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Aug. 24, 2010

The summer of 2010 marked the start of employment for seven new members of the Emmanuel College Athletic Staff. Five different sports programs welcomed new assistant coaches, including the women's volleyball team, the men's soccer team, the women's basketball team, and the men's and women's lacrosse teams. All of the new assistants have tremendous prior collegiate playing experience and great former coaching experience.

"I am thrilled to announce the addition of these coaches to our athletic program," commented Director of Athletics Pam Roecker. "As student-athletes, these new staff members competed and excelled individually as all-conference performers, career record holders and team captains, with several of the new additions advancing to National Championships in their respective sports. Their energy, experience, and passion for their sports will assist our head coaches in every facet of the programs, and will provide great role modeling for our student-athletes. These coaches are each going to be great assets to our overall athletic department and to the college!"

The Emmanuel Women's Volleyball Team welcomed Katie Lapinski as the program's new assistant coach. Lapinski is a 2008 graduate of Brown University, where she earned 1st Team All Ivy League honors in 2006 and 2nd Team honors in 2005. She set the Brown University record for most digs per game in a career and is ranked 2nd for the Bears in career digs and 5th in career aces. Lapinski was named to the All-Tournament Team in 2003 at the National Championship Invitational Tournament. Coach Lapinski works full-time in the human resources department for Liberty Mutual in Boston.

The Saints Men's Soccer Team added Mark De Santis to the coaching staff. De Santis is a 2010 graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he majored in Communications. De Santis captained the UMass Men's Soccer Team in 2009 and led the Minutemen to two Atlantic 10 Championships and a Final Four appearance over the course of his career. De Santis was named to the 1st Team All-Atlantic 10 in 2008.

With the loss of Emmanuel College alum and four-year Assistant Women's Basketball Coach, Ramona Foster, the Saints hired 2006 Bentley University graduate LaToya Thomas. Thomas was a four-year letter-winner with the Falcons, captaining the team in 2006. She helped Bentley to both an Elite Eight and Final Four appearance in 2002. Thomas' coaching experience includes stints as an Assistant Coach at Stonehill College from 2007-2008 and at GNAC rival Suffolk University from 2006-2007.

Briana Smith also joined the women's basketball staff for the 2010-11 season. Smith received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wheaton College in 2009. She was a four-year starter and two-time team captain for the Wheaton Lyons. Smith was also a collegiate 1,000th point-scorer and is ranked among Wheaton's leaders for three-pointers made in a career, free-throw percentage, and total number of games played. When not coaching with the Saints, Smith works full-time as a school counselor for Pathways Academy at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Mass.

The new Emmanuel Women's Lacrosse Program added Katharine Liposky to assist Head Coach Amanda Laws as the team makes its varsity debut this season. Along with men's soccer assistant Mark De Santis, Liposky is also a 2010 graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she majored in English. Liposky was a two-year varsity letter-winner at UMass. She led her team to the Atlantic 10 Conference Finals in 2008.

The Emmanuel Men's Lacrosse Program, which will play a club season this year as it prepares for its inaugural varsity season in 2011-12, hired two new assistant coaches this summer. Both Trevor Craven and Evan Davis will assist Head Coach Brendan McWilliams in all aspects of the recruiting and training of the young Saints, as they transition into Emmanuel's 17th varsity sports program next year.

Prior to signing on at Emmanuel, Craven was an assistant coach at UMass Boston, where he helped lead the 2006 Beacons to the Little East Conference Semifinals and to the ECAC Tournament Semifinals. Craven received a Bachelor of Arts degree from UMass-Boston in 2006. He was a four-year starter and two-time team captain for the Beacons, During his four years at UMB, Craven's teams made Little East Conference playoffs each year, including three conference semi-final appearances.

Davis spent seven years as Head Men's Lacrosse Coach at Clark University in Worcester, Mass. In the summer of 2005, Davis was selected by U.S. Lacrosse to be a team coach at the 2006 World Lacrosse Team Tryouts. Davis also coached the Massachusetts Central Bay States Lacrosse Team and served as the New England representative to the STX USILA All-America Committee. He currently works full-time as the Associate Executive Athletic Director for the Boston Scholar Athlete Program, a division of Suffolk Construction's charitable arm, the Red and Blue Foundation.

The Emmanuel College Athletic Department is excited to welcome these seven new coaches, as the Saints look forward to the start of the fall seasons.