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Southern’s Director of Athletics Jay Moran has announced that the Department of Athletics will host an anti-racism virtual panel discussion on Thursday, July 9, 2020 at 6 p.m. “Owls Stand Together Against Racism” is open to all SCSU student-athletes and will be the first of several in a series of programs to discuss and address racism.

Read more about the panel discussion

The panel will be moderated by Dr. Steven Hoffler, Ph.D., L.C.S.W, associate professor and member of SCSU’s Social Work Department and will feature a panel consisting of Southern Connecticut Hall of Fame members James Barber and Dawn Stanton, Men’s Basketball Head Coach Scott Burrell and Volleyball Assistant Coach Marshay Greenlee, who designed the concept of the forum. In addition, a Southern Connecticut student-athlete will be chosen to participate on the panel. The five individuals will also serve as group leaders during break-out sessions, with Dian Brown-Albert, SCSU’s Coordinator of Multicultural Affairs, serving as a co-facilitator for the session led by the student-athlete.

An article in the Connecticut Post, “SCSU coach knows uncomfortable conversations key to discussion of race” (by Jeff Jacobs, July 2, 2020), highlights Greenlee’s inspiration to bring such a discussion to Southern’s Athletics Department and her efforts at bringing it to fruition.

Marshay Greenlee

 

Kwadir Delgado-McIntyre

As he heads into his senior year, rising football star Kwadir Delgado-McIntyre, ’21, was recently profiled on NFL Draft Diamonds. Not only is Delgado-McIntyre tackling opponents on the field, he’s a star in the classroom as well, boasting a 3.6 GPA, and he received five scholarships this past academic year.

In addition to playing football, Delgado-McIntyre work for the University in Card Services as well as Procurement Services. He is majoring in business administration with a concentration in marketing.

Read about Delgado-McIntyre and his professional prospects (by Jimmy Williams, May 18, 2020)

 

Kwadir Delgado-McIntyre

Left to right: Ruvens Exantus, Milan Spisek, Justin Kelly, Trinity Collins, Elijah Henry, Oghenefejiro Onakpoma, Nigel Green

Seven members of the men’s indoor track and field team have earned All-American honors. Nigel Green (Shirley, N.Y.), Oghenefejiro Onakpoma (Naugatuck, Conn.), Ruvens Exantus (Stratford, Conn.), Milan Spisek (Easton, Conn.), Trinity Collins (Middletown, Conn.), Elijah Henry (Stratford, Conn.), and Justin Kelly (Hartford, Conn.) all received NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field All-American Honors, as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Tuesday, May 26, 2020.

Read more about these outstanding athletes

 

The Northeast 10 Conference has named Southern senior Avery Fornaciari of Plymouth, Mass., the NE 10’s Women’s Swimming & Diving Sports Excellence Award winner. The award was announced on April 22, 2020. Fornaciari is the 11th SCSU student-athlete to win the NE10 Sports Excellence Award, one of the conference’s most prestigious honors.

Read more about Fornaciari and the award.

Read about Fornaciari’s swimming career.

Avery Fornaciari

Jay Moran

Athletic Director and mayor of Manchester, Conn., Jay Moran talks about the challenges of dealing with the repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic.

A column about Athletic Director Jay Moran in the March 22, 2020, edition of the New Haven Register discusses in depth the challenges he and the SCSU Athletic Department face because of the coronavirus, and how he has adjusted to working online. As for having to cancel the spring athletics season at Southern, Moran is quoted as saying, “‘Our athletes were upset at first, but I think they are accepting now that it has affected all college athletics. I think people have a different perspective on life. You’ve seen what happened in Italy. As difficult as it was for the student-athletes, it was an easy decision in some ways for us. This must be about their safety and well-being.'”

In addition to heading up the University’s Athletic Department, Moran is mayor of Manchester, Conn.

SCSU Softball Captain Sara Buscetto

The spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, has caused innumerable cancellations and closures across the state, the country, and the globe. Among the canceled activities at Southern are spring sports, and for senior athletes, the loss of their final season.

Southern’s softball Senior Captain Sara Buscetto has written about what it means to her to have her senior softball season canceled. She writes, “It’s been hard for me to find the words to explain how I have been feeling regarding the abrupt cancellation of our softball season. After finally processing what’s happening here, I speak on behalf of all athletes affected by this when I say that we’re heartbroken.”

