosted the 2002 NCAA Division I Wrestling
Championships at the Pepsi Arena. The MAAC and
Siena successfully hosted the 2003 NCAA Division
I Men’s Basketball Championship East Regional
at the Pepsi Arena. Additionally, the MAAC,
Canisius and Niagara served as hosts
for the 2003 Division I Men’s Ice
Hockey Championship, also at the
HSBC Arena. In 2004, the MAAC,
Canisius and Niagara once again
successfully hosted the NCAA
Division I Men’s Basketball
Championship First and Second
Rounds at the HSBC Arena. All three
parties will host that event again in
2007 and 2010. The MAAC and
Rider University will co-host the 2009
NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball
Championship Regional as well 2010
NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball
Championship First and Second Rounds at the Sovereign Bank Arena in
Trenton, New Jersey after recording the third highest attendance figure for
the women’s championship with the First and Second Rounds last season.
MAAC Associate Sports
In January of 1993, the conference announced the formation of the MAAC
Football League, which began play in September 1993. The league consists
of the three football-playing MAAC schools—Iona, Marist and Saint Peter’s
—and two associate members Duquesne and La Salle. The MAAC Football
League keeps costs to a minimum through a series of innovative conference
rules involving travel squad size, length of the practice season, and a limited
number of full-time coaches. Most importantly, however, there are no athletic
scholarships, just need-based financial aid.
In June of 1995, the MAAC continued to develop opportunities for studentathletes
as the conference announced the formation of the MAAC Men’s and
Women’s Lacrosse Leagues. The men’s league began competition in the
spring of 1996, while the women’s league commenced in the spring of 1997.
The men’s league consists of four MAAC schools—Canisius, Manhattan,
Marist, and Siena—and five associate members—Mount St. Mary’s,
Providence, Saint Joseph’s, Virginia Military Institute and Wagner. The
women’s league consists of MAAC institutions Canisius, Fairfield, Manhattan,
Marist, Niagara and Siena, plus Le Moyne.
In 2002, the MAAC added the MAAC Women’s Water Polo League, making
it the 25th sport that the conference sponsors. The league is made up of
three MAAC schools—Iona, Marist and Siena—as well as three associate
members, St. Francis (NY), Villanova and Wagner.
Academics and Athletics
The MAAC prides itself on the accomplishments of its student-athletes in
the classroom, as well as on the field. Mary Beth Riley, a 1991 graduate of
Canisius, was the first recipient of the NCAA Woman of the Year Award. In
the fall of 1998, Erin Whalen, a member of the Iona women’s rowing team,
was awarded one of the nation’s 32 Rhodes Scholarships for academic
achievement and civic leadership. Jose Vargas, a Loyola student, was also
awarded a Rhodes Scholarship in 1999.
First-class facilities are the rule with MAAC schools, as teams regularly
play in top-notch arenas, such as Madison Square Garden, the Continental
Airlines Arena, HSBC Arena, Pepsi Arena, the Arena at Harbor Yard and
Sovereign Bank Arena. The other MAAC championships boast their share of
outstanding locales as well, such as Dutchess Stadium in Fishkill, N.Y., home
of the baseball championship, and the fabled Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx,
where the cross country championships are contested. This year, the
MAAC will take its Volleyball Championship as well as Men’s
and Women’s Golf Championships to Orlando, Florida,
where it will conduct its post-season championships
at Disney’s Wide World of Sports
Complex. In 2007, the MAAC Men’s
Soccer Championship will be at Walt
In the past several years, several
of the MAAC schools have also
enjoyed success in NCAA
Tournaments. MAAC schools have
made a total of 69 NIT appearances
and 37 NCAA appearances.
Combined with recent bracket expansion
in several sports, the MAAC possesses
11 automatic bids in men’s and women’s basketball,
baseball, softball, men’s and women’s soccer,
volleyball, men’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis, and
men’s lacrosse. In 2003, the Iona College men’s cross country
team finished fourth—just one point out of third place—at the
NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships. Canisius softball,
Manhattan track, Manhattan and Marist baseball and Loyola soccer and
lacrosse have also flourished on the national stage.
The MAAC has also been a leader in the forefront of technology, expanding the
notoriety of the league into cyberspace. In 2001, the league retained Host
Communications, Inc. to sponsor the MAAC web page. Launched in November
1999, www.maacsports.com has been a great success, providing fans with upto-date
contest results, fan polls and an online merchandise store.
The MAAC President for the 2006-2007 academic year is Rev. Joseph L.
Levesque, C.M., the President of Niagara University. The Vice-President is
Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., the President of Loyola College. Eugene Doris,
Director of Athletics at Fairfield University, will chair the Committee on
Athletic Administration, and Traci Murphy, Associate Athletics Director/
Senior Woman Administrator at Canisius College will serve as Vice Chair.
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Athletic Academic Support Program
Nearly 15% of Siena students participate on one or more of Siena’s varsity
intercollegiate athletic teams. As members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic
Conference, Siena student-athletes reap the benefits of both worlds – the
opportunity to engage in a challenging and stimulating academic environment,
along with the chance to develop their athletic potential as members
of competitive NCAA Division I teams. The support services provided to
student-athletes are designed to offer assistance and resources, in addition
to encouragement and guidance as they strive to maintain balance and
achieve excellence in their academic and athletic careers. Services include
monitoring academic and degree progress, supervision of study hall, coordination
of enrichment and educational programming, as well as interaction
with academic advisors and faculty within the various Liberal Arts, Science
and Business colleges.
Saints Supporting Saints – Academic Tutoring Service
The latest resource implemented to academic support services for studentathletes,
Saints Supporting Saints is a program designed to provide studentathletes
with immediate assistance in their attempt to gain control of their
academic success. Student-athletes who excel at certain subjects are utilized
as tutors, helping fellow Saints achieve their academic goals. The program
is funded by the athletic department. Tutors are available for all three schools
(Arts, Business and Science) of study at Siena.
Athletic Study Center
In the fall of 2004, the Siena athletic department introduced a new Study
Center located on the second floor of the Marcelle Athletic Complex.
Complete with several desktop computers, and internet hookups for laptops,
the Study Center is the perfect location to for student-athletes to
complete their out-of-class education. Incoming freshmen and at-risk studentathletes
are required to attend study hall throughout the academic year as
described in the Siena Student-Athlete Handbook.
