by Bob Cornell
Patriot League executive director Connie Hurlbut has announced that Towson State University will join the Patriot League as an associate member in the sport of football. The Tigers will begin competing in the conference in 1997.
"We are extremely pleased that Towson State has accepted our invitation to become an associate member of the Patriot League," Hurlbut said. "Towson State's commitment to a need-based aid football program at the Division I-AA level fits perfectly with the existing football members of the Patriot League. In just eight seasons at the I-AA level Towson has developed into a national competitor and we look forward to its participation in the conference."
Colgate's first meeting with the Tigers, a non-league game, will be next October 12 in Maryland.
Jennifer Smith '95, a guard on the women's basketball team the past four years, was chosen as New York State's 1995 NCAA Woman of the Year by the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The award honors senior women student-athletes for their achievements in athletics, academics and leadership. Smith joined other state winners at the awards dinner in Kansas City, Missouri in October.
Smith, who is a part-time assistant in the women's basketball program this year while serving as a research assistant in the psychology department, "represents the highest standards of athletics, scholarship and community leadership," according to NCAA executive director Cedric Dempsey.
Dan Whelan, an assistant coach at Hobart College the last two seasons, is Colgate's new head coach of men's lacrosse. Whelan takes over the Red Raider program from Pace Kessenich, who resigned to enter private business after four years at Colgate.
Whelan enjoyed an outstanding intercollegiate career at Hobart where he was a two-time Division III All-America on defense. In his senior year he shared an award recognizing leadership, determination and character; he was also Hero's Lacrosse Division III defenseman of the year in 1985.
Other additions to the coaching staff include Molly Elliott, assistant basketball coach; Kelly Smith, assistant field hockey coach; and Laurie Fletcher, assistant women's lacrosse coach.
Elliott came to Colgate after a year as assistant director of employment and career services at St. Anselm's College. She played her collegiate basketball at Bucknell where she received the 1990 Bison Club award as the athlete best exemplifying the winning spirit of the school's athletic program.
Smith taught elementary and special education in the Amherst, New York school district and also coached the girls' JV lacrosse squad. A 1993 graduate of Temple University, she was a volunteer coach with the Owls in 1992 after completing her four years of collegiate competition.
Fletcher spent last season as assistant field hockey and lacrosse coach at Smithtown High School while serving as president of the Long Island Women's Lacrosse Association. She is a 1989 graduate of Cortland State where she was a Brine Lacrosse All-America in 1987 and 1988, and finished her playing career as the Red Dragons' all-time leading scorer.