Read Buscetto’s thoughts on staying positive in the face of adversity and loss.

Photo: © Brian Foley for UNH Athletics

The first few weeks of February have been extremely fruitful for winter programs within the Southern Connecticut State University athletic department.

These Owls haven’t had to worry much about seeing their own shadow due to the collection of trophies accumulating inside Moore Field House.

Since the turn of the calendar to February, Southern Connecticut’s teams have claimed four Northeast -10 Conference team championships, four more individual awards and one additional team runner-up placing.

Things kicked off with the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams each capturing NE10 Championships on Feb. 11. It was the 13th title in 16 years for the men and 12th for the women – bringing the program’s combined total to a whopping 25. In addition, Katherine Crochet (Watertown, Conn.) was named the Women’s Most Outstanding Swimmer for the second time in her career while Tyler Prescott (Meriden, Conn.) collected Men’s Most Outstanding Swimmer laurels.

Thirteen proved to be a lucky number as well for the men’s indoor track and field team the following weekend as the Owls won their 13th NE10 indoor title and 27th overall. The women’s squad also finished as the runner-up for the fifth straight year.

Destiney Coward (East Haven, Conn.) was named the Most Outstanding Field Performer for the third straight year after winning both the shot put and weight throw. On the men’s side, Turner Kelly (Amityville, N.Y.) earned the same honor after also taking the top spot in those two events.

Photo: © Brian Foley for UNH Athletics.

Finally, the women’s basketball team claimed its first-ever NE10 Southwest Division title when the final game of the regular season concluded on Feb. 20. The Owls ended the regular season with 20 wins – including an earlier triumph over Division I Rhode Island – and are poised for a run deep into the post-season.

Men's Basketball Captain, 2017-18

Now in his third season with the Owls, Isaiah McLeod is more formidable on the basketball court than ever.

Last night, Mcleod broke 1,000 total career points, hitting an important university milestone against crosstown rival UNH.  As a junior, McLeod is a team captain and dedicated student-athlete, but here’s some more things you might not know about him….

Hometown: Cambridge, MA
Degree status: Junior currently majoring in sociology with a focus in criminal justice
Position: Guard

Why did you choose Southern?

I felt really comfortable as soon as I came on campus. I got to sit in and watch a college practice and it really drew my attention. The basketball program was a real family and I wanted to be a part of something like that because it is special. The coach showed that he really cared for me and wanted me to be a part of this program so it was hard for me to turn it down.

You have some very impressive stats. To what do you attribute your success?

I owe my stats to my mother and father constantly pushing me to be the best student-athlete I could be. Then I owe my success to my trainer for spending so much time with me, helping me to get better and really learn the game at a higher level. Also, I really want to just get better and be the best basketball player I can be. I stay humble and hungry so I can perform on the court.

What are your expectations this season?

I want to uphold the legacy our alumni have created. I want this program to keep getting the national attention it was getting. I love winning so I want to win a lot of games. I want my teammates and me to have a fun, successful season.

What are your long-term goals?

My dream is to win an NE-10 championship, a regional championship, and a national championship. These goals are easier said than accomplished. But I truly believe that with the talent we have on our team, if we constantly work hard and stay together, we could possibly make a huge run for those championships. I would also like to possibly play professional basketball overseas and then, later on, go back home to Cambridge. I could become a police officer to really help the kids in the community accomplish their goals.

What have been the major highlights in your career thus far?

Being able to make the NCAA tournament 2 years in a row is a major highlight for me because that is very hard to accomplish. Also, being named a captain of the basketball team is a huge highlight for me. It lets me know that coach believes in me and trusts me to be a leader for this team.

Describe yourself in three words:

  1. Humble
  2. Determined
  3. Shy

What do you enjoy most about the athletics program here at Southern?

It is like a huge family! Every sports team supports and wishes the best for the others and that is amazing. It shows that the athletes all care about each other’s success.

What is one of the best connections you have made here at Southern?

All the connections I’ve made at Southern have been great, from the equipment staff to the professors. I am grateful to have met every single one of them.