NEWS RELEASE: Pace Professor Nick Catalano Selected as Peter X. Finnerty Leadership Award Recipient

The Pace University Department of Athletics announced that a Pace professor, Nicholas Catalano, PhD, has been selected as this year’s Peter X. Finnerty Leadership Award recipient. Catalano will be honored as part of the Pace Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2013 and awards dinner on Friday, April 12 at the Tudor Room of Pace’s White Plains Law School Campus. The evening will feature a reception starting at 6:00 pm followed by dinner and the induction ceremony starting at 7:00 pm.

The Pace University Department of Athletics announced that a Pace professor, Nicholas Catalano, PhD, has been selected as this year’s Peter X. Finnerty Leadership Award recipient. Catalano will be honored as part of the Pace Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2013 and awards dinner on Friday, April 12 at the Tudor Room of Pace’s White Plains Law School Campus. The evening will feature a reception starting at 6:00 pm followed by dinner and the induction ceremony starting at 7:00 pm.

This year marks Catalano’s 50th year at Pace University. He was a pioneer in the formation of the Pace Football program in the late 1960’s. At the request of the student government Catalano became the faculty general manager to the Pace Football club and was active in coaching, hiring personnel, recruiting new players and establishing academic standards. He also led the effort t to transition the Pace Football program from a club team to NCAA Division III status in 1978 to provide the program with better competition against local rivals Fordham University, Iona College, Hofstra University and Marist College among others during the late 1970s. Pace President Edward Mortola, PhD, Peter Finnerty and Catalano brought the New York Football Giants to the Pace campus for preseason camp for many years. The deal they negotiated included funds to build the athletic field house and resources for field improvements. Catalano served as the “Voice of the Setters” for 32 seasons as the public address announcer and was instrumental in getting the games broadcast on local radio.

Catalano has gone on to a successful career as a professor and novelist. He is a professor of Literature and Music at Pace. Catalano is a former director of the university’s Patricia O. Ewers Center for Music. He is author of “Clifford Brown: The life and Art of the Legendary Jazz Trumpeter”, “New York Nights” and “A New Yorker at Sea” that documents his trip around the world in a sail boat in 1988. Catalano also writes regular columns about jazz music for the web site “All About Jazz.”

Peter X. Finnerty, former Director of Athletics, Director of Alumni Relations, athlete, professor, coach, and inductee of the Pace University Hall of Fame, established the Athletics and Recreation Program at Pace University in 1947. Finnerty served the University and its students for over 40 years. He was the Director of Athletics from 1947-88 as well as the men’s basketball coach from 1948-60 and the baseball coach from 1948-64. He personified the values of discipline and hard work and, in keeping with the University motto, Opportunitas, committed to helping students realize their potential.

The Peter X. Finnerty Award is presented to a member or members of the Pace University athletics community for outstanding leadership and service to the University or to society as a whole. The individual/s selected shall exemplify those characteristics for which Peter Finnerty was best known: hard work, a spirit of competition, and the ability to serve and lead with integrity and to inspire others to do the same. This honor has only been awarded twice since its creation. The first recipient was in 2001 to former Board of Trustee Charles F. Jacey Jr. The second recipient was former Pace student-athlete and longtime supporter Garrett DeGraff Jr. in 2002.

The newest members to the Pace Athletics Hall of Fame for the Class of 2013 are Kim DePaola-Napier (Softball ’89), Brian Finnerty (Baseball ’72), Rich Middlebrook (Football ’87), Fred Oglesby (Men’s Basketball ’83) and Michelle Seeley-Flannory (Volleyball ’99). Pace Athletics Hall of Fame was started in 1997 with this year’s ceremony marking the twelfth induction class.

NEWS RELEASE: Pace University Football Team Pitches in at Red Cross Warehouse in Jersey City in Superstorm Sandy Relief Efforts

The Pace University Football Team assisted Red Cross relief efforts for the those affected by Superstorm Sandy. Head Coach Chris Dapolito and members of his team volunteered at Red Cross Warehouse in Jersey City and were featured in the Pleasantville Daily Voice and on the Red Cross website.

The Pace University football team was featured on the Red Cross website as well as on the Pleasantville Daily Voice.
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Original Blog Post by Wesley Lind

As another truck filled with Red Cross supply kits rolls away from a volunteer assembly line, a sea of over 250 volunteers lets loose a hearty and well-deserved “hurrah!” They are a collection of Red Cross volunteers, spontaneous community volunteers, and Red Cross partner agency volunteers who have come together to help victims of Superstorm Sandy.

