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Finkelstein ’15 joins list of soccer pros

Luke Finkelstein ’15Former Wheaton two-time All-American Luke Finkelstein ’15 has signed a professional soccer contract to play for Hakoah Amidar Ramat Gan FC of Israel. Ramat Gan FC plays in the Liga Alef South Division of the Israeli soccer league system.

“Dreams do not come true, you make them happen. I am excited and proud to say I have signed my first professional contract with Hakoah Amidar Ramat Gan FC of Israel,” said Finkelstein, a Peabody, Mass., native. “This dream has become a reality through my work ethic, a positive attitude, and perseverance through many obstacles. I am extremely grateful to the club for allowing me the opportunity to start my professional career and continue to put all of my life, love and dedication into what I love to do.”

Wheaton head coach Matt Cushing, who is in his 22nd year of coaching at Wheaton, said that he is very proud of Finkelstein. “Luke has worked so hard on his game, and now to make a living from the game he loves is so rewarding for him.”

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John Sutyak ’00 serving as NEWMAC president

John-Sutyak-NEWMACWheaton Director of Athletics and Recreation John Sutyak ’00 began serving a two-year term as the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) president on July 1, 2015, after completing two years as president-elect.

“It is an honor to rotate into the role of NEWMAC president. Over the past two years as president-elect, I have had the privilege to learn the ropes from [former president] Wellesley Director of Athletics Bridget Belgiovine, who is one of the finest athletic administrators in the business,” said Sutyak. “I look forward to providing the same consistent leadership that she—and her predecessors—have provided over the last number of years.”

In addition to carrying out his duties at Wheaton, Sutyak is helping transition the NEWMAC into sponsoring football in 2017, and guiding the conference through several other initiatives geared toward promoting the organization’s strategic plan and core values throughout the next two years.

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Pauri Pandian named head tennis coach

Pauri PandianPauri Pandian is now the head coach for Wheaton’s men’s and women’s tennis teams, succeeding Lynn Miller, who retired in summer 2015 after 35 years at the college.

“I’m excited to be following in the footsteps of Lynn Miller, who gave everything she had to Wheaton College and Wheaton athletics throughout her career,” said Pandian, who joins the staff after serving as an assistant coach at Brandeis University for the past four seasons.

“I will strive to do the same, and in the process, build the men’s and women’s tennis teams into perennial NEWMAC contenders. I’m excited about the potential for growth in both programs.”

Lynn Miller, a member of the U.S. Tennis Association New England Hall of Fame and the Wheaton College Athletics Yowell Hall of Fame (2013), posted a 373–236–2 record with the women’s tennis program and a 259–160 record at the helm of the men’s tennis program during her time at Wheaton.

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And the winners are…

Wheaton Honors Student-Athletes At Annual Year-End BanquetThe Wheaton Athletics Department held its annual awards banquet in Emerson Gymnasium in April to celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2015 student-athletes and outstanding coaches, and to present six major awards:

Dean Sue Alexander Awards

Katy Ananian and Cara Morris were each presented with the Dean Sue Alexander Female Senior Student-Athlete Award, and Richard Jenkins claimed the Dean Sue Alexander Male Senior Student-Athlete Award. The awards recognize graduating seniors who have made a significant contribution to the success of Wheaton’s athletics program. Students are nominated based on their participation in the intercollegiate and/or intramural program; proven leadership ability and commitment; and relevant committee work. [Read more...]