Consistently ranked as one of the top public liberal arts colleges in the northeast by US News & World Report, The State University of New York at Geneseo (pronounced jen-uh-SEE-oh) department of intercollegiate athletics reflects this commitment to excellence by offering a wide range of programs for every level of athlete.
The Geneseo Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is comprised of 20 NCAA Division III programs, including 12 offerings for women (basketball, cross country, equestrian, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, indoor track & field outdoor track & field, volleyball) and eight (basketball, cross country, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, swimming & diving, indoor track & field, outdoor track & field) for men.
Geneseo ranks in the top third of the 10 SUNYAC members in the number of intercollegiate athletic programs offered despite being in the bottom third in overall institution enrollment. Additionally, over 80 percent of Geneseo's students participate in intramural, club and college-sponsored recreational sports activities.
The 2017-18 academic year saw Geneseo finish 11th, first among public institutions in the Learfield Sports Director's Cup standings, which measure the overall excellence of the nearly 450 Division III athletic programs in the nation, as well as its fourth-consecutive State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Commissioner's Cup as the top program in the 10-member league.
A total of 19 teams qualified for postseason play with a conference-record 13 earning SUNYAC Championships. Of those 19, 13 teams competed in NCAA Championships highlighted by the men's ice hockey team reaching the national quarterfinals, as well as the women's cross country squad's sixth-place showing at NCAA Championships.
In 2017-18, 15 Geneseo student-athletes combined for a total of 28 All-America awards. Garcia-Cassani accounted for four certificates, finishing sixth at the NCAA Cross Country Championships and taking second in the 3,000 at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in addition to his two national championships. Shayna Held '19, Erin MacDougall '19, Lauren Bamford '18 and Camille Wutz '18 combined to take sixth in the 4x400 relay at NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships while Held took seventh in the heptathlon, MacDougall snagged third in the 60 hurdles and Wutz finished fourth in the long jump to earn All-America finishes. Both Held (fourth, heptathlon) and Wutz (second, long jump) each earned All-America finishes in the spring as well.
Eight coaches combined for 14 SUNYAC Coach of the Year awards, with Chris Popovici '06 earning the honor for men's and women's indoor as well as men's and women's outdoor track & field. Paul Dotterweich netted honors for both men's and women's swimming while his assistant Shawn Austin was named Men's and Women's Diving Coach of the Year as well. Dan Moore '06 snatched both the men's and women's cross country coach of the year honors. Jason Stephens, Scott Hemer, Carly Ritchlin and Dave Sylvester were each tabbed as coach of the year for their respective sports also.
The women’s swimming & diving team brought home its 11th-straight and 26th overall SUNYAC Championship, while the men’s program earned its 25th total title and 19th in the last 20 seasons.
The women’s cross country ran to its 17th SUNYAC title in the last 18 years before qualifying for its 19th-consecutive NCAA Championship appearance. The men also competed in the NCAA Championship race for the 15th year in a row as Geneseo extended the nation’s longest streak of both cross country teams competing at the NCAA Championships.
The men's and women's track and field teams earned SUNYAC titles in both the indoor and outdoor season, completing the sweep of cross country, indoor and outdoor track & field on both the men's and women's sides for only the third time in conference history. Geneseo also accomplished the feat in 2002-03 and 2005-06.
The women's soccer team earned a SUNYAC title behind a Geneseo single-season record 19 goals and 46 points from Audrey Reid '18. The Knights advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16, finishing the season with an 18-2-2 record, tying the program mark for most victories.
The women’s tennis team played its way to its ninth SUNYAC crown and NCAA Tournament.
Despite graduating all five starters from last season's squad, the women's basketball team earned its sixth SUNYAC Championship in program history, advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth-consecutive season. The Knights finished the year with a 25-3 mark, the team's sixth-consecutive season with 20 or more wins.
Garcia-Cassani and Holtzman earned CoSIDA Academic All-America honors while Natalie LaCourt '18 became Geneseo's first female CoSIDA Academic All-American, earning an at-large bid as a member of the swimming & diving team. Six other student-athletes were named CoSIDA Academic All-District, including swimmer Jeff Doser '18, who was also named the 2018 Dr. Sam Molnar Scholar Athlete Award recipient by the SUNYAC. A total of 206 Geneseo student-athletes were honored by the SUNYAC for their efforts on the field and in the classroom as Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll selections, having a cumulative 3.3 grade point average.
For the recreational athlete, the college provides 23 intramural leagues in nine sports and 11 single-day tournaments, along with recreational hours in the gymnasiums, swimming pool, ice arena, a jogging track and numerous intramural fields. For more information about intramural opportunities and facilities, visit www.geneseo.edu/intramurals.
BY THE NUMBERS
(as of 7/18/17)
Team National Championships (2005 Women's Cross Country)
NADIIIAA/Josten's Community Service Awards
NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Recipients
Men's Intercollegiate Athletic Sports
Women's Intercollegiate Athletic Sports
Individual National Championships
1999 - Beth Shope – Outdoor Track & Field (Hammer Throw); 2003 - Kim DePrez – Indoor Track & Field (High Jump), Outdoor Track & Field (High Jump); 2003 - Melissa White – Outdoor Track & Field (5,000m); 2013 – Alyssa Smith – Outdoor Track & Field (Steeplechase); 2016 - Sam Randall - Swimming & Diving (3m Dive); 2016 - Jacqueline Huben - Outdoor Track & Field (Steeplechase); 2017 - Isaac Garcia-Cassani - Indoor Track & Field (Mile), Outdoor Track & Field (1,500); 2017 - Alexa Wandy - Indoor Track & Field (Long Jump, Triple Jump), Outdoor Track & Field (Triple Jump); 2018 - Gillan Faulkner, Zack Hannahoe, Luke Holtzman and Isaac Garcia- Cassani - Indoor Track & Field (DMR); 2018 Isaac Garcia-Cassani - Outdoor Track & Field (1,500); 2018 - Samuel Randall - Swimming & Diving (1m Dive)
Best finish in the Learfield Sports/NACDA Director's Cup (2017-18)
Club Sport Offerings
Student-Athletes Awarded the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence
Percentage of Geneseo Student-Athletes winning SUNYAC Scholar-Athlete Award
Intramural Sport Offerings
Student-Athletes Named Phi Beta Kappa since chapter was established in 2004
Percentage of Geneseo Student-Athletes who graduate within four years
SUNYAC Coach of the Year Awards
SUNYAC Championship Teams
Geneseo Student-Athletes Named All-America
All-America Certificates Earned by Geneseo Student-Athletes