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Athletic Department Staff

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Kristan Pelletier
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.


Justin HoytJustin Hoyt
Assistant Director of Athletics and Sports Information Director

Justin Hoyt became the Assistant Director of Athletics and Sports Information Director in 2011.

Hoyt oversees all sports information responsibilities, including media relations, compiling game statistics and marketing the college’s 16 NJCAA programs. He serves as the athletic department liaison for facility rentals, coordinates the internal scheduling of athletic events, and assists in all facets of the daily operations of the athletic department.

Prior to joining Hudson Valley Community College, Hoyt worked for three years at D’Youville College where he was responsible for sports information duties and supervision of athletic events. He also has two years of experience in game management and marketing and promotions within the athletic department at Clemson University.

Hoyt received his bachelor’s degree in sport management, with a minor in business, from Clemson University and a master’s degree in sport administration from Canisius College.


Christine KellyChris Kelly
Supervisor of Athletic Programs

Chris Kelly became the supervisor of athletic programs in 2005.
Kelly has been an instrumental part of the success of the Hudson Valley athletic department since her playing days in the late 1980s.
Kelly has served the program as head coach of the volleyball team and twice as an assistant women's basketball coach. Under coach Paul Bishop in 1992-93, she helped the Lady Vikings win their first national championship.

She is the only person to be inducted into the Hudson Valley Athletic Hall of Fame three times; as an individual player, as a member of the 1988-89 women's basketball team, and as an assistant coach on the 1992-93 national championship team.


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Keith Thomas
Athletic Trainer

Keith Thomas became Hudson Valley’s athletic trainer during the 2004-05 school year.

Thomas is responsible for the prevention and treatment of athletic injuries for more than 300 student-athletes on Hudson Valley’s 16 intercollegiate teams.

Thomas came to Hudson Valley from Union College, where he had been an assistant athletic trainer since 2004. Prior to working at Union, he was a graduate assistant athletic trainer at The University at Albany for two years and the athletic trainer at LaSalle Institute for four years.

Thomas received a bachelor’s degree in athletic training from Alfred University in 1998 and a master’s degree in curriculum development and instructional technology from UAlbany in 2004.

He lives in Malta with his wife, Tara.

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Tim Wilson
Assistant Supervisor of Athletics and Recreation

Tim Wilson joined the Hudson Valley athletic staff in 2002. A 1999 graduate of Troy High School, Wilson is currently pursuing an associate's degree in liberal arts and science at Hudson Valley. He lives in Wynantskill.