The state-of-the-art J. Spencer & Patricia Standish Library opened in 1999
and exceeds all the resources expected from an institution of higher education.
Students are also encouraged to take advantage of The Writing Center
at Siena College, which exists to provide free, one-on-one tutoring to all
members of the Siena College Community, working with writers from all
levels of experience, ability, and expertise. The Siena Career Center is also
an excellent resource dedicated to teaching the career development process
to students through innovative and quality career services.
The J. Spencer & Patricia Standish Library
Student Services and Personal Development
The S.A.IN.T.S. Program: Supporting Athletes IN Their Success
Developed by the Siena College athletic department, the S.A.IN.T.S. program
represents a commitment to the total growth and development of the
student-athlete. This program establishes an administrative commitment to
academic and athletic excellence. These efforts are
supported with programs and services in personal
development and community service.
Fostering the development of personal growth is
paramount to the S.A.IN.T.S. program. During the
course of the academic year, several support programs
are offered for student-athletes providing
opportunities to focus on personal growth issues
such as values classification, goal setting, fiscal
planning, nutrition, decision-making and personal
responsibility. Programming focuses on helping
student-athletes develop a healthy lifestyle while
at Siena College as well as habits that will benefit
them for life.
(S.A.A.C.) is a studentathlete
on creating programs and
events that provide goodwill
across all of Siena’s
18 sport teams. The group
takes part in several
volunteer programs in the
Also, S.A.A.C. is instrumental
in voicing the student-athletes
Elizabeth Akin and April London
Volleyball S.A.A.C. Representatives
Siena College athletics and for their respective teams. S.A.A.C. is comprised
of a representative from each sports team, and an alternate from each team.
The members of this organization have proven to be effective leaders and
role models for their team, and are the voices for Siena Athletics.
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The S.A.IN.T.S. Cup
The S.A.IN.T.S. Cup is a competition created to encourage participation in
the Champs/Life Skills Program at Siena College. It gives student-athletes
the opportunity to gain experience and earn points in the five main NCAA
Champs/Life Skills components (academic excellence, career development,
personal development, community service, and athletic excellence). The
focus of the program is to develop the individual as a role
model, team member, and community leader.
Each team is awarded points for participation in
the S.A.IN.T.S. Cup Program. All academic and athletic
excellence points are automatically tallied at the end
of each semester. Points are also awarded in the areas
of community service, personal and career
Two men’s and women’s sports teams with the
highest point total at the end of each academic
year will be announced as the winners. The winning
teams hold on to the S.A.IN.T.S. Cup for a
year, and are awarded $500. The money is then added
to the team’s budget and is used at the coaches’ and
S.A.IN.T.S. Cup Champions
2005-2006 Men’s Lacrosse and Women’s Soccer
2004-2005 Men’s Lacrosse and Women’s Softball
2003-2004 Men’s Soccer and Women’s Soccer
Under the direction of head athletic trainer
Greg Dashnaw, entering his 22nd year at Siena,
the sports medicine office is responsible for the
prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries
to Siena’s athletes. Over the past two decades,
Dashnaw has had a tremendous impact on the
development and general health of Siena’s student
athletes. The sports medicine office also works
with the athletes on nutritional counseling and
stress management, promoting the physical and
psychological well being of student-athletes. Greg Dashnaw
Student-athletes have access to some of the most Head Athletic Trainer
modern treatment available in the Siena training
room. The treatment area includes eight treatment tables with various
modalites including electric stimulation and ultrasound as well as an
additional taping platform. Siena’s athletes also have access to three
full-body whirlpools for hydrotherapy, two ice
machines, two full-size hydrocollatots for hot
packs, and combination cold/intermittent compression
units. The sports medicine office also utilizes
numerous rehabilitation devices, including aquatic
therapy through the use of the onsite pool to
ensure student-athletes safe and quick recovery to
pre-injury (if not better) levels.
The athletic training staff works under the direct
supervision of a team of physicians. Included
among the team, Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Joseph Dr. Joseph Marotta ’80
Marotta, a former lacrosse player and 1980 graduate
of Siena, and General Practitioner Dr. Vincent
Luvera make regular visits to campus and cover several events during the
course of the athletic season.
Strength and Conditioning
The Siena College strength and conditioning program is designed to physically
prepare athletes for competition at the Division I level. Preaching safety,
efficiency, and intensity, the program is designed to allow athletes to push
themselves to the limit, testing their physical capacity, and mental resolve to
be a MAAC champion. The means to this end are encompassed through
strength training sessions, in addition to work on flexibility, speed and agility,
low-level plyometrics, and sport-specific conditioning. While the program does
produce athletes who are bigger, stronger, and faster, the number one priority
is to train athletes in all of the aforementioned areas of strength and conditioning,
so that they are less likely to become injured during competition.
At Siena, athletes are taught that “more” work is not better, but rather “hard”
work is better. In the weight room, athletes are taught to train to muscular
fatigue on each set that they perform; due to this
intensive style, the athletes are always able to
complete a strength training session in 45 minutes
to 1 hour, while working out anywhere from 2-4
times per week. Since injury prevention is a top
concern, the athletes are never asked to perform
exercises that could jeopardize their safety, and
are always asked to lift “under control.” Strength
and Conditioning Coach Matt Phelps is always on
hand to supervise team lifts, and to ensure that
the athletes are making the most out of their time
in the weight room by always asking them to “get
Matt Phelps ’02
Strength and Conditioning
In the world of collegiate athletics, championships
are earned, and this process begins with the off-season strength and conditioning
workouts. Through safe, intense, and efficient training methods, the
athletes of Siena College are doing everything in their power to achieve this
ultimate badge of honor; winning a MAAC championship.
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Siena College Administration
Fr. Kevin E. Mackin, O.F.M. -
Fr. Kevin E. Mackin, O.F.M., is beginning
his 11th year as the ninth president of
A member of the Franciscans of Holy Name
Province from New York City, he has held
several executive positions with the friars, including
member of the Board of Directors, education
chairman, director of Development and Public
Relations, and director of St. Anthony’s Guild.
