By Brian DePasquale
Trina Thomas Patterson Named Women’s Head Basketball Coach University at Albany Director of Athletics and Recreation Lee McElroy announced on May 6 the hiring of Trina Thomas Patterson as women’s head basketball coach. Thomas Patterson, who brings nine years of Division I head coaching experience to the position, becomes the ninth coach in the UAlbany basketball program’s history.
“I am pleased we were able to attract an experienced college head coach who has the leadership skills and expertise needed to manage a Division I basketball program,” McElroy said. “Trina has a vision for the program on all levels, and her previous teams have demonstrated success on the playing court, in the classroom, and in the community.”
Patterson served as the head basketball coach at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va. for eight seasons from 1991-99. She took over a program that fought to establish an identity in the Colonial Athletic Association, and had not experienced a winning season at the Division I level. By her third year, Patterson guided the team to a 20-8 record and a third-place finish in the conference standings. She was voted the 1993-94 CAA Coach of the Year, and the squad established single-season records in scoring average and assists. In the previous campaign, the Tribe advanced to the 1992 CAA Tournament championship game. Patterson, who mentored five all-conference players, is the school’s all-time winningest coach.
In 1999-2000, Patterson spent one year as the head coach at the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore, a member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Patterson, who began her career as a William & Mary assistant coach in 1988, also served on the Team USA coaching staff as an assistant for the R. William Jones Cup in Taipei, Taiwan and Beijing, China. The gold-medal winning squad’s roster included Tennessee’s Tamika Catchings, a four-time WBCA/Kodak All-American.
As a collegiate player at the University of Virginia, Patterson earned four varsity letters and was a member of four consecutive NCAA Tournament teams. The Cavaliers captured three Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season titles, and won 20 or more games in four straight seasons. In her senior season as team captain, Virginia posted a 26-5 record and reached the NCAA regional semifinals. The Cavaliers, coached by Debbie Ryan, a seven-time ACC Coach of the Year, ended the season ranked 10th by USA Today and 11th in the Associated Press polls.
A native of Newport News, Va., Patterson earned a B.A. in rhetoric and communication studies from the University of Virginia in 1987. She recently completed an M.A. in human resource management from National University in LaJolla, Calif.
Her husband, Carl, is still active as a master sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps after 19 years of service. The Pattersons have two sons, Carl, Jr. (C.J.) and Matthew.
University of Virginia head women’s basketball coach Debbie Ryan said, “I am very pleased to see Trina get back into coaching. She has always been a great representative of the University of Virginia. The University at Albany should be happy and excited with this hire. Trina is a positive person with tremendous leadership skills. She emphasizes working hard and brings a lot of fun to the game of basketball. I feel Trina has developed into a fine Division I head coach.”
University of Connecticut head women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma said, “Trina will do a great job at Albany. She was a terrific player with a great basketball mind, and worked really hard day in and day out. Her strong background at William & Mary will prepare her to be successful at Albany and will help her be competitive in the America East Conference. Trina has a very bright future in coaching.”
Men’s Lacrosse Comes Up Short in America East Championship Game Senior midfielder Tris Gillen scored the go-ahead goal with eight minutes and 35 seconds remaining, as Stony Brook captured the America East Champion-ship with an 8-6 victory over UAlbany on May 4 at Varsity Field. The Seawolves earned their first-ever NCAA Tournament berth with the conference’s automatic bid.
UAlbany, the America East regular-season titleholder, which finished with a 9-7 record, took a 6-5 lead early in the fourth quarter, when junior attacker Chris Driscoll converted a man-advantage situation off a feed from Luke Daquino.
Stony Brook (10-6) drew even as senior midfielder Denis Scannell, the championship’s Most Outstanding Player, scored his second goal of the game, a blast inside the left post with 9:10 left in the contest. The Seawolves took the lead 35 seconds later, when Gillen drove from behind the cage and slid an underhanded shot past UAlbany goalkeeper Kevin Rae.
The Seawolves, the tournament’s No. 3 seed, but preseason favorite to win the conference crown, added an insurance goal with 4:37 to play. Kevin Pall tallied his 48th goal of the season, when he scored in transition from Steve Conlon on a play that originated off an offensive turnover.
Stony Brook, which has reached double-figure victories for the first time since 1990, erased an early 2-0 deficit with a four-goal second quarter. Scannell gave his team the lead with a driving shot from the right side, before George LaFlare spun to his left and bounced a shot into the net for a 5-3 advantage.
UAlbany’s Daquino, who scored three times and added one assist, sliced the gap to one goal with 44 seconds left before halftime. Michael Solazzo and Driscoll each had one goal and one assist for the Great Danes, who made a dramatic turnaround from last year’s 3-8 campaign.
Softball Seeded Fourth for America
UAlbany will be the fourth seed for this week’s America East Conference Softball Championship. The double-elimination tournament will be held on May 9-11 at the University of Vermont’s Post Field in Burlington, Vt. The conference champion receives an automatic berth in the 64-team NCAA Tournament field.
The Great Danes, who finished the regular season with a 29-18 record and placed fourth in the conference standings at 12-12, will take on the top seed Boston University (25-21, AE 19-3) in the opening round today at noon. Hartford, the second seed, meets No. 3 Maine at 2:30 p.m.
Senior shortstop Valerie Terry ranks third among the America East Conference leaders in hitting with a .318 batting average. She leads UAlbany in runs (29), extra-base hits (10) and stolen bases (35). Senior right-hander Sarah Maida is the UAlbany pitching staff’s ace. She has a 17-8 record with a 1.12 earned run average, six shutouts and 122 strikeouts.
Memorial Award Honors Top Student Athlete
By Karl Luntta
Amy Di Micco, captain of UAlbany’s field hockey team, has been named the recipient of the Merlin W. Hathaway Memorial Scholarship.
Di Micco has been recognized for athletic achievements at both the NCAA Division II and Division I levels. She has been a member of the Division I National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-Academic squad since 1999, and played in the recent NFHCA Division I Senior All-Star Game. In addition, she has been a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for two years, and was vice president in 2000 and president in 2001.
Di Micco has also been recognized by Who’s Who Among Colleges and Universities, the Myskania Scholarship Award, and the President’s Undergraduate Leadership Award. The South Salem, N.Y., native, a senior majoring in communications, has earned a grade point average of 3.82 and membership in the Golden Key Honor Society since 1999.
Internships in the sports department at WNYT-TV NewsChannel 13 and the UAlbany athletic media relations department were preparation for the future. “Having a lifelong background of athletics and a love for the field of communications,” Di Micco said, “I aspire to combine the two, and look toward becoming a member of a collegiate or professional media relations department.”
The $1,000 scholarship was established by Eleanor Hathaway in memory of her husband, Professor Emeritus Merlin W. Hathaway, the guiding force in the creation of the intercollegiate athletic program at the University at Albany from 1944 to 1976. During his tenure at UAlbany, Hathaway served as Professor of Physical Education, coach of several intercollegiate sports, and as director of Athletics and Physical Education. He was also instrumental in the development of the campus’s recreation program, including the purchase of Camp Dippikill in the Adirondacks. Mrs. Hathaway served on the faculty of the School of Education and as a Student Affairs administrator.