Among those cheering is Chris Dapolito, a native of White Plains, NY and head football coach at local Pace University. Like so many others, Superstorm Sandy affected his friends and family, many of whom were still living on the Jersey coast where he grew up.
“Where I live we had mass power outages, but my family and friends had plenty of their homes damaged or destroyed,” Chris says. I saw a social media post calling for volunteers to help load Red Cross supply kits, said ‘we’re in. I called the players and got them down here to unload boxes and pack trucks.”
The supply kits, which included items like hand warmers, gloves, flashlights, and blankets, were being loaded onto trucks to be distributed out to storm-affected neighborhoods in New York and New Jersey. Several volunteer assembly lines ran like clockwork and at peak efficiency, 300 supply kits were being created and loaded every five minutes. By the time all is said and done, tens of thousands of the kits will have been assembled and loaded at the Jersey City warehouse for volunteer truck drivers that included local Teamsters to deliver their precious cargo.

Little did he know that he’d fall into a leadership role at the warehouse directing packing and truck traffic. Chris and his players are a prime example of a community coming together in face of a massive tragedy.

“Coming into this operation, I’ve been so impressed with the organization and the Red Cross” Chris says. “This whole thing has been so smooth. I’m really proud of my team because service is part of being an American and this storm has been so horrible that we need everyone to get through it.”
The hard work and dedication of all the volunteers wasn’t lost on Laura Hevesi, one of the Red Crossers in charge of the massive packing and loading operation. “The effort of Chris’s team and all the volunteers has just been beyond expectations,” Laura says. “The Red Cross is fortunate to have volunteers to step up and do what needs to be done.”
Among the 35 football players who answered Chris’s call for help on both Friday evening and Saturday was Diego Dilone, a freshman running back and resident of Long Island. Sandy left Diego’s hometown without power for nearly 10 days along with other damage. For him, it was a no brainer to get involved in the Red Cross effort at the warehouse.
“When I first came to the warehouse, I just got this great feeling of inspiration,” Diego says. “I’ve done everything from be a box cutter to truck loader to working a lift – whatever they needed me to do.”

“This has been a real learning experience,” Diego says. “When times get tough, we come together and become one to help the less fortunate. You can’t get that feeling from anything else.”

NEWS RELEASE: Softball Places 3rd On Division II NFCA All-Academic Ranks

The Pace University Softball team ranked third on the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division II All-Academic Team for the 2011-12 academic year. The Setters posted a team GPA for 3.527, which was also the top GPA among the Northeast-10 Conference schools. The top school in the country was Grand Canyon University with a 3.600 mark and marked the second year in a row the Setters were ranked among the top academic softball programs in the country.

Pace is #1 Among Northeast-10 Conference Schools

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y.- The Pace University Softball team ranked third on the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division II All-Academic Team for the 2011-12 academic year. The Setters posted a team GPA for 3.527, which was also the top GPA among the Northeast-10 Conference schools. The top school in the country was Grand Canyon University with a 3.600 mark.

This is the second year in a row that the Setters have been ranked in the top-25 in the nation also the second consecutive season that their team GPA was first among the NE-10 schools. Education major and catcher Lauren Bell (New Windsor, NY/Newburgh Free) posted a 3.93 GPA for the 2011-12 year and finished her collegiate career with a 3.65 cum GPA. Pitcher and first baseman Chelsea Shea (Babylon, NY/West Babylon) had a 3.820 GPA for the year, while Criminal Justice major and designated player and first baseman Natalie Gellos (Seattle, WA/Holy Names Academy) posted a 3.77 GPA.

The Setters saw success on the field in 2012 as they ranked in the top-5 in in the NE-10 in runs, homeruns, RBI’s, batting average, slugging and doubles. Pace had four players named to the NE-10 All-Conference teams led by Bell who was named to the Third Team. Gellos along with fellow freshmen, Hana Wright ((Hillsboro, OR/Valley Catholic) and Jeane Drury (Flanders, NJ/Morris Catholic) were selected to the NE-10 All-Rookie Team.

Bell wrapped up her outstanding four-year career as she finished her 2012 season with a .333 batting average with six homeruns, two grand slams, along with six doubles and 23 RBI’s for the year. She finished her career in the top-10 in school history every major offensive category as she posted a career .368 batting average, good for fifth place.

