Susan Bassett, director of William Smith athletics, was interviewed at 8:35 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 2, by Caitlin Wunder of the Finger Lakes Radio Group. She discussed her experiences coaching and then the transition to becoming an athletics director, and the addition of Olympia Scott-Richardson as head basketball coach. Bassett highlighted the various fundraisers in which student-athletes have participated, such as the Row for Humanity, the upcoming Heron 5K run/walk to benefit breast cancer awareness, as well as a fundraiser to benefit victims of the tsunami. She also spoke about the various community service efforts of student-athletes.
Bassett became the William Smith College Director of Athletics in July of 1995. She enjoyed an extraordinary coaching career before moving into the director’s chair. Coincidentally, her coaching career also began at William Smith, where she coached 22 All-Americans, including one National Champion, with the Heron’s swimming and diving team. She was also an assistant coach for the lacrosse and field hockey teams.
Before returning to William Smith, Bassett spent eight seasons as the head coach of the swimming and diving teams at Union (N.Y.) College. She mentored 92 All-Americans and two National Champions, was a three-time New York State Coach of the Year, and the 1993 NCAA Division III Women’s Coach of the Year.
In 2004, she was presented the Jean Giambrone Service Award for exemplary lifetime commitment to local women’s sports at the WHAM Sportswomen of the Year Awards Luncheon.
A 1979 graduate of Ithaca College, she received a master’s degree in physical education from Indiana University in 1980.