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MAKING AN IMPACT
History of BU student-athlete Academic Achievements

2009-10 Making an Impact Archives

The Binghamton athletics website will feature a student-athlete, team, coach, faculty member or alumnus that has made an impact both on and off the playing field.

Binghamton's "Making an Impact" series was recently recognized by digitalhoopsblast.com for identifying social impacts made by the athletics department.

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July 25, 2011

Men's tennis repeats as department Academic Cup champion

In addition to winning its fourth straight America East championship, the men's tennis team recorded the highest overall GPA of any team in the conference for the second year in a row. The Bearcats compiled a 3.62 GPA for the 2010-11 year and backed up their fall semester department crown with another in the spring.

April 27, 2011

Pair of women's soccer players spend spring break volunteering at shelter

Over spring break, women’s soccer players Jamie Holliday and Amanda Rittmeier spent five days volunteering at the Bowery Mission in New York City, the oldest homeless shelter in the country. The pair took part in numerous activities including preparing and serving meals to residents and the community, picking up donations throughout the city, repairing and enhancing the facilities and developing relationships with the residents at the Bowery.

April 18, 2011

Head baseball coach Tim Sinicki achieves milestone

Head baseball coach Tim Sinicki posted his 400th career victory in BU's win over Albany on April 17. Sinicki, a four-time America East Coach of the Year, is in his 19th season at the helm of the Bearcats and is the longest-tenured coach at the University. A former MLB draft pick, he has coached the team from its Division III era and his Beracats have won four consecutive America East regular season titles and have increased their win total in an NCAA-record seven straight seasons.

April 6, 2011

Volleyball's Julie Chambers to attend NCAA Career in Sports Forum

Junior volleyball player, Julie Chambers, was recently selected by the NCAA and Student-Athlete Affairs to take part in the second-ever NCAA Career in Sports Forum. The four-day event, which takes place in Indianapolis June 12-15, welcomes over 300 student-athletes from all levels of competition to participate. During the forum student-athletes will be educated on possible careers as coaches or administrators within intercollegiate athletics. Chambers is the first BU student chosen to participate in the event.

March 24, 2011

Bearcats Buddies welcome inaugural member

The Binghamton University athletics department's newly-founded 'Bearcats Buddies' program recently had its kick-off party. The women's lacrosse team along with 'A Room to Heal' welcomed its first member, Rachel Polhamus, with games, lacrosse lessons and an honorary member ceremony. Rachel, 4, was diagnosed with bilateral retinoblastoma (eye cancer) when she was nine months old and lost her right eye at the age of two. The program is designed to improve the quality of life for children diagnosed with cancer.

Photo Gallery
Intiative Release
Kick-Off Party Release
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March 8, 2011

Track and Field coaching staff recognized by America East

The Binghamton men's track and field coaching staff of head coach Mike Thompson, assistants Annette Acuff, Natilee Dawkins and Gabe Fletcher was recently named the America East men's coaching staff of the year for their team's performance at the 2011 America East Indoor Track and Field Championships.

In addition, Acuff was named the Northeast Regional Assistant Coach of the Year.

March 1, 2011

Swimming and Diving head coach Sean Clark's staff earns dual recognition from America East at 2011 Championships

The Binghamton swimming and diving coaching staff swept the 'Coaching Staff of the Year' awards at the 2011 America East Championships. Head coach Sean Clark's staff shared the men's honor with UMBC and the women's with New Hampshire. It is the first time since 2008 that a staff earned both honors and the first time ever that a staff earned dual recognition without either team finishing better than third. Binghamton's staff won the men's Coaching Staff of the Year award in 2006 and 2007 as well, it is the first for the women.

February 9, 2011

Binghamton's 21 athletic teams continue academic prowess

BU's 21 varsity teams continued their academic prowess with a 3.07 grade-point average for the 2011 fall semster. In addition to reaching the 3.0 plateau for the tenth consecutive semester, BU's student-athletes posted their second highest semester mark in ten years.

