HOPEWELL — Come this August, the Finger Lakes Community College athletic department will have a new but familiar face running things.
After spending the past four years as the Assistant Athletic Director, Samantha Boccacino will become the Lakers new Athletic Director effective Aug. 2.
“I am truly grateful to the administration at FLCC for this opportunity and I am honored to take over as athletic director,” Boccacino said. “I am very fortunate to continue the great traditions that have been established in the athletics department by Bob Lowden. Having been the assistant athletic director and working alongside Bob, a strong culture has been established in our athletic department that puts the student-athlete experience first.
“I look forward to working with our coaching and support staff to continue to ensure student-athlete success on the field, in the classroom, and in the community.”
Setting and achieving goals in an athletic setting is the norm, and Boccacino will have plenty of goals she would like to achieve in her new position.
“Our athletic department foundation is built upon the core values of respect, integrity, and sportsmanship and I plan on continuing to emphasize that culture to our student-athletes in hopes of empowering them to be engaged in all aspects of FLCC,” she added.
With the new turf facility the campus recently installed, Boccacino hopes it’ll attract student-athletes from all over.
“It is an exciting time for FLCC athletics as we just completed a new turf facility,” she said. “I am looking forward to all of the opportunities this presents to partner with the community, local high schools and youth sports leagues. This turf facility will also serve as great aid in our ability to attract student-athletes to FLCC.”
A major task that she will take on now is the hiring of new coaches, and she even discussed what she looks for in the right candidate.
“We have head coaches that are truly engaged with their student-athletes and their success,” Boccacino said. “They believe in the same core values that we emphasize in our athletics department. They are great ambassadors of FLCC and take pride in the fact that they are mentors and educators for our athletes. We have a great team in our department dedicated to helping student-athletes reach their goals.”