Director of Athletics
As the director of athletics at Hudson Valley Community College, Kristan Pelletier of Troy is the first female to be appointed to the position in the college's 59-year history. Pelletier served as Hudson Valley's assistant director of athletics in 2008, also the first female in the college's history to hold that post.
Pelletier oversees 16 NJCAA Region III varsity sports, intercollegiate activities, coaches, staff and more than 300 student-athletes. Her responsibilities include administering the athletic program's annual budget and supervising all facets of sport and intramural programs.
During Pelletier's time as assistant director of athletics, ten of Hudson Valley's 14 teams qualified for postseason play, winning three Mountain Valley Conference titles and one Region III title. In 2009, the men's lacrosse team won its first conference championship in program history and the men's basketball team advanced to the national semifinals after winning its second consecutive conference title and first Region III title since 1999. Pelletier oversaw the addition of two new sports, men's cross country and women's golf, to Hudson Valley. Both began competition in the 2009-2010 academic year, giving the college a total of 16 athletic programs that compete at the NJCAA level.
Prior to joining the Hudson Valley Community College staff, Pelletier was a financial consultant and analyst at AYCO/Goldman Sachs, an account executive for the Tri-City ValleyCats and the director of women's basketball operations at the University at Albany. She also served as the head women's basketball coach at Schenectady County Community College and as an assistant women's basketball coach at The College of Saint Rose.
A graduate of Bishop Maginn High School, Pelletier received a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in business administration from The College of Saint Rose. She graduated from Leadership Tech Valley in 2010 and is currently pursuing a doctorate in education with a concentration in athletic administration.
Pelletier was a member of the Saint Rose women's basketball team, appearing twice in the NCAA Division II Sweet 16. She was inducted into the Bishop Maginn Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006 and the Capital District Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011.
Pelletier is a certified personal trainer, certified nutritional advisor and certified group fitness instructor. She and her husband Brian DeStefano, who is the associate head men's basketball coach at Harvard University, have a daughter Cameryn Julianna.