GOLDEN BEARS DEDICATE SEASON TO
ATHLETICS ADMINISTRATOR JODY LEMOI ’02/G’04
Lemoi was a wide receiver for four seasons from 1998 to 2001 and a three-year
starter who served as a team captain his
senior season. He led the primarily running team with 26 receptions for 383
yards his final two years.
The Western New England Department of Athletics offi-
cially kicked-off its Play-for-a-Cause initiative on October
2, 2014 by dedicating the season to staff member Jody
Lemoi ’02/G’04 who is battling leukemia.
Jody, who serves as the Department’s business manager,
returned to work in December after undergoing treatment.
Each of the University’s 19 varsity teams is holding a
special Play4Jody Day in his honor throughout the year.
“My wife and I wanted to write to personally thank
everyone for their support,” said Jody. “It’s been great to
know that we have such a large support group in our cor-
ner. We’ve got, by far, the best support anyone can ask for.
There are so many families on our side fighting with me,
my wife, mom, sister and brothers, my wife’s family, and
of course, my Golden Bear Family.”
Director of Athletics Mike Theulen told the more than
400 student-athletes who attended the kickoff event that
“Jody is a special person and an important part of our Ath-
letics Family. When one of our family members needs our
assistance and support, we rally behind them.”
Mike, his staff, and coaches presented the athletes with
special T-shirts that featured the inscription, WIN OR LOSE!
RESPECT YOURSELF, YOUR TEAMMATES, YOUR SCHOOL. GIVE IT
Those were the words former Golden Bears Coach Bill
Downes used to encourage his men’s soccer teams.
Bill, who is 77 years old and now coaching the men’s golf
team, received the first shirt from two of his former play-
ers, Eddy Lindsay ’78, and Gary “The Captain” LaPerle ’75.
“Wear this shirt with pride and when things get tough,
think of Jody Lemoi and what he’s going through,” Mike told
the athletes. “All of us are Golden Bears and we’re
always here for one another.”
The Pottstown, PA, native also was a graduate assistant
coach with the football program and worked as a Graduate
Assistant Athletic Administrator at Western New England.
For the past 10 years Jody has been the “Voice of the
Golden Bears,” serving as the public address announcer at
the men and women’s basketball games.
Jody previously worked as a financial advisor associate
at Wells Fargo and director of operations at Look Park in
Northampton, MA. He also was a lecturer in the College of
Business from 2005 to 2010.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in Sport Management
and Master of Business Administration.
The Western New England football team wore a special
decal with the number 2 (formerly worn by Jody during
his playing days) on their helmets during their games this
past season. n
Jody Lemoi with his wife, Kristen,
and PA Announcer/Official Hockey
Scorer EJ Lafleur
Director of Athletics Mike Theulen and Men’s Athletic Program Director/ Senior
Associate Director of Athletics Joe Sassi show off the Play4Jody T-shirts.