Van Voorhis Named UMass Dartmouth Director of Athletics

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Dr. David Milstone announced the appointment of Ms. Amanda Van Voorhis as Director of Athletics, effective immediately. Van Voorhis previously served as the Interim Director of Athletics for the past 11 months, when Mr. Ian Day was promoted to Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment.

"It is with great pleasure that I announce that Ms. Amanda Van Voorhis has been selected as the next Director of Athletics at UMass Dartmouth," Milstone said. "The Director of Athletics supports a dedicated staff of coaches for 25 intercollegiate varsity sports, athletic trainers, fitness center, and 587 student-athletes, in addition to providing recreational programs for the entire student body. She will also ensure UMass Dartmouth is in compliance with both NCAA and Title IX regulations."

"I would like to thank the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Dr. David Milstone, for the opportunity to lead UMass Dartmouth Athletics," Van Voorhis said. "I am committed to honoring traditions and elevating the department to new heights. I am enthusiastic about the challenge of the work ahead and I am eager to devote my full attention to the task at hand."

Van Voorhis is the ninth director of athletics in the history of the department. She joined the UMass Dartmouth athletics staff in 2008 as the head women's basketball coach. Van Voorhis was promoted to Associate Director of Athletics and Senior Woman Administrator in March of 2012, overseeing the scheduling, transportation, and assignment of officials for the 25 varsity sports programs. She will step down effective immediately from her post as the head women's basketball coach to focus on her new responsibilities.

In her six years at the helm of the women's basketball program, Van Voorhis posted an overall record of 71-87, including a 50-30 mark (.625) over her final three seasons. She was the first women's basketball coach to register three consecutive winning seasons since Judy Sullivan accomplished the feat between 1988 and 1990. Van Voorhis led her charges to the program's first 20-win season and appearance in the Little East Conference Championship Game in 2013.

A tremendous motivator and recruiter, she tutored the program's first Little East Conference Player of the Year in Colleen Moriarty (2013), while also mentoring Little East Conference Rookies of the Year in Megan Ronaghan (2014) and Erika Bornemann (2011). During her tenure, UMass Dartmouth has earned seven All-Little East Conference selections, three All-Little East Defensive Team picks, and four All-Little East Rookie Team honorees. Van Voorhis coached three student-athletes that eclipsed the 1,000-career point milestone, most recently this past winter with Bornemann.

Prior to her arrival in North Dartmouth, Mass., Van Voorhis was an assistant coach at Division I Brown University. Previously, she served as the head women's basketball coach at Salve Regina University for seven seasons, compiling an overall record of 143-51. Van Voorhis led the Seahawks to four 20-win seasons, four Commonwealth Coast Conference championships and four NCAA Division III tournament appearances.

Van Voorhis began her intercollegiate coaching career at Western New England, serving as an assistant coach for the women's basketball team for two seasons. She joined the Ithaca College coaching staff for the 2000 season, helping the Bombers capture the New York State Women's Collegiate Athletic Association and Eastern College Athletic Conference Upstate New York championships.

A Massachusetts native, Van Voorhis completed her undergraduate career at Springfield College before returning to her alma mater for a Master of Science degree in Athletic Administration.

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING:

"Amanda Van Voorhis has proven herself to be a decisive and transformative administrator during her service as Interim Athletic Director at UMass Dartmouth this past academic year.  Her leadership has already had a significant positive impact and will continue to elevate the Corsairs among the LEC's member institutions!"
                                                                                                  -Cora H. Brumley, Little East Conference Commissioner

"I was extremely impressed with Amanda's ability to remain as the Head Women's Basketball Coach last year and handle her duties as Interim Director of Athletics.  She's well organized, thoughtful, and her opinions are well respected."
                                                                                                  -Ed Farrington, Chair of the Little East Conference Executive Committee