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Monthly Q & A – February 2013

Samantha TomeckMonthly Q & A – Student-Athlete

Name: Samantha Tomeck
Position: Guard
Sport: Basketball
Year (Athletically): Freshman

What attracted you to becoming a student-athlete at Hudson Valley Community College?
I attended Hudson Valley Community College because of their criminal justice program, and always loved playing basketball.

What sports have you played in your athletic career? What level/ accolades/ etc.?
Soccer (Varsity, four years)
Basketball (Varsity, four years)

What is your most memorable sports moment (personal or as a fan)?
My most memorable sports moment would be hitting the game- winning shot in the first round of sectionals against Galway High.

Tell us something about you that people would not typically know.
I am the youngest daughter of Robert and Kelly Tomeck. I have a sister named Danielle who is going to be a physical therapist and is finishing up schooling at Emory this semester.

What is your favorite professional sports franchise or intercollegiate athletic program?
Syracuse Basketball

What is your favorite food?
Pizza

Richard WilliamsMonthly Q & A – Student-Athlete

Name: Richard Williams
Position: Forward
Sport: Basketball
Year (Athletically): Freshman

What attracted you to becoming a student-athlete at Hudson Valley Community College?
The school really attracted me to become a student-athlete at Hudson Valley. I like the surrounding area and the people as well.

What sports have you played in your athletic career? What level/ accolades/ etc.?
Basketball and volleyball

What is your most memorable sports moment (personal or as a fan)?
My most memorable moment is when I dunked in a game.

Tell us something about you that people would not typically know.
I think I'm a really nice guy.

What is your favorite professional sports franchise or intercollegiate athletic program?
New York Knicks

What is your favorite food?
Peanut butter and jelly

Joseph PrestMonthly Q & A – Employee

Name: Joseph Prest
# of Years: 25
Position: Head Bowling Coach

Duties: To recruit the best male and female student- athlete bowlers in the area. Also my job is to try to explain to them the reasons why they should attend Hudson Valley Community College, not for just bowling but for what it has to offer them academically. I am a firm believer of the "student-athlete" concept. Young men and women need to realize that school is their number one priority.

What has attracted you to being an employee at Hudson Valley?
When I was working at the US Military Academy at West Point back in 1980, I coached their bowling team. When I returned to the area in 1982, I continued coaching and saw this advertisement in the paper that Hudson Valley was looking for a bowling coach. I applied for the job, was selected and started in 1987. In my first year, my men's team went all the way to the NCAA finals in Denver, Colorado, finishing third in the entire country. We were the talk of the country. Until that time, nobody really had ever heard of Hudson Valley at the four-year college level. That put us on the map in the bowling world. From that day forward, I knew this was my niche. The next year I started the first ever women' program and have continued to have both a men's and women's program.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?
To see my men and women players graduate and go on to continue their education at the four- year level and make a bowling team at the four- year level. I have had many players achieve that goal. Also, personally to me, the greatest honor and feeling is that when my past players see me or talk to me or run across me at the bowling lanes or softball fields, they still call me "Coach". Even people that I bowl with and never coached in bowling still refer to me as "Coach". That tells me that I earned their respect. That's very important to me.

What sports have you played in your career? What level/ accolades/ etc.?
I bowled and played soccer in high school and I bowled and played softball in the US Navy. Member of the Troy Men's Bowling Association Hall of Fame and a member of the National Junior Colleges Bowling Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Tell us something about you that typically people would not know.
I am very happily married to my wife Mary who is also a member in the Troy Women Bowlers Association Hall of Fame. I have three children and two step-children, and six grandchildren with two more on the way. I have been coaching the junior league bowlers at Hilltop Bowl for the past 38 years. I have been umpiring girl's softball for the past 14 years. I am a devoted husband, father and Christian.

What is your favorite food?
Turkey