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Director of Athletics Appointed at Penn College

John D. Vandevere

Following a national search, John D. Vandevere has been named director of athletics at Pennsylvania College of Technology, President Davie Jane Gilmour announced.

“John brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in athletics,” Gilmour said. “He will certainly bring the energy and enthusiasm that we look for in a leader.”

Vandevere, who takes over the athletics leadership role following the departure of Scott Kennell, will be responsible for the management and development of Penn College’s 15 intercollegiate programs, club sports, intramurals and the Fitness Center, effective Aug. 30.

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Penn College Athletics Department Coming Off Busy Summer

Penn College Wildcats

After a busier-than-normal summer “off season,” the Pennsylvania College of Technology Athletics Department is gearing up for the start of the fall sports seasons.

Students returned to classes Aug. 15 and athletes have started working out for their respective openers, which include men’s and women’s cross-country, women’s soccer and women’s tennis on Thursday, Sept. 1; men’s soccer and women’s volleyball on Friday, Sept. 2; men’s tennis on Monday, Sept. 5; and men’s golf on Wednesday, Sept. 14.

Among the highlights of the summer were notification from the National Collegiate Athletic Association that the college successfully completed its second year of provisional Division III membership and approved its waiver request to bypass the third year and begin its final year of provisional membership starting Sept. 1, the naming of two new head coaches, announcement of four new members of the college’s athletic Hall of Fame, announcement of the renewal of its partnerships with ESPN Williamsport and Stretch Internet to broadcast Wildcats home athletic events in the 2016-17 season, and the resignation of athletic director Scott E. Kennell.

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2016 Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

Athletics Hall of Fame, Class of 2016

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Athletics Department has announced its 2016 Hall of Fame class: Greg Solyak, 2011, men’s basketball; Tamara Pavlov, ’11, women’s cross-country; Craig Flint, ’09, men’s basketball/golf; and Bambi Hawkins, women’s volleyball coach.

The inductees will enter the Hall of Fame on Friday, Sept. 30, in Le Jeune Chef Restaurant, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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Penn College Director of Athletics Stepping Down

Scott E. Kennell

Scott E. Kennell, director of athletics at Pennsylvania College of Technology, has announced his resignation in order to accept the director of athletics position at Madonna University in Michigan.

Under Kennell’s guidance and leadership the past five years, Penn College moved to NCAA Division III affiliation and membership in the North Eastern Athletic Conference. The college is in its final provisional year for NCAA Division III membership, having received an NCAA waiver to bypass the third year in the process.

Also since 2011, six coaching positions have been elevated from part time to full time, an athletics-specific website was launched, an Athletics Hall of Fame was established, the number of recruited student-athletes has increased, the Wildcat Club (an athletic donor club) was created, and many of Penn College’s athletics facilities were upgraded.

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College Accepted for Final Provisional Year of Division III Membership

The NCAA Division III Management Council has informed Pennsylvania College of Technology that it has successfully completed its second year of provisional Division III membership and granted the college’s waiver request to bypass the third year and begin its final year of provisional membership beginning Sept. 1.

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Penn College Athletes Complete Year of Transition

With five first-year coaches at the helm, this marked a transition year for many Pennsylvania College of Technology athletes as the college completed its second of four years as a provisional member of NCAA Division III.

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Penn College 10th in National Softball Tourney

It was a three-and-out for the Pennsylvania College of Technology women’s softball team at the United States Collegiate Athletic Association National Championships last week, but first-year coach Jackie Klahold looked at the experience as a plus.

“Any postseason experience is a positive, especially for our team. Being as young as we are, we’re hoping that with our returners coming back and having that year of experience collegiately and postseason-wise under their belts, and (with) our incoming freshman class, that we will be able to compete over the next three or four years in the postseason,” Klahold said.