Fr. Mackin was ordained a priest in 1964. He
first served at Siena College from 1970-82 as assistant and associate professor
of religious studies, as chair of the department for two years, and as leader of
the Franciscan community. In 1982, he was appointed president-rector of Christ
the King Seminary, a graduate theological school in East Aurora, N.Y. During
his tenure there, he chaired the Seminary Department of the National Catholic
Educational Association, Washington, D.C.
He has studied and lectured on a variety of topics, including the Bible, Jesus and
the Gospels, Christian theology, and contemporary Catholic and Protestant thought.
His writings include the book “In Search of the Authentic Christian Tradition.”
He also hosts the “News & Views” radio program, aired in New York’s Capital
Region at 88.3 FM, and heard worldwide on the Internet at wvcr.com
Fr. Mackin earned a bachelor’s degree at St. Bonaventure University, a master’s
degree in history from Siena College, and four degrees from the Catholic University
of America, including a doctorate in sacred theology. He extended his education
at the Instituto Mexicano Norteamericano in Mexico City, Laval University in
Quebec City, Georgetown University, the Indiana University Center of Philanthropy,
the Institute of Charitable Giving and the Harvard Institutes of Higher Education,
among other institutions.
During Fr. Mackin’s tenure as president, Siena College has reached unprecedented
growth in its offerings. The Siena campus has several recent state-of-the-art
additions, including the Standish Library, the Sarazen Student Union, the Key
Auditorium and the Morrell Science Center. The College has substantially
increased technology; a crown jewel is the Hickey Financial Technology Center.
Siena has a college-wide honors program, and features 25 major fields of study,
including biochemistry, creative arts, and computational science. Other newsmaker
programs include nanotechnology courses, globalization studies, Center
for the Study of Government and Politics, broadcast studies, and a cutting-edge
program in atmospheric and space studies.
Taking advantage of these and other Siena College offerings is a healthy enrollment
of 3,000 full-time students.
Fr. Mackin has served on various national, diocesan, Franciscan and educational
committees, including reaccreditation teams and papal visitation teams in
the United States. He is a commissioner of the Middle States Commission on
Higher Education, the organization that accredits more than 500 colleges and
universities. He also serves on the board of directors of the Association of
Catholic Colleges and Universities, an organization of over 200 institutions.
He chairs the Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities, and the
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Council of Presidents, and belongs to the
Association of Governing Boards of Colleges & Universities. In the State of New
York, he is a former trustee of the Commission on Independent Colleges and
Universities, which counts Siena College as an active member.
Fr. Mackin is also active on the board of directors of the Albany-Colonie
Chamber of Commerce, and the advisory board for KeyBank National
Association’s Capital Region district. He shepherds Siena’s membership in the
Center for Economic Growth, and other associations. He is also affiliated with
the Catholic Theological Society of America, the Association of Fund Raising
Professionals, and the International Who’s Who of Professionals.
Fr. James Toal, O.F.M. -
Fr. James Toal, O.F.M. enters his 10th year at
Siena as vice president/office of the president,
after serving as president of Quincy University in
Quincy, Il. for 14 years.
As vice president, Fr. Toal is responsible for assisting
Fr. Mackin with college operational matters,
coordinating special projects of the college, as well
as overseeing Siena’s department of athletics. Under
his leadership, the College has made an increased
commitment to athletics each of the past six years.
While at Quincy, Fr. Toal’s leadership was integral in the acquisition of major
funding from the Ameritech Foundation, the initiation of graduate programs in
business administration and education, and the renovations and additions to the
school’s North and Main Campuses. The grant money received from the
Ameritech Foundation enabled Quincy to create the Ameritech Center for
Communications, enhancing the University’s integrated writing program.
Previously, Fr. Toal served as executive vice president at St. Bonaventure University
from 1976-83, and was active on several committees, chairing the University Finance
Committee, the Long-Range Planning Team and the Athletic Advisory Committee.
A native of New York, N.Y., Fr. Toal received a bachelor’s degree in English from
St. Francis College in Brooklyn in 1956. He proceeded to earn his master’s in
English from St. John’s in 1966 and a Ph.D. in college administration and supervision
from Fordham University in 1976. Fr. Toal was ordained to the Franciscan
priesthood in 1975.
John D’Argenio –
Director of Athletics
John D’Argenio was appointed director of athletics
on April 21, 1993, after serving as the acting
director of athletics for the 1992-93 academic year.
Since the appointment, many new initiatives have
been set forth and much progress has been made
in the athletic department.
The department’s first academic advising office was
created and a full-time advisor was hired to work with
all of Siena’s student-athletes. The academic office
has been responsible for implementing a tutoring program,
developing educational programming and producing a student-athlete population
whose combined grade-point average is higher than that of the general student
body. In recent years, Siena’s student-athlete graduation rate has ranked among
the best in the country. In the NCAA’s inaugural graduation success rate announced
in 2006, Siena student athletes finished 5th among all Division I schools.
As part of the college’s efforts to address gender equity, the women’s sports programs
have expanded immensely in the past 10 years. With the addition of golf, women’s
swimming and diving, women’s water polo and the elevation of lacrosse from club
to varsity status, Siena now sponsors 11 Division I women’s sports.
In 1996 D’Argenio was instrumental in negotiating Siena’s agreement with the
County of Albany and Pepsi Arena to move all of the College’s men’s home basketball
games to the downtown facility. The move to the state-of-the-art downtown Albany
facility culminated in Siena and the Arena signing a five-year contract and most
recently a four-year extension. Since the move, both the men’s and women’s basketball
programs have seen their attendances soar to the top-80 nationally. Since the
move to the Arena, Siena has also made major strides in the marketing of its programs.
An active corporate partnership program has emerged on the heels of the
1996 decision that includes over 45 local and national businesses.
Athletic Development has increased over the past eight years as well. Saints Alive!,
the department’s athletic development organization, was initiated in 1998 to formalize
and bring structure to the department’s fundraising efforts and its membership
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has grown each year since. Over a quarter of a million dollars is raised annually
and distributed directly to services that benefit the College’s student-athletes.
Siena teams have enjoyed conference-wide as well as regional and national success.
