Press release from GCC:
Genesee Community College is pleased to welcome Kristen Clark Schuth back to campus as the new Director of Athletics. She began her duties May 1, 2013. "I'm very excited to come back," said Schuth. "It's a great opportunity."
Schuth spent seven years at GCC as an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Health and Physical Education. She was Head Softball Coach from 2005-2010, compiling a win/loss percentage of .534. Prior to her first season, the softball team went 7-19. Her teams recorded five winning seasons, finished in the top four in Regional Finals, and produced two NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches Association) All-Americans. In 2010, she was named WNYAC (Western New York Athletic Conference) Women's Softball Coach of the Year. "I built a program here," Schuth said. "This feels like home. I've always had Cougar pride."
Schuth left GCC to become Assistant Director of Athletics at Finger Lakes Community College, under AD Bob Lowden. "We lost a good one," Lowden said of Schuth's departure from FLCC. "Kristen is very easy to work with, a consummate professional and really helped to elevate our athletic program, redesigning our website and implementing an academic plan for our student-athletes. She's going to do a phenomenal job."
Schuth grew up in Hilton, NY and is a member of the Hilton High School Athletic Hall of Fame. At SUNY Brockport she starred in both softball and basketball, earning letters in both sports all four years as well as being named SUNY Brockport female athlete of the year. She was an All-American in basketball her senior year. She is a member of the SUNY Brockport Athletic Hall of Fame. Kristen earned her Master's Degree from California University of Pennsylvania and now resides in Spencerport with her husband David and sons Gavynn, 2 ½ , and Austynn, 9 weeks.
"We're very thrilled to have her back," said Dr. Virginia Taylor, Vice President for Student and Enrollment Services at GCC. "She's a great fit for the College, having been a coach here. And she really gets community college athletics. She's outgoing and very much student-centered. Her passion and her vitality and her knowledge of college athletics is top level."
Schuth is excited to start building a new legacy. "I'm ready for us to move forward and improve to become the highest quality and successful athletics program in the NJCAA (National Junior College Athletics Association)," Schuth said. "It's not all about winning. It starts in the classroom. We need to do what's right for our student-athletes and promote success in the classroom first. An increase in graduation is a big sign of success."
Schuth has worked with many of GCC's coaches before and they're pleased to welcome her back. "This is a very positive step for GCC athletics," said Baseball Coach Skip Sherman. "She's worked with one of the most respected athletic directors at FLCC and she brings that experience and exceptional organization skills to the department."
GCC has a history of success in its athletics programs. The men's lacrosse team recently made its third straight trip to the national tournament as the number two seed and the baseball team competed for the Region III, Division II crown. A number of student-athletes have earned NJCAA All-American honors in recent years. GCC boasts a newly renovated fitness center and some of the finest outdoor athletic facilities in the region, with turf fields and lighting.
"GCC has incredible potential to become one of the premier athletic programs, across the board, in all of our sports and in all that we do, at the regional level," said Schuth. "With our facilities, academic programs and coaching staff, we can successfully recruit quality student-athletes, and I am looking forward to ramping up our recruiting efforts."
Her old boss knows how effective a recruiter Schuth can be. Bob Lowden said Schuth helped improve the Finger Lakes softball program by bringing in quality players. "We look forward to continuing a good relationship with GCC and having Kristen as a colleague in Region III."
And GCC looks forward to continuing to build a strong athletics program that fuels Cougar pride. "Athletics are a big part of our college community," said Dr. Taylor. "Most of our students in this generation come to us having been involved in some type of athletic activity, and we want to keep that going."