Consistently ranked as one of the top public liberal arts colleges in the northeast by US News & World Report, The State University of New York at Geneseo (pronounced jen-uh-SEE-oh) department of intercollegiate athletics reflects this commitment to excellence by offering a wide range of programs for every level of athlete.
The Geneseo Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is comprised of 20 NCAA Division III programs, including 12 offerings for women (basketball, cross country, equestrian, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, indoor track & field outdoor track & field, volleyball) and eight (basketball, cross country, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, swimming & diving, indoor track & field, outdoor track & field) for men.
Geneseo ranks in the top third of the 10 SUNYAC members in the number of intercollegiate athletic programs offered despite being in the bottom third in overall institution enrollment. Additionally, over 80 percent of Geneseo's students participate in intramural, club and college-sponsored recreational sports activities.
The 2015-16 academic year saw Geneseo finish 16th in the Learfield Sports Director's Cup standings, which measure the overall excellence of the nearly 450 Division III athletic programs in the nation, as well as its second-consecutive State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Commissioner's Cup as the top program in the 10-member league.
Seventeen teams qualified for postseason play, highlighted by the women's cross country team's national runner-up finish at the NCAA Championships, as well as the men's cross country squad's third place showing and the men's ice hockey team's tied for third.
Samuel Randall ‘19 was crowned National Champion in 3-meter diving and added a second All-America certificate with a third-place showing on 1-meter at the 2016 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships. Randall is the first national champion in Geneseo swimming & diving program history.
Jacqueline Huben ’16 won a national championship in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the 2016 Outdoor Track & Field Championships to become the fifth individual national champion in program history. Also placing fifth in the event at the 2015 meet, she graduated a three-time All-American after logging a 29th-place finish at the 2015 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships.
Twenty total All-America performances were registered during the year by 14 student-athletes. Sophomore Isaac Garcia-Cassani '17 accounted for four certificates, finishing eighth at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, third in the 1,500 at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships and third in the mile while adding a leg to the third-place distance medley relay at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships. Junior Alexa Wandy '17 was the national runner-up in the triple jump at both the indoor and outdoor championships while a trio of men's ice hockey players - Stephen Collins '17 (1st team), Trevor Hills '17 (2nd team) and Pat Condon '18 (3rd team) were tabbed All-America.
Three coaches - Shawn Austin (men's diving), Scott Hemer (women's basketball), Chris Schultz (men's ice hockey) - were each named Division III National Coach of the Year for their respective sports and joined Paul Dotterweich (men's and women's swimming & diving) and Dan Moore (women's cross country) in garnering SUNYAC Coach of the Year plaudits.
The women’s swimming & diving team brought home its ninth-straight and 24th overall SUNYAC Championship, while the men’s program earned its 23rd total title and 17th in the last 18 seasons.
The women’s cross country ran to its 15th SUNYAC title in the last 16 years before qualifying for its 17th-consecutive NCAA Championship appearance. The men also competed in the NCAA Championship race for the 13th year in a row as Geneseo extended the nation’s longest streak of both cross country teams competing at the NCAA Championships.
The men's ice hockey team played its way to the NCAA Tournament Frozen Four for the second time in three years after winning its first SUNYAC Championship in 10 years.
The women’s tennis team played its way to its seventh SUNYAC crown and NCAA Tournament appearance in the last eight years.
Men's soccer player Brad Campion '18 was named a CoSIDA Third-Team Academic All-American, while six other Knights were named SUNYAC Chancellor’s Scholar Athletes in recognition for compiling the highest overall GPA in one of the conference’s 20 sponsored sports (nearly 30 percent of all the winners since the award was established in 2004 have been Geneseo student-athletes).
A total of 392 Geneseo student-athletes were honored by the SUNYAC for their efforts on the field and in the classroom during the academic year. Seventy-one student-athletes were named to the All-Academic Team for achieving at least a 3.3 grade point average in the fall, while 178 landed on the team during the spring semester. Forty-six Knights made the fall Commissioner’s List for averaging a 3.3 GPA over three semesters, followed by 97 in the spring.
For the recreational athlete, the college provides 23 intramural leagues in nine sports and 11 single-day tournaments, along with recreational hours in the gymnasiums, swimming pool, ice arena, a jogging track and numerous intramural fields. For more information about intramural opportunities and facilities, visit www.geneseo.edu/intramurals.
BY THE NUMBERS
(as of 8/15/16)
National Championships (2005 Women's Cross Country)
NADIIIAA/Josten's Community Service Awards
NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Recipients
Individual National Champions
1999 - Beth Shope – Outdoor Track & Field (Hammer Throw); 2003 - Kim DePrez – Indoor Track & Field (High Jump); 2003 - Melissa White – Outdoor Track & Field (5,000m); 2003 - Kim DePrez – Outdoor Track & Field (High Jump); 2013 – Alyssa Smith – Outdoor Track & Field (Steeplechase); 2016 - Sam Randall - Swimming & Diving (3m Dive); 2016 - Jacqueline Huben - Outdoor Track & Field (Steeplechase).
Men's Intercollegiate Athletic Sports
Women's Intercollegiate Athletic Sports
Best finish in the Learfield Sports/NACDA Director's Cup (2015-16)
Club Sport Offerings
Student-Athletes Awarded the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence
Percentage of Geneseo Student-Athletes winning SUNYAC Scholar-Athlete Award
Intramural Sport Offerings
Student-Athletes Named Phi Beta Kappa since chapter was established in 2004
Percentage of Geneseo Student-Athletes who graduate within four years
SUNYAC Coach of the Year Awards
SUNYAC Championship Teams
Geneseo Student-Athletes Named All-America
All-America Certificates Earned by Geneseo Student-Athletes