Press Releases

December 8, 2004

Southampton College Appoints Interim Women’s Basketball Coach
Pat McGunnigle Steps Down Citing Personal Reasons

Pekka Paavonpera (

Southampton, NY – Pat McGunnigle has stepped down as head coach of the Southampton College Lady Colonials basketball team, citing personal reasons. Cassie Arroyo has been named interim head coach.

McGunnigle, who spear headed The Lady Colonials to an Eastern Conference Athletic Championship in his first season as head coach last season, will assist Arroyo when his personal circumstances allow.

His departure comes five games into the 2004/05 season with the team’s overall record standing at 2-3.

Arroyo, the College’s assistant Athletic Department Director of Information and Director of Intramural Activities, has extensive basketball experience at high school level and has been head coach of the Lady Colonials softball team for the past three seasons. She is a Southampton College alumna, class of 98.

The College’s Athletic Director Mary Topping, thanked McGunnigle for his contribution to the success of the school’s basketball program. She said she was confident the best interests of her students were being served by Arroyo’s appointment as interim coach.

“She knows the College’s system, has worked closely with the players and is a wonderful motivator and leader,” she said.

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