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Administration

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Rev. Vincent M. Cooke, S.J.

President

President of Canisius College since 1993, Rev. Vincent M. Cooke, S.J. has transformed Canisius College from a

commuter college serving primarily the Western New York market into a residential comprehensive university

drawing students from across the Northeast and beyond.

Under Father Cooke’s leadership, Canisius has invested nearly $120 million in 24 major capital projects on the

Main Street campus, including a complete renovation of the college’s signature classroom building, Old Main,

Lyons Hall, and the development of the Montante Cultural Center. Canisius has completed eight residence hall

construction or renovation projects, including two townhouse complexes and a high-rise residence hall. Plans to

develop Science Hall, an interdisciplinary science center at the college are underway.

Educating students for the demands of an ever-changing world is a high priority for Father Cooke. New majors

in emerging fields such as bioinformatics, international business, accounting information systems, health and

human performance and digital media arts have recently been added to Canisius’ comprehensive curriculum.

Canisius faculty, students and staff are heavily involved in a wide variety of service learning and volunteer

activities throughout Western New York and beyond.

Father Cooke received high marks in a Buffalo News poll of Western New York leaders which ranked Father Cooke as the second most influential

civic leader and the college as the second most influential institution overall in terms of their positive impact on the community. Father Cooke was

also recognized by The Buffalo News as one of its Outstanding Citizens for 2001 and named the 2003 Renaissance Man by the Buffalo Renaissance

Foundation (BRF). He received the 2005 Humanitarian Award from the Niagara Lutheran Foundation, and the National Federation for Just

Communities (NFJC) of Western New York presented Father Cooke with a 2007 Citation Award for his community leadership.

In early 2008, Father Cooke served as a delegate at the Jesuits’ General Congregation 35 that elected Father Adolfo Nicolas as the new General of the

Society of Jesus. He was also a delegate at General Congregation 33 in 1983 that elected Father Peter-Hans Kolvenbach as General.

Prior to joining the Canisius community, Father Cooke served as executive and academic vice president of John Carroll University. Born in New

York and raised in Hoboken, NJ, Father Cooke received a bachelor of arts degree from Fordham University in 1960; a Licentiate in philosophy from

Loyola Seminary, Shrub Oak, in 1961; master’s degrees in teaching and philosophy in 1962 and 1965; respectively, from Fordham; advanced theology

degrees from Woodstock College in 1967 and Yale University in 1968; and a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in

1971. Father Cooke’s academic area of expertise focuses on ethics, the theory of knowledge and the philosophy of language.

Father Cooke is currently a member of the board of trustees of Fordham University, and a member of the finance committee of the New York

Province of the Society of Jesus.

Dr. Ellen Conley

Vice President for Student Affairs

Ellen O. Conley, PhD, a member of the Canisius Community since 1970, was named vice president for student

affairs in 1998. One of her many accomplishments in her new role includes spearheading the upgrade of the

athletics program at the college.

Dr. Conley earned a bachelor’s degree from Slippery Rock State College (1967), advanced education degrees

from the University of Pittsburgh (1968) and Buffalo State (1973) and a doctorate in higher education from the

University at Buffalo (1981).

During her tenure as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Conley supported the formation of the

School of Education and Human Services, developed a mentoring program for new faculty, initiated the development

of majors in criminal justice and environmental science and guided the initiative to implement a Master

of Science in Organizational Communication and Development. She also established the Fine Arts Department

and facilitated the development of MusiCanisius, which has since evolved into the ArtsCanisius program.

While acting dean, she coordinated the promotion of the school’s graduate education program to the Canadian

market and guided the implementation of the Master in Sport Administration.

From 1987-89, Dr. Conley was the assistant director of athletics for women’s sports and financial aid, and from 1987-90, she was the athletic scholarship

coordinator. Under her direction, the women’s athletic program was formed and grew from one club level team to seven varsity teams. In addition,

she implemented and monitored an athletic scholarship program for men’s and women’s non-revenue producing sports.

