BOSTON, Mass. – The Great Northeast Athletic Conference is pleased to announced its administrative award winners as well as the Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year for the 2012-13 academic calendar year. Presented annually to members of the GNAC, the three administrative honors recognized are Executive of the Year, Sports Information Director of the Year and Athletic Trainer of the Year. All award winners were nominated by someone from within the conference and then voted on by their peers. The Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year honors are given annually to two student-athletes who demonstrate the highest level of sportsmanship in the GNAC.
Executive of the Year – Kristy Walter, Lasell College
As the Lasers Athletic Director, Walter oversees the 15 varsity sports on the Newton, Mass. campus. During the past year, the Lasers captured GNAC Championships in Women's Soccer and Women's Lacrosse. The Women's Soccer squad would go on to capture a first-round NCAA tournament victory over Amherst.
Sports Information Director of the Year – Todd Montana, Lasell College
Montana completed his first full year as the Lasers Sports Information Director after joining Lasell in January of 2012. On top of his SID duties, Todd is also one of the Lasers Event Managers in which he handles game-day operations.
Athletic Trainer of the Year – Mandy Nicoles, Emerson College
Mandy joined the Emerson College sports medicine staff in the winter of 2010 and currently supervises and coordinates the medical services for all 14 varsity sports offered at EC.
Sportsman of the Year – Craig Schoaf, Emmanuel College
Schoaf, a freshman runner at Emmanuel, was one of the first responders at the 2013 Boston Marathon finish line, helping runners find their way back to hotels and communicate with families.
Sportswoman of the Year – Shannon Skidmore, Albertus Magnus College
Skidmore, a junior soccer player at Albertus, volunteers annually at the Southern CT Conference Unified Games. She was also named a team captain for the upcoming season.