GENESEO, N.Y. – SUNY Geneseo Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation Mike Mooney recently named Jessica Seren Assistant Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation. Serving in an interim role since last July, Seren fully takes the position entering her 12th year in the department after spending 10 seasons as head coach of the Knights' field hockey program.
"Jess has been an invaluable part of our department for a long time, serving our student-athletes in countless ways through the years," said Mooney. "Given the opportunity to expand her role in the department last year, she dove in head-first and proved herself to be even more integral to our success. I know we are a better department with her on board."
Seren coordinates several departmental initiatives, including Student-Athlete Foundational Education (SAFE) programming as well as Emerging and Veteran Leaders training. Her duties also include sports supervision, game management, departmental assessment, NCAA compliance oversite and serving as the liaison with the campus development office while supporting multiple committees across campus and in the Division of Student and Campus Life. The department's Senior Woman Administrator since 2015, Seren also represents Geneseo as a member of the SUNYAC Governing Body.
"There are many people to thank, including Vice President of Student and Campus Life Dr. Robert Bonfiglio, Mr. Mooney and the search committee for this wonderful opportunity. We have created some great programming to promote the well-being of our student-athletes and I look forward to continuing those efforts while also enhancing their overall experience. I am both humbled and excited to serve Geneseo's nationally-recognized athletic department, along with the division and greater campus community in this capacity."
The winningest coach in Geneseo field hockey history, Seren compiled a 113-77 record while leading the squad to a pair of SUNYAC Championships (2016, 2010) as well as eight-consecutive postseason appearances. The three-time SUNYAC Coach of the Year (2016, 2010, 2009) also mentored the first two All-Americans in Knights' history (Michelle Milkovich '11, Kayla DeAngelis '14) along with 10 All-Region selections and 33 State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) All-Stars.
In 2010, Seren guided the Knights to a program-best 18-2 record, including the first SUNYAC Championship and NCAA Division III Tournament appearance in program history. She later became the first Geneseo coach to achieve 100 career victories in a 1-0 decision at Utica on Oct. 20, 2016.
Seren came to Geneseo after serving a season as assistant field hockey coach at SUNY Cortland, gaining experience in all facets of an intercollegiate field hockey program including contest and practice management, recruiting, scouting, budget management and compilation of statistics. Her professional experiences also include two event management internships at Cortland as well as an athletic administration internship at the University of Rochester.
A 2006 Cortland graduate, Seren was a starter for the Red Dragons for four seasons. A three-time National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Second-Team All-Region honoree, Sere was also a three-time All-SUNYAC selection and was voted the SUNYAC Rookie of the Year in 2002. The Red Dragons participated in the NCAA Tournament in each of her four campaigns, reaching the tournament semifinal round on two occasions.
A native of Gloversville, N.Y., Seren received a bachelor's degree in sport management from Cortland and completed a master's degree in athletic administration from SUNY Brockport.