HERKIMER, NY – Herkimer College has appointed Ryan Brooks-Newton (Selkirk, NY) as head coach for the women’s soccer team for the fall 2014 season.
Brooks-Newton’s coaching experience spans Division I, II and III level competition. A former player and assistant coach for the Herkimer Generals men’s soccer team, Brooks-Newton has accumulated three NJCAA Division III National Championships. One was as a goalie in 2005 where he only allowed six goals the entire season. The other two were in 2008 and 2011 as a goalkeeper coach for the Generals.
As a goalkeeper for the Generals, in two seasons (2005-2007), Brooks-Newton compiled 32 shutouts, which was second all-time in the NJCAA, and a 41-3-1 record. This earned him 1st Team NSCAA, 1st Team Mountain Valley Conference, 2nd Team All-Region and three Player of the Week nominations.
After Herkimer, Brooks-Newton went to American International College in Springfield, MA where he was a goalkeeper for the Yellow Jackets. With one year of eligibility left in 2010, Brooks-Newton also played football for the Yellow Jackets, starring as their kicker.
Brooks-Newton’s professional career launched in 2011 when he played for the Syracuse Knights Indoor Soccer Team of the Major Indoor Soccer League, again as a goalkeeper. Thereafter, a three-year stint with the Vermont Voltage of the Professional Development League led to his most recent position with Syracuse University in 2013, where he was director of soccer operations.
Brooks-Newton said, “I’m humbled yet excited to be back at Herkimer College. I have many memorable moments as a player and coach here, so I’m excited at the opportunity to build on an already strong women’s soccer program. The college and I both take pride in what we do, building athletes’ abilities both on and off the field.”
Athletic Director Donald Dutcher said, “I’m excited at giving Ryan the opportunity to be a part of our coaching staff. His knowledge of the game of soccer, as both a player and coach at many different levels, will benefit our student-athletes experiences at Herkimer College.”
The women’s soccer team begins play in late August 2014.
HCCC TO INDUCT SECOND CLASS INTO ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME
Herkimer, NY—Herkimer County Community College will hold its second induction into the Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, October 4, as part of the College’s Fall Fest & Alumni Weekend.
The College will honor five individuals and one team who have made outstanding contributions to the institution through intercollegiate athletics.
The event will be held on campus beginning at 5 p.m. with a strolling dinner and cash bar, induction ceremony at 6:30 p.m. followed by a social hour with dessert. The cost is $35 per person. For reservations, contact the Foundation Office firstname.lastname@example.org or 315 -866-0300, ext. 8459 by Friday, September 20.
The 2013 class includes:
Jeanne Galvin, associate professor emeritus and field hockey, basketball, volleyball and softball coach; Cynthia Wetmore ’80, field hockey, basketball and softball; Todd Allen ’07 baseball; Eileen Coyle ’07 women’s soccer; John Fornino, contributor; and the 1987 Field Hockey Team, Herkimer’s first ever national championship team.
Jeanne Galvin taught physical education and coached field hockey at Herkimer from 1971 until her retirement in 1995. As the first woman in the Physical Education department, the history of women’s athletics at Herkimer began with Galvin. Starting in 1971, she organized the field hockey, volleyball, women’s basketball and softball teams, coaching all four sports for four years. During her early years at Herkimer, women competed under the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW). Later, when the NJCAA expanded to include women, Galvin became the women’s regional director, and also served as chair of the National Field Hockey Committee for many years. She also served as president of the National Field Hockey Coaches Association. Under Galvin, Herkimer’s field hockey program won national titles in 1987 and 1991, and Galvin was named NJCAA Field Hockey Coach of the Year both years. She coached the women’s basketball team for 17 years, winning the regional championship in 1979 and 1980, and was named Regional Coach of the Year both times.
Cynthia Wetmore ’80 was a multi-sport athlete at Herkimer, where she was outstanding in field hockey, softball and women’s basketball. As a first-year starter on the field hockey team, Wetmore scored 22 goals and was named to the All-Region team. In her senior year, the team had a record of 17-2-3, won the Region III championship and finished third in the NJCAA national tournament. That year, Wetmore was named Field Hockey MVP, first team All-Region, first team National Tournament and All-American. In her two years at Herkimer, she scored an incredible 46 goals, an accomplishment that will stand forever in Herkimer’s record book. During her first year on the women’s basketball team, the team finished 21-3, won the Region III championship and competed in the national tournament in Kansas. The following year, her team went 16-2, and won the regional championship, but only after Wetmore scored 18 points in the double-overtime championship game to help her team qualify for Nationals again. Wetmore continued her education at the University of Rhode Island on a field hockey scholarship, graduating in 1982. As head field hockey coach at SUNY Cortland since 1998, Wetmore led her team to an NCAA Division III title in 2001, being the only former Herkimer athlete or coach to have done so.
Todd Allen ’07 played baseball for the Herkimer Generals, and in 2006 was named to the All-Conference team, first team All-Region and first team All-American. As captain in 2007, Allen was named All-Conference player, first team All-Region, second team All-American and HCCC Male Athlete of the Year. He holds the second highest batting average for a season at .480. Allen went on to accept a baseball scholarship to the University of Vermont, making him the first Herkimer Generals baseball player to attend a Division I college to play the sport. He attended SUNY Brockport for his senior year, where he broke the RBI record and was named first team All-Region and first-team All-Conference.
Eileen Coyle ’07, a standout soccer player, was named Mohawk Valley Collegiate Conference Player of the Year in 2005 and 2006, and was a two-time first team NJCAA All-American. In 2005, Coyle played 21 games for Herkimer, scoring 29 goals with 7 assists. She was also first team All-Region and NSCAA All-American. Coyle was captain in 2006, scoring 43 goals with 15 assists in 19 games, and was again an NSCAA All-American. She went on to be the leading scorer at SUNY Geneseo in 2007 and was a member of their SUNYAC championship team in 2010. Coyle played soccer professionally for the Rochester Ravens FC in the W-League of the United Soccer Leagues from 2010 – 2011.
John Fornino, of Frankfort, NY, has made special contributions to the quality, growth and reputation of Herkimer County Community College’s nationally recognized soccer program. A successful soccer player and coach for over 30 years, one of Fornino’s biggest thrills was coaching the U17 Coliseum Girls as they won the International Tournament in Italy in 2001, as well as the U17 Indoor National Championship. Through his support, both as a fan and a contributor, he has made an extraordinary impact on the sport of soccer at Herkimer. By working with the family business, Casa Imports, he generously donated toward a new scoreboard that serves both soccer and lacrosse at Herkimer. Recently, Fornino also received the Coliseum Soccer Club’s Presidential Award for his support of soccer at Herkimer.
The 1987 field hockey team began Herkimer’s prominence as an NJCAA powerhouse by winning its first national championship in the history of the College. After going 15-1 and winning the regional championship that year, Herkimer defeated Becker Junior College (Leicester, MA) 1-0 in the final game to win the NJCAA national championship. Team members, coached by Jeanne Galvin, included: Deda Wojcik, Shelly Fallon, Beth Crouch, Tracey D’Amore, Kathy Hawk, Sue Yerina, Terri Dean, Michelle Dudak, Dori Yerina, Lerae Benedict, Laura Zerrillo, Pam Comins, Wendy Russell, Mary Clifford, Christine Battisti, Terri Scoville, Lori Lupini, Dana Alberico and Carol Ann Champlin.
More information about the Herkimer County Community College Athletic Hall of Fame is available at www.herkimergenerals.com/hof.