Press Releases

March 8, 2005

Southampton College’s Arroyo Coach of the Year

Pekka Paavonpera (

Southampton, NY – Southampton College’s Lady Colonials head coach Cassie Arroyo has been selected as the NYCAC Coach of the Year.

She took over the mantle of head coach five games into the season following the unexpected resignation of Pat McGunnigle.

With no college level basketball coaching experience and sharing the job with her other roles of Athletic Department Director of Information and Director of Intramural Activities, as well as head softball coach, not many gave her much chance of doing anything more substantial than a baby-sitting role.

However her motivational strengths and quick learning took the Lady Colonials from a team plagued with off court drama and injury and written of by the majority, to a real force in the NYAC, which included a convincing win over eventual Conference winners St Thomas Aquinas College, their one and only regular season loss.

Arroyo ended the season with an overall record of 16-11 and 16-8 in NYCAC guiding the team to fourth in Conference play.

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