PSU Athletics announces annual department award winners

PSU Athletics announces annual department award winners

Lewis, Miller named Athletes of the Year 

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University Athletics Department has announced the winners of its major awards for the 2019-20 academic year, honoring 15 student-athletes for their accomplishments on the field of competition, in the classroom and within the greater Plymouth community.

            Presented annually, the awards honor former coaches and educators who were pioneers in the development of physical education and athletics at Plymouth State. The winners represent the best of more than 700 students who were involved with PSU Athletics as student-athletes or support staff during the 2019-20 school year. The award winners, selected following a vote by the head coaches and department administrators, will be honored during the PSU Athletics Hall of Fame ceremony in the fall of 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the suspension of the ceremony this fall.

            "There were so many exceptional candidates for the department awards this year," said Director of Athletics Kim Bownes. "The student-athletes make us so proud every year and this year was no exception. Congratulations to each of the winners!"

            "These student-athletes continue to add to the rich history of Plymouth State Athletics, being leaders in the classroom, community and their sports," added Associate Director of Athletics Courtney O'Clair. "We could not be prouder of them and their accomplishments. They are the definition of what it means to be a Panther."

            PSU recognizes the top athletic performances each year with the Paul E. Arold Male Athlete of the Year and the Janet Nell Female Athlete of the Year Awards. The top scholar-athlete is awarded the Van A. Hartman – Vernon Kelly Award and the top seniors are selected for the John C. Foley Leadership Award.

            Also presented are the Peter S. Cofran Award, which recognizes outstanding service and support for PSU Athletics, the Dorothy "Dot" Diehl Award, which honors a female student-athlete who exhibits leadership for the advancement of women's equity in sports and physical education, the Brad Wilby Award for leadership, character and service, and the John P. Clark Award, awarded to the top true freshman based on academic distinction and athletic excellence.

 

PSU Athletics – 2019-20 Award Recipients

 

Paul E. Arold Award

Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year

            Terrell Lewis, Men's Track & Field/Football

            (Jr., Multi Events/Wide Receiver, New Boston, N.H. - Criminal Justice major)

 
     Lewis

            Junior Terrell Lewis (New Boston, N.H.) was named the Paul E. Arold Male Athlete of the Year after reaching All-America status during the indoor track & field season. The standout set and reset the school record in the 60m Hurdles four times and entered the NCAA Division III National Championship meet with the tenth fastest time in the nation, though he did not have an opportunity to compete as the championships were canceled in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Little East Conference champion in the 55m Hurdles (in championship meet record time) and 4x200m Relay, he also earned All-New England honors with a second-place finish at the NCAA Division III New England Regional Championship, the only hurdles finals he did not win this winter. In addition, Lewis established school records in the 200m Dash and was part of the record-setting 4x200m Relay team. Also a wide receiver on the football team, Lewis finished the fall with 11 catches for 261 yards and three touchdowns, including a career-high 103 receiving yards and two TDs in a 42-0 win over Fitchburg State on Oct. 5.

             FROM HEAD TRACK & FIELD COACH JOHN OSTLER: "Terrell had another outstanding season in track, primarily in the 60m Hurdles. He lowered his own school record to 8.13 seconds, a mark that was tied for 10th-best in NCAA DIII for the indoor season. His first trip to the NCAA National Championship was cut short by COVID-19. During the course of the indoor season Terrell only lost one final in the 60m Hurdles, coming in runner up at the DIII New England Championships. Earlier in the season he captured his third career LEC Championship, winning the 55m Hurdles. He excelled outside of the hurdles as well. During the 2020 campaign he set school records in the 200m Dash and anchored the record-setting 4x200m Relay team."

 

 

Janet Nell Award

Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year

            Caitlyn Miller, Women's Track & Field/Softball

            (Sr., Distance/Pitcher, Lee, N.H. - Mathematics major)

 
 Miller     

            Senior Caitlyn Miller (Lee, N.H.) claimed Janet Nell Female Athlete of the Year honors after rewriting the record books in a remarkable first season with the indoor track & field team. Named the LEC Track Rookie of the Year, Miller was crowned the LEC Champion in the 5000m Run and set new school records in the Mile Run, 3000m Run, 5000m Run and 4x800m Relay. An NCAA Division III New England Regional qualifier in both the 5000m Run and 4x800m Relay, Miller set a new school record in the 5000m Run each time she competed, ultimately shaving 80 seconds off the previous standard. Previously more well-known to Panther Nation as the star pitcher of the softball team, Miller also compiled a 4-3 record with six complete games, 30 strikeouts and a 2.68 ERA over 44.1 innings of an abbreviated softball season. She holds the school record for career saves (11), is second all-time with 45 wins and her 297 career strikeouts rank third all-time. 

