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 2016-17 academic year saw Geneseo finish 13th 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 third-consecutive State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Commissioner's Cup as the top program in the 10-member league.
Eighteen teams qualified for postseason play with nine earning SUNYAC Championships. Eleven teams competed in NCAA Championships highlighted by the men's cross country team's national runner-up finish at the NCAA Championships, as well as the women's cross country squad's third place showing.
Alexa Wandy '17 became the college’s seventh national champion by capturing the long jump and triple jump at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships at North Central College in Naperville, Ill. She set a career best of 5.95m (19’ 6 1/4”) on her final attempt to take Friday’s long jump competition and followed the next day with a championship-meet record leap of 12.64m (41’ 5 3/4”) in winning the triple jump. Wandy became Geneseo’s first three-time national champion on May 27, 2017 by taking the triple jump title at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. She captured the crown with a jump of 13.00m (42’ 8”), the second-best in Division III history and a championship-meet record. She was selected the 2017 NCAA Division III Track & Field Women’s Field Athlete of the Year for both indoor and outdoor. She earned All-America honors eight times under Head Coach Chris Popovici ’06, including three runner-up finishes.
Isaac Garcia-Cassani '18 became the college’s eighth national champion by winning the mile run at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships at North Central College in Naperville, Ill. After third-place finishes in 2015 and 2016, he captured the title with a time of 4:07.77. Garcia-Cassani claimed his second national title in the spring by taking the 1,500-meter run with a time of 3:52.59 at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. He entered the meet with the season’s fastest time in Division III.
In 2016-17, 27 total All-America performances were registered during the year by 15 student-athletes. Garcia-Cassani accounted for four certificates, finishing fourth at the NCAA Cross Country Championships and adding a leg to the second-place distance medley relay at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in addition to his two national championships. In addition to her three naitonal championships, Wandy ran a leg of the seventh-place 4x100 relay at outdoor nationals while Stephen Collins '17 was named USCHO.com Division III Player of the Year and the Sid Watson Award runner-up.
Six coaches combined for 10 SUNYAC Coach of the Year awards, with Popovici earning the honor for men's and women's indoor as well as women's outdoor track & field. Paul Dotterweich netted honors for both men's and women's swimming & diving while Dan Moore '06 snatched both the men's and women's cross country coach of the year honors. Jess Seren, Shawn Austin and Scott Hemer were each tabbed as coach of the year for their respective sports as well.
The women’s swimming & diving team brought home its 10th-straight and 25th overall SUNYAC Championship, while the men’s program earned its 24th total title and 18th in the last 19 seasons.
The women’s cross country ran to its 16th SUNYAC title in the last 17 years before qualifying for its 18th-consecutive NCAA Championship appearance. The men also competed in the NCAA Championship race for the 14th year in a row as Geneseo extended the nation’s longest streak of both cross country teams competing at the NCAA Championships.
The women's track and field team earned SUNYAC titles in both the indoor and outdoor season, while the men's track and field team won the indoor track & field SUNYAC championship.
The field hockey team finished the regular season with eight wins in nine games before upsetting New Paltz in the SUNYAC semifinals and edging Oneonta in overtime, 3-2, to win its second conference championship in program history.
The women’s tennis team played its way to its eighth SUNYAC crown and NCAA Tournament appearance in the last nine years.
The women's basketball team posted a 25-0 regular season record on its way to a program-best 28 wins on the year. The Knights earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, hosting first and second round games and advanced to the Round of 16 for the second time in three seasons with wins over Muhlenberg and Rochester.
Men's soccer player Brad Campion '17 was named a CoSIDA Third-Team Academic All-American and earned the SUNYAC Dr. Sam Molnar Scholar-Athlete of the Year award. Five other Knights joined Campion as SUNY 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 181 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.
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)
National Championships (2005 Women's Cross Country)
NADIIIAA/Josten's Community Service Awards
NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Recipients
Men's Intercollegiate Athletic Sports
Women's Intercollegiate Athletic Sports
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)
Best finish in the Learfield Sports/NACDA Director's Cup (2016-17)
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