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GNAC Announces New Sport Chairs for 2018-19 Academic Year



WINTHROP, Mass. – The Great Northeast Athletic Conference is pleased to announce seven new sport chairs for the upcoming 2018-19 academic year, as appointed by Commissioner Joe Walsh. Across the GNAC, a sport chair oversees a Sport Committee and must be a full-time institutional administrator. The sport chair cannot be a coach for the sport he or she chairs.

The new sport chairs are Saint Joseph's College of Maine's Tom Dann (cross country), Johnson & Wales University's Michael Smoose (field hockey), Emmanuel College's Dan Campagna (men's golf), Simmons College's Amanda Arpe (women's lacrosse), Regis' Laura Violette (women's soccer), JWU's Alan Segee (athletic trainers), and Colby-Sawyer College's George Martin (men's volleyball). 

Dann, who has been at SJC for 18 seasons, will serve as cross country chair with the Monks hosting the 2018 GNAC Championship meets on Saturday, October 27. The course is on the SJC campus in Standish, Maine and last hosted the GNACs in 2016. 

Smoose has been in the college athletics industry for more than 20 years, having joined JWU in 2015 before being promoted to associate athletics director in June 2018. Smoose runs day-to-day athletic communications operations while also overseeing game management, campus recreation, club sports and intermural programs with sport oversight. He takes over the field hockey chair role from former JWU Director of Athletics Jamie Marcoux.

An Emmanuel alum, Campagna is currently the Assistant Athletic Director for Communications, Sports Information & Compliance for the Saints department. A men's soccer goalkeeper during his days as a student-athlete, Campagna stepped in as the Saints women's soccer co-head coach last fall, guiding the program to a No. 3 seed in the GNAC Tournament on his way to being voted the 2017 GNAC Coach of the Year. In the past, he has served on the NCAA Division III Men's Golf Regional Advisory Committee (RAC), as he takes over the leading role from former JWU Associate Athletic Director Evan McDermott.

Arpe has worn many hats since joining Simmons in 2010, becoming the Assistant Director of Athletics in 2014. She has served as head field hockey coach since 2010 and was the Sharks women's lacrosse head coach from 2011-14 (and in 2018), which will serve her well as the GNAC women's lacrosse chair. A 2003 graduate of Hobart & William Smith Colleges, she was a four-year field hockey student-athlete and a part of the 2000 NCAA Division III National Championship team. 

Violette has been with the Regis athletics department since 2015, serving as Assistant Athletic Director, Compliance Coordinator and Senior Woman Administrator (SWA). She was a four-year women's soccer student-athlete at Eastern Connecticut State University before graduating in 2008, and currently teaches a course for student-athletes who strive for leadership positions on campus and within their athletic programs. 

Martin will take the reigns of the GNAC men's volleyball coaches as Colby-Sawyer enters its first year as a full GNAC core member in 2018-19. The Chargers' co-athletic director along with men's basketball head coach Bill Foti, Martin will enter his 25th season as Colby-Sawyer's head women's basketball coach this winter. The Chargers announced in March 2017 that the department would add men's volleyball as a varsity program, with its first year of varsity play set for this upcoming season. As the new chair, Martin replaces current Fitchburg State University Athletic Director Matt Burke, who had been at Mount Ida College since 1998. 

Segee, who has been at JWU since 1999, was promoted in 2013 to the position of JWU Director of Sports Medicine.  In that role, he is responsible for sports medicine policy university-wide. He steps in for longtime Suffolk University head athletic trainer Jeff Stone, who retired this summer after a long career with the Rams and having helped shaped the GNAC ATC committee. 

GNAC Assistant Commissioner Michael Ghika, who in the past has handled GNAC sport chair duties for men's lacrosse, women's soccer, women's lacrosse and men's volleyball, will continue to work with all of the GNAC's coaches' groups and sport chairs. 

Founded in 1995, the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) is an NCAA Division III association made up of 13 member institutions and over 3,000 student-athletes across the New England region. Each year, the GNAC sponsors and administers 20 championships, while balancing academic integrity, athletic opportunities and community involvement.