             FROM HEAD TRACK & FIELD COACH JOHN OSTLER: "Caitlyn burst onto the track & field scene in 2020. The senior, competing in her first-ever season of track & field, totally rewrote the record books. Competing in the distance events, she set new PSU standards in the Mile, 3000m, 5000m and contributed to the 4x800m Relay record. In February, she stormed to the LEC Championship in the 5000m Run, narrowly missing the conference meet record in the process. Six days later she reset her school record in the 5000m on her way to a 17th place finish in the DIII New England Championships. She also plays softball to some acclaim."

 

 

Van Hartman – Vernon Kelly Award

Selected on the basis of scholarship and citizenship to a student-athlete who has participated in at least two years of intercollegiate athletics

             Joni Hongisto, Men's Soccer

             (Sr., Midfield, Kaarina, Finland - Marketing major) 

 
     Hongisto

            Men's soccer senior Joni Hongisto (Kaarina, Finland) was chosen as the Van Hartman-Vernon Kelly Award winner as PSU's top scholar-athlete for the second straight year. The three-time captain graduated summa cum laude with a perfect GPA as a marketing major, was named a Top 20 Graduating Senior by the university and was recognized at convocation as both the PSU Marketing Student of the Year and PSU Business Student of the Year. A four-year starter and three-time LEC All-Academic Team honoree, Hongisto contributed a pair of goals as a midfielder in the fall, was one of the founding members of PSU's International Business Club and has held multiple positions on campus including within the advancement and admissions offices.

            FROM HEAD MEN'S SOCCER COACH ROB WRIGHT: "Joni was the 2018-19 winner of the Hartman-Kelly Award as a junior and continued to excel on and off the field during his senior year. As a scholar, Joni graduated with a perfect 4.00 GPA (with English as his second language), was recognized as a Top 20 Graduating Senior at PSU, was recognized at online convocation as both the PSU Marketing Student of the Year and the overall PSU Business Student of the Year and was a three-time LEC All-Academic Team honoree. Over the summer of 2019, Joni secured an internship with the prestigious multi-national Gartner Group in London and, based on his performance, was offered and accepted a full-time position with the company starting this coming fall. As a PSU citizen, Joni continued to be active in the International Business Club (he was also one of the founding members), held multiple positions on campus including with PSU Advancement and Admissions, organized and led an international recruitment trip to Finland for admissions and worked for athletics at men's and women's ice hockey games. Joni leaves our program as a four-year starter and three-year captain. He is also a veteran of his country's military."

 

 

John C. Foley Leadership Award

Senior male and female student-athletes who have exhibited outstanding leadership during their athletic careers

Jaylen LeRoy, Men's Basketball   Casey Allaire, Women's Swimming & Diving
(Sr., Guard., Manchester, N.H. - Business Administration major)            (Sr., Diving, Mattapoisett, Mass. - Elementary Education major)

 

            A pair of recent graduates were named the John C. Foley Leadership Award winners. Men's basketball senior guard Jaylen LeRoy (Manchester, N.H.) and women's swimming & diving senior diver Casey Allaire (Mattapoisett, Mass.) both demonstrated excellent leadership skills on and off the field of competition.

 

    
LeRoy  

            LeRoy, a two-time captain, finished his career fourth among the program's all-time leading scorers after guiding Plymouth State to its best season in a decade. The All-LEC First Teamer single-handedly led the Panthers over Keene State in the opening round of the LEC Tournament with his late-game heroics, banking in a game-tying three-pointer at the buzzer to send the game to overtime, before nailing the game-winning shot in the final seconds of the extra frame to snap a span of 14-straight first round playoff exits. His 19.0 points per game average ranked fourth in the LEC, while he was second in the league in three-point shooting (42.5%) and third in free throw percentage (85.8%) and shot a career-best 44.3% from the field. The elite scorer topped the 20-point plateau 13 times, including seven of his final ten games, and finished his career with 1,811 points.

             FROM HEAD MEN'S BASKETBALL COACH ANDREW NOVICK: "Jaylen finishes his PSU career as the fourth all-time leading scorer in school history, a three-time All-Little East performer and a two-year captain of the basketball team while leading the Panthers to a 16-11 mark this past season, matching the most wins in ten years and guiding Plymouth State to its first LEC Tournament win in 14 years. His tireless work ethic, strong character and overall determination are what made him a strong candidate for the John C. Foley Senior Leadership Award."

