kidmore athletics has three new staff members.
Beth Hallenbeck is the new head coach for women’s field hockey and women’s lacrosse. She comes to Skidmore after ten successful seasons at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where she guided the field hockey team into postseason play in six of the past eight seasons and compiled a 73-57 record in lacrosse. In 1997, when Rensselaer advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight, she was named UCAA and NYSWCAA Coach of the Year.
As a student, Hallenbeck was a two-sport captain at Colgate University, leading both teams to nationals. A 1982 graduate of Colgate, she has a master of science degree from the University at Albany.
Last year, under head coach Katharine DeLorenzo, who recently moved to Middlebury College, Skidmore’s 13-4 field hockey team advanced to the NYSWCAA championship finals, while the lacrosse team took third in the NYSWCAA tournament.
“At Skidmore,” Hallenbeck says, “the attitude is a little bit different than at RPI. There are more women athletes and a real academic focus. RPI is academic too, but many students there become engineers or architects. Skidmore can recruit a greater variety of athletes in other areas of study.”
Lisa Pleban takes over the Skidmore women’s basketball program after a year as interim coach. In her last season at Montclair State, she led her team to a 15-11 record and a second-round appearance at the ECAC championships. Pleban has also been head coach at Eastern College and Adelphi University. In 1998, the Adelphi team was the most improved in all of NCAA Division II basketball.
A 1986 graduate of Fairfield University, Pleban has a master’s in education from Temple University and a doctorate in education from Teachers College at Columbia University.
“I’m excited about the possibilities here,” says Pleban. “We’re already addressing all phases of the program, including recruitment and community involvement.”
Jennifer Fichera is Skidmore’s new assistant athletic trainer, working with trainer Michael Garcia. Fichera was recently the assistant trainer at Longwood College in Farmville, Va. A 1998 graduate of Ithaca College, she has a master’s degree in general and adult education from Elmira College, which she also served as assistant trainer. —WJ