Summer changes for UVM athletics

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Men’s basketball:
     A lot has changed in the world of Catamount men’s basketball since winning the American East Championship last season. This year the court will be graced with five new faces, with a familiar one absent.

         Sophomore Four McGlynn will not be returning to UVM this season as he plans to transfer to Towson University. The former American East Rookie of the Year will continue playing for his next three years of eligibility.
     The Catamounts made up for the loss, however, when head coach John Becker made the announcement earlier in the month that junior transfers Hector Harold and Ryan Pierson will join the team, along with first-years Troy Davine, Brendan Kilpatrick and Ethan O’Day.

Women’s basketball:
   The women’s basketball team has made some new additions to the coaching roster, welcoming former Catamount Courtnay Pilypaitis to the team once again as an assistant coach. Pilypaitis graduated from UVM in 2010 and is eager to join in again, coming hot off her participation in women’s basketball with Team Canada at the 2012 Olympic games in London.
   Another fresh face will join the women’s coaching staff this season, head coach Lori Gear McBride announced last month. Sam Allen will serve as the director of basketball operations for the Catamounts, coming to Vermont from Maine where she worked as the assistant coach at Smith College for two seasons.

Field hockey:
     Head coach Nicki Houghton announced earlier this month that they, too, will be adding onto their coaching staff this season. Bill Davidson, former head coach at Siena college, will join the Catamounts as an assistant coach.
    Houghton also announced that seniors Alana Izzo and Taylor Silvestro have been named captains of the team this season. This will be Izzo’s first season back after an injury last season and Silvestro’s second appearance as a captain.

Men’s ice hockey:
     Head coach Kevin Sneddon announced this past week that they will have two additions to the coaching roster, naming both Kevin Patrick and Kyle Wallack as assistant coaches for the upcoming season. Patrick comes to the Catamounts after spending the past two years as head coach of the Muskegon Lumberjacks in the USHL; Wallack was former head coach of the Indiana Ice in the USHL.

Women’s ice hockey:
     Women’s hockey head coach Jim Plumer announced that former Amherst College assistant coach, Chelsea Grills, will be joining the Vermont coaching staff this season as an assistant coach.

Men’s & women’s lacrosse:
   The 2012 Catamount Classic Lacrosse for A Cure has been scheduled for Oct. 6 and 7 in Braintree, Mass. The event has grown tremendously over its last four years and has donated roughly $130,000 to aid in cancer research. Due to the tournament’s growth, the name of the event will be changed to the Northeast Classic in 2013.

Men’s soccer:
     Head coach Jesse Cormier announced in early August that the team will be adding Rob Dow, former coach at Southern New Hampshire University, to the coaches’ roster as the team’s assistant coach. Dow coached at SNHU for the last four seasons and will add experience in key areas.
    Cormier also announced the addition of 11 fresh faces to the field for the 2012 season. The new recruits will be first-years PJ Abplanalp, Danny Childs, Charles DeFeo, Nate Friedberg, Teddy Gula, Sam Keenan, Jack Shea, Simon Sugarman and Nile Walwyn, and juniors Carter Lincoln and Johnny Bonner.

Women’s soccer:
    Three Catamounts on the women’s soccer team have been named in the list of Top 20 Players to Watch in America East according to preseason conference rankings. Ranked fifth is junior defender Alexa DeMaio, next is junior forward Ellie Mills, and finally sophomore Kerry Glynn who was named America East All-Rookie Team last season.

Women’s swimming and diving:
     Head coach Gerry Cournoyer announced this past week that Joy Cai will be joining the coaching staff this season as a volunteer assistant. Cai brings much experience to the team, having won a bronze medal at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games.
     Cournoyer has also announced that the team will be gaining 14 first-years this season. The newcomers include Katherine Angelidis, Celeste Beck-Goodell,Lauren Becker, Andie Blaser, Diane Brown, Katherine Craig, Tori Frustaci, Elena Melloni, Carah McClure, Maggie Preston, Christa Weaver, Hayley Weik, Victoria Wood and Tori Wood.