From 1982-1990 Dr. Conley served as chair of the undergraduate Physical Education Major Program and Coordinator of the Physical Education

Graduate Program. In 1989, she developed alternative curricular tracks for physical education majors to enhance enrollment, and in 1986, she cowrote

the New York State Professional Preparation Council’s position paper for “Strengthening Teaching in New York State.”

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Bill Maher

Director of Athletics

Named Director of Athletics in May 2005, Bill Maher is in his fourth

year back in the Blue and Gold.

Since taking over at Canisius, 10 athletic teams won conference or

regional championships, with the softball team advancing to the

NCAA Tournament in each of the past two seasons, qualifying for

the NCAA Tournament 10 times in the last 14 seasons. The 2008

men’s lacrosse team advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the

first time in program history and won a share of the regular-season

MAAC Championship for the second time in three seasons. The

2008 baseball program earned a share of the regular-season title for

the first time in 14 years and advanced to the MAAC Tournament

for the second consecutive season while setting a school record with

41 victories. The 2006 volleyball team set a program record for victories.

The synchronized swimming program won its 11th consecutive

ECAC Championship in 2008. During the past three seasons, 63 student-athletes have earned all-league

honors, 16 have won conference player or rookie of the year awards and 29 were voted to all-tournament

teams.

On the academic level during the past three athletic seasons, 217 student-athletes were named to the

MAAC All-Academic Honor Roll, while 39 hockey players made the Atlantic Hockey All-Academic Team

and 15 synchronized swimmers were honored as U.S. Synchro Academic All-Americans. During the past three years, Canisius has had seven student-athletes

recognized on the district level as ESPN The Magazine CoSIDA All-Academic.

Starting with the 2007-08 academic year, Maher began a four-year term on the NCAA Division I Management Council.

A Canisius graduate and former assistant athletic director at the

school, Maher spent seven years at the University at Buffalo and

served as the Bulls’ interim athletic director from 2003-05.

During his tenure as the interim athletic director at Buffalo, Maher

helped UB Athletics oversee $3.6 million in capital improvements to

its athletic facilities, restructure the school’s Blue & White Club fund

drive for athletics, which generated $1 million during the 2003-04

season, and develop marketing campaigns which increased attendance

at athletic events.

He also oversaw the development of the men’s basketball program,

which set a school record for victories and earned the first postseason

bid in school history with an invitation to the 2005 National Invitation

Tournament. Under his watch, the Bulls’ RPI increased from 284 in

2003 to as high as 34 during the 2004-05 season.

Maher was a four-year letterwinner on the Canisius College football

team from 1985-88 and earned All-America honorable mention honors

as a senior. He received his bachelor’s degree in physical education

from Canisius in 1989 and his master’s degree in sport management

from East Stroudsburg University in 1990. Following an internship

with the New York Knicks, Maher returned to Canisius in 1991, becoming

the assistant athletic director for compliance in 1994.

He became the director of compliance at the University at Buffalo in

1998, where he moved up the ranks and was named senior associate

athletic director in 2002. In that role, he managed the day-to-day operations

of the Division of Athletics, including the direct supervision

of Buffalo’s football and men’s and women’s basketball programs, in

addition to the office of compliance and the office of student-athlete

services.

Maher resides in East Amherst with his wife, Kristin, and sons, Danny

and David.

The Maher File

Birthplace: Avon, N.Y.

Family: Wife Kristin, sons Danny and David

Education

Canisius College (B.A. 1989)

East Stroudsburg University (M.S. 1990)

Career

Canisius College (2005-Present)

Director of Athletics

University at Buffalo (1998-2005)

Interim Athletic Director

Senior Associate Athletic Director

Assistant Athletic Director/Compliance

Canisius College (1991-1998)

Assistant AD for Compliance

Director of Intramurals and Facility Supervisor

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Traci Murphy

Associate Athletic Director/Senior Women’s Administrator

Traci Murphy is in her fourth season as Associate Athletic Director and Senior Women’s Administrator for the Golden

Griffins. Murphy joins the Canisius staff after spending seven seasons at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

Murphy is responsible for all NCAA rules enforcement of Canisius’ 16 Division I athletic programs in addition to all areas

of student-athlete welfare. She supervises compliance, academic counseling, strength and conditioning and athletic

training. She also oversees the CHAMPS/Life Skills program, and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).