In 2005-2006, a record four programs captured MAAC Championships. Siena’s
women’s tennis, volleyball and men’s golf teams advanced to the NCAA Tournament
last year. The Saints’ basketball programs have enjoyed postseason success under
D’Argenio’s supervision as well. In 1994 the men’s basketball team made a memorable
run through the National Invitation Tournament, ending with a trip to Madison Square
Garden to play in that Tournament’s final round. The Saints made their third NCAA
Tournament appearance in 2002, marching off with an opening round victory. The
women’s basketball team has captured seven regular-season Metro Atlantic Athletic
Conference titles and, in 2001, advanced to its first NCAA Tournament in Nashville,
Tenn. The Saints have played in three postseason WNIT’s as well, advancing as far
as the round of 16 in 1998. Siena has registered five MAAC volleyball championships
and four MAAC baseball titles during D’Argenio’s tenure. The women’s soccer
program has consistently finished in the upper echelon of the MAAC after posting
the nation’s eighth most improved season in 2001. All totaled the Saints have won
20 MAAC championships under D’Argenio’s direction.
Siena’s athletic facilities have been dramatically enhanced in the last 12 years. In
2004 the Callanan Field House was expanded. The expansion features four team
rooms as well as the Turchi Theater, a 32-seat room equipped with the latest in
digital editing and presentation equipment. All of Siena’s outdoor facilities have
seen improvements as well and plans are in the works for a multipurpose outdoor
field with bleacher seating and a press box.
In 1995, D’Argenio served as Tournament Director for the NCAA Men’s Basketball
Championship first and second rounds at the then-Knickerbocker Arena. He again
assumed those duties in March of 2003, as Siena served as the host institution for
the men’s basketball East (Albany) Regional at Pepsi Arena after co-hosting the
NCAA wrestling National Championships in March of 2002. The Saints have hosted
numerous NIT and Women’s NIT games as well, including a remarkable six in 2003.
Prior to his appointment to director of athletics, D’Argenio served as Siena’s sports
information director from 1985-1992.
D’Argenio currently serves on the NCAA Division I Baseball committee and is a
member of the MAAC marketing and finance committees. He serves on the Albany
County Convention and Visitors Bureau as well.
D’Argenio earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Dayton in 1982
and a master’s of science degree from North Dakota State University in 1985. He
is a native of Rome, N.Y.
Scott Knapp ’01
Director – Business
Ellen Howe – Life Skills Coordinator
Brian Brecht – Operations Assistant
Jake McHerron – Facility Assistant
Lynda Lareau – Facilities Assistant
Greg Dashnaw – Head Athletic Trainer
Matt Phelps ’02 – Strength and
Rob Swingle – Aquatics Coordinator
Jeffrey Ellis – Intramural Coordinator
Siena College Head Coaching Staff
Charlie Curto ’79
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Saints in the Community
For the fifth straight year, the Siena women’s basketball team donated a portion of the ticket sales to the Capital Region Action Against Breast Cancer (CRAAB). At this year’s game against
Iona, several area breast cancer survivors were honored before the game. Above: Laura Menty escorts a survivor during pregame introductions.
One of the main objectives of the Siena Athletic Department has always
been to remain actively involved in the Capital Region community. Siena’s
student-athletes and coaches make numerous appearances in local classrooms
and hospitals and volunteer hundreds of hours to help out many
organizations. Additionally, the athletic department has donated thousands
of dollars in game tickets, sports camps scholarships and sporting apparel
and memorabilia to local charities.
From soup kitchens to elementary schools, Siena invests its special
resources each year to enrich the Capital Region community.
Partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities
In 2005-2006, Siena athletics embarked on an active
partnership with the Ronald McDonald House Charities
in the Capital Region. Throughout the school year, all of
Siena’s athletic teams were involved in visiting either
the Ronald McDonald House in Albany or the Ronald
McDonald Family Room at the Albany Medical Center.
Student-athletes and coaches help lift the spirits of the
sick children and their families by preparing meals at
the House, assisting in spring cleanup efforts or simply
signing autographs and playing games with the
patients in the Family Room.
By creating, finding and supporting programs that directly improve the health
and well-being of children, Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) is
working to better the lives of children and their families around the world.
The newly redesigned Adopt-A-School program is a community initiative
intended to motivate area elementary students through interaction with
Siena’s student-athletes. Members of Siena’s athletic teams interact with
designated schools throughout the year. In addition to providing guidance and
leadership to area youths, Siena’s student athletes learn first hand the value
of volunteering in the community. The elementary students can find that
learning is fun as teachers incorporate Siena Athletics into class lesson plans
(i.e. using statistics for math assignments, or writing the players for English).
Siena’s current Adopted Schools are:
Albany Public School #18
St. Gregory’s School for Boys
Schenectady Middle School
Acadia (Shenedehowa) Elementary School
Left: Members of the men’s basketball team visit with children at the Ronald McDonald family room in the Albany Medical Center. Center: Head women’s soccer coach Steve Karbowski lends
a hand at the annual Ronald McDonald House spring cleaning in Albany. Right: The women’s tennis team was one of several sports programs to spend an afternoon preparing a meal for the
families at the Ronald McDonald House in Albany.
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St. Casmir’s Wednesdays
Siena Athletics began a partnership with St. Casmir’s elementary school in
2001, providing an athletic facility for the Arbor Hill School which does not
have a gym. Over the years, the program has flourished. Each Wednesday
during the school year, students from St. Casmir visit the Marcelle Athletic
Complex to play various recreational activities with Siena student-athletes.
The youngsters are coached by Siena’s student-athletes in various athletic
skills. Athletic Academic Advisor Sue Horst has overseen the implementation
of the program for Siena. “Siena student-athletes have earned the reputation
of balancing and achieving both academic and athletic success,”
Horst remarked. “Bringing the students of St. Casmir School to Siena gives
them the rewarding experience of learning from and looking up to their role
models right here on campus, and gives our students a chance to be
involved in the community.”
Siena’s Amtrak Lil’ Saints
Amtrak Lil’ Saints is a fun and exciting
club for fans 14 or younger who wish
to support Siena Athletics throughout
the season. Membership includes:
• A welcome letter from a studentathlete
on favorite sports team
• Photo membership ID card w/ lanyard
• Club t-shirt
• Monthly issue of Lil’ Saints Newsletter
• Birthday card from the Saints
• Radio Disney Fun Zone at select basketball games
• Free admission to eight (8) basketball games: four (4) men’s and
four (4) women’s games
• Free admission to ALL volleyball, soccer, softball, baseball,
lacrosse,water polo, swimming and diving, tennis and field hockey games
• Special Celebration Day in honor of the National Student Athlete Day at
the ARC with all 18 varsity sports teams
• End of the year Rootbeer Float Party with Siena student-athletes
• Chances to win prizes and much more!
