with Masslive.com, a news
and information website in
Springfield. he was previously
director of marketing and
business development at Aerial
Electric in Naugatuk, CT.
KELLIE STANCHAK (psychology)
is now assistant director for
graduate education for the
School of Engineering and
Applied Sciences at the University at Buffalo. She was
previously graduate education
coordinator at the school.
LINDSEY THOMAS (sport
management) was named
assistant athletic director for
ticketing at the University of
Northern Iowa. She had worked
the previous two years at Iowa
State University as an assistant
director of ticket office business
PAM MCCRAY (communication)
was appointed communications director at Real Living
Realty Professionals in western Massachusetts. She was
previously assistant director
for sports communications at
KATHARINA BOES (sport
management) joined the NFL’s
Cincinnati Bengals as manager,
season ticket member services.
She was most recently an
account service representative
for the league’s St. Louis Rams.
LINDSEY STEWARD (history) is
a greeter/guide at The historical Society of Greater Port
Jefferson (NY). She was previously a museum educator at
The Long Island (NY) Museum
of American Art, history, and
Recently you were promoted from assistant coach to head coach
of the women’s soccer team. How have you taken on this new role?
A new role brings new challenges. As a part-time assistant coach, my focus was to help
where I was needed both at practices and with recruiting. There are so many more aspects
involved with being a head coach that I had to work on finding the right balance. You pour
your heart and soul into the season, hoping that the team will be successful and enjoy the
season. Soccer can be a brutal sport, and sometimes it’s hard to move on, but as the head
coach I have to put each game behind me and move on to the next match.
How has outgoing Coach Ron Dias influenced you as a student-athlete,
assistant coach, and now his successor?
Coach Dias has had a tremendous impact on my life. I have never met a person more
dedicated and passionate about a program than him. Over the years, I’ve seen him have
great success as well as some down seasons, and he always stayed consistent in his
approach. You could count on Coach Dias to push you harder as an individual and as a
team. he taught me that to be a good coach at this level it’s important to care about the
team members both on and off the field.
How has Golden Bear Athletics evolved since your time as a student-athlete?
What do you hope will be the future of soccer at the University?
When I was here many of the programs were starting to be more successful. Every team
was always competitive, but during my tenure as a student-athlete teams started reaching
the next level of competition. It’s great to see so many of our teams consistently reaching
post-season tournaments. I believe this is one of the reasons why our athletics remain
relevant and competitive—we’re playing top competition, which pushes us to be better
than the day before. I would love to see our programs continue to be among the best in
New England. I think we are on the right track with the student-athletes, as well as the
strong coaching staff leading the programs.
What have you been up to since graduation outside of athletics?
After graduation I went on to receive my Master of Science in Psychology with a
concentration in Industrial Organizational Psychology. I also worked as an operations
manager for a financial advisor based out of East Longmeadow. My husband, Rob
hensinger ’07, a former men’s soccer player here, and I have two children, Brady (four)
and Addison (one and a half) and we are currently living in East Longmeadow. Another
highlight was being inducted into the Downes hall of Fame, which was a huge honor.
Head Coach, Western
New England University
Women’s Soccer Team
East Longmeadow, MA