Hudson Valley Names New Coaches

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FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, June 4, 2002

Hudson Valley Community College Athletics Director Drew Marrochello announced today the hiring of three new coaches. Matt Alvey of Troy was named head hockey coach. John Meehan of Poestenkill, who serves as head coach of Hudson Valley's men's soccer team, was given the additional responsibility of coaching the college's lacrosse team. And Sandy Wimmer of Troy was named head coach of the women's tennis team.

Alvey will take over for Ron Kuhl, who led Hudson Valley to the 2001 national junior college title. Alvey played college hockey at Lake Superior State University, where he was a member of the 1994 squad that won the NCAA Division I national title. A defenseman, he was a second-round draft pick of the NHL's Boston Bruins in 1993, and he played five years of minor-league hockey.

"We're excited to put a coach of Matt Alvey's caliber in charge of our hockey program," Marrochello said. "He should pick up right where Ron Kuhl left off. Throughout his playing career, he's been exposed to some great coaches, and our players should benefit from his experiences."

Meehan was recently named Coach of the Year at Hudson Valley for the 2001-02 academic year. He led Hudson Valley's soccer team to a No. 5 national ranking and 13-4 record, garnering him Mountain Valley Conference Coach of the Year and Region III Coach of the Year honors. After fulfilling his soccer obligations, he took over coaching Hudson Valley's lacrosse team in mid-season, guiding the team to two of its three wins.

"John Meehan is a proven winner," Marrochello said. "He gets players to come together as a team, and they always enjoy playing for him."

Wimmer is a full-time member of Hudson Valley's physical education staff. A former supervisor of athletics and recreation at the college, she now teaches physical education classes. She has received the "Who's Who in Teaching" award.

"Sandy Wimmer has been a valuable member of the athletic and physical education departments for 15 years now," Marrochello said. "She will bring stability to our tennis program."