            

 

 
     Allaire

            Allaire, also a two-year captain, has become synonymous with winning when it comes to her performances on the diving board. A three-time LEC Diver of the Year, Allaire swept her regular season competition for a third straight year, culminating with a pair of LEC titles in 1-meter diving and 3-meter diving. With her diving coach mentoring remotely from Colorado, Allaire earned silver medals at both heights at the New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Association (NEISDA) Championships, all while fulfilling her student-teaching responsibilities at Holderness Central School. She leaves PSU as the record holder in four diving events (1-meter six dives, 1-meter 11 dives, 3-meter six dives and 3-meter 11 dives), a four-time LEC champion (two-time 1-meter diving, two-time 3-meter diving), a four-time NEISDA champion (two-time 1-meter diving, two-time 3-meter diving), four-time All-LEC First Teamer, four-time All-LEC Second Team honoree, four-time NEISDA All-New England performer, two-time NEISDA Diver of the Meet and the NEISDA Senior High Point Diver. She never finished lower than third in any diving event over her four years.

            FROM HEAD WOMEN'S SWIMMING & DIVING COACH ANNE BARBEAU: "Casey has been an excellent captain and team leader. She is positive, supportive, hardworking and very loyal to her team and coaches. Casey had to deal with a lot of adversity over the last year, yet she continued to be positive. She was coached remotely via an iPad for the last three months of her diving career, while also navigating student-teaching, which took her away from campus all day. A good way to describe Casey would be that she was that special person that all of us could depend on."

 

 

Brad Wilby Award

Presented to a male & female student-athlete who are at least juniors academically and who demonstrate leadership, strength of character and service to others, on and off the field

Erik Armskog, Men's Soccer            Erika Lillis, Women's Track & Field
(Jr., Midfield, Gothenburg, Sweden - Marketing major)   (Sr., Throws, Merrimack, N.H. - Mathematics major)
     
Andreas Pettersson, Men's Ice Hockey   Jordan Meier, Women's Soccer
(Sr., Goaltender, Trollhattan, Sweden - Finance major)   (Jr., Forward/Midfield, Holderness, N.H. - Criminology major)

 

            Junior men's soccer midfielder Erik Armskog (Gothenburg, Sweden) and senior men's ice hockey goaltender Andreas Pettersson (Trollhattan, Sweden) were picked as the male recipients of the Brad Wilby Award for leadership, character and service, while senior women's track & field thrower Erika Lillis (Merrimack, N.H.) and junior women's soccer forward/midfielder Jordan Meier (Holderness, N.H.) were honored on the female side.

 

    
Armskog  

            Armskog, a two-time captain to date, enters his senior year with a near-perfect GPA and continued to excel in his classwork during the COVID-interrupted spring semester by also completing additional online studies at Harvard University while maintaining his employment on campus and securing a pair of internships for the summer and next year. Co-founder and President of the PSU International Business Club, Armskog is also a marketing assistant for the university's marketing and communications team, working in areas of public relations, integrated marketing, social media marketing, internal communications and event planning. He was tied for the team lead with three goals, three assists and nine points last fall.

            FROM HEAD MEN'S SOCCER COACH ROB WRIGHT: "Erik will be a three-year captain of the men's soccer team this coming fall. He has proved to be an exceptional leader and role model, not just on the pitch with his performances and fitness levels, but in the classroom (he has better than a 3.90 GPA with English as his second language) and on campus. He has shown incredible strength of character during the COVID-interrupted spring semester. While separated from his family in Sweden he has continued to excel in his studies, maintained his work on campus, led the men's soccer program, and all while taking additional online studies though Harvard University as well as securing an internship for this spring-summer as a Sales Intern with "Flylisted" and securing a second internship for 2021 with "CarGurus." Erik's service to the greater community extends way beyond his role on the men's soccer team and his event work at men's and women's ice hockey games. Erik is a key member of the PSU Competitive Sales team (competing in local, regional and national sales competitions for PSU), is the co-founder and president of the PSU International Business Club (finding and coordinating guest speakers from various international companies to present to PSU business students) and is a marketing assistant for the office of the president, working in the areas of public relations, integrated marketing, social media marketing, internal communications and event planning. Finally, Erik also assists admissions as an International Outreach Specialist, helping to coordinate recruitment trips for admissions staff and working directly with international applicants. Erik's motivation, drive and dedication to representing both himself and PSU in the best possible light is second to none."