Murphy is the sport supervisor for women’s soccer, men’s soccer, women’s cross country, men’s cross country, softball

and golf. She serves on MAAC committees for Athletic Administration, Finance, Gender and Minority Issues, and

chairs the MAAC Swimming and Diving Committee. She also organizes the annual National Girls and Women in Sports

Day (NGWSD) at Canisius and helped found the WNY Girls in Sports Program. The program, in collaboration with

the City of Buffalo Public Schools, area colleges and universities, the Bills and Girl Scout Council, focuses specifically on

young girls (ages 9-12) and their involvement in sports.

Murphy began her career in 1992 as associate head athletic trainer at St Mary’s and moved to ULM in 1998. She added

the responsibility of senior woman administrator in 2001 which involved the monitoring of women’s sports and mentoring the SAAC.

In July 2003, she was promoted to the position of director of academics, compliance and student-athlete services. Murphy worked to develop and implement

an enhanced academic development and compliance program for ULM’s student-athletes and the athletics department. Prior to ULM, Murphy served five

years as the head athletic trainer at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

She is a 1989 graduate of West Chester University with a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education. In 1992, Murphy earned a master’s degree in

health education from the University of Arkansas.

The Maryland native and her husband, Pat, have two children, Sean (7) and Sarah (3).

John Maddock

Associate Athletic Director - External Affairs

John Maddock is in his 28th year with Canisius College athletics and his 12th as associate athletic director for external

affairs. Originally hired as the Golden Griffins’ sports information director, the native of Washington, Ill., was named

an assistant athletic director prior to the 1987-88 season and moved into his current position in 1997. Maddock is

responsible for corporate partnerships, marketing and promotions, licensing, the Blue & Gold Club and ticket sales.

The 52-year-old Maddock oversaw the operation of the department of athletics during Spring 2005 before Bill Maher

was named the director of athletics. Maddock also assisted the MAAC with plans for its 25th Anniversary celebration

during the 2005-06 athletic season.

He chaired the search committee for the Griffs’ head football coach in 2000 and men’s soccer coach in 1998. He serves

on the Hall of Fame and the MLK Awards Selection Committees and oversaw the development of the athletic department’s

current logo. He was also instrumental in planning the season-long 100-year anniversary celebration for men’s

basketball in 2003-04.

Maddock arrived at Canisius in July 1981 after spending two-and-a-half years as the administrative assistant to the

athletic director at Brockport State College. Prior to his job at Brockport, he was the ticket manager for the Atlanta Braves Triple-A farm club in Richmond, Va.

A graduate of Western Illinois University, Maddock received his bachelor’s degree in recreation and park administration in 1976 and his master’s degree in

athletic administration in 1978. In addition to his duties at Canisius, Maddock is an active member of the National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators

(NACMA) and the former chair of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Committee on Committees. He also served on the

CoSIDA Academic All-America Committee.

Maddock spent two seasons as the public relations director for the North Atlantic Conference and served as the host for the 1990 ECAC-SIDA conference

at the Buffalo Hilton. He chaired the Baseball Committee for the 1993 World University Games and was the assistant media coordinator for the 2000 NCAA

Division I men’s basketball opening round games played at Buffalo’s HSBC Arena.

Maddock was honored in 1998 by ECAC-SIDA with the Irving T. Marsh Award for contributions, dedication and excellence in the field of collegiate sports

information.

John and his wife, Priscilla, reside in Snyder with their daughters Mackenzie and Mikaela.

