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Four WS Coaches in “Champion”

The current issue of “NCAA Champion” Magazine features William Smith Coaches Pat Genovese, Jack Warner, Sally Scatton and Aliceann Wilber for their impressive records – and the fact that they all hail from the same institution.

The article notes, “The fact that this foursome is entrenched in Geneva, New York, speaks volumes for the 1,100-all-female-student school that along with its all-male counterpart, Hobart, is part of a unique ‘coordinate system’ of schools that share educational experiences but feature separate student governments, deans and athletics departments.”

The full article appears below, with profiles of the four coaches following.


NCAA Champion
NCAA Insider, Division III Hall of Fame Coaches
“Four of a Kind”

Gary Brown Summer 2010

If Division III were to compile an all-star team of coaches, half of them just might come from William Smith.

Pat Genovese (lacrosse), Jack Warner (cross country), Sally Scatton (field hockey) and Aliceann Wilber (soccer) account for more than 130 years of collegiate coaching experience, three hall-of-fame inductions (and likely a fourth not long from now), more than 1,600 victories, dozens of NCAA tournament appearances, a handful of national championships and a positive impact on literally thousands of student-athletes.

The fact that this foursome is entrenched in Geneva, New York, speaks volumes for the 1,100-all-female-student school that along with its all-male counterpart, Hobart, is part of a unique “coordinate system” of schools that share educational experiences but feature separate student governments, deans and athletics departments.

“They’re all great leaders and mentors and are extremely humble,” said Athletics Director Deb Steward, who since being appointed in 2005 has benefited from the four without having hired any of them.

“They are always looking to learn, which is contrary to the notion that coaches further along in their tenure are less open to new ideas.

“They would never say that they know it all.”

They’ve just about won it all, though.

“We’re at a place that really supports our efforts for women in athletics,” said Wilber, the lone soccer coach in William Smith history. “When you work every day with bright, aspiring and highly motivated individuals, it fosters more of the same. All of us have a strong background as teachers and a real interest in our student athletes as human beings.”

“We have always had the tools to create successful programs,” said Scatton, who’s been at William Smith since 1989. “Yes, it has been a long time here, but when you work at a place that gives you the support you need, there hasn’t been anything to encourage us to go anywhere else. There have been all the right ingredients to keep us here.”

Pat Genovese
• 27 winning seasons,
16 NCAA tournament
appearances (including
five championship
games)
• National Lacrosse
Hall of Fame Class of 2009
• Coached field hockey from 1971 to
1987, leading William Smith to an
NCAA regional title and a trip to its
first Division II title game (1987)
• H olds degrees from SUNY Cortland,
Green Mountain and Ithaca

Deb Steward on Genovese: “Pat is
the most caring and nurturing person
you’d ever want to be around. She’s
been here the longest so she knows
where all the skeletons are. She’s our
resident historian and great mentor
to staff and student-athletes.”

Genovese on the foursome: “You
just don’t find this kind of closeness
in a lot of other departments. We
all are competitive and want what’s
best for our own program, but it’s
also a collaborative effort.”

Sally Scatton
• Won three Division III
field hockey championships
(1992, 1997
and 2000) in 20 postseason
appearances
• Graduated magna
cum laude from Ithaca, where
she played field hockey, lacrosse
and basketball; earned a master’s
degree in education from SUNY
Cortland in 1981
• National Field Hockey Coaches
Association Hall of Fame member

Deb Steward on Scatton : “Sally
is the joker of the bunch. She’s
always giving colleagues a hard
time and keeps them laughing. She
also is extremely competitive, as
her three national championships
demonstrate.”

Scatton on the foursome: “Pat
and Aliceann have the ability to blend
their coaching and personal lives. I
have watched them go through all
the trials and tribulations of being a
coach and a mom and a mentor.”

Jack Warner
• Head coach of the
William Smith cross
country team since
1995 but has more
than 50 years of
experience as a cross
country and track coach
• A 2005 inductee into the U.S.
Track and Field and Cross Country
Coaches Association Hall of Fame
• A 1951 graduate of Syracuse,
Warner served three years active
duty in the U.S. Marine Corps

Deb Steward on Warner: “Jack
is a ray of sunshine for us with
his passion for student-athlete
growth and his sense of humor.
He’s a part-time coach, but you
can readily find him at work every
single day.”

Warner on the foursome: “I
guess I would be characterized as
the most unusual because of my
age. I’ve been on the road awhile.
But you can always learn, no matter
how old you get.”

Aliceann Wilber
• Has led William
Smith to 20 NCAA
tournament appearances
in her 30 years,
including the 1988
national championship
• First female recipient of the
NSCAA’s Bill Jeffrey Award for outstanding
achievement and longtime
dedication to college soccer
• O ne of three NCAA coaches (and
the first woman) to be Coach of the
Year four times.

Deb Steward on Wilber: “Aliceann
is the creative side of the brain for
all of us – she offers a whole different
look at things from those of
us who are more analytical. She’s
passionate about what she does
and about her student-athletes, but
her creativity is what stands out.”

Wilber on the foursome: “Jack is
unique. He could have retired from
college coaching years ago, but he
just loves being involved in his sport
and working with young people.”