Members of Siena’s softball and baseball teams volunteer with the St.
Casmir’s Wednesdays Program.
Other Saints in the Community Activities Include,
But Are Not Limited To:
• National Student-Athlete Day
• Partnership with CRAAB through Breast Cancer Awareness Week
• National Girls and Women in Sports Day
• Albany’s 15-Love Foundation
• MAAC Gives Back Program
• NCAA YES Clinics
• Special Olympics
• New Day Art
Left: The Siena volleyball team spends a spring afternoon helping out with Albany’s Kids in the Kitchen program. Right: Women’s basketball players help unload and stack merchandise
donated at a men’s/women’s doubleheader at the Northeast Regional Food Bank. The goods helped restock the Food Bank after the busy holiday season.
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Saints in the Classroom
Siena’s student-athletes have a history of success on the courts and playing
fields, but an even prouder tradition of excellence in the classroom. Siena’s
student-athletes regularly outperform the general student
body, and in recent years, the athletic department has
received national acclaim for the academic success attained
by its student-athletes.
• Siena tied for fifth nationally
with a Graduation Success
Rate of 97% in 2005-2006
1. Radford 100%
2. Navy 99%
3. Notre Dame 98%
3. Valparaiso 98%
5. Siena 97%
• Siena’s student-athletes have a 3.03
cumulative grade point average
• A record 83 student-athletes were
named to conference All-Academic
Teams in 2005-2006
• Both the men’s and women’s cross
country programs were recognized
as National All-Academic Teams with Distinction
• The National Field Hockey Coaches Association recognized the
Siena Field Hockey team as one of 55 National Academic Teams
• The Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association
acknowledged the Siena women’s lacrosse team as one of 38
IWLCA Honor Squads
• Volleyball player
Liz Hubbard was
named an ESPN the
selection. Hubbard was
also named MAAC
Woman of the Year and
of the Year
Liz Hubbard spent the summer of 2005 in Kenya
performing an internship as part of Siena’s
nationally renowned Albany-Med program.
• Men’s Lacrosse senior Matt Walsh was
named an All-American Scholar,
becoming the first lacrosse player
in school history to earn the honor
• 11 of Siena’s 18 Division I
programs posted a team GPA of
3.0 or higher in 2005-2006
� Women’s Cross Country – 3.42
� Volleyball – 3.32
� Women’s Basketball – 3.23
� Women’s Golf – 3.27
� Men’s Cross Country – 3.20
� Men’s Tennis – 3.19
� Field Hockey – 3.19
� Women’s Soccer – 3.18
� Women’s Lacrosse – 3.15
� Women’s Tennis – 3.10
� Softball – 3.00
In 2002, USA Today presented Siena College
with a plaque in recognition of overall excellence
in academic achievement. The department
ranked ninth among all Division I schools in
national graduation rates that year, one of two
appearances in the top-15 in the last five years.
Siena student-athletes reap the benefits of both worlds—the opportunity to
engage in a challenging and stimulating academic environment, combined
with the chance to develop their athletic potential as members of competitive
NCAA Division I teams. The support services provided to the student-athletes
are designed to offer assistance and resources, in addition to encouragement
and guidance. Services include monitoring academic and degree progress,
supervision of study hall, coordination of enrichment and educational programming,
as well as interaction with academic advisors and faculty within the
various Liberal Arts, Science and Business colleges.
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The Record Book
As a junior, Christie Gustafson became fourth all-time
in kills in school history.
Jessica Ladieu 142 (’97)
Blocks/Blocks Per Game
Donna DeFrancesco 153 (’95)/1.5 per game (’96)
Assists/Assists Per Game
Jessica Ladieu 1319 (’97)
April London 10.4 per game (’05)
Hitting Percentage (Middle Hitters)
Donna DeFrancesco .386 (’96)
Hitting Percentage (Outside Hitters)
Kristin May .351 (’96)
Hitting Percentage (Setters)
April London .303 (’05)
Kills Per Game
Nadiege Honore 3.96 (’05)
Kristin May 3.87 (’96)
Digs/Digs Per Game
Kerry O’Reilly 535 (’97)
5.156 per game (’99)
Lauren Weber 515 (’02)
Aces/Aces Per Game
Melanie Buchanan 64 (’92)
.62 per game (’92)
Jessica Hink 64 (’93)
Bold Italic indicates record set during 2005 season
1. Christina Baldwin . . . . 438
2. Jill Van Bortel . . . . . . . 431
3. Kristin May . . . . . . . . . 419
4. Jeanine Bula . . . . . . . . 410
5. Melanie Buchanan . . . . 400
1. Jeanine Murphy . . . . . . 404
2. Donna DeFrancesco. . . 402
3. Christina Baldwin . . . . 351
4. Jessica Hink . . . . . . . . 278
5. Jennifer Corkum . . . . . 254
Bold Italic indicates record set during 2005 season
1. Sarah Watkins . . . . . 3,064
2. Jessica Ladieu. . . . . . 2,741
3. Melanie Buchanan . . 1,852
4. Rochelle Travers. . . . 1,765
5. April London . . . . . . 1,253
1. Kristin May . . . . . . . 1,464
2. Lauren Weber . . . . . . 1,349
3. Christina Baldwin . . . 1,100
4. Christie Gustafson . . 1,059
5. Tracy Correale . . . . . 1,021
Sarah Watkins ’02 became the school’s alltime
assist leader in 2001.
1. Lauren Weber . . . . . . 1,554
2. Kerry O’Reilly. . . . . . 1,397
3. Jeanine Bula . . . . . . . 1,377
4. Kristin May . . . . . . . 1,165
5. Jessica Ladieu . . . . . . . 993
1. Melanie Buchanan . . . . 211
2. Jessica Hink . . . . . . . . 202
3. Kristin May . . . . . . . . . 160
4. Jeanine Bula . . . . . . . . 153
5. Brittany Guigli. . . . . . . 124
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The Record Book
Siena Volleyball All-Time Letterwinners
Name (Hometown) Employer, Currently Living
Class of 1975
Sue Kelly (Rensselaer, N.Y.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Rensselaer, N.Y.
