Where are former SVC coaches, athletic personnel now?

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BENNINGTON — The closing of Southern Vermont College at the end of the 2018-19 school year hit everyone at the school hard.

Between students and faculty, each person had to figure out what their next step would be.

SVC had done a great job of developing a strong culture of athletics at the school. The Mountaineers attracted tons of talented coaches, players and trainers to help with that growth.

Almost all of those coaches have landed on their feet with jobs in the game they love.

Let's take a look at where some of the coaches and athletic personnel are now.


Christin Gowan: Gowan was the interim director of athletics and the head women's basketball coach for two seasons at SVC. She is now the head coach at Division III McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. One of her former players at SVC, Julia Ryan, decided to follow her and play for the Green Terror. McDaniel was 12-13 last winter.

Brian Johnson: Johnson served as SVC's men's basketball coach for one season, following the departure of Dan Engelstad for the Division I coaching ranks. Johnson landed an assistant coaching position at Division I Binghamton University, under head coach Tommy Dempsey. The Bearcats already played their first game, losing to Cornell on the road on Tuesday.

Michael Zauzig: Zauzig coached the SVC women's soccer team for eight seasons and was the program's winningest coach. He was hired as an assistant women's soccer coach at Division I Duquesne University in August. The Dukes were 6-8-1 this fall and fell to No. 1 Saint Louis in the first round of the Atlantic 10 tournament last Friday.

Greg Gilmore: Gilmore, a 2012 SVC graduate, was the school's men's soccer coach for three seasons. Gilmore landed a head coaching gig at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, where he led the Lumberjacks to a 4-12-1 record in his first season at the helm.

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Pat Robidoux: Robidoux was the SVC men's and women's volleyball coach for two seasons. He landed a head coaching job for the Division III Centre College women's volleyball team in Danville, Kentucky. He's led the Colonels to a 7-17 mark in his first year at the helm. Centre begins Southern Athletic Association postseason play today against Hendrix.

Adam Skonieczki: Skonieczki was the SVC baseball coach for two seasons. He was hired by Division II Lenoir-Rhyne as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. Before his time at SVC, Skonieczki served in a similar role at the University of Buffalo. The Bears were 23-27 last spring.

Paxton Boyer: Boyer was the SVC women's lacrosse coach for one season, following the retirement of Tom Otero. Boyer is now the head coach at Division II Alderson Broaddus, where she played her collegiate lacrosse. One of her former players at SVC, Brittany Fulton, followed her to play with the Battlers.

Emily McDonough: McDonough was the SVC softball coach for one season in 2019. She is now an assistant softball coach at Division III Kenyon College in Gambler, Ohio, working under head coach Erin O'Neill. The Ladies were 22-20 last spring.

Pat Deedy: Deedy was the head athletic trainer at SVC for a year and a half. He is now an athletic trainer at Southern Vermont Medical Center, where he works in the orthopedic department, alongside sports medicine physicians and orthopedics to provide quality care.

Becca Swart: Swart was an assistant athletic trainer full-time with SVC since 2017. She was hired as the head athletic trainer at Mount Anthony Union High School before the 2019-20 school year, replacing long-time trainer Jeff Wood.

Michael Nosek: Nosek was the assistant director of athletics for communications at SVC since 2017 and worked as a sports information director (SID) at the school since 2012. Since the closing, he, and his wife Sarah, have moved the family to the Burlington area. Nosek has done freelance SID work with St. Michael's College, where his wife, a former SVC professor, landed a position. He has also done freelance work for Sage College and Bay Path University during the school year.


Multiple local athletes had to decide their fate as well, following the school's closing.

Kaidin Gauthier, a 2018 Mount Anthony graduate, played her freshman season with SVC, but transferred to attend Castleton University for the 2019-20 school year and play for the Spartans.

Jared Lacoste, a 2017 Arlington Memorial graduate, had attended SVC and played on the men's soccer team for two years. Lacoste took online classes at New England College this fall and was an assistant coach on the Arlington boys team that made a second straight trip to the Division IV state championship game.


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