A New Year Shakes Up Athletic Department

Byline: by Caileigh Oliver

Posted: January 16, 2012

Athletic Department begins fall season with personnel changes.

Tennis Downgraded to Club Status

The Wilson tennis team has been downgraded from varsity status to a club status, meaning it no longer is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The tennis team was formally an official college sport that represented Wilson while competing against other college teams in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC), both hosting tournaments and traveling.

This was a surprise to many after the team’s performance in the spring, when for the first time in the program’s history at Wilson, they qualified as a team to the 2011 NEAC West Championships. Two of the team’s graduating seniors, Mia and Tessa Doyle ‘11, were also inducted into the Wilson Athletics Hall of Fame for their outstanding contributions to the program.

Lacrosse Coach Resigns, New Head Coach Named

Head lacrosse Coach Kelly Buikus resigned from her position at Wilson College in August. She resigned her position at Wilson to accept a position as the head lacrosse coach at Converse College, a NCAA Division II school in South Carolina.

Buikus coached the lacrosse team for two years, with a total of 4 wins and 18 losses. She also served as the assistant athletic director and the assistant basketball coach.

Assistant lacrosse Coach Beth Weixel will be taking over the lacrosse program for the 2012 season. Weixel is also the head soccer coach. Weixel said, "I’m excited to take over the program. We have a great core group of players back for the 2011-2012 season who are dedicated to improving and building the program."

New Faculty Athletics Representative Announced

Athletic Director Lori Frey has announced that Associate Professor of Education Dr. Lynn Newman will be serving as Wilson’s Faculty Athletics Representative. She will be representing Wilson and its faculty to both the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

In her new position, Dr. Newman will be working to ensure that student-athletes have a healthy balance of academics and athletics while at Wilson. If a student-athlete encounters any conflicts between their classes and sports, Dr. Newman is a resource they can use in order to resolve their problem.

Dr. Newman has been a part of Wilson for the past six years, and recently received tenure as the Assistant Professor of Education.

Last Updated: January 16, 2012

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