Class of 1976
Sue Vincelette/Van Nostrand (Derry, N.H.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . NH Technical Clg, Manchester, N.H.
Class of 1977
Jean Harris/Samstag (Lake George, N.Y.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DST/ Condor, Wellesley Mass
Class of 1978
Maureen Kunkel (Rensselaer, N.Y.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . NYS Office for Aging, Albany, N.Y.
Class of 1979
Colleen Moore/Pidgeon (Rensselaer, N.Y.)
Class of 1982
Dr. Cherly Buff (Ballston Lake, N.Y.)
Class of 1984
Teresa Lambert/Underwood (Manlius, N.Y) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jack Slater & Assoc, Liverpool, N.Y
Aileen Taplin/Celentano (Raleigh, N.C.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . London Pacific Life & Annuity, Raleigh N.C.
Class of 1985
Laura Nardone/Palmer (Castleton on Hudson, N.Y.)
Mary Jayne Spellman/Cartularo (Manhasset N.Y.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . AT&T, New York, N.Y.
Class of 1986
Keelin Hayden (Boca Raton, Fla.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sirs Inc., Boca Raton, Fla.
Maureen Morgan (Manlius, N.Y.)
Cheryl Mundweiler (Overland Park, Kan.)
Barbara Rohmann/Huber (Great Neck, N.Y.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Prudential Securities, New York, N.Y.
Sandra Visker/Aceto (Centerville, Ohio). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Muscular Dystrophy, Albany N.Y.
Class of 1987
Diane Wright (Ballston Lake, N.Y.)
Jamila Joseph/Cullen (Melville, N.Y.)
Class of 1988
Elizabeth Burke (Wantagh, N.Y.)
Lynne DeCandido/Allan (Oakland, N.J.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Iona College, New Rochelle, N.Y.
Kathleen Leonard (Croton On Hudson, N.Y.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pelham Mem. HS, Pelham, N.Y.
Maureen Singer (Albany, N.Y.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SUNY Albany, Albany, N.Y.
Kristin Stapf/Shaver (Gaithersburg, Md.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Unisys Corporation, Washington, D.C.
Class of 1990
Christine Beaudin (Watervliet, N.Y.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . General Electric, Schenectady, N.Y.
Lori Castaldo/Schulze (Valhalla, N.Y.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Goldman Sachs & Co., New York, N.Y.
Maura Harding/Clow (Walpole, Mass.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Key Bank of NY, Albany, N.Y.
Deborah Keniston/Cortellesi (Pittstown, N.J.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Avalon Farm, Pittstown, N.J.
Renee Lelyo/McCaskey (Ramsey, N.J.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Law Offices of Renee F McCaskey, Ramsey N.J.
Janet Lynch (Medfield, Mass.)
Sarah Manning (Pittsford, N.Y.)
Allison Dukes (Syosset, N.Y.)
Class of 1991
Cathleen O’Donnell/Tone (Port Chester, N.Y.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Eagle Hill Sch., Greenwich, Conn.
Danine Verlezza (West Sand Lake, N.Y.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Olsten Staffing, Albany, N.Y.
Class of 1992
Amy Stuttard/Markowicz (Clinton, N.Y.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Elementary School, New Hartford, Conn.
Class of 1993
Lisa Green (Rome, N.Y.)
Mary Mitcham (Peekskill, N.Y.)
Chiemi Mizuki/Fukuyama (Tokyo, Japan) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Merrill Lynch Japan Inc., Tokyo
Heidi Stec/Hietala (Waipahu, Hawaii) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Samaritan Hospital, Troy, N.Y.
Class of 1994
Melanie Buchanan/Mills (Bristol, Conn.)
Jessica Hink/Eustace (Olney, Md.)
Lisa Lamborn (Homer, N.Y.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PM DiCesare & Assoc. Inc., Burnt Hills, N.Y.
Sarah Robinson/Loiars (Springboro, Ohio) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Renbrook Sch., W.Hartford, Conn.
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Name (Hometown) Employer, Currently Living
Class of 1995
Sarah Baroody (Danbury, Conn.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Penn State, Hershey, Pa.
Class of 1996
Jeanine Bula/Harding (Massapequa Park, N.Y.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . KMS Consulting, Greenlawn, N.Y.
Brittany Guigli/Jackson (Irvine, Calif.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Allergan Pharmaceuticals, Irvine, Calif.
Rochelle Travers (Playa Del Rey, Calif.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Quad/Graphics Inc., Marina Del Rey, Calif.
Class of 1997
Susan Salka (Meriden, Conn.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bedford Middle School, Westpoint, Conn.
Lisa Copeland (Queensbury, N.Y.)
Donna De Francesco (Rocky Hill, Conn.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CIGNA, Hartford, Conn.
Kristin May (Roslyn Heights, N.Y.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Attorney
Patricia Tully/Rose (Somers, N.Y.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Physical Therapy
Class of 1998
Meaghan Harding (New York, N.Y.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nursing School, New York, N.Y.
Jessica Ladieu (Medway, Mass.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Teacher, Medway, Mass.
Class of 1999
Casey Legendziewicz (Fairfield, Conn.)
Kimberly Tate (Massapequa, N.Y.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Account Manager for Strategic Delivery at Citi Card, New York, N.Y.
Kara Tavolacci (New York, N.Y.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spectrum Center, New York, N.Y.
Class of 2000
Jennifer Cascino (New York, N.Y.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Client Marketing Manager for Sports Illustrated, New York, N.Y.
Tracy Correale (Bethany, Conn.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Researcher at Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield, Conn.
Jeanie Murphy (Stamford, Conn.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Accounting Manager at Heating Oil Partners, Darien, Conn.
Roxanne Waggle (Auberry, Calif.)
Class of 2001
Christina Baldwin (Rockville Centre, N.Y.)
Kerry O’Reilly (Nesconset, N.Y.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Time, Inc., New York, N.Y.
Jill Van Bortel (Troy, N.Y.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Law Associate at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, Manhattan, N.Y.
Class of 2002
Sarah Watkins (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Teacher, Boston, Mass.
Kelly Megyesi (Randolph, N.J.)
Allison McCourt (Port Jefferson, N.Y.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Guidance Counselor at Lindenhurst Middle School, Port Jefferson, N.Y.
