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Hudson Valley Community College Athletics Director Inducted into Capital District Basketball Hall of Fame

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, June 13, 2011

Kristan Pelletier, director of athletics at Hudson Valley Community College, will be inducted into the Capital District Basketball Hall of Fame (CDBHF) later this month for her achievements on basketball teams at Bishop Maginn High School and The College of Saint Rose.

The induction ceremony takes place on Sunday, June 26 at the Crown Plaza.

Pelletier first made a name for herself as captain of the Bishop Maginn girls' basketball team that won its first ever state championship in 1996, and was inducted into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006. She appeared twice in the NCAA Division II Sweet 16 as a member of the Saint Rose women's basketball team in 1997 and 1998.

"Basketball has always been an integral part of my life, whether I'm playing, coaching, overseeing, even just watching. In fact, with my three siblings also involved in the sport throughout high school and college, it's part of my family life as well. I can't express how honored I am to be included in the Capital District Basketball Hall of Fame, especially alongside so many other great inductees from this area."

To be considered for induction into the CDBHF, a player or individual must have played locally throughout high school and college. Sportsmanship and distinction as a player or individual are considered along with statistics and achievements. Coaches, referees and media personnel are also included.

Athletics director at Hudson Valley since 2009, Pelletier previously served as assistant athletics director and is the first female in the college's 56-year history to hold both these positions. Under Pelletier's leadership, ten of Hudson Valley's 16 teams qualified for post-season play, winning five Mountain Valley Conference titles, two Region III titles and one National Championship. 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.Three Hudson Valley coaches received the honor of Mountain Valley Conference Coach of the Year. The school recently won its 100th Conference Title and has six National Championships.

Pelletier oversees 16 NJCAA Region III varsity sports, intercollegiate activities, coaches, staff and more than 300 student-athletes, in addition to administering the athletic program's annual budget and supervising all facets of the sports program.

Pelletier's sister, Becky, who also played for Bishop Maginn and at Division I Virginia Commonwealth University will be inducted into the CDBHF this year.

Prior to joining Hudson Valley's staff, Pelletier was a financial consultant and analyst at AYCO/Goldman Sachs, an advertising and marketing executive for the Tri-City ValleyCats and the director of women's basketball operations at The University at Albany. She has also been head women's basketball coach at Schenectady County Community College and an assistant women's basketball coach at The College of Saint Rose. She received a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's in business administration at Saint Rose and is currently pursuing a doctorate in athletic administration.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 associate degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and workforce and academic preparation programs offered through the Educational Opportunity Center. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 14,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.