Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Hall of Fame 2015 inductees honored

The Department of Athletics and Recreation in October 2015 honored the most recent inductees into the Yowell Hall of Fame with a festive ceremony in Emerson Dining Hall.

The new inductees are: Therese Ross ’86, Jessica Johnson ’98, James Manganello ’99, Deshawnda “Dee-Dee” Williams ’00, Rahiem Greenridge ’02, Damon Whalen ’02, Erin Duffy Corbett ’05, longtime head coach and administrator Del Malloy, and the 1999 women’s indoor track and field team. The 1941 Wheaton Tritons were also honored as the pioneering squad for synchronized swimming, which celebrated its 75th anniversary.

“These seven alums are some of the most accomplished student-athletes in Wheaton’s history, with all of them being named All-American at least twice in their collegiate careers. Along with his accolades as a head coach and taking Wheaton women’s basketball team to the NCAA Final Four, Del Malloy was instrumental as a part of the athletics department staff that helped transition Wheaton athletics from a single-gender athletics department to a coeducational program, said Director of Athletics and Recreation John Sutyak ’00.

“The 1999 women’s indoor track and field team kick-started one of the most dominant stretches in NCAA Division III women’s track and field history,” Sutyak noted. “The depth of talent on that team was rather impressive, and it set a standard of excellence that many of our programs strive for to this day.”

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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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