The Unofficial Mayor of Geneseo
Oct29

The Unofficial Mayor of Geneseo

George Gagnier graduated in 1988 — and has been a mentor and athletics behind-the-scenes guru ever since.  By Brett Ford After being part of SUNY Geneseo in one capacity or another for nearly 40 years, George Gagnier ’88 has become one of Geneseo’s most recognizable faces — both on and off campus. He strikes up conversations with nearly every employee he passes and is seemingly omnipresent at campus events and activities.   “I refer...

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How to Story and Video: Enjoy A Strategic Game from Yesteryear
Oct29

How to Story and Video: Enjoy A Strategic Game from Yesteryear

 Croquet was all the rage in the mid-1800s and has deep history in Geneseo. Here’s how to bring it into 2021. By Brett Ford The game of croquet has been interwoven in the fabric of Geneseo, even before the institution was founded in 1871. The American Croquet Company called the village home in the 1860s and 1870s, as the sport peaked in popularity. Employees produced and distributed croquet sets in a factory — right next to the...

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VIDEO: How-to Play Traditional Croquet
Oct29

VIDEO: How-to Play Traditional Croquet

The Livingston County Historical Society shows us how to play croquet, a traditional game that has roots in Geneseo: Read the story.

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VIDEO: 20 Questions With George Gagnier ’88
Oct29

VIDEO: 20 Questions With George Gagnier ’88

George Gagnier ’88 returned to his alma mater to coach basketball, and has stayed nearly 40 years, in a variety of positions that enhance the student-athlete experience. He is currently the assistant director of athletics, working behind the scenes in important ways. We asked the unofficial mayor of Geneseo 20 questions: Read the story.  

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Moore, Once Again Building Champions
Jul06

Moore, Once Again Building Champions

Former Knights athletic director Marilyn Moore has a new role with the same mission — making the Geneseo student-athlete experience the best it can be. By Brett Ford From vacant classrooms to a theater-style video room and from mud-trodden grass fields to a stunning, dual-field turf stadium complex, the Geneseo Knights have come a long way. The success has translated to the field of play as well: Geneseo has won each of the past five...

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Superhero Ice-Water Swimmer
Jul06

Superhero Ice-Water Swimmer

Breaking world records in freezing oceans? No problem. Jaimie Monahan ’00 makes history in the most remote, extreme locations. By Kris Dreessen When champion ice-water and ultramarathon swimmer Jaimie Monahan ’00 slides off her Zodiac boat into icy waters, everything falls away. She monitors her fingertips, arm color and breathing. In water just below freezing — and sometimes colder — dropping her focus means she won’t reach her goal....

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An American Goalie in Paris
Feb24

An American Goalie in Paris

Devin McDonald ’19 appreciated playing pro and finding his place in a European culture. By Brett Ford Of all the student-athletes in colleges around the nation, very few earn the opportunity to go pro. Former NCAA Division III Player of the Year and Geneseo men’s ice hockey goalie Devin McDonald ’19 was one of several former Knights to play professionally abroad. A few months after graduating from Geneseo with a degree in business...

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No Gym? No Problem
Nov16

No Gym? No Problem

One of Geneseo’s standout swimmers shares how to get a great workout, even from your living room. By Brett Ford Noelle Staso ’21, a three-time qualifier for the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships and State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) record holder in three separate events, spent most of the pandemic quarantine at home, just like the rest of us. As an elite-level college athlete, Staso has...

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Trending Now: It Takes One — to Keep You Going
Nov16

Trending Now: It Takes One — to Keep You Going

 Inspiring stories of athletes who surrounded themselves with passion and the will to achieve their dreams. By Brett Ford Chris Popovici ’06 has dedicated his life and livelihood to mentoring and developing young people, using track and field as a catalyst for personal growth. A middle-distance standout during his four years in the Geneseo program, Popovici won the 500 meters at the 2004 SUNYAC Indoor Track and Field Championships and...

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Setting the Tone
Nov16

Setting the Tone

Swimmer Sakura Hamazaki ’21 saw the need for a volunteer network to help fellow student-athletes discover opportunities at Geneseo. So she created one. By Brett Ford On the field, on the court, in the pool, on horseback or on the track, Geneseo student-athletes juggle numerous team responsibilities with the rigors of challenging academics. Hours spent balancing sport and study time can divert student-athletes from the paths of...

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