Gellos posted a standout season in her first year in a Pace uniform as she was second on the team with a .351 batting average. She finished tied for ninth in the NE-10 in doubles this season. She also drove in 26 runs, hit three homeruns and was second on the team with 30 runs scored this season. Wright had a record-setting season for Pace as a freshman, playing primarily at catcher this year. She tied the school single season homerun mark as she finished with a team-best 10 homeruns in 2012. She also led the team with 39 RBI’s as she finished fifth on Pace’s single season record list. She ranked fourth in the NE-10 in RBI’s and was seventh in homeruns. Drury was an outstanding all-around performer for the Setters this season as she finished third on the team with a .333 batting average and ranked eighth in the NE-10 with nine homeruns.

Pace looks to make a big impact on field as they did in the classroom in 2013. The Setters open their spring season on March 1, 2013 as they travel to Chowan University in Murfreesboro, NC.

NEWS RELEASE: Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger to Speak at Pace University on September 5

Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger will be speaking to Pace’s student athletes about his inspirational life story on Wednesday, September 5 at 7 pm at the Goldstein Health, Fitness and Recreation Center. This event is free and open to the public.

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y.- The Pace University Athletics Department is will welcome Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger to Pace’s Pleasantville campus on Wednesday, September 5 at 7 pm at the Goldstein Health, Fitness and Recreation Center. He will be speak to Pace’s student athletes about his inspirational life story. This event is free and open to the public. Rudy will also do a book signing following his talk.

For the first time, read Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger’s real life story in Rudy: My Story revealing the man behind the beloved movie Rudy, and his continued determination to make his dreams come true. Rudy describes growing up in Joliet, Ill., becoming one of only a few players in Notre Dame history to be carried off the field, struggling to get a movie made about his life, and losing sight of his own dreams, nearly derailing him. Rudy details the failures and hard lessons he’s learned and shows how hitting the reset button was the best thing that happened him.

“I fell into the same obvious trap that the rest of the country had fallen into in all of those boom years: I shouldn’t have been chasing the money,” says Rudy. “I should have been chasing the dream. It was one of the most profound, simple, important lessons I would ever learn – and the consequences of that lesson would haunt me for years.”

Rudy doesn’t just represent some far-fetched Hollywood story that most people can never attain—its message is that Rudy is an “Average Joe,” and anyone with a dream can make that dream a reality by being willing to put in the hard work, and heart, it takes to get there.

Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger is the subject of the blockbuster film Rudy and one of the most popular motivational speakers in the United States. His humble background and determination to pursue his dreams, no matter the challenge, has made him legendary and an inspiration to everyone from school children to businessmen and athletes, even presidents. He established the Rudy Foundation to help children around the world and the Rudy Awards for high school and university level athletes.

NEWS RELEASE: Pace Athletics Strikes Gold Twice to Earn Top Honors at the NACMA Best of Awards

Dallas, Texas- The Pace University Athletics Department was awarded two gold medals at the National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators (NACMA) Best of Awards ceremony on Tuesday afternoon at the annual National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) conference held this year in Dallas, TX.

Dallas, Texas- The Pace University Athletics Department was awarded two gold medals at the National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators (NACMA) Best of Awards ceremony on Tuesday afternoon at the annual National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) conference held this year in Dallas, TX.

Pace received a gold medal in the video promotion category for the Pace Football promo video to kick off the 2011 Pace Football season against Stonehill.

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Pace also received a second gold medal in the student promotion category for the student promotion video and twitter account campaign for T-Bone, the university mascot. The video and twitter account was produced to get more incoming freshman and current students to be active and promote events on campus.

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Initiated in 2003, the NACMA Best of Awards program honors outstanding achievement in marketing and promotions. Awards are presented in 13 categories, with each category divided into three groups based upon school size and conference affiliations to promote fairness. An association record of more than 950 awards entries were received for the 2011-12 year.

About Pace Athletics: Pace University is an NCAA Division II member of the Northeast-10 Conference with 14 varsity sports teams. During the 2011-12 school year, the Pace women’s volleyball and women’s basketball teams returned to the NCAA Division II Tournament for a third consecutive year. In addition, the baseball team won the NE-10 Southwest Division regular season title. On the academic side, the department finished the school year with a 3.21 cumulative GPA.

