Emmett Davis, an assistant coach for 12 seasons at the United States Naval Academy, has been named head men's basketball coach at Colgate.
Davis, 38, takes over a Colgate program that suffered the loss of its head coach Jack Bruen to pancreatic cancer last December. Assistant coach Paul Aiello guided the Red Raiders in the final 22 games following Bruen's death.
"I've been working toward this goal for 16 years," said Davis of his first head coaching position. "I've always wanted to work for an institution with a strong academic reputation, and a school like Colgate that is known throughout the country. I also come from Upstate New York, which makes it exciting for me. I'm ready for the challenge that lies ahead."
"I'm delighted that Emmett Davis is joining Colgate," said college President Neil Grabois. "He is a highly regarded coach, experienced at the Division I level, who knows the intricacies and the personalities of the Patriot League. We all look forward to following his teams in the years ahead."
During his tenure at the Naval Academy, Davis was responsible for coaching Navy's post players as well as serving as Navy's recruiting coordinator.
"I think Emmett will be an excellent head coach for us," said Colgate Director of Athletics Mark Murphy. "He's worked under one of the finest head coaches in the country in Don DeVoe, and is ready to become a head coach."
"His work as Navy's recruiting coordinator has been impressive. Emmett's familiarity with the Patriot League as well as his experience at St. Lawrence and his Upstate New York roots will allow him to make a smooth transition to the position.
"I also want to thank Paul Aiello for all he's done for Colgate. He did a fine job this year as interim head coach under difficult circumstances."
Davis came to Navy in 1986 and was part of the staff that saw Navy win 26 games and advance to the NCAA Tournament for the third year in a row in 1987.
When current Navy head coach Don DeVoe was hired in 1992, Davis was kept on the staff and helped lead the team to the NCAA Tournament in 1994, 1997 and 1998.
A native of Gloversville, N.Y., Davis played under former Navy head coach Paul Evans while at St. Lawrence University. He also spent four years on the Saints' coaching staff as a full-time assistant, handling all recruiting efforts, along with his on-the-floor coaching duties.
During that four-year span, St. Lawrence teams posted a 62-40 record, won two ICAC Conference titles and earned bids to a pair of NCAA Division III tournaments.
A 1981 graduate of St. Lawrence with a degree in government, Davis earned his masters in education in 1984 from that school. He is married to the former Gail Beatty, who was an assistant women's basketball coach at Georgetown University. They are the parents of one son, Emmett, five months old.
Colgate will enshrine five former athletes in its Athletic Hall of Honor September 4, the eve of the football opener against the University of Connecticut.
The new inductees are Tim Burke '90, diving; Ron Burton '69, football; Jeff Cooper '85, hockey; Shari Krasnoo '91, soccer and lacrosse; and Sue Marano '81, field hockey, basketball and lacrosse.
Burke was a four-year letter winner between 1987 and 1990. He finished his brilliant career with a 77-4 dual meet record, five medals in the Eastern Seaboards, two trips to the NCAA finals and eight Upper New York State Conference titles. In his senior year, he earned honorable mention All-America honors by placing 16th on the one-meter board at the NCAAs.
Burke was also an outstanding student, earning Academic All-America honors from the College Swimming Coaches of America and GTE/CoSIDA District I Academic All-America honors in 1990.
Burton concluded his career as Colgate's all-time leader in passing yardage with 2,389 yards and total offense with 4,128 yards. He was the team's leading passer in each of his three varsity seasons, and in 1967 led the Red Raiders in rushing, with 453 yards, and scoring, with 30 points. During his career, from 1966 to 1968, he rushed for more than 100 yards five times and had one game with more than 200 yards passing. He was the first recipient of the Andy Kerr Trophy, given annually to the offensive MVP.
Cooper made his mark as an outstanding hockey goalie, earning second All-America honors in 1985, his senior year. During his career, he led Colgate to three Eastern College Athletic Conference playoff appearances in four years, while establishing career marks for most shutouts (6), most victories (49) and for most games played in goal (99).
He also set the season standard for most shutouts (3), most victories (18), longest shutout sequence (136:40), most minutes played (1873:49) and most games played in (32). In his junior season Cooper led Colgate to only the second 20-win season in the school's history.
