Rachel Wyman ’16, who back in January represented both Union College and the Liberty League at the 2016 NCAA Convention in San Antonio, Texas, has been appointed to the position of Assistant to the Commissioner at the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) by commissioner Joe Walsh.
Wyman’s hiring was made possible thanks to the Division III Ethnic Minority and Women’s Grant.
This grant is a two-year program which provides funding for entry-level administrative jobs at NCAA Division III schools and conference offices.
The 2016-18 grant cycle marks the fourth time since 2007 that the GNAC has received funding for the Division III Ethnic Minority and Women’s Grant.
The GNAC was founded in 1995, and is an NCAA Division III association composed of 12 member institutions and over 3,000 student-athletes in the New England region.
The GNAC sponsors and administers 17 championships annually.
According to the GNAC, “Rachel was selected from over 200 applicants because of her maturity, her experience with important projects, and her knowledge of Division III,” said Walsh. “Past interns have had success with this program at the GNAC and we believe Rachel will follow in the steps of those previous interns who now have careers in college athletics. She will be able to gain valuable experience and make connections across Division III.”
Wyman will graduate next month with a double major in History and Spanish, and begin her duties with the league office shortly thereafter.
At Union, the Medfield, Massachusetts native received Liberty League Women’s Volleyball All-Conference honors all four years, and was named to the All-Liberty League first team and Liberty League All-Academic team this past season.
Wyman was also the President of Union’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), and worked as an administrative assistant for the men’s hockey program, playing a vital role with the Garnet Blades, the team’s fundraising organization.
She is a member of three honors societies: Phi Alpha Theta, Sigma Delta Pi and Iota Iota Iota.
As the Assistant to the Commissioner, Wyman will work on special projects under Commissioner Walsh, beginning with the planning of the 2016 GNAC Professional Development Seminar.
She will also be coordinating the GNAC’s SAAC efforts, strategic planning, historical research, event management, and assisting GNAC Assistant Commissioner Michael Ghika.
On the court this season, Wyman led the Dutchwomen in both kills and kills per set for the fourth consecutive year, while also leading the team in points and points per set.
The Dutchwomen finished the year 29-6 thanks to Wyman’s contributions.