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Award ceremony closing remarks by Anna Viragh ’15

Anna Viragh ’15

Anna Viragh ’15

We have heard it countless times, “Wheaton is a family.” We even sometimes roll our eyes when we hear people go on and on about the tight knit community that we have fostered here. And as much as I hate to be that senior gushing on and on about how Wheaton is my family, I have to say it’s true.

When you think about it, each one of our teams is like a nuclear family, where everyone plays their role. Some of us are the protective parents, some of us are the younger siblings vying for attention, and some of us are the overachiever middle siblings. [Read more...]

Hall of Fame selects Amber James ’04

Amber James ’04, pictured here in the 2004 NCAA Division III track and field championships.

Amber James ’04, pictured here in the 2004 NCAA Division III track and field championships.

Amber James ’04, former women’s track and field team member and the most decorated student-athlete in the history of any Wheaton athletics program, has been selected to the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Hall of Fame. The inaugural class of the ECAC Hall of Fame, presented by Webster Bank, was honored on April 17 at the Matrix Conference and Banquet Center in Danbury, Conn.

The 25-person class, which spans the entire 75-year history of the ECAC, recognizes a diverse representation of former student-athletes, coaches, administrators, teams, officials, staff and supporters from across the decades. Honorees for the class were selected for outstanding achievements, service, dedication, commitment, and contributions to the ECAC, championships, sponsored sports, programs and events.

Along with James, other high-profile members of the Hall of Fame inaugural class include former National Football League quarterback and Boston College Heisman Trophy winner Doug Flutie; University of Connecticut women’s basketball national champion and Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame member Rebecca Lobo; Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame member Lou Carnesecca; and former ECAC commissioner Asa Bushnell. [Read more...]

Team leaders

James Greenslit ’06 named head coach at Roger Williams University

James Greenslit ’06

James Greenslit ’06

Former Wheaton men’s soccer assistant coach and three-time All-American James Greenslit ’06 has been hired as the head coach of the men’s soccer program at Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I.

“We are excited for James as he takes over the program at Roger Williams,” said Wheaton men’s soccer head coach Matt Cushing. “James is one of the great young coaches in our profession who is prepared to sit in the head coaching chair. I can’t wait to see his teams in action.”

Greenslit takes over the Roger Williams men’s soccer program after spending the past three seasons, and five seasons total, at Wheaton. In 2014, Greenslit helped the Lyons to a 17–4–2 overall record and the team’s second straight appearance in the NCAA tournament.

In Greenslit’s five seasons as an assistant coach with Wheaton, the Lyons compiled a 72–27–10 record for a .706 winning percentage. The Lyons captured one New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) regular season championship, one conference tournament championship, made two appearances in the NCAA tournament, and qualified for the NEWMAC playoffs in all five years. [Read more...]

Outstanding in his field

Mike Gibbons ’15 signs with New York Mets

Gibbons-MikeMike Gibbons’s earliest baseball memories are like those of many kids: He played catch for hours in his yard; imitated batting stances and pitching motions of his favorite players; and pursued the sport in Little League and high school at the encouragement of his parents, who had both played college sports.

But not every kid gets to live the dream of playing for a Major League Baseball team. He will. In the fall, Gibbons signed on with a major league team—the New York Mets. [Read more...]