As a senior, Cooper was named a first team ECAC All-Star and was voted Colgate's best defensive player for the third straight season. He also was the winner of Colgate's Rob Ries Memorial Award, awarded annually to the player who provides the most inspiration and leadership.
Krasnoo graduated as one of Colgate's most elite woman athletes. She was the first to earn first team Division I All-America status when she was named to the Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association and United States Women's Lacrosse Association All-America teams. In her senior year, she led the nation in scoring with 85 goals and 20 assists for 105 points.
Krasnoo also earned Patriot League Player of the Year honors in 1991 and was named to the North squad in the 1991 Women's College North-South Senior All-Star Game. During her collegiate career she set school records for most goals in a game (8), season (85) and career (245), and established marks for most points in a game (12), season (105) and career (324).
Krasnoo also earned four varsity letters in soccer, where she was selected as the Patriot League Player of the Year in her senior season. She finished her career as Colgate's all-time scoring leader, with 37 goals and 13 assists, for 97 points.
Marano earned three varsity letters in basketball and lacrosse and two in field hockey between 1978 and 1981. In basketball, she helped the Red Raiders to the 1980-81 New York State AIAW Division II Championship, while averaging 11.0 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. As a member of the lacrosse team, she led her team to the 1981 Eastern AIAW Division II title and fourth place at the AIAW National Championships. Marano scored a school record 85 points, which included a record 65 goals.
In field hockey, Marano was a standout defender who helped Colgate place fifth at the 1980 AIAW Division II National Tournament.
Rookie sensation Frances Boone is a standout in softball and basketball
Swimming coach Bob Benson announced David Teel is the program's new part-time assistant coach. Teel replaces Molly Kuhlman, who spent the last two years assisting with both the men's and women's swimming teams. For the past three years Teel has served as head coach of the Las Cruces Aquatic Team in New Mexico.
First-year designated player Frances Boone and senior catcher Melissa Mack have been named to the 1998 Mid-Atlantic Regional All-America softball team. Boone, who was the second-leading hitter in the Patriot League, was a first team selection. Mack, the Patriot League Player of the Year, was a second team honoree.
Head men's lacrosse coach Dan Whelan was chosen by his peers to coach the north team in this year's North/South Men's Lacrosse Senior All-Star Game. Whelan coached with Rutgers University head coach Tom Hayes at the June 13 game at Nazareth College. In three years at Colgate, Whelan has a career record of 25-18.
Coach Dan Whelan conducts a halftime chalk talk
Laura Crain Nardelli, former head coach at West Virginia University and SUNY-Cortland, has been named head coach of men's and women's track and field programs. Nardelli's appointment is part of a restructuring of the program's staff. Arthur McKinnon will remain director of cross country/track and field but will relinquish his coaching duties in track and field.
Senior track and field captain Chris Ashfield qualified for the IC4As by winning the 10,000-meter Patriot League race with a time of 31:30.98. Ashfield finished 23rd at the IC4A meet, with a time of 31:27.59.
Colgate swept the postseason Patriot League awards in women's lacrosse. Senior attack Angela Chongris was named Offensive Player of the Year, junior goalie Hilary Meyer took Defensive Player of the Year honors and head coach Cathy Foto was named Coach of the Year. Sophomore midfield Kate Manzella and junior attack Torrey Fazen were selected to the all-Patriot League team.
Seniors Becky Evans and Cheryl Meltz have been selected to the 1998 GTE/CoSIDA Women's Fall/Winter At-Large Academic All-America second team.
Jonas Fischer was named Patriot League Scholar-Athlete for men's lacrosse. He earned second team all-league honors this spring after helping to lead the Red Raiders to a second place finish in the Patriot League. An art and art history major, Fischer carries a 3.36 GPA and has received the Dean's Award for Academic Excellence three times.
Colgate tied for third in the 1997-98 Presidents' Cup race, trailing Bucknell and Army. Bucknell captured its fifth title with a total of 97 points. Army had 93 points, followed by Colgate and Lehigh, who were tied with 81.5 points.