CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. – Finger Lakes Community College has named Samantha Boccacino as the new Director of Athletics.
After serving four years as the Assistant Director of Athletics, Boccacino will move into her new position on August 2, 2019. She will be succeeding Robert Lowden, who has held the Director of Athletics position since 2006.
“Working alongside Bob Lowden, I’m proud of the work we have done to establish a strong culture in our athletic department that puts the student-athlete experience first,” says Boccacino when talking about working with Lowden. “I’m very grateful for this opportunity and I’m honored to continue the great legacy and tradition that Bob has built.”
Boccacino shared some strengths she will be bringing to the department with her four years of experience.
“I love working with our student-athletes, coaches, and support staff. I know what it takes for our student-athletes and coaches to be successful. Our athletic department foundation is built upon the core values of respect, integrity, and sportsmanship and I plan on continuing to emphasize that culture to our student-athletes in hopes of empowering them to be engaged in all aspects of student life here at FLCC.”
Moving into a new role makes Boccacino excited about what she plans to do with the student-athletes, and the department as a whole.
“I am most excited about the opportunity to continue to help our student-athletes reach their fullest potential. I look forward to working with our coaching and support staff to continue to ensure student-athlete success on the field, in the classroom, and in the community,” said Boccacino
With the addition of the new turf facilities last year, Boccacino sees not only student-athlete benefits, but also benefits within the community.
“There’s an excitement with the recent addition of our new turf facilities, which serve as a great aid in our ability to attract future FLCC student-athletes while also cultivating community partnerships between FLCC and local schools and youth sport organizations,” stated Boccacino.
Prior to her time at FLCC, Boccacino served as the Assistant Athletic Director for Athletic Communication and Sports Information, and as the Assistant Softball Coach at Wilson College in Pennsylvania. Before that, she was the Sports Information Director and Head Softball Coach at MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Illinois. She currently has her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Communications. She is also working on her Doctorate in Higher Education Administration at the University of Rochester.