 

 

    
  Pettersson

            Pettersson was the starting goalie on the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Champion men's ice hockey team, finishing the season as the conference leader in winning percentage (.867, 12-1-2) and goals against average (1.85). Completing his degree in Finance with a GPA better than 3.95, Pettersson was the head of portfolio management for the Investment Club on campus and tutored students in financial management through the PASS office on campus. PSU's representative on the MASCAC Sportsmanship Team, the three-time MASCAC Goalie of the Week posted an overall 2.39 GAA as a senior, tenth best in program history, to help the Panthers become the league's first back-to-back champions. His 2.53 career GAA ranks fourth all-time, while his 19 career wins are sixth most. He plans to attend Bentley University next fall where he will begin work on a Master of Science in Finance.

            FROM HEAD MEN'S ICE HOCKEY COACH CRAIG RUSSELL: "Andreas became our starting goalie this year after patiently awaiting his chance to prove himself. He is the most tireless worker that I've had the pleasure of coaching and never asked for anything in return. During his first three seasons he was only able to play in seven games with mixed results. This season, as a senior, he stepped up and played in 22 of 27 games and had some memorable performances. He would finish the season as the MASCAC leader in winning percentage and goals against average. He possesses very strong leadership skills and was also a strong student, finishing with better than a 3.95 GPA while majoring in finance. He was the head of portfolio management for the investment club on campus and also tutored students through the PASS Office in financial management. Andreas was incredibly well-respected among our team and was always someone to be the first to show up for our various community service efforts around campus and the greater Plymouth community. He became a mentor to so many of our younger players this season and, in my opinion, is the number one reason our culture stayed so strong after graduating a large class last spring. He is thoughtful, trustworthy, passionate and above all is a great friend to every single one of his teammates."

 

 

    
Lillis  

            Lillis was a four-year member of the track & field team, serving as a captain during her senior campaign. Although she specialized in the javelin, Lillis consistently contended in all throwing events. Owner of the program record for javelin by nearly two full meters, she also appears among the program's all-time leaders in the weight throw, discus throw and hammer throw. In addition to captaining the women's squad, Lillis worked as a statistician for the women's volleyball team, organized study sessions for her track teammates and spent time working at a camp for people with special needs. Despite missing out on her best event after the cancelation of the outdoor track & field season, Lillis concluded her career with a personal best 11.40 meters in the weight throw at the LEC Indoor Track & Field Championships in February.

            FROM HEAD WOMEN'S TRACK & FIELD COACH JOHN OSTLER: "Erika was a four-year member of the track & field team and captain during her senior year. When she wasn't throwing the javelin, she worked as the statistician for women's volleyball, organized study sessions for the track team (where she was a much sough-after math tutor) and worked at a camp for people with special needs. As an underclassman she was always integral in senior appreciation, including making tee shirts for the seniors at their last conference championship and organizing senior gifts. She capped off her senior year with a perfect GPA in her final semester."

 

 

    
  Meier

            Meier will serve as a captain during her senior season this upcoming fall. Her six goals last year were second-most on the team, while she ranked third with 13 points. Meier started the season with a flurry, scoring in three of the first four games, and only being held out of the scoring column against #2-nationally ranked Middlebury College. She organized multiple community service and local outreach programs for the women's soccer team and has volunteered with youth soccer clinics for young female athletes. She intends to apply for officer school in the U.S. Air Force and plans on getting a master's degree in counterterrorism after graduating next spring.

            FROM HEAD WOMEN'S SOCCER COACH RYAN JOY: "Jordan was a transfer from UNH and has become a major part of the Plymouth State community and women's soccer program. Elected captain for her senior year, she is one of the hardest working players I have ever had the pleasure of coaching. Her character epitomizes what you would want in a student-athletes – never asking to be in the spotlight but always leading by example. She has led community service and local outreach programs with the team and has been a volunteer for helping with youth soccer clinics with young female soccer players. She is applying for officer school in the Air Force to possibly become a pilot and plans on getting her master's degree in counterterrorism after graduating next year. A certified lifeguard, AED and CPR instructor, Jordan lives to help others."

