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2013 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee Spotlight: Sherren Granese '83

Sherren Granese Springfield, Mass. - October 15, 2013 - Sherren Granese is one of six inductees who will be enshrined into the Springfield College Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, October 26. The 2013 hall of fame class will be inducted at the Alumni Awards and Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner at 7:30 p.m. as part of Homecoming Weekend festivities.

Sherren M. Granese amassed an impressive list of accomplishments as a four-year starter on the Springfield College field hockey team, playing for legendary coach Dottie Potter Zenaty ’65.

Granese earned All-American honors her senior year and was selected as the Female Team Sport Athlete of the Year as a sophomore and as a senior. She led the team in scoring in her last three years and served as a team captain as a senior.

While excelling as one of the top field hockey players, Granese also ran track as a first-year student, and played lacrosse as a sophomore and a junior, leading the team in scoring both years.

In 1981 and 1982, Granese competed in the U.S. Olympic Sports Festival, where she won two gold medals. In those same years, she was a member of the U.S. Field Hockey Squad.

Since her time at Springfield, Granese has remained dedicated to athletics. From 1983-85, she coached field hockey, basketball, and lacrosse at Dwight Englewood School (N.J.). Following that, she took on the role of assistant field hockey coach at the University of New Hampshire, a position she held until 1985.

For 18 years, Granese was the head coach of the Boston College field hockey team where she compiled a record of 145-80-2. She helped lead the Eagles to four NCAA tournaments and 10 Big East postseason tournaments. Her team won two Big East regular season championships in 1998 and 2003, and captured three Big East postseason titles in 1994, 1997, and 2003.

Granese was selected as the Northeast Region Coach of the Year in 1994 and was named the Big East Coach of the Year in 1998. While coaching field hockey at Boston College, Granese also coached lacrosse from 1988-1995. She was inducted into the Swampscott High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002.

Granese has taken her love for athletics off the field and into administration. After a successful four years as assistant athletic director at Simmons College, Granese is currently the assistant athletic director at the Winsor School in Boston.

Other 2013 inductees include Kevin Cahill (’01, G’04), Howie Davis, Tony Hall (‘77), Donta Johnson (’98, G’00) and Bob Pataky (’57, G’69).

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