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Danielle LaMarre

Academic Advisor

for Athletics

Matt Reitnour

Director of Athletic

Communications

Judi Caserta

Athletics Business

Manager

Rachelle Held

Director of

Compliance

Andy Smith

Head Athletic

Trainer

Barb Zimmerman

Athletics Administrative

Assistant

Koessler Athletic Center

2001 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14208

Canisius Athletics Staff Directory

Director of Athletics

Bill Maher................................................................................................................. 716-888-2972

Administration

Traci Murphy, Associate Athletic Director/SWA...................................... 716-888-2959

John Maddock, Associate Athletic Director/External Affairs.............. 716-888-2977

Danielle LaMarre, Academic Advisor for Athletics................................... 716-888-3708

Rachelle Held, Director of Compliance......................................................... 716-888-2877

Matt Reitnour, Director of Athletic Communications............................. 716-888-2978

Judi Caserta, Athletics Business Manager.....................................................716-888-3171

Diane Kelly, Athletics Business Administrative Associate........................716-888-3163

Barb Zimmerman, Athletics Administrative Assistant............................. 716-888-2972

Sharon Federico, Athletics Administrative Assistant................................ 716-888-2971

Athletic Trainers

Andy Smith, Head Athletic Trainer................................................................. 716-888-8452

Melissa Donato, Assistant Athletic Trainer.................................................. 716-888-8454

Erin Finnegan, Assistant Athletic Trainer...................................................... 716-888-8453

Matt Hamilton, Assistant Athletic Trainer................................................... 716-888-8456

Pete Koehneke, Assistant Athletic Trainer................................................... 716-888-2954

Koki Takano, Assistant Athletic Trainer......................................................... 716-888-8455

External Affairs

John Maddock, Associate Athletic Director................................................ 716-888-2977

Todd Hummel, Ticket Office Manager......................................................... 716-888-2885

Rebecca Carver, External Affairs Graduate Assistant.............................. 716-888-6709

Jonathan Graves, On-Campus Promotion Graduate Assistant............ 716-888-6707

Mike Lester, External Affairs Graduate Assistant.......................................716-888-3760

Facilities

Gordon Anthony, Director of Facilities......................................................... 716-888-2934

Jon Lyons, Assistant Director of Facilities.....................................................716-888-3146

Julie Wysocki, Equipment Room Manager.................................................. 716-888-2958

Strength and Conditioning

Jon Rowan, Strength and Conditioning Coach........................................... 716-888-2941

Athletic Communications

Director......................................................................................................................... Matt Reitnour

Assistant Director/WBB Contact............................................................................Matt Lozar

Lozar’s E-mail............................................................................................ lozarm@canisius.edu

Lozar’s Office Phone.......................................................................................... 716-888-3756

Lozar’s Cell Phone...............................................................................................440-477-3777

Assistant Director.................................................................................................... Jason Veniskey

Graduate Assistant.................................................................................. Lindsay Beckinghausen

Athletic Communications Fax..............................................................................716-888-8444

Website............................................................................................................................GoGriffs.com

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Canisius College Golden Griffins Spot Chart

#1 Brittané Russell

Jr., Guard

5-5

Southfield, Mich.

Southfield Lathrup

#3 Tasia Lee

R-So., Guard

5-8

Coram, N.Y.

Longwood

#5 Stephanie

MacDonald

Fr., Guard

5-10

Ottawa, Ont.

St. Peter Catholic

#11 Tauralee Tenn

R-Fr., Forward

5-9

Nepean Ontario

Glebe Collegiate Institute

#12 Amanda Cavo

Sr., Guard

5-9

New Hartford, N.Y.

New Hartford

#13 Brianna Lucas

Jr., Guard

5-8

Freedom, Pa.

Susquehannock

#22 Katie Hart

Fr., Forward

6-1

Constantia, N.Y.

Central Square

#23 Micayla Drysdale

So., Guard

5-9

Binbrook, Ontario

St. Mary’s

#24 Marie Warner

Sr., Forward

5-11

Hamilton, Ontario

Westdale/Utah

#25 Mercedes Mitchell

Fr., Forward

6-0

Euclid, Ohio

Regina

#31 JJ Williams

R-Sr., Forward/Center

6-1

Lansing, N.Y.

Lansing

#35 Ellie Radke

Jr., Forward

6-0

Monroe, Wisc.

Monroe

#53 Monica Kosior

Fr., Center

6-5

Grimsby, Ont.

Blessed Trinity

Terry Zeh

Head Coach

Fifth Season

68-53 overall

43-29 MAAC

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