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PJ Anadio named Mountain Valley Collegiate Conference and Region III Coach of the Year

August 14, 2018

Herkimer, NY – Head Softball Coach PJ Anadio was recently named 2018 Mountain Valley Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year. Anadio was also selected by his coaching peers as the 2018 Region III Coach of the Year.

              This is the eighth Mountain Valley Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year recognition for Coach Anadio, having received it consecutively since 2011, and his third Region III Coach of the Year recognition. 

 Director of Athletics Don Dutcher said, “Coach Anadio is a leader in the conference, region and nation when it comes to coaching. These awards are well deserved and a testament to his commitment, passion and dedication to student-athletes, the college and NJCAA. He continues to grow and learn as a coach and as a person. It is great to see his colleagues select him for this prestigious honor. We at Herkimer College are lucky to have him as a coach and leading our student athletes.”  

In his short tenure, Anadio has led Herkimer to an overall record of 331-67, guiding all nine teams into the Region III playoff tournament. In the last eight seasons, Herkimer made it all the way to the regional Final Four, finally breaking through in 2012 for its first Region III Championship in 14 years. Since Anadio’s inaugural 2010 season, Herkimer has placed a total of 30 young women on NJCAA All-American teams.

Anadio is employed as a technical assistant in the Athletic Department, serving as the Director of Intramurals and as the Certified Pool Operator. He previously worked at Fulton-Montgomery Community College where he assisted well-respected coach Mike Mulligan for three seasons. He resides in Herkimer, NY with his wife Jamie and his son Evan.

Anadio played high school baseball at Gloversville High School, where he was a three-year starter for the varsity team. Anadio transferred to Herkimer College from Hartwick College and was named a two-year captain for the baseball team under coach Hank Testa. As a freshman, he batted .389 for the Generals and was selected to the All-Mountain Valley Conference Team in 2000. Anadio played with current head baseball coach Jason Rathbun that season, when Herkimer qualified for the Region III playoffs for the first time in 10 years. Anadio was a very successful student in the classroom where he received numerous honors. He earned Academic All-American, was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and was named to Who’s Who Among American Junior College Students.

Anadio said, “I am honored and humbled to receive the Coach of the Year distinction for both the Mountain Valley Conference and Region III. There are some remarkable coaches within both and I truly thank them all for their support and vote. However, I do believe that this should be a ‘Coaching Staff of the Year’ award, as without all of their hard work, this would not be possible.” Anadio added, “There are two components to being great. First, is the greatness that you bring out in all of those that you work with and our student-athletes are exactly that; great. Without them, there are no awards. Lastly, to be great you must surround yourself with greatness. From the student-athletes, to the athletics staff, the administration, faculty and staff here at the college and especially my family, they too have a piece of this. I’d like to recognize and publicly thank my coaching staff Tony Kurucz, Jake Haney, Steve Speno, Scott Moore, Jackie Woudenberg and Alyssa Balfe for their support and tireless work to carry out our mission.”


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Four Herkimer Softball Players Named NJCAA All Americans

August 13, 2018

Herkimer, NY – Herkimer College had four student-athletes from the 2018 softball team named NJCAA All-Americans. Kali Puppolo (Adams, MA) and Keeanna Wolcik (Baldwinsville, NY) were named NJCAA 1st team All-Americans, and Shannon Moore (Norwich, NY) and Jennah Hogan (East Greenwich, NY) were named to the NJCAA 2nd team.

 Head Coach PJ Anadio said, “Placing four girls on the NJCAA All-American teams is indicative of the type of team that we had and the season we experienced. We had the most All-Americans of any team in the nation and these young ladies will be the first to admit that without their teammates pushing them every day in practices and workouts, they wouldn’t have achieved these goals. While these are individual awards, it’s truly a testament to the other young ladies in this program as well.” Anadio added, “I am extremely proud of these young ladies for their achievements and the athletes that they are, but more so for the character that they display and the way that they represent the college, the program and myself. Great players for sure, but even better human beings.”

With the addition of these four NJCAA All-Americans, a total of 30 NJCAA All-Americans have been named under Coach Anadio’s tutelage in nine seasons.


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2018 Former Herkimer Men’s Soccer Players Gear up for Preseason at New Schools

August 08, 2018

Herkimer, N.Y. – The 2018 Generals men’s soccer graduating senior class will begin their pre-seasons at the schools that they transferred to.  This class won two Mountain Valley Conference championships, two Region III championships, a national 4th place finish their freshman year and a national 3rd place finish their senior year.  They had a record of 38-4-1 in their two years.  “I am very proud of this group both athletically and academically.”  Said men’s coach Pepe Aragon.  “I am confident that they will do great things at their new school.”


