FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WINTHROP, Mass. – Six head coaches from Great Northeast Athletic Conference institutions have been appointed to new NCAA Division III Regional Advisory Committees (RAC), as announced by longtime GNAC Commissioner Joe Walsh.
The new appointments are Emmanuel College softball head coach/Assistant Sports Information Director Olivia Berry; Johnson & Wales University (RI) women's basketball head coach Kim Dweck; JWU women's volleyball head coach/Assistant AD/SWA Nancy Somera; University of Saint Joseph (CT) men's soccer head coach Paul Wright; Saint Joseph's College of Maine women's soccer head coach/Athletics Dept. Operations Coordinator Jenelle Harris; and Eastern Nazarene College women's tennis head coach/International Student-Athlete Support Coordinator Cristian Popa.
Each coach/administrator is beginning a three-year term this academic year, with the respective terms expiring in 2022.
"On behalf of the GNAC, I have every confidence that the experience and dedication of these individuals will make them valuable additions to their respective sport committees," said Walsh.
For Regional Advisory Committees, conferences must appoint individuals to an advisory committee to assist in the evaluation of teams during the selection of championship participants. The committees do not have the authority to select teams and/or individuals; they strictly act in an advisory capacity. The final authority for selections rests with the national governing sports committee.
Members of the governing sports committees shall serve as chairs of the regional advisory committees. As a standard practice, the committee chair conducts telephone conference calls with all of its RAC members to evaluate the potential participants and regional sites within the region. Each conference sponsoring the respective sport (with seven or more members) must have equal representation. RAC members also can serve as NCAA site representatives at preliminary-round competitions as needed.
In all, 14 coaches and/or administrators across the GNAC currently serve on an NCAA Division III RACs. For the complete list of positions within the conference, please see below or click the link above.
GNAC REGIONAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE POSITIONS
BASEBALL - Brian Leighton, Albertus Magnus (2020)
MEN'S BASKETBALL - Jeff Juron, Suffolk (2020)
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL - Kim Dweck, JWU (2022)
FIELD HOCKEY - Michael Ghika, GNAC (2020)
MEN'S GOLF - Corey McCarthy, Saint Joseph's (2021)
MEN'S LACROSSE - Nate Mayo, Anna Maria (2021)
WOMEN'S LACROSSE - Courtney Duggan, Regis (2021)
MEN'S SOCCER - Paul Wright, USJ (2020)
WOMEN'S SOCCER - Jenelle Harris, Saint Joseph's (2022)
SOFTBALL - Olivia Berry, Emmanuel (2022)
MEN'S TENNIS - Barry Schoonmaker, Colby-Sawyer (2021)
WOMEN'S TENNIS - Cristian Popa, ENC (2022)
MEN'S VOLLEYBALL - Joanne Merrill, Rivier (2021)
WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL - Nancy Somera, JWU (2022)
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. Founded in 1995, the GNAC annually sponsors and administers 22 championships, while balancing academic integrity, athletic opportunity and community involvement in an effort to enhance the student-athlete experience.
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