Sept. 12, 1997

Providence Names Two Head Coaches and Associate Head Coach

Providence, RI -- Providence College Assistant Vice President for Athletics John M. Marinatto announced today that Dana Fulmer will assume duties as the new head softball coach and Ken Nichols will be the interim head volleyball coach. Also announced today was the hiring of Susan Mussey as the associate head coach of the women's ice hockey team.

Fulmer comes to Providence from Georgia Southern University where she was an Assistant Coach for two seasons. A graduate of South Carolina, Fulmer was a four-year starter and a three-time All-South First Team select. She was a 10th round draft pick for the Women's Professional Fastpitch League in 1995 and has also gained valuable experience working several softball camps. Fulmer received her Master's of Education and Student Services at Georgia Southern in May, 1997. She replaces Michelle Fagnant who resigned in July.

Nichols assumes the interim head coaching position for volleyball after Karen Mendes resigned to take a high school coaching position. Nichols was the assistant coach last season for Mendes and has been actively involved in volleyball for several years. He was the assistant men's coach at Roger Williams in 1993-94 then coached at Bishop Stang High School for three seasons leading it to the State Tournament. A 1989 graduate of Southeastern Massachusetts University, Nichols is a certified official and working toward a Master's Degree in Chemistry.

A 1987 graduate of Providence, Mussey returns to the College where she had a stellar career as a two-sport athlete and a coach. In her four years as a student-athlete at PC, she played hockey and softball. Mussey, a goaltender, helped lead the women's ice hockey team to the ECAC title in 1984 and 1985. In 1985, she earned the College's Female Athlete of the Year honor. Mussey returned to Providence in 1990 and served as an assistant coach for field hockey, women's ice hockey and softball for two years. For the past five years, Mussey worked as a competition services coordinator for the Badger State Games in her hometown of Madison, Wis.

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