Bean's Bearings – October 2019
The 2019-2020 season is flying as we have reached the mid-point of the fall season for our eight intercollegiate teams. We started the year back on August 12th with another very successful Husky Golf Classic tournament at Falmouth Country Club. Preseason began just five days later and we were back in the classroom before you could blink. The 34th annual Husky Hall of Fame banquet and induction ceremony welcomed eight new members to the hall on September 28th and we are busy preparing for the William B. Wise Scholar-Athlete Awards on November 3rd. Once again, we will honor a record number of winners this year as 226 Huskies qualified to receive recognition as Wise Scholar-Athletes.
During the summer months, Fifield Court in the Warren G. Hill Gymnasium was completely torn up and removed. The original gymnasium floor, built in 1962, served us well for 57 years but needed to be replaced. The new floor is absolutely beautiful and keeps us moving forward with continued facility enhancements.
Four new staff members joined the Huskies this year as a result of the retirements of long-time staff members Matt Gerken, George Towle and Caterina Riitano, and the departure of Tobey Farrington as men's lacrosse coach. Angela Potter, already on staff as an athletic trainer, moved up to assume responsibilities as head athletic trainer and athletic healthcare administrator. Kelleigh O'Neil returned to the athletic healthcare staff after a one-year stint working with Olympic athletes in China.
Rob Whitten joins the Huskies this month as head coach of women's cross country, indoor and outdoor track. Whitten, a Maine native and UNH standout, has been the lead assistant at the University of Rhode Island for the past 11 years. Jim Karcanes is currently serving as interim head coach of women's cross country and will continue as an assistant with the program. Sam Manders has taken the reins as men's lacrosse coach and brings a solid coaching resume with him. Brendan Michael has also joined the staff as an administrative specialist and will continue to assist women's soccer.
As I write today, we are gearing up for Homecoming 2019 that is scheduled to take place on October 18-20. The Huskies will have plenty of activity during the weekend of events including alumni games, scrimmages, varsity contests, a zombie run, the annual Halloween Party and the presentation of Little East Conference hall of fame rings to Jesse Superchi Gaudioso (field hockey) and Sinisa Bajic (soccer). It's been a great start to the year and many more positive performances and events are still ahead. Stay in touch and Go Huskies!