 

 

Dorothy "Dot" Diehl Award

Presented to a female student-athlete who exhibits leadership for the advancement of women's equity in sports and physical education and who demonstrates strength of character and sense of responsibility to others

 

Eve Bagley, Women's XC/Track & Field            Maddie Kabasakalian, Field Hockey/Ice Hockey
(Sr., Long Sprints/Mid. Distance, Holliston, Mass. - Physical & Health Education major)   (Sr., Midfield/Forward, Kent, Conn. - Elementary Education major)

 

            Senior women's cross country and track & field middle distance runner Eve Bagley (Holliston, Mass.) and senior field hockey midfielder and women's ice hockey forward/defenseman Maddie Kabasakalian (Kent, Conn.) are co-winners of the Dorothy "Dot" Diehl Award for the advancement of women's equity in sports and physical education.

 

    
Bagley  

            Bagley graduated last spring as one of the top athletes in the history of the women's cross country and track & field teams. A captain of both squads, she claimed All-LEC status during the cross country season with a career-best performance in the 5k to finish tenth at the LEC Championships, topping her previous record by 23 seconds. She capped her cross country career with a 6k personal record at the NCAA Division III New England Regional Championship. Bagley is also part of seven indoor track records (500m Run, 600m Run, 800m Run, 1000m Run, 4x400m Relay, 4x800m Relay and Distance Medley Relay), and capped her senior season as a NCAA Division III New England Regional qualifier in the 800m Run and 4x800m Relay. Starting next fall Bagley will begin working as a physical education teacher at Campton Elementary School.

            FROM HEAD WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY/TRACK & FIELD COACH JOHN OSTLER: "Eve has been one of the best all-around athletes to ever come through Plymouth State's cross country and track and field programs. The PE major has been an excellent captain of the cross country and track and field teams and leaves with multiple school records and conference accolades. Starting in the fall, Eve will begin working as an elementary physical education teacher in Campton. Her dedication to young student-athletes became apparent in January when, during her first weeks of student-teaching, she would come to ALLWell North to support her students at their high school track meets. I have no doubt Eve will inspire a whole new generation of female athletes in her new role."

 

 

    
  Kabasakalian

            Kabasakalian has been a two-sport athlete as a midfielder on the field hockey team and forward on the women's ice hockey team all four years, serving as a captain of the field hockey team as a senior. On the field Kabasakalian started all 18 games her senior year, making the most of her lone scoring opportunity by tallying the game-winning goal in the Panthers' season opener. She was named All-LEC Honorable Mention during the fall. On the ice she split time as a forward and defenseman, helping PSU to its second-ever playoff win, a 2-1 upset over Castleton in the NEHC quarterfinals. A four-time National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) National Academic Squad honoree and three-time NEHC All-Academic Team member, Kabasakalian graduated summa cum laude with a degree in elementary education while also participating in multiple community service events with both programs. She will work as a paraprofessional at Campton Elementary School in the fall.

            FROM HEAD FIELD HOCKEY COACH BONNIE LORD: "Maddie has played both field hockey and ice hockey all four years. A standout and stand-up student-athlete from the classroom to the practice field to the playing field defines Maddie K! Maddie is a contributor in everything that she does, whether it be on campus or on her team. A quiet leader vocally, Maddie makes up for it with her actions, 110% every day. Maddie has been first in line for all team events from our preseason clinics at White Mountain Regional Middle School to celebrating our cancer adoptee Arielle. Maddie is one of Ari's favorites. She is one of those people that when she has something to say it is positive, supportive and, when needed, instructional. I am so impressed with Maddie's accomplishment as an NFHCA National Academic Squad honoree all four years and graduating summa cum laude. Maddie will be teaching in the area in the fall and will be joining the program as an assistant coach. Having known Dot Diehl for over 30 years, I know she will be honored to have Maddie as a recipient of this award."

 

 

John P. Clark Award

Presented to the top true freshman based on academic distinction and athletic excellence

 

Trevor O'Mara, Wrestling            Camryn Metzger, Women's Skiing
(Fr., 149 lbs, Litchfield, N.H. - Undeclared)   (Fr., Slalom/Giant Slalom, Thornbury, Ontario - Allied Health Science)

 

            Freshman wrestler Trevor O'Mara (Litchfield, N.H.) and freshman women's skier Camryn Metzger (Thornbury, Ontario) were voted winners of the John P. Clark Award winner, presented to the top true freshmen based on academic distinction and athletic excellence.