About Pace University: Pace is a comprehensive, independent University with campuses in New York City and Westchester County. Nearly 14,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, School of Law and College of Health Professions.

NEWS RELEASE: Pace University Football Team Celebrates Dr. Seuss Birthday at Bedford Rd School

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y.- For the second year in a row, the Pace University Football team visited the Bedford Road School in Pleasantville for the “Read Across America” program. Each year on March 2, the Bedford Road School celebrates Dr. Seuss’ birthday with a theme from one of his famous children’s books.

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y.- For the second year in a row, the Pace University Football team visited the Bedford Road School in Pleasantville for the “Read Across America” program. Each year on March 2, the Bedford Road School celebrates Dr. Seuss’ birthday with a theme from one of his famous children’s books.

This year’s theme was focused on “The Lorax” in conjunction with the release of the movie in theaters today. The Pace Football team visited the school throughout the day to visit individual classrooms to read a Dr. Seuss book, answer questions from the students, sign autographs and take pictures. Those Pace Football players who visited during the middle portion of the day were able to participate in recess, which was a big hit with the students.

Cynthia Kramer, Assistant Principal of the Bedford Road School spoke about the partnership with Pace Athletics: “Over the past year, we’ve begun building a university/elementary school partnership that continues to grow.  Bedford Road School students benefited from having Pace Football players read to them as a part of the ‘Read Across America’ event.  They heard a Dr. Seuss story and learned about the benefits of attending college and playing sports.  Athletes have also helped classes in our edible garden with planting and harvesting.  The young children really enjoy working with the Pace students and look up them as scholars and athletes.”

The Pace Football team is set to begin their 2012 campaign on Saturday, September 1 with a road game at Bentley University. The home opener is scheduled for Saturday, September 15 against the University of New Haven at 1:00 pm.

News Release: Former Pace Men’s Basketball Coach Stu Wittner Leads USA To Gold at Maccabi Games

PLEASANTVILLE, NY- Pace Alumni and former Pace University Men’s Basketball Head Coach Stu Wittner led the Men’s United States Basketball Team in the Open Division to a Gold Medal at the 2011 Pan-American Maccabi Games.

PLEASANTVILLE, NY- Pace University alumnus and former Pace University Men’s Basketball Head Coach Stu Wittner led the Men’s United States Basketball Team in the Open Division to a Gold Medal at the 2011 Pan-American Maccabi Games.

The team began the competition with a 72-62 win over Canada on December 26 and followed it up with an 82-44 win over Israel in December 27. Coach Wittner continued their perfect run through the preliminary round with a 72-69 win over host Brazil on December 28 and a 92-45 win over Mexico on December 29. In the semi-finals, the USA team defeated Israel 96-86 on January 1 and took the gold medal the next day with an 87-70 win over Canada. Coach Wittner commented, “Coaching the National Team for the Maccabi Pan Am Games was a very special experience. We had a wonderful group of players to work with. The Gold Medal ceremony was very emotional for all of us. One of the highlights was beating the host countryBrazilat the buzzer in the opening round.”

Wittner played for Pace University for one year for the 1973-74 season. He totaled 363 points, 139 rebounds, and 105 assists in that season was named a 1974 Knickerbocker 1st Team All-Star. He then went on to finish his career and graduate at University of Georgia. Wittner continued his basketball career as a Graduate Assistant Coach at the University of Georgia. Wittner returned to Pace in 1979 as head coach of the men’s basketball team. He coached for three season from 1979-82 and posted a record of 35-47 for a .438 winning percentage. After leaving Pace, Stu moved into the footwear industry and has had sales and management positions at Converse, Rockport and Timberland. Stu is currently the Director of Podiatry at Aetrex Worldwide, Inc.

The Maccabi Games are sponsored by Maccabi USA, an organization that “endeavors to perpetuate and preserve the American Jewish community by encouraging Jewish pride, strengthening Jewish bonds and by creating a heightened awareness of Israel and Jewish identity. In addition to the 330-member delegation, the USA brought over 100 supporters to Brazil to cheer on the Team.  There were 25 families participating in the Games as members of the USA Delegation.  Those included the General Chairman of the Maccabi USA Team, Fred Cohen – also a Masters Softball athlete – and his wife Dhana, who is Co-chairing the supporters program.

