NORTON, MA- Wheaton College Director of Athletics and Recreation John Sutyak '00 announced the hiring of Lisa Yenush '90 as associate director of athletics, effective August 13. Yenush spent the last 13 years, including eight as a head coach, at Salve Regina University.
"We are thrilled to welcome Lisa back home to Wheaton," said Sutyak. "She brings a myriad of experiences as the associate director and a former two-sport head coach at Salve Regina. Those experiences, as well as her time as one of the top scholar-athletes in the history of Wheaton athletics, will translate well as she returns to her alma mater."
This past spring, Yenush finished her 13th year at Salve and fifth as the associate director and senior woman administrator (SWA). She began in 1999 as head coach of both the women's soccer and softball programs until her promotion from assistant to associate director in 2007.
"I am truly excited about coming home to Wheaton," said Yenush. "I consider it an honor and a privilege to work at my alma mater and this prestigious institution. Due to the amazing experiences I had as a Wheaton student-athlete, my long-term goal was to work as a coach and an administrator at the college level. I have been fortunate enough to do both, and given the opportunity to return to Wheaton and work with everyone here is a dream come true."
Among her many duties at Salve, Yenush handled NCAA compliance, had sport oversight, coordinated community service projects and oversaw game management. She was the department's academic advising liaison and monitored academic performance, support programs and eligibility. Yenush also spearheaded the department's annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) clinic and assisted organizing activities in conjunction with the NCAA Choices Grant the last four years.
Currently chairing the NCAA Northeast Region women's basketball committee, Yenush also chaired the The Commonwealth Coast Conference's (TCCC) SWA committee and is active in the Rhode Island Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (RIAIAW). She served on the TCCC's officiating committee and was selected to be a facilitator at the 2010 NCAA Leadership Forum.
"As an alum, I take pride in and respect the outstanding reputation and success Wheaton has both academically and athletically," stated Yenush. "It is a college rich in history, tradition and accomplishment. I am thrilled to work with John and impressed with the direction and goals he has for the program. I look forward to enjoying continued success of our student-athletes in the classroom and in their sport."
Graduating Wheaton magna cum laude in 1990 with a bachelor's degree in economics, Yenush was a four-year player in basketball, soccer and softball. Earning Dean's List honors in seven out of eight semesters, Yenush became Wheaton's first Academic All-American during her junior season in 1989. She was also voted New England Women's 8 Conference (NEW 8) Player of the Year that same spring.
Yenush was honored with the 1990 Linda Frances Epstein Award, presented to a graduating senior who embodies respect for and commitment to the traditions of Wheaton in the achievement of academic excellence and dedicated performance in athletics. Earning a master's degree in athletic administration from Springfield College in 1998, Yenush picked up the Provost Award for having the major's highest grade-point average.
"Lisa possesses a strong work ethic with new ideas that will allow Wheaton athletics to continue moving forward and enhance the student-athlete experience both in the classroom and on the field," said Sutyak. "I look forward to Lisa joining our senior staff and working to make this department stronger. Her time spent in areas of campus and academic life will help to ensure we are providing a quality student-athlete experience. I have no doubt our students, staff and faculty will enjoy working with Lisa."