Caroline Werdelin (Jamestown, N.Y.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Graduate Student in Sweden
Class of 2003
Jennifer Corkum (Newtown, Conn.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Assistant Volleyball Coach, West Virginian University
Marissa Gregg (Stony Point, N.Y.)
Kerris McHugh (New Rochelle, N.Y.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Euro RSCG Magnet, New York, N.Y.
Amy Legendziewicz (Broadalbin, N.Y.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . USIS, Albany, N.Y.
Class of 2004
Katie Sarkovics (Long Branch, N.J.)
Lauren Weber (Sayville, N.Y.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Graduate School Adelphi
Amanda Carrk (Ravena, N.Y.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Teacher, Ravena, N.Y.
Kerry Pease (Corning, N.Y.)
Class of 2005
Diana Wierzba (Eden, N.Y.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Accountant, NYS Department of Taxation and Finance, Buffalo, N.Y.
Abbie Maciolek (Elm Grove, Wisc.)
Leah Mizgalski (Stahlstown, Pa.)
Class of 2006
Liz Hubbard (Newark, Del.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Albany Medical College, Albany, N.Y.
Christa Glenn (St. James, N.Y.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marketing Asst., Smithtown, N.Y./Part-time Graduate student, Stony Brook
* This list was compiled by the Siena sports information office with the assistance from the Office of Alumni Relations. We welcome any corrections or additions.
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They started out as the Golden Warriors. That proved too long for headlines, so soon, Siena
became the Indians. In March of 1989, they became the Saints.
There was a time, not long ago, when the majority of Siena’s student athletes hailed from
homes in the Capital Region, and jumping in a van and traveling to Saratoga, Troy,
Schenectady and Albany could meet athletic teams’ scheduling requirements.
In 1976, however, Siena’s athletics program was elevated to NCAA Division I status. With that
move, the College committed itself to upgrading its program and making all teams competitive.
After stops in the ECAC Metro and North Atlantic Conference, Siena moved to the Metro
Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) in 1990, where it has made its mark.
Since its move to full Division I status, Siena Athletics has continued to grow. Four years
ago, the program added women’s water polo, giving it seven men’s programs and 11 on
the women’s side.
Siena sponsors 18 sports at the NCAA Division I level. Seventeen teams compete in the
MAAC, with field hockey playing in the Northeast Conference.
The Saints pride themselves on excellence on and off the field. Siena’s student-athletes regularly
graduate at rates higher than the general student population. Siena tied for fifth nationally in
the inaugural Graduation Success Rate (GSR) this past year. According to the report, Siena’s
student-athletes achieved a 97% GSR. The Saints’ women’s lacrosse, men’s cross country,
women’s cross country, field hockey and water polo teams were all named National Academic
Squads by their respective coaches’ associations in 2005-2006. Additionally, a
record 109 student-athletes were placed on the MAAC honor roll.
Athletic success has continued to improve as well thanks to a continued
commitment from the College to enhance athletic aid, full-time coaching,
and facilities. A record four teams won conference championships in
2005-2006, with women’s volleyball, men’s golf and women’s tennis
earning bids to the NCAA Tournament.
The men’s basketball team has carried the torch for Siena in the
MAAC. First-year head coach Fran McCaffery guided the Saints to the fifth
most improved finish in all of Division I in 2005-2006. In 2002, Siena caught the
nation’s attention with an improbable leap into college basketball’s biggest stage –
the NCAA Tournament, highlighting a span in which the team advanced to the postseason
four times in five years (1999-2003). The Green and Gold continued its
improbable run with an opening round victory over Alcorn State on ESPN before
falling to eventual national champion Maryland before 20,000 fans at the MCI Center in
Washington. It was the team’s third trip to the “Big Dance” (1989, 1999). In 2003, Siena
made its fifth postseason NIT appearance. The Saints have enjoyed great success in the NIT,
advancing as far as the semifinals round at Madison Square Garden in 1994.
The Siena women’s basketball team has captured seven regular-season MAAC titles in the
last 15 years. Under the direction of Gina Castelli, the program has grown into one of the
top in the region. In 2000-2001, the team earned its first MAAC Tournament championship
and initial NCAA berth. The Saints played in the postseason WNIT in 1999, 2002 and 2003.
The volleyball team has one of the richest histories for success, qualifying for 12 conference
championships in the last 14 years. In 2005, the Saints shocked the MAAC by capturing
their fifth conference title despite being picked ninth in the preseason coaches’ poll. The
team won four straight MAAC titles from 1993-96 and reached the 1995 NCAA Tournament.
In April of 2003, Garvey Pierre took over as the program’s first full-time coach as the Saints
look to make the leap to the next level.
The women’s golf team has also achieved breakthrough success, capturing its sixth straight
MAAC Championship at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex in the spring of 2006. Not to
be outdone, the men’s golf team broke through with its second MAAC title this spring after
back-to-back runner-up performances. Senior Bryan Bigley is the two-time Albany Times Union
Siena Male Student-Athlete of the Year. Bigley won the MAAC Individual Championship in
2005 and finished second this past year. He has advanced to the US Open sectional qualifier
the past two summers as well.
The Siena baseball team has won four MAAC Championships since 1995 and advanced to
the 1999 NCAA Tournament. Head Coach Tony Rossi, entering his 38th year, was named
MAAC Coach of the Year for the sixth time in 2005 after guiding an overachieving Siena
team back to the conference championships. Pitcher John Lannan became the 20th player
in program history to be drafted when he was selected in the 11th round of the
First-Year Player’s draft in June of 2005 by the Washington Nationals.
The men’s and women’s soccer programs have experienced recent success and
growth as well. Women’s Head Coach Steve Karbowski was recognized as
the Northeast Region’s Co-Coach of the Year after orchestrating the nation’s
eighth best turnaround in 2001. He has been named MAAC
Coach of the Year twice in his eight seasons as head coach, and last year led the Saints to
a program-record 10 victories for the second consecutive season. Men’s Head Coach
Charlie Curto, in his 23rd season at the helm, guided the Saints back to the MAAC
Tournament in 2004, narrowly missing out on a regular-season title.
In 2005, MAAC Coach of the Year, Jake McHerron, guided the upstart Siena
women’s lacrosse team to the MAAC Championship game for the first time
in program history. McHerron and the Saints have high expectations
once again this spring. Rob Swingle, now in his third season at Siena,
has added life to Siena’s newest sport, women’s water polo. Swingle was
named MAAC Coach of the Year in 2005, and welcomes in his second recruiting class this
fall with an aim toward reaching the MAAC Tournament for the first time.
