Dec. 3, 2011
I want to begin by congratulating Head Coaches Chaka Daley of the men's soccer team and Ray Treacy of the men's and women's cross country teams for reaching the NCAA Tournament. The men's soccer team hosted and won their First Round game each of the last two seasons, while the men's cross country team adds to their national stature after reaching the NCAA Tournament for the 16th time in 17 years. The success of these two coaches has spearheaded the plan for our new complex and has inspired our donors to help make this project a reality.
Over the Thanksgiving break I was able to travel with the men's basketball team to South Padre Island, Texas where we lost two tough games to very strong opponents. The whole experience was truly a bonding one as myself, the basketball team, the staff, and some of their family members were all able to spend Thanksgiving together. Also over the break the men's ice hockey team traveled to Denver where they were hosted by Joe Calabria, a Providence College alum, his wife Sugar, his daughter Sharon, and her husband Brian Norwell for Thanksgiving. Joe was overwhelmed after our student-athletes took the time to play hockey with some of the young children of the Calabria and Norwell families and told me how proud he was of the ambassadors that our student-athletes have become. Hearing praise like this makes me proud to be a part of the Friar family. The men's hockey team defeated the top-ranked team in the country, the Merrimack Warriors, 2-1 in overtime, on Friday, December 2 at 7:00p.m. It was an incredibly exciting game and a great way for the Friars to close out their home schedule this calendar year. The team also held a toy drive to benefit the Hasbro Children's Hospital.
I would like to congratulate Head Coach Phil Seymore of the women's basketball team on his current three-game winning streak. The women's basketball team will be participating in the Brown Bear Classic hosted by Brown University this weekend where I look forward to seeing our winning streak grow.
I am very excited about the upcoming holiday season because I have the opportunity to host two holiday parties for two very special groups of people. The all-department party is an chance for me to thank all of my staff members and coaches at once for all of the hard work they constantly put in throughout the year. At Capital Grille I will also be having a donor party to thank all of our donors for their support of Providence College Athletics. This year our donors have helped raise over $2.76 million dollars to support our teams and help enhance our facilities.
Conference realignment has been an ongoing topic, and latest news update is that Brigham Young University has announced they will not be joining the BIG EAST conference. We have been in talks with a number of schools and within two weeks we expect to announce the addition of a very prominent university.
I close this week with a note not only to the student-athletes but to all of the students here at Providence College. Finals are around the corner and I want to wish the best of luck to all of our students. One of the goals of this athletic department is to have our student-athletes put in the same effort they do into athletics that they do into their studies. Doing so can help us reach our goal of a 100% graduation rate.