Athletic staff presented with conference awards Reply

Zachary Gray – Co-Editor-in-Chief

Athletic Director Kristy Walter and Sports Information Director Todd Montana were both presented administrative awards for the 2012-2013 academic year by the Great Northeast Athletic Conference. The conference’s athletic directors named Walter Executive of the Year following a vote, as Montana was tabbed as the GNAC’s SID of the Year.

During the 2012-13 year, Lasell added men’s and women’s track and field to increase the number of sports to 17. Walter also saw the women’s soccer and women’s lacrosse teams capture GNAC Championships. Along with winning their third straight GNAC title, the soccer team also won their first NCAA tournament game in the program’s history with their 3-1 victory over nationally ranked Amherst College.

Walter has been the Athletic Director since the position’s inception in 1992. In 1995, she helped the Lasers transition into becoming a NCAA Division III member. In 1998, she oversaw the addition of men’s sports when Lasell become a coeducational institution.

The Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference recognized Walter in 2005 as the organization’s Female Administrator of the Year. Athletics would make the transition to the GNAC in 2007 under Walter’s direction.

The 2012-13 academic year was Montana’s first full year, as he arrived to Lasell in January of 2012. Montana pushed for a greater presence on social media, as both a Twitter and Instagram feed were created and the athletics Facebook page was revamped.

Before coming to Lasell, Montana was the head basketball coach of Green Mountain College in Poultney, VT for six seasons and the women’s volleyball coach for three seasons before accepting an administrative role.

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