CAPE COD, Mass. – The Commissioner of the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), Phil Buttafuoco, has announced that Dr. Craig Poisson, assistant director of athletics at Springfield College and Kristy Walter, athletics director at Lasell College, have been named the 2005 ECAC Jostens Administrators of the Year.
The ECAC Jostens Male and Female Administrators of the Year awards are presented annually to administrators from ECAC member schools in recognition of outstanding or meritorious service to the ECAC.
The award will be presented at the ECAC Convention Honors Dinner presented by Jostens on Sunday, September 25 at the Four Points by Sheraton Hyannis Resort. It is given in conjunction with Jostens, the presenting sponsor of the ECAC Honors Dinner, and Jim Dougher, Jostens National Sports Manager and long-time friend and supporter of the ECAC.
Craig Poisson, who currently resides in Wilbraham, is in his tenth year as assistant director of athletics and assistant professor of physical education at Springfield College.
Poisson’s administrative duties focus on scheduling and event management for the college’s 26-sport athletics program. During the 2004-05 academic year, he was the event manager for several ECAC Championships including four Division III events: New England Regional Golf Qualifier, women’s gymnastics championship, men’s gymnastics championship, and the women’s and men’s outdoor track and field championship.
He has also served as the event manager for many NCAA championships, including the 2001 and the 2002 Division III field hockey national championships. He will again serve as the event manager at the 2005 men's and women's New England Regional Cross Country Championships and the upcoming NCAA 2006 Division III Women’s Basketball National Championship which will be hosted by Springfield College on March 18th and 19th.
Poisson currently teaches on the graduate level at SC. He has presented at the NCAA Convention; the East District Association of the American Alliance for Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Convention; at the 11th Annual Georgia Southern Sport Management Conference; and the North American Society of the Sociology of Sport Convention.
Aside from his administrative and teaching duties, Poisson serves as commissioner of the Pilgrim Lacrosse League, a conference comprised of nine New England-based Division III programs, a position he has held since 2002. Poisson is a member of both the ECAC Officiating and Negotiating and Championships committees. He has also served on several NCAA and ECAC regional selection committees including field hockey, men’s basketball, and women’s lacrosse.
Poisson earned both his master’s and his doctoral degree from Springfield College. He was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary and secondary education in 1988 from Southern Connecticut State.
The ECAC is the nation’s largest athletic and the only multi-divisional conference with 324 Divisions I, II, and III colleges and universities from Maine to North Carolina. Established in 1938, the ECAC, a non-profit service organization, sponsors 100 championships in 37 men’s and women’s sports, assigns more than 5,100 officials in 15 sports, administers ten affiliate sports organizations and six playing leagues and recognizes more than 4,000 student-athletes in 21 sports through the public relations arm of the conference. The ECAC serves as the primary conference for select members in the sports of men’s and women’s ice hockey, men’s lacrosse, men’s gymnastics, wrestling, fencing and rowing.