About Pace Athletics: Pace University is an NCAA Division II member of the Northeast-10 Conference with 20 varsity sports teams. The Pace Athletics Department had 51% of its athletes in the Spring 2011 semester post a 3.0 GPA or higher to earn Northeast-10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll status. Six student athletes had a perfect 4.0 GPA for the semester as Pace ranked seventh out of 16 institutions in the NE-10.

About Pace University: For 105 years, Pace University has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

The Hour: Pace Women’s Basketball Head Coach Carrie Seymour

Pace University women’s basketball head coach Carrie Seymour was featured in a story in Norwalk’s The Hour. (Left: Carrie Seymour gives her team instructions during a recent game. The Norwalk native has won 374 games at Pace).

Pace University women’s basketball head coach Carrie Seymour was featured in a story in Norwalk’s The Hour.

From The Hour:

It was Thursday afternoon and Carrie Seymour was back in her coaching office after putting the Pace University women’s basketball team through a two-hour practice.

“It’s been a long couple of days,” the tired voice on the other end of the phone said. “We didn’t get back here until 3:30 yesterday morning.”

Seymour and the Setters were still trying to get their legs under them after a long bus ride up and back to Vermont, where they beat St. Michael’s College 57-51 in a Northeast-10 Conference battle Tuesday night.

Less than 24 hours later, the Pace women were back on the court, preparing for Saturday afternoon’s showdown at home against Bentley College in a rematch of last year’s NCAA Division II East Regional final.

There’s certainly no rest for the weary. Especially not for head coaches.

But back when she was playing basketball for Norwalk High School in 1979 and helping the Lady Bears to a 20-0 regular season, Carrie Seymour never envisioned coaching her own team someday.

Heck, even if she did, she could have never imagined it would have been coaching on the collegiate level and at the same school for two decades no less.

But 33 years after she played her last game for NHS which, incidentally, came in the Class LL state final Seymour is in her 20th season as the head women’s basketball coach at Pace.

“Twenty years? No, it’s crazy. It really has kind of flied by,” Seymour said. “When I say it — ’20 years’ — I don’t think I’m talking about myself.”

A lot of other people are talking about her, though. All Seymour has done during this latest chapter of her life is turn Pace University into one of the most successful Division II women’s basketball programs in the northeast.

The Setters were 24-9 last season and went to the NCAA tournament for the ninth time in Seymour’s 19 years. Throw in the three Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) championships she’s won, and Pace has made the postseason 12 times during her watch.

With a 9-3 record so far this season, Seymour is the school’s all-time leader with 374 career wins.

In fact, she was the fourth-fastest Division II women’s basketball coach to reach 100 victories, recording the milestone in her 127th game in 1996-97. She notched her 200th win in 2002 and her 300th victory in 2008. With an average of 19 wins per season, win No. 400 should come sometime next season.

Not bad for someone who never really thought coaching was in her future.

“I didn’t really plan on it,” Seymour, who played at Division III Eastern Connecticut State University, admitted. “When I was an undergraduate player, I had to go back for a couple of semesters to finish up.

“My coach at Eastern, Bob Miller, asked me if I wanted to help him coach. That’s when I started and when I thought about making it a career. I don’t think I would’ve gotten into coaching if he hadn’t asked me.

“As an undergraduate, I started off in physical education, then changed to psychology. But I really didn’t know what I wanted to do. Obviously I loved basketball and being around it, but I don’t know if that’s what I would’ve done if I didn’t stay for those extra semesters. I’m glad I did.”

After one year at Eastern, Seymour became a Division I assistant coach at Marist College for one year, at Holy Cross for another, and then six seasons at St. John’s University before landing at Pace in 1992.

It didn’t take her very long to make an impact, either, guiding the Setters to 20-win seasons her first five years — 24, 27, 22, 23, 24 wins, respectively — as well as the ECAC title her first season and a berth in the NCAA Sweet 16 in only her second year.

What made the job even more attractive to her was the fact Pace is located in Pleasantville, N.Y., just 25 miles away from Norwalk, where her parents, Alan and Gloria Seymour, still live.

“During the season it’s tough for me to get home. Our schedule is so unpredictable, seven days a week,” she said. “But I get to Connecticut as much as I can in the summertime and on holidays. I just spent a lot of time there over Christmas.”

But while she doesn’t get back to her hometown as much as she’d like, it’s not as difficult for her parents to drive 45 minutes to Westchester County to see her.

“Actually my father comes to every one of our home games,” she said. “I don’t think he’s missed a home game this season. My older brother drives him and sometimes he drives himself.