Luke Murphy – Virginia Commonwealth University (NCAA Division I)

Kadeem Joseph – St. John’s University (NCAA Division I)

Roandre Wollery – University of Hartford (NCAA Division I)

Ferguson Ward – Jefferson University (NCAA Division II) will sit out 2018 season (knee injury)

Meysar Abdulkadir – Post University (NCAA Division II)

Camilo Avendano – Corban University (NAIA)

Kevin Valdovinos Pfeiffer University – (NCAA Division III)

Liam Mullins – SUNY Plattsburgh (NCAA Division III)

Gianni Cognata – Florida Gulf Coast University (As a student)

Eddy Perez – Central Connecticut State University (As a student)

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Herkimer College Softball athletes claim All Region honors

August 06, 2018

Herkimer, NY – Herkimer College placed five softball players on the All-Region Team. The athletes include; Brooke Snyder (Santee, CA), Jennah Hogan (Rensselaer, NY), Kali Puppolo (Adams, MA), Shannon Moore (Norwich, NY) and Keeanna Wolcik (Baldwinsville, NY).

Three players were also place on the 2018 Region 3A All-Tournament Team. Taylor Zaino (Newport, NY), Keeanna Wolcik and Jennah Hogan were named to the All-Tournament team.

Additionally, Hogan was named the 2018 Tournament MVP and Head coach PJ Anadio was named Coach of the Year.   

Head coach PJ Anadio said, “These five young ladies poured their heart and soul into their team and the game and are now reaping the rewards of their hard work. They embody everything that we teach and preach here at Herkimer College and I couldn’t be more excited for them. Not only did they do it on the field, but every single one of these girls were exemplary in the classroom.” Anadio added, “The future is bright for these girls and also for the program. Three of the athletes recognized are freshmen and will be returning next season. Coupled with a strong incoming freshman class, we will be in the position once again to compete for a National Championship.”

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Herkimer College adds JV Baseball and names Lane Potter Head Coach

August 03, 2018

Herkimer, NY – Herkimer College will be adding a JV baseball team for the spring 2019 season. Lane Potter, a two-year assistant coach with the varsity baseball team and alum of the program, has been appointed as head coach.

Head coach for the varsity program, Jason Rathbun, said, “We have had so much interest in our program over the last 14 years. With our development of talent, this will give an entire additional group of student-athletes the opportunity to get better and showcase their skills to four year schools.”

The new JV team will play four year JV teams, such as Utica College and Ithaca College, in a 15-20 game schedule. “This is an exciting opportunity for our program and for student-athletes who are interested in taking their game to the next level,” said Rathbun.

Potter is a 2010 graduate of Herkimer College.  In 2010, he helped the Generals win a regional championship and advance to the World Series in Tyler, Texas. After Herkimer, Potter received a scholarship to Brescia University where he was a two-year captain. He finished his junior season leading the team in home runs and RBIs.

Potter began his coaching career at SUNY Oneonta in 2014. Over the following three seasons, Potter served as infield coach and hitting coach for the Red Dragons in the SUNYAC Conference. During the summer of 2014 and 2015, Potter was an assistant coach for the Oneonta Outlaws of the NYCBL. During his time with the Outlaws, Oneonta won the Eastern Division title both seasons.

Potter returned to his alma mater to join Rathbun and the Generals staff in the spring of 2016. During his two years as an assistant coach, the Generals have reached the regional championship game twice. Potter also is an area coordinator for the Residence Life and Housing department and additionally will continue his current role as assistant varsity baseball coach and recruiting coordinator.

During Potter’s coaching career, he has coached nine players who have gone on to the professional ranks.

Potter, an Oneonta native, is a 2010 graduate of Herkimer College with an associate degree in liberal arts. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Brescia University.


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Retirees Honored with Emeritus Status

August 02, 2018

The Herkimer County Community College Board of Trustees recently approved emeritus status for four retiring employees, effective September 1, 2018.

Karen Evans, of Rome, NY, joined the faculty in 1986 as a lecturer in the Business program. Evans was promoted to assistant professor in 1990, associate professor in 1994, and professor in 2013. Her 32 years of service have included serving as a faculty liaison, representing the College at the Herkimer Working Solutions One-Stop Career Center, and chairing and serving on many campus committees. Evans was instrumental in the success of the Business Academic Competition, which ran for more than 10 years, and served as the lead faculty member for entrepreneurial programs at BOCES and the College. As vice president of the Board of Education for the Holland Patent Central School District, Evans brought real world experience to her business classes, while providing service to the community.