January 27, 2011

Volleyball head coach Glenn Kiriyama cited for his membership with the America Volleyball Coaches Association

Volleyball coach Glenn Kiriyama served as a member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I All-Region selection committee in 2010. His experience, observations and research were cited by Executive Director Kathleen DeBoer as being critical to the success of the committee. Kiriyama was the America East Coach of the Year in 2005 and 2008 and led the Bearcats to the NCAA tournament in 2005 and 2009.

January 10, 2011

Men's and Women's Basketball Teams

The men's and women's basketball teams took part in a community service workshop at the Magic Paintbrush Project in nearby Johnson City. For the second straight year, BU players and coaches worked with young children with special needs. The Bearcats and Greene Central School District kids worked together in small groups to create stories and design a paint banner. They also shared laughs and cheers while shooting paint-soaked sponges through a rectangular hoop and finally taking part in a free-for-all paint-flying frenzy that covered everyone from head to toe in a spectrum of colors.

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January 3, 2011

Binghamton's Ad featuring Rory Quiller chosen as one of the 'best ever'

Pole vaulter Rory Quiller's 2007 "Binghamton Advantage" Ad was named one of the "Top 10 Best College Commericals" by sportsatcollege.com in a poll released this past December. Quiller was a five-time All-America pole vaulter and won the 2008 NCAA Indoor Championship.

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December 8, 2010

Binghamton soccer teams earn national academic recognition

Both the men's and women's soccer teams were honored with national Team Academic distinction for maintaining team grade-point averages of 3.0 or higher during the 2009-10 year from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). The women received the award for the seventh time in the last eight years while the men earned the honor for the seventh consecutive year.

November 17, 2010

BU student-athletes mentor area youths

The athletics department recently kicked off its "College for Every Student Mentoring Program" at Binghamton's West Middle School. More than two dozen BU student-athletes will be mentoring 40 plus area youngsters throughout the year. Softball player Briana Andrews and men's lacrosse player Ben Waldron have spearheaded the project.

[Briana Andrews interview]


November 10, 2010

Team physician Dr. Doug Kerr lends helping hand at home and abroad

Team physician Dr. Doug Kerr has been serving the student-athletes at Binghamton for 26 years. A former two-sport athlete at Penn, Kerr and his partners at Orthopedic Associates have volunteered thousands of hours to evaluate injured athletes and provide medical treatment and consultation at Bearcat home events. For the past three years Dr. Kerr has also spent several weeks in Kenya as president of the non-profit Wilson Rehabilitation Foundation.

November 3, 2010

BU strength and conditioning coaches inform local youth

Strength and conditioning coaches Bryan McGovern and Lori Gleason train more than 170 local kids annually at the Maximum Athletic Perfromance Camps, where middle school and high school-aged youths learn proper weight lifting technique, speed training, flexibility exercises and agility and conditiong drills.

October 28, 2010

Two BU coaches honored; baseball team provides service to the Vestal Little League

Two BU head coaches have recently been inducted in Halls of Fame at their alma maters. Women's basketball coach Nicole Scholl went into the Hall at Moorhead State and baseball coach Tim Sinicki was honored by Johnson City High School.

The baseball team recently completed a community service project for the Vestal Little League. The team took down outfield signage at Angelo Field, readying the complex for the winter off-season.

October 21, 2010

Binghamton earns prestigous national recognition; while Assistant AD provides aid to NCAA

Assistant Athletics Director of Student Services Alicia Goode recently served as a Peer Reviewer for the NCAA in its Division I certification process.

The athletics department ranked 90th out of 311 Division I programs in the National Collegiate Scouting Association Power Rankings, which combine academic standards with athletics achievement. Binghamton was the lone SUNY program and one of just four America East members recognized.

NCSA rankings release

October 11, 2010

Binghamton athletic programs take part in "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk"

The softball, men's lacrosse, women's basketball and women's tennis porgrams took part in the "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk" on October 2. The Softball squad raised $3,500 towards the cause. They were the third-ranked team out of any group that took part in the event in terms of amount of funds they raised.

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