“My dad always says he comes to watch the team, but whenever someone asks my mom, she tells them she comes to watch me coach.”

Seymour does get back to Connecticut and other parts of New England during recruiting trips. While most of her roster is comprised of players from the New York area, she did sign freshman Emily Armstrong, a 5-8 guard from Fairfield who played at Ludlowe last season.

“We try to recruit in the tri-state area,” Seymour pointed out. “We get a little bit into New England, too, but the bulk of our conference is from New England. We find we have a little more success with local players.”

Wherever they’re from, Seymour is proud of the fact the majority of players she’s recruited the last two decades are quality student-athletes who graduate and go on to enjoy successful careers after basketball.

“Our players have always had their priorities right,” she noted. “While they love playing basketball, their priority is academics and preparing to be successful when they graduate.

“We’ve been very lucky. We’ve had very good kids who come from nice families and have super parents. It’s been fun. Sometimes you can’t control all those things, but we’ve been lucky. We haven’t had any academic problems or behavior problems and I think it carries over every year when new freshmen come in.”

Seymour did make two other trips to her home state in late 2011. The first was for an exhibition game between her team and the UConn Huskies on Nov. 9 at the XL Center in Hartford, a game the overmatched Setters lost 85-35.

“That was fun,” the Pace coach said. “It was only an exhibition game, but I was surprised how many people showed up. The XL Center was about half full, which for us was a big crowd.

“They’re obviously the best women’s basketball has to offer,” she added. “They can pretty much pick a number how much they will beat you by, but Geno (Auriemma) usually takes it easy on Division II schools.

“It was a good experience and a nice atmosphere playing on a big stage like that. We were only down by 15 at the half so my girls were happy.”

Four days later, Seymour and her team returned to the Nutmeg State for their season opener, a 71-62 win over the University of Bridgeport.

That was the first of five straight wins to start the season, setting the tone for what appears to be another successful campaign.

“It’s going to be tough. Our conference is very competitive,” a cautious Seymour said, “We’ve been winning games, but we’ve been up and down. We graduated a big class. We graduated three kids who played a lot of minutes. The upperclassmen on this year’s team are just now starting to take on that role.

“It’s a big transition. We put a lot of expectations on our upperclassmen and sometimes it’s tough. But Tuesday night (the win over St. Michael’s) was probably the best game we played all season as a team.”

The highlight of Seymour’s coaching career came in 2000-01 when she led the Setters to the Division II Elite Eight in Minnesota.

“At our level, that’s equivalent to going to the Final Four,” Seymour said. “We were 30 seconds away from winning the Regionals last year and going back to the Elite Eight. It was 10 years after the first time we went and we were playing in the same building against the same opponent (Bentley), but we broke down in the last 30 seconds. It was still a great effort.

“Every year, that’s the goal. It’s a tough region and a very tough conference, but it would be great to get back there.”

Seymour’s superb coaching has certainly not gone unnoticed. She’s been recognized as the NIT/Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association Division II Coach of the Year six times, and is a two-time WBCA District Coach of the Year.

“A lot of that is because of the work the players put in,” she explained. “The way I look at it, you get named coach of the year when your team does something special or unusual. I coach the same way every year, but some years my players overachieve and reach a level they’re not expected to.

“Even in my worst seasons I felt I worked just as hard. The only thing that changed were the players.”

Seymour learned from some pretty good coaches herself at Norwalk High when she played basketball for Don Foust and softball for Ray Barry.

Seymour, in fact, had the distinction of scoring one of the biggest runs in NHS softball history. It occurred in the 1978 FCIAC softball championship game against Westhill at Calf Pasture. With the scored tied in the bottom of the seventh, Barry put Seymour, a junior, in as a pinch-runner because of her speed, and she eventually raced home with the winning run to give the Bears the first of their record 11 FCIAC titles.

She laughed when someone suggested she was the answer to a local trivia question.

“As a pinch-runner of all things,” she said. “I guess I was in the right place at the right time.”

But Seymour, a three-sport athlete who also played field hockey, said she definitely brought some of the lessons she learned from being coached by Barry and Foust to her own coaching career, even though she never thought of coaching back then.

The kind of defense the Bears played under Foust, for example, is still something she calls upon. It’s no accident Pace has ranked among the top 10 teams nationally in scoring defense in five of the past 14 seasons and led the nation in defensive field goal percentage three times.