 

    
O'Mara  

            O'Mara posted a perfect GPA during his rookie campaign while wrestling at 149 pounds. His 11 wins were third most on the team, while he also ranked third with four pins. Honored by the New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) as a member of the NEWA All-Rookie Team, O'Mara was also named to the NEWA All-Academic Team and earned his first career tournament victory after topping the field at the Henry Marsh Invitational hosted by NCAA Division I University of New Hampshire. He was selected as the team's Rookie of the Year.

            FROM HEAD WRESTLING COACH ERIC BERGERON: "Trevor is an outstanding student-athlete. He has shown great growth and dedication to wrestling and his studies. He leads by example and is a crucial part in helping the culture of this team further its development."

 

 

    
  Metzger

            Metzger had a similar impact on the women's alpine ski team. She raced in the number one spot on the carnival team for the entire season, finishing as the top PSU finisher in every race she completed, including six top-20 finishes and four top-15 finishes, all while competing against the best skiers across all three NCAA divisions in the East. Also maintaining a perfect GPA in the classroom, Metzger was honored with inclusion on the National Collegiate All-Academic Team and missed a berth to the National Collegiate Ski Championships by just one spot.

             FROM HEAD SKI COACH TREVOR HAMILTON: "As a true freshman, Camryn led the women's ski team racing in the number one spot on our carnival team for the entire season. She was regularly a top-25 finisher in carnivals against the best D-I skiers in the east, including several current U.S./Canadian National Team athletes. She missed a berth to the National Collegiate Ski Championships by only one spot. At the same time she attained a perfect GPA. Camryn is working towards pre-med with hopes to attend medical school in the future. Her achievements were particularly impressive in a sport where the 21-year old freshman is becoming the norm."

 

 

Peter S. Cofran Award

Presented to a student who provides outstanding service and support for PSU Athletics

Gavin Cook, Baseball/Events/Athletic Communications            Sarah Thompson, Women's Lacrosse/Events
(Gr., Catcher/Camera/Production, Littleton, N.H. - Business Administration major)   (Gr., Coach's Aide/Events, Hooksett, N.H. - Human Relations major)

 

 

            A pair of graduate students were selected as the winners of the Peter S. Cofran Award for their outstanding service and support of PSU Athletics, as catcher Gavin Cook (Littleton, N.H.) from the baseball team and coach's aide Sarah Thompson (Hooksett, N.H.) from women's lacrosse shared the honor.

 

    
Cook  

            Cook, a two-year captain, provided support in a number of positions within the athletic department while also leading the baseball squad. His reach included time with the events staff and athletics communications team, where he filled multiple roles primarily within the broadcasting department. Regularly the top cameraman, Cook also served as the producer for many fall and winter broadcasts and was frequently the first to volunteer wherever help was needed, regardless of the task.

            FROM ASST. DIR. OF COMMUNICATIONS FOR ATHLETICS CHRIS KILMER: "Gavin has been a lifesaver for our department on numerous occasions. He was always happy to fill any role needed within our team, serving most often as our top camera operator or producer, and always approached his responsibilities with a fun-loving and positive attitude."

            FROM HEAD BASEBALL COACH CLAY JENKINS: "Gavin is a two-year captain. While his leadership excels on the baseball field and among his teammates, it is also paramount throughout all of PSU Athletics. He is always the first one to help when able and offers his assistance with a smile on his face and an extremely hard work ethic. Everyone who has worked with Gavin sings his praises and hopes to work with him in the future."

 

 

    
  Thompson

            Thompson, who completed her eligibility on the women's lacrosse team in the spring of 2019, joined the coaching staff as a coach's aide while starting work on her master's. A five-year member of the student worker team, Thompson was the key member of the ice hockey event staff, serving season ticket holders, VIPs, recruits and family members, media and special guests, while also covering ticket sales, event management responsibilities and serving as a building manager. Her tireless work ethic made her a great ambassador for Plymouth State Athletics.

            FROM ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS COURTNEY O'CLAIR: "Sarah has been part of our student worker team for five years. She is dependable and able to cover every aspect of event management. She handled all ticket gates throughout the year and also served as a building manager. We have trusted her to set up and run an event because she is so trustworthy."

            FROM DIRECTOR OF HOCKEY OPERATIONS ROB WRIGHT: "Sarah has worked the past four years as one of the key event staff at men's and women's ice hockey games. Specifically, Sarah was the key front-of-the-house staff member, dealing with season ticket holders and all VIPs. She consistently showed all the characteristics of a great event staff member; trustworthy, dependable, guest-oriented and calm and poised under pressure. She will be greatly missed at hockey games."

 

 

 

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