The St. Lawrence University Athletics Department has announced the hiring of 13 new assistant coaches for the upcoming 2014-15 season.
Marcus Emerson graduated from St. Lawrence University in the spring of 2013, and returns to his alma mater to coach alongside Mike Mahoney and Tom Ryan for the men's lacrosse squad. Emerson, who earned a degree in history and minored in education, has been working to earn his Master's degree in teaching and is hoping to finish this summer. He has coached for the past year as an assistant at Jefferson Community College in Watertown, NY as well as at the Team United Lacrosse Club in Syracuse, NY.
New head women's lacrosse coach Ashley Pike filled out her staff with the hiring of Kristen Crowley and Emily Soderquist. Crowley studied at Liberty University and earned a degree in Health and Physical Education in May of 2013. A two-year captain for the Flames, she spent last year working as an assistant coach at Hartwick College. Crowley also served as a SAAC Advisor and on the game management staff at Hartwick.
Meanwhile, Soderquist comes to St. Lawrence having earned a degree in Wellness Management and Athletic Coaching from SUNY Oswego in 2012. A Watertown, NY native, she played for the Lakers women's lacrosse team during her collegiate tenure and has since worked for the past year as a coach at the Watertown City School District, working with the JV girls lacrosse team and the swim programs.
The men's and women's golf teams will work alongside new assistant coach Nicholas Ziccardi this fall. Ziccardi arrives in Canton having graduated from Northwood University in West Palm Beach, FL. A captain of the Seahawks last season, he earned a degree in Business Management and volunteered as a coach at the First Tee program in Palm Beaches.
Daniel Knorr will work as an assistant rowing coach with the men's team this season. A graduate of RIT, where he earned a degree in Political Science in May of 2011, he was a co-captain of the Tigers' rowing team and earned 2011 ECAC All-Conference honors. Following his graduation, Knorr began working as a rowing coach, adding Aqueduct Rowing Club, Niskayuna Rowing, Genesee Waterways Center and McQuaid Jesuit High School to his resume.
The swimming and diving team have added Emily Price to its staff for 2014-15. Price graduated in 2012 from Binghamton University with a degree in History and Women in War. Prior to Binghamton, Price swam at Chatham University, where she held University records in five individual events and two relays while landing MVP honors. She has worked as a swim instructor for the Broome County YMCA for a year, and is lifeguard, CPR/AED and First Aid certified.
Andrew Diehl joins the Saints track and field staff in an exciting season for the program. Diehl, who graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a degree in Health and Human Kinetics, most recently served as a U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coach Association (USTFCCCA) Intern and at his alma mater, where he was a championship intern for the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Andrew, who was a 10-time all-conference honoree for the Battling Bishops, will be a key addition with St. Lawrence University set to host the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships next May.
The men's and women's tennis programs will welcome Timothy Berg to the coaching staff this fall after finishing a decorated playing career at Bates in the spring of 2014. The Lakewood Ranch, FL native was ranked as the No. 2 player in the country in Division III doubles and was No. 23 in singles. He and his partner fell in the national championship match last spring, earning NCAA All-America honors. Berg graduated from Bates with a degree in Philosophy and studied off-campus in Denmark in 2012.
Franco Bari and the women's soccer program have added Ashley Kaufman to the sidelines for the 2014 season. An Enfield, CT native, Kaufman was a decorated student-athlete at Utica College, serving as the Pioneers keeper for four years while also playing hockey and softball. She was a three-time First Team All-Conference selection, and was inducted into the college's Athletic Hall of Fame this year. A 2009 graduate with a degree in Business/Management, Kaufman has worked at numerous soccer and hockey camps and served as the modified soccer coach at Utica-Notre Dame High School.
Finally, the St. Lawrence University football team has added four new coaches to its staff for the 2014 campaign, including Scott Vallone, Brad Rogers, Brandon Lemon and Kory Gribbin.
Vallone graduated from Rutgers in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics. A four-year starter for the Scarlet Knights at defensive tackle, he was a First Team All-Big East selection and the school's Best Rush Lineman Award winner as a senior, and was a Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-American in 2009. Following graduation, Vallone had professional stints with three NFL teams, including the Miami Dolphins, Detroit Lions and New England Patriots. He also spent time in Montreal with the Alouettes of the CFL.
Rogers comes to St. Lawrence after playing four years at the University of Iowa and finishing his degree in Sport and Recreation Business in December of 2013. He played full back for the Hawkeyes on scholarship and was named the Comeback Player of the Year. Rogers was awarded the football team's Leadership Award and was the squad's representative on ISAAC and SAW.
Lemon was a four-year contributor at Salisbury University, which won the 2011 Empire 8 title and reached the NCAA Division III Quarterfinals. A Liberty Arts major who graduated in 2012, he has since coached corners, slot receivers and special teams at Methodist University. Lemon also gained coaching experience at the All-American Football Camp in Oakton, VA and at the Georgia Southern Football Camp in Atlanta, GA this summer.
Gribbin studied at Westminster College and graduated in May of 2014 with a degree in Business Administration. A four-year member of the Titan football team, he was named the college's Unsung Hero of the Year for 2013-14. Following his playing career, Gribbin served as the running backs coach in the spring. His previous coaching experience includes the Mike Tomlin and Ben Roethlisberger Football Camps in Pittsburgh, PA.