Sharon Howell, of Ilion NY, retired as a professor of Physical Education. Howell joined the faculty in 1981 as a lecturer, and was promoted to junior instructor in 1982, instructor in 1986, assistant professor in 1993, associate professor in 1999, and professor in 2012. Her 37 years of service included leadership roles on several committees and as an Academic Senate officer. Howell was the recipient of the Who’s Who Among Teachers in 2004 and the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service in 2013. Among her many accomplishments as a longstanding coach, Howell coached national championship track and field teams in 2008 and 2010.

MaryJo Kelley, of New Hartford, NY, retired as a professor in the Childhood Education and Early Childhood programs. She joined the faculty as an instructor in 1990 and was promoted to assistant professor in 1993, associate professor in 2002 and professor in 2007. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Kelley’s 28 years of service included lead roles on several standing campus committees, including the 2007 Middle States Self Study Committee, and coordinator of the Honors Program since 1996. Kelley received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2009.

Patricia McDaniel, of Richfield Springs, NY, retired as a professor in the Human Services program. McDaniel was hired in 1997 as a lecturer in Liberal Arts and Public Services. She was promoted to instructor in 1998, assistant professor in 2001, associate professor in 2006, and professor in 2013. She has served on several standing committees, and chaired the Middle States subcommittee, Human Services Advisory Committee and Academic Policies Committee. McDaniel has been instrumental in Human Services and Social Science program reviews to ensure currency of the programs in accordance with SUNY guidelines.

Emeritus status is an honor granted by the Board of Trustees to retired professional, academic and administrative staff members who have demonstrated excellence and commitment to making Herkimer College the exceptional institution it is today.







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Eight Generals earn spots on All Conference Team

August 02, 2018

Herkimer, NY – Herkimer softball earned eight spots on the Mountain Valley All-Conference team for the 2018 season. Out of the 11 possible spots, Herkimer took eight and swept the awards.

The softball players selected from Herkimer College are as follows:

 Madisyn Butler (Richfield Springs, NY) – first base 

Shannon Moore (Norwich, NY) – second base

Brooke Snyder (Santee, CA) – third base

Morgan Sgarlata (Durhamville, NY) – catcher

Kali Puppolo (Adams, MA) – pitcher

Jennah Hogan (Rensselaer, NY) – outfield

Julianna Finnerty (Pulaski, NY) – outfield

Keeanna Wolcik (Baldwinsville, NY) – designated player

 Additionally, Keeanna Wolcik was named Player of the Year and Coach PJ Anadio was named Coach of the Year.

              Coach PJ Anadio said, “I am extremely pleased and proud of all the ladies recognized by our Conference. It is a true testament to their tireless work and dedication to their sport.” Anadio added, “Our conference is getting better and better each and every year and for Herkimer to be recognized with eight out of the possible 11 spots on the All-Conference Team is unprecedented. Not only are these eight young ladies extremely talented on the field, they are wonderful young ladies that represent our institution with the highest integrity imaginable.”

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Herkimer College Appoints Director of Admissions

August 01, 2018

Herkimer County Community College announces the appointment of Dr. Denver Stickrod to the position of Director of Admissions. Stickrod will provide leadership for the Office of Admissions, and will be responsible for the development, implementation and assessment of recruitment and admissions strategies.

Stickrod brings over 13 years of admissions experience to his position. He joined Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 2008 and advanced through the ranks from admissions counselor to associate director of admissions. He also previously was an admissions counselor at William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri.

Stickrod holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and an MBA from Illinois State University. He received his Doctor of Education in Higher Education Leadership from Nova Southeastern University in 2015. His dissertation focused on student engagement and retention.


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Herkimer College to test PA/Siren System

July 31, 2018Herkimer County Community College will conduct a test of their emergency siren on Friday, August 3 between 9:00 am and noon. The siren may be heard throughout the valley area. Local residents should not be alarmed by the warning signal on …

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Herkimer College to Offer START Day

July 30, 2018Herkimer College will hold a START Day for new on-campus students on Wednesday, August 8, beginning at noon in the Robert McLaughlin College Center.
START Days include placement testing (unless waiver approved) and meeting with an academic…

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