By Seán McGlone & Cassidy Murray – Editor-in-Chief & Sports Editor
Sports Information Director and Lasell alum Emily Machado recently announced she would be leaving Lasell after four years as SID. Machado will take over as Athletic Communications Coordinator at Wentworth Institute of Technology.
Machado earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Lasell and played on the women’s soccer team, where she won three consecutive GNAC championships. Machado’s last day at Lasell was November 6, just two days after women’s soccer won their eighth consecutive GNAC Championship.
“There [wasn’t] any other way I’d like to go out than see the team that I’m an alum for win their eighth straight,” said Machado.
Machado said the decision to leave was not easy for her, having established so many relationships with the students at Lasell. “A lot of the reason I loved working here is because I felt like the athletes were a part of my family and I felt so connected with them…” Machado said. “I definitely want them to be taken care of because it’s really hard for me to leave them, but I have full confidence that Kristy will hire someone that will do just that.”
Machado is excited to start her work at Wentworth, saying that she is looking forward to working with different students and showcasing their stories. However, she is happy that she will get to see Lasell again when they play Wentworth in men and women’s volleyball, men’s lacrosse, baseball, and women’s basketball.
As for the athletes at Lasell, Machado has some advice. “Keep being a Laser… Continue to be kind and continue to be there for your teammates and just keep being Lasers, because being a Laser is something that not everyone gets the chance to do, but it’s really special,” said Machado.
Machado will be greatly missed by the staff and students. “Emily did a great job here, she increased our social media presence and updated our website. She was a contributing member of the staff during her time here,” said Lasell Athletic Director Kristy Walter.
Walter is currently in the process of hiring a new SID for Lasell while also juggling all of Emily’s responsibilities. “We have posted the position to a variety of websites and list servers. We will do phone interviews, then in person interviews and hope to make an offer after that,” said Walter.
Machado said she has faith in Walter to hire someone that will take care of all the athletes, and she left her successor some advice: “Get to know all of these kids as best as you can because they’re all so unique and every single one of them have something special about them,” she said.