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Penn College Softball, Archery Teams Seek National Titles

With their regular seasons behind them, Pennsylvania College of Technology women’s softball and archery teams now take to the national stage. The softball team will compete Monday through Thursday in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association National Championships in Akron, Ohio, and the archers May 20-22 in the U.S. National Outdoor Collegiate Championships at Michigan State University in Lansing, Michigan.

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Seasons End for Two Penn College Teams; Softball Still ‘Alive’

While seasons ended for two Pennsylvania College of Technology spring sports teams last week, it was a bit of a roller-coaster week for the college’s women’s softball team.

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Exercise Science Students Help Soccer Players Realize Training Goals

Exercise science student Christian J. Mitchell, of Marcus Hook, gives instruction to soccer player Breanna N. Cline, of Reedsville.

Faculty member Judy Quinti teaches form to two players – Colleen E. Bowes, of Wayne, and Lauren S. Herr of Lititz – who were interested in learning more about lifting free weights.

Students in exercise science are lending a hand to the Wildcat women’s soccer team as players prepare for the fall collegiate season. The students are conducting “10-rep max” testing – determining the highest weight the soccer players can lift for 10 repetitions. Using the information, Judy Quinti, assistant professor of exercise science, will develop a summer strength-training exercise program for each athlete. The idea came from an exercise science student who, for a class assignment, reviewed an article in the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Strength and Conditioning Journal. Penn College’s exercise science major is an NSCA educationally recognized program. Because a section of the article addressed strength gains for soccer players, Quinti decided to forward it to the college’s men’s and women’s soccer coaches. Women’s soccer coach John McNichol responded, sending his players to the Bardo Gym to take advantage of the exercise science department’s expertise.

Penn College Golf, Women’s Tennis Seasons End

As the season neared completion for the Pennsylvania College of Technology baseball and softball teams, it came to an end last week for golfers and women’s tennis players.

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Penn College Sports Teams Have Busy Week

After a couple of weeks when the weather created some schedule interruptions, Pennsylvania College of Technology spring sports teams found themselves quite busy last week with 20 games.

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Karate Club Members Earn Belts at Weekend Event

Martial artists impressively practice their discipline in this November photo.

The PCT Shotokan Karate Club wound down its season with a clinic and belt promotion this past weekend. Students from Nittany Shotokan, Bath (New York) Shotokan, Lycoming College and Bucknell University joined Penn College students Eric M. Russell, Carlos A. Ramos-Sonera, Alton “A.J.” Hinson, John B. Preine, Michael J. Fonti and Kody R. Dibble. Fonti and Dibble, taking their first test, earned yellow belts. Preine moved to green-belt rank; Hinson is now a purple belt; and Ramos and Russell each earned brown-belt status. Club members will continue their training right up to the end of the semester.
Photo by Caleb G. Schirmer, student photographer

Unexpected Reunion

John Michael Sabga, left, and Tarik Laroche

From the Spring 2016 One College Avenue magazine: Long before becoming Wildcat soccer teammates, John Michael Sabga and Tarik Laroche shared a “football” field in Trinidad. Read more in “Unexpected Reunion.”

Student-Athletes, Fraternity Help ‘Take Back the Night’

Jordan A. Courter, an applied health studies: occupational therapy assistant concentration major from Mill Hall and defender on the women's soccer team, lends her support.

Thursday’s “Take Back the Night” event in Rose Street Commons, part of Penn College’s observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April, drew survivors and supporters alike into a single-minded alliance against sexual violence. Kacie G. Hopkins, YWCA Northcentral Pennsylvania’s community educator/shelter advocate, attended the event, which was followed by “Glowga” (glow-in-the-dark yoga), at which donations of money and personal-care items were accepted for the YWCA’s Wise Options program. The Wildcat women’s softball and soccer teams were on hand and took part in Glowga, along with Phi Mu Delta. “Having the teams and fraternity participate was a great addition to the evening,” said Mallory L. Weymer, coordinator of student health and wellness education/suicide prevention specialist, “and really showed their organization’s commitment to the safety and well-being of our Penn College community.”

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