Our athletics and academic programs reinforce each other in ways that help our students while they are on campus and long after graduation.
2015–16 Year in Review
- Susquehanna University boasted 12 Academic All-Americans, including All-American javelin thrower Gabby Alguire ’17 who was named an Academic All-American for the third-straight year.
- The men’s and women’s soccer teams were both named National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award winners for the fourth consecutive year in 2016.
- Women’s swimming & diving was named a Scholar All-America Team by the College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America, and Kelsey Lessard ’16 was named the conference’s Senior Scholar-Athlete for the sport.
- Women's Cross Country/Track & Field, Field Hockey, Men's Basketball and Volleyball were also honored with team academic awards from their respective coaching associations.
Susquehanna Athletics strives for the highest level of excellence in the Landmark and Centennial Athletic conferences, as well as at regional and national levels.
What We Achieved in 2015–16
- After a one-year absence, the Landmark Conference President’s Trophy returned to Susquehanna in 2016. SU has now won the trophy three of the past five years and four times overall.
- The Susquehanna volleyball team made history in becoming the winningest team in program history.
- Baseball captured its second Landmark Conference crown, racking up 33 wins and finishing its historic season ranked 15th in the D3Baseball.com national poll.
- Women’s swimming & diving clinched the Landmark Conference championship for a sixth-straight year. The program also boasted the 2016 Female Rookie and Swimmer of the Year.
- Men’s basketball set a record for single-season victories with 24 wins and an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament in 2016. The team finished the season ranked 20th in the nation.
- Softball had its eighth-straight season of 20 or more wins and eighth-straight appearance in the Landmark Conference Tournament.
- Men’s lacrosse secured major Landmark Conference Awards: Corrie Van Haasteren ’16 was named the Player of the Year while then-freshman goalie Dylan Abplanalp was selected as the Rookie of the Year.
- Sophomore soccer player Emily Sullivan was the Landmark Conference Co-Offensive Player of the Year.
- Senior sprinter Kwane Hayle was named the 2016 Landmark Conference Indoor Male Track Athlete of the Year and was one of eight SU men to earn All-Conference recognition.
Top-notch program leaders and competent, committed coaches are the standard rather than the ideal at Susquehanna. In the last three years, our program has earned 13 different Landmark Conference Coaching Staffs of the Year awards. Moreover, the coaching internship program—established in 2006 through a gift from Trustee John R. Strangfeld ’75 and his wife, Mary Kay, and expanded the following year through support from Trustee Edward Schmidt ’69—provides student-athletes with peer mentors who recently graduated from college.
What We Achieved in 2015–16
- Director of Athletics Pam Samuelson was elected to a leadership position in the National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators. She joined the NADIIIAA Executive Committee as one of two at-large members.
- Associate Professor of History David Imhoof, who has served as Susquehanna’s Faculty Athletics Representative since 2013, was selected to be a 2016 NCAA Division III FAR Fellow.
- Head swimming & diving coach Jerry Foley and his assistant coaches were named Women's Coaching Staff of the Year in the Landmark Conference.
- Head basketball coach Frank Marcinek and his assistant coaches was named the Landmark Conference Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season, in addition to the D3Hoops.com Middle Atlantic Region Coach of the Year.
- Head men’s lacrosse coach Stewart Moan and his assistant coaches were named the Landmark Conference Coaching Staff of the Year.