In the fall of 2003, the field hockey team advanced to the NEC Tournament behind head
coach Lynda Lareau, who will again try to turn that trick this fall.
The men’s lacrosse program appears on the verge of taking off. In July of 2004 Brian
Brecht took over as the program’s first full-time head coach, raising the expectations for
the growing program. Brecht was named MAAC Co-Coach of the Year in 2005 and the
Saints have improved their MAAC finish in each of his first two seasons.
Siena’s softball and women’s swimming and diving programs will be under the direction of
new coaches in 2006-2007 as both programs look to ascend the MAAC ladder. Veteran
men’s tennis coach Jim Serbalik and head cross country coach Jim Bowles welcome in a
talented crop of recruits to join their progressing programs. The women’s tennis team will
have an excellent chance to repeat its conference championship in the spring. Sophomore
Sarah Mayer set a program record with 22 singles victories as a freshman. She was the
first Siena athlete in any sport to be named MAAC Rookie of the Year, MAAC Player of
the Year and MAAC Tournament MVP.
Most Siena teams make their homes on-campus, playing on the seven grass fields located
behind the Marcelle Athletic Complex (MAC). This year the department will break ground
on a multiple-purpose, outdoor athletic facility which will serve as a venue for Siena
lacrosse, field hockey and soccer.
Inside the Marcelle Athletic Complex, Siena student-athletes have all the amenities to ensure
their abilities to compete at the Division I level. Many student-athletes enjoyed the benefits of
a state-of-the-art expansion to the field house. The expansion, dedicated in July of 2004, features
four “team rooms,” as well as the Turchi Theater for film review and scouting. The men’s and
women’s basketball locker rooms were also restructured as part of the project.
The women’s basketball and volleyball teams play their home contests at the 4,000-seat
Alumni Recreation Center (ARC), which received a cosmetic facelift this past summer.
Siena’s men’s basketball team makes its home at the Pepsi Arena in downtown Albany.
The Pepsi Arena (to be renamed the Times Union Center on January 1, 2007) is a regionally
acclaimed 14,750-seat facility. Since its full-time move to the Pepsi Arena prior to the
1996-97 season, both the men’s and women’s basketball team’s attendances have soared
into the top-100 in the country.
Siena prides itself in its student-athletes’ success academically. A full-time academic advisor
is on hand to provide assistance for student-athletes, helping in class scheduling and tutorial
services. In 2002, an assistant advisor was hired to assist with the NCAA’s Champs Life
Skills initiative – known as S.A.IN.T.S. (Supporting Athletes in Their
Success) at Siena.
The department’s major undertaking in the summer of 2004 was the construction
of a new study hall facility for the exclusive use of student athletes.
The study lounge is located on the second floor of the MAC and includes all
the amenities and technological resources needed to assure the continued
academic success for Siena’s student-athletes.
In addition, the technologically advanced J. Spencer and Patricia
Standish library, which opened in 2000, serves as a scenic backdrop
to the baseball field and is a short
walk from any point on campus.
32 Siena College Volleyball 2006
Siena Volleyball TV/Radio Roster
Junior • 6-0
Sophomore • 5-7
Freshman • 5-11
Middle Hitter/Right Side
Port Washington, N.Y./Schreiber
Sophomore • 5-10
Junior • 5-8
Senior • 6-0
Rochester, N.Y./Gates Chili
Junior • 6-1
Farmington Hills, Mich./Marian
Sophomore • 6-0
Freshman • 5-7
Junior • 6-0
San Fernando, Trinidad/Naparima Girls
Sophomore • 6-3
Sophomore • 5-2
Freshman • 5-10
Outside Hitter/Defensive Specialist
25 Arizona Tucson, Ariz. (Wildcat Invitational) 10 a.m.
26 San Francisco Tucson, Ariz. (Wildcat Invitational) 10 a.m.
26 Northern Colorado Tucson, Ariz. (Wildcat Invitational) 4:30 p.m.
1 Syracuse Syracuse, N.Y. (Big Orange Tournament) 7 p.m.
2 Kentucky Syracuse, N.Y. (Big Orange Tournament) 10 a.m.
2 New Hampshire Syracuse, N.Y. (Big Orange Tournament) 2 p.m.
8 Stony Brook Stony Brook, N.Y. (Stony Brook Tournament) 1:30 p.m.
8 Yale Stony Brook, N.Y. (Stony Brook Tournament) 5:30 p.m.
9 Princeton Hamilton, N.Y. (Colgate Tournament) 12:30 p.m.
9 Colgate Hamilton, N.Y. (Colgate Tournament) 6 p.m.
16 Canisius* Loudonville, N.Y. 2 p.m.
17 Niagara* Loudonville, N.Y. 2 p.m.
20 Binghamton Loudonville, N.Y. 7 p.m.
23 Saint Peter’s* Loudonville, N.Y. 2 p.m.
24 Manhattan* Loudonville, N.Y. 2 p.m.
26 Albany Albany, N.Y. 7 p.m.
30 Loyola* Baltimore, Md. (Towson University) 11 a.m.
1 Rider* Lawrenceville, N.J. 11 a.m.
4 Marist* Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 7 p.m.
7 Fairfield* Loudonville, N.Y. 2 p.m.
14 Iona* New Rochelle, N.Y. 4 p.m.
15 Manhattan* Manhattan, N.Y. 2 p.m.
17 Syracuse Loudonville, N.Y. 7 p.m.
21 Rider* Loudonville, N.Y. 4 p.m.
22 Loyola* Loudonville, N.Y. 2 p.m.
28 Saint Peter’s* Jersey City, N.J. 1 p.m.
29 Fairfield* Fairfield, Conn. 2 p.m.
4 Niagara* Lewiston, N.Y. noon
5 Canisius* Buffalo, N.Y. 2 p.m.
9 Marist* Loudonville, N.Y. 7 p.m.
12 Iona* Loudonville, N.Y. 4 p.m.
16-18 MAAC Championships
Orlando, Fla. (Disney) TBA
Telecast on Time Warner Cable Channel 3 in the Capital Region
Home games in bold
All times are local