About Us

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.

INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS
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 2017-18 academic year saw Geneseo finish 11th, first among public institutions 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 fourth-consecutive State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Commissioner's Cup as the top program in the 10-member league.

A total of 19 teams qualified for postseason play with a conference-record 13 earning SUNYAC Championships. Of those 19, 13 teams competed in NCAA Championships highlighted by the men's ice hockey team reaching the national quarterfinals, as well as the women's cross country squad's sixth-place showing at NCAA Championships. 

On Friday, March 9, 2018, Geneseo's distance medley relay team composed of Luke Holtzman '19, Zachery Hannahoe '19, Gillan Faulkner '19 and Isaac Garcia-Cassani '18 combined to win the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field National Championship at the Birmingham (Ala.) Crossplex. The team finished in 9:56.63 to improve upon their second-place finish a year prior and earn the national title. The championship was the third national title of Garcia-Cassani’s career and the first career title for Holtzman, Hannahoe and Faulkner. It marked the third national title in Geneseo men’s track & field history and the first by a Geneseo relay team.
 
On Friday, March 23, 2018, Geneseo diver Samuel Randall '18 became the college’s third student-athlete to win multiple national championships when he took first place in the 1-meter dive at the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships at he IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis, Ind. Randall compiled a score of 527.00 points to best the field of eight finalists, after advancing with the second-best score (510.40) in the morning prelims. The national title was the second for the swimming & diving program and Head Coach Paul Dotterweich. Diving Coach Shawn Austin was named the Division III Men’s Diving Coach of the Year after guiding Randall to the NCAA championship as well as an All-American sixth-place finish on 3-meter (500.45). A native of Pittsford, N.Y. and graduate of Pittsford High School, Randall graduates as the most decorated diver in Geneseo history. He was a five-time SUNYAC Champion, two-time SUNYAC Diver of the Year, six-time All-American and two-time National Champion.
 
On Saturday, May 26, 2018, Garcia-Cassani successfully defended his national championship by winning the 1,500 at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships hosted by University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Garcia-Cassani crossed the finish line in first after making his move on the third lap of four. Running in the middle of the pack, he separated himself and led the rest of the race, crossing the finish line in 3:53.58, nearly three seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. The national championship marked the fourth in his career, after winning the mile in 2017, the 1,500 last spring and as a member of the DMR in 2018. A native of Holbrook, N.Y., and graduate of Sachem North High School, Garcia-Cassani graduates as the most decorated runner in Geneseo history. He caps his career with three national championships and a 13-time All-America selection.

In 2017-18, 15 Geneseo student-athletes combined for a total of 28 All-America awards. Garcia-Cassani accounted for four certificates, finishing sixth at the NCAA Cross Country Championships and taking second in the 3,000 at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in addition to his two national championships. Shayna Held '19, Erin MacDougall '19, Lauren Bamford '18 and Camille Wutz '18 combined to take sixth in the 4x400 relay at NCAA  Indoor Track & Field Championships while Held took seventh in the heptathlon, MacDougall snagged third in the 60 hurdles and Wutz finished fourth in the long jump to earn All-America finishes. Both Held (fourth, heptathlon) and Wutz (second, long jump) each earned All-America finishes in the spring as well. 

Eight coaches combined for 14 SUNYAC Coach of the Year awards, with Chris Popovici '06 earning the honor for men's and women's indoor as well as men's and women's outdoor track & field. Paul Dotterweich netted honors for both men's and women's swimming while his assistant Shawn Austin was named Men's and Women's Diving Coach of the Year as well. Dan Moore '06 snatched both the men's and women's cross country coach of the year honors. Jason Stephens, Scott Hemer, Carly Ritchlin and Dave Sylvester were each tabbed as coach of the year for their respective sports also. 

The women’s swimming & diving team brought home its 11th-straight and 26th overall SUNYAC Championship, while the men’s program earned its 25th total title and 19th in the last 20 seasons.

The women’s cross country ran to its 17th SUNYAC title in the last 18 years before qualifying for its 19th-consecutive NCAA Championship appearance. The men also competed in the NCAA Championship race for the 15th 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 and women's track and field teams earned SUNYAC titles in both the indoor and outdoor season, completing the sweep of cross country, indoor and outdoor track & field on both the men's and women's sides for only the third  time in conference history. Geneseo also accomplished the feat in 2002-03 and 2005-06.

The women's soccer team earned a SUNYAC title behind a Geneseo single-season record 19 goals and 46 points from Audrey Reid '18. The Knights advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16, finishing the season with an 18-2-2 record, tying the program mark for most victories.

The women’s tennis team played its way to its ninth SUNYAC crown and NCAA Tournament.

Despite graduating all five starters from last season's squad, the women's basketball team earned its sixth SUNYAC Championship in program history, advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth-consecutive season. The Knights finished the year with a 25-3 mark, the team's sixth-consecutive season with 20 or more wins.

Garcia-Cassani and Holtzman earned CoSIDA Academic All-America honors while Natalie LaCourt '18 became Geneseo's first female CoSIDA Academic All-American, earning an at-large bid as a member of the swimming & diving team.  Six other student-athletes were named CoSIDA Academic All-District, including swimmer Jeff Doser '18, who was also named the 2018 Dr. Sam Molnar Scholar Athlete Award recipient by the SUNYAC. A total of 206 Geneseo student-athletes were honored by the SUNYAC for their efforts on the field and in the classroom as  Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll selections, having a cumulative 3.3 grade point average.

INTRAMURAL ATHLETICS
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 7/18/17)

1
Team National Championships (2005 Women's Cross Country)

4
NADIIIAA/Josten's Community Service Awards

6
NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Recipients

8
Men's Intercollegiate Athletic Sports

12
Women's Intercollegiate Athletic Sports

15
Individual National Championships

1999 - Beth Shope – Outdoor Track & Field (Hammer Throw); 2003 - Kim DePrez – Indoor Track & Field (High Jump), Outdoor Track & Field (High Jump); 2003 - Melissa White – Outdoor Track & Field (5,000m); 2013 – Alyssa Smith – Outdoor Track & Field (Steeplechase); 2016 - Sam Randall - Swimming & Diving (3m Dive); 2016 - Jacqueline Huben - Outdoor Track & Field (Steeplechase); 2017 - Isaac Garcia-Cassani - Indoor Track & Field (Mile), Outdoor Track & Field (1,500); 2017 - Alexa Wandy - Indoor Track & Field (Long Jump, Triple Jump), Outdoor Track & Field (Triple Jump); 2018 - Gillan Faulkner, Zack Hannahoe, Luke Holtzman and Isaac Garcia- Cassani - Indoor Track & Field (DMR); 2018 Isaac Garcia-Cassani - Outdoor Track & Field (1,500); 2018 - Samuel Randall - Swimming & Diving (1m Dive)

 

11
Best finish in the Learfield Sports/NACDA Director's Cup (2017-18)

21
Club Sport Offerings

30
Student-Athletes Awarded the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence

29.7
Percentage of Geneseo Student-Athletes winning SUNYAC Scholar-Athlete Award

31
Intramural Sport Offerings

61
Student-Athletes Named Phi Beta Kappa since chapter was established in 2004

87
 Percentage of Geneseo Student-Athletes who graduate within four years

132
SUNYAC Coach of the Year Awards

159
SUNYAC Championship Teams

207
Geneseo Student-Athletes Named All-America

466
All-America Certificates Earned by Geneseo Student-Athletes