“Mr. Foust was very big on working on the defensive end,” Seymour said. “I didn’t play any organized sports before high school and when Don Foust and Ray Barry took over as head coaches, I felt I was doing something important. Everything went to a different level when they came in.

“In basketball and softball, I remember always feeling we were very prepared, always more prepared than our opponents.”

Kind of sounds like the Pace University women’s basketball team.

That’s why with the kind of work ethic she’s displayed the last 20 years, there are many basketball observers who have no doubt Carrie Seymour would’ve been successful at the Division I level as well.

“I’ve looked into a dozen or so Division I jobs since I’ve been at Pace and I had some interviews,” the former D-I assistant said. “Around NCAA time when the brackets are handed out, I miss it.

“But once you start coaching, basketball is basketball, no matter what level you’re at. The situation here has been very good, the support of the university has been excellent, and we play in a great conference. The players are given the resources to be successful and they’re expected to be successful.

“I consider it a privilege to coach people at this age and be in a position to help them be successful. It’s been a rewarding experience.”

Pace University must feel the same way.

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NEWS RELEASE: DJ Henry Memorial Youth Football Clinic A Success

On Sunday, October 2, the Pace University Football team hosted 70 youth football players from Westchester County and the Dunlevy Milbank organization. The Dunlevy Milbank organization partners with the Duke University Alumni Assocation to create service-oriented programs throughout the year including work with inner city children. Head Coach Chris Dapolito, a Duke Alumnus, organized the clinic.

PLEASANTVILLE, NY – On Sunday, October 2, the Pace University Football team hosted 70 youth football players from Westchester County and the Dunlevy Milbank organization. The Dunlevy Milbank organization partners with the Duke University Alumni Assocation to create service-oriented programs throughout the year including work with inner city children. Head Coach Chris Dapolito, a Duke Alumnus, organized the youth football clinic.

“It was a really great experience to connect with my Duke roots and bring the kids to campus for the clinic. They all had a great time and we are excited to have them visit campus for years to come,” said Dapolito.

During the two-hour program, each participant ran through offensive and defensive drills while hanging out with the Pace football team, Pace cheerleaders and T-Bone, the Pace Setter mascot. Each camper was given season tickets to the 2011 Pace football season, a schedule magnet and free food from local sponsors Frank and Joe’s Deli and Lucio’s Pizza.

The Pace football season kicked-off against the Greyhounds of Assumption College on October 8. At halftime, Pace Lacrosse Alumnus Andy Wasik was honored by Northast-10 Conference Commissioner Julie Ruppert and Director of Athletics Mark Brown for being the first Pace Athlete to be inducted into the NE-10 Hall of Fame.

NEWS RELEASE: Pace University Goes Pink for Dickstein Cancer Treatment Center

Pace Athletics in a partnership with Colleges Against Cancer (CAC) and the Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) has established a breast cancer awareness campaign for the 2011-2012 school year.

PLEASANTVILLE, NY –  Pace Athletics in a partnership with Colleges Against Cancer (CAC) and the Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) has established a breast cancer awareness campaign for the 2011-2012 school year. T-shirts have been designed with the Pace Goes Pink logo and the phrase “Fighting Cancer Together” which will be sold for $5 throughout the year. Seven Pace athletic teams will be participating throughout the year with all proceeds going to the Dickstein Cancer Treatment Center of White Plains Hospital.

Each athletic team will promote a designated game as their “Pace Goes Pink” event on campus during the school year. In preparation for the event, a donation sheet has been created for each game and each student-athlete will be asking their supporters for contributions. These contributions, combined with t-shirt sales, will be generated throughout the year and presented to representatives of the Dickstein Cancer Treatment Center in the spring.

The Pace Soccer team kicks off the campaign on Wednesday October 12 at 3:30 pm against Le Moyne College on the Briarcliff Campus. Representatives from Colleges Against Cancer will be selling t-shirts and pink Pace Athletics wristbands will be handed out. On Friday October 14, the Pace Volleyball team will host Merrimack College in their “Pace Goes Pink” game at 7:00 pm.

This campaign was created by Assistant Athletic Director Zach Dayton and Lubin School of Business Professor  Melissa Cardon, PhD, who also oversees the Colleges Against Cancer student group.

For more information about the campaign and ways in which you can get involved, please contact Zach Dayton, Assistant Athletic Director/Marketing & Promotions at (914) 773-3271 or zdayton@pace.edu.