Saint Anselm announces athletics staff promotions

Saint Anselm announces athletics staff promotions

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Saint Anselm College and Director of Athletics Daron Montgomery have announced the promotion of two staff members and two coaches as part of an administrative restructuring for the Department of Athletics.

Sagemarie George, who enters her third season at Saint Anselm, has been named the department's NCAA Compliance Coordinator/Team Travel Specialist. Long-time department employee Meg Pfalzgraf and head coaches Jill Gagnon and Carolyn King-Robitaille have each been promoted to Assistant Athletic Director.

Pfalzgraf has accepted the role of Assistant Athletic Director for Budget & Financial Operations and Gagnon was named the Assistant Athletic Director for Sport Administration and Camps & Clinics. King-Robitaille will serve the department as its Assistant Athletic Director for Academic Success.

The three Assistant Athletic Directors will join the department's senior leadership team, advising key areas such as strategic planning, fundraising, athletic enhancement plans, special projects, NCAA governance and Title IX gender equity. Gagnon and King-Robitaille will maintain their head coaching positions for softball and field hockey, respectively.

"This is a great opportunity to recognize not only two talented administrators but also two outstanding coaches who have played a key role in our recent, unprecedented athletic success on the Hilltop," remarked Montgomery. "Each of these individuals has made outstanding contributions to the College community and will collectively bolster our efforts to enhance the Saint Anselm student-athlete experience."

George will oversee the development, implementation and maintenance of the department's comprehensive compliance program in adherence with NCAA Division II and Northeast-10 Conference bylaws and regulations. In her new role, she will represent the Hawks on the league's Compliance Coordinators Council.

As the team travel specialist, George will coordinate and monitor transportation plans for varsity teams and other campus divisions, including oversight of the College's HAWKS1 and HAWKS2 buses. George is a graduate from the University of New Haven with a degree in Sport Management.

In addition to her promotion to Assistant Athletic Director, Pfalzgraf, a member of the athletic staff since 2004, will also be designated as the department's Senior Woman Administrator (SWA). Pfalzgraf will represent Saint Anselm at the NE10 and NCAA level and will serve as the department's Title IX coordinator.

Gagnon, the NE10 Coach of the Year for softball in both 2018 and 2019, will assist the department in its efforts to bolster summer camp and clinic offerings. She will work collaboratively with other campus units (facility services, conference and event services) in that regard and has also been designated as a departmental liaison to the Office of Admission.

King-Robitaille, twice picked by her coaching colleagues as NE10 Coach of the Year for field hockey (2016, 2017), will oversee the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Additionally, she will provide support for several compliance-related functions and act as the department's primary liaison to the Academic Resource Center.

"Jill and Carolyn are eager to support the department in identifying and creating avenues for increased student-athlete and coach involvement in other leadership opportunities at the College," said Montgomery. "Along with Meg and Sagemarie, these four promotions will strengthen the entire athletics department in many areas."

These promotions and restructured responsibilities were announced in conjunction with the departure of Associate Athletic Director Courtney McGrath, who served the Hawks community since 2008. McGrath stepped down on Oct. 3 to accept another position in higher education. She was promoted to Associate Athletic Director by Montgomery in 2016 and directed the College's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee alongside her duties as the Senior Woman Administrator.