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Karl '88 & Kerry '88 Anderson

Anderson Family

Board of Trustees member Karl Anderson '88 and his wife, Kerry '88 made a $2 million gift to support the recent construction of a state-of-the-art soccer and lacrosse complex. This gift enabled Providence College to further beautify the campus and enhance the experience of student-athletes and the fans of Friar Athletics who will attend games at the new complex. The new soccer and lacrosse complex was dedicated and named in honor of the Anderson family on April 23, 2016.

Anderson Family

Anderson Stadium seats more than 2,500 fans for a soccer or lacrosse game. The field in Anderson Stadium has been named in honor of the Chapey family. Mike Chapey '86 and his wife, Maura '86, generously donated $1 million to the project in the fall of 2013.

Karl and Kerry met each other as undergraduates at Providence College and have been loyal supporters of the College and Friar Athletics for many years. Karl is a former men's soccer player who experienced success as a student-athlete. He currently ranks fifth all-time in goals scored for his career as a Friar.

"Kerry and I are very excited to be part of this project," Karl Anderson said. "It was a unique opportunity to demonstrate how thankful we are to all those at PC that helped transform our lives. Soccer was a very big part of my college experience and this gift allows us to play a small part in the future of PC's men and women's soccer teams as well as our up-and-coming lacrosse program. We would like to thank Mike '86 and Maura ‘86 Chapey and their family for their commitment to this project as well. We hope that our collective efforts motivate others to find ways to give back to Providence College."

Lynn Souza '97

Lynn Souza

Former Friar Lynn Souza '97 pledged a leadership gift to the softball program in the Fall of 2015. Souza earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in general studies from Providence College and was a four-year member of the softball program. Souza is president and owner of Connect Computer, an IT Solutions and Managed Services Provider headquartered in Fairfield, Conn.

Glay Field

Souza's gift will directly benefit the softball team and its student-athletes. On April 16, 2016, Providence College Athletics officially dedicated Glay Field, the new state-of-the-art stadium and home to the softball program.

The field features a state-of-the-art synthetic playing surface, clay pitcher's mound, lighting, stadium-style seating for 300+ spectators, including 115 chair-back seats behind home plate, heated press box, heated dugouts and bathroom facilities, double-mound bull pen and batting cage, enhanced media/film capability, game info and player development software and a storage facility for team/player equipment.

During her career with the Friars, Souza played 111 games and appeared in the starting line-up 97 times at third base. Souza recorded an impressive .929 fielding percentage for Providence, having registered 61 putouts and 187 assists in 267 chances in the field. At the plate, she collected 45 hits and 15 RBI.

"I couldn't be more excited for the PC Softball program," Souza said. "The College and the athletic department are casting a big vote of confidence in Coach Jacklets, her staff and the entire softball team by building this stadium. It is so well deserved! It's my pleasure to be able to echo that confidence in my leadership gift to support the team and help get PC Softball back on their way to another BIG EAST Championship."

Joseph M. Calabria '65

Joseph M. Calabria

Calabria Plaza Adorns Slavin Lawn

Joseph M. Calabria '65, a member of the PC Board of Trustees, and his wife, Sugar, wanted PC's campus to have a physical representation of Veritas, the PC motto that is symbolized by the torch. The result was the creation of the Calabria Plaza on the Slavin Center lawn, featuring a stainless-steel flame that is 33 feet tall — a foot for every year that Jesus lived on earth — with its three tongues of "fire" representing the Holy Trinity.

A granite plaza surrounds the flame, which is illuminated at night. It includes benches for reflection and a polished granite wall on which are engraved the names of Dominican saints, the words to the Alma Mater, and the Dominican and College seals. The pattern of stones is meant to reflect the star of St. Dominic.

The flame concept was designed by Stephen Forneris '90. The sculptor was Brian Hanlon.

Nate Leaman

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Entering his sixth season at the helm in 2016-17, Head Coach Nate Leaman has led a resurgence of the Providence College men's hockey program, highlighted by winning the 2015 NCAA Championship, marking the first NCAA title in program history.

Glay Field

The Friars boasted the second-most wins in program history in 2015-16 (27) and earned their third-consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament.  Overall, the Friars finished the season with a 27-7-4 record, including a program-best 16-3-3 Hockey East record which netted the team its first share of the Hockey East regular season title. Paced by Mark Jankowski's 40 points, the first time a Friar has hit the 40-point mark since 2002-03, Leaman's squad raced out to an undefeated first half of the season (12-0-3) and ran its unbeaten streak to 19-games dating back to 2014-15.  The Friars were the first team since Colorado College in 1995-96 to be unbeaten entering the Christmas break and also secured the best start to a season by a reigning NCAA hockey champion.

Leaman became the fastest Friar Head Coach to reach 100 career wins and holds a 106-65-23 record (.606) with the Friars.  For his efforts, he was named Hockey East Coach of the Year and a Spencer Penrose finalist for National Coach of the Year.

The Friars advanced to the Hockey East Championship semifinals at the TD Garden for the fourth time in Leaman's first five seasons and holds a 5-2-0 record in seven NCAA Tournament games with Providence.

Leaman has coached 117 All-Conference Academic selections, 28 NHL Draft picks, 19 All-Conference selections, eight All-Conference Rookie Team honorees, nine All-Americans, three ECAC Student-Athletes of the Year, two CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Honorees and one Hobey Baker finalist.

Eight members from the 2015-16 squad ended up signing entry level contracts or amateur try-out agreements with professional teams: Tom Parisi (Montreal – NHL), Mark Jankowski (Calgary – NHL), Brandon Tanev (Winnipeg – NHL), Nick Ellis (Edmonton – NHL), Kevin Rooney (Albany – AHL), Trevor Mingoia (Albany – AHL), Nick Saracino (Iowa – AHL), and Steve McParland (Elmira – ECHL).  Tanev appeared in the final three regular season games with the Jets.

Leaman is a 1997 graduate of SUNY Cortland, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biological sciences with a concentration in environmental science and received the Aldo Leopold Award for excellence in environmental science. Captain of the hockey team as a junior and senior, Leaman finished his career as one of the top-20 scorers in Red Dragons' history. He was inducted into the Red Dragons' Hall of Fame in September, 2014. A native of Centerville, Ohio, Leaman and his wife, Alice, have three young sons, Ty, Bryce and Nolan.

Ray Treacy '82

Anderson Family

One of the nation's most successful coaches, Ray Treacy embarks on his 32nd season as Director of Cross Country and Track at Providence College. In his 31 years at Providence, Treacy has coached 63 All-Americans, who have received a total of 174 All-America accolades, seven NCAA individual champions, who have captured 15 NCAA titles overall, 44 BIG EAST individual champions, who have captured 116 BIG EAST titles, and 11 Olympians. In addition, his women's teams have captured two NCAA Cross Country Championships (1995 and 2013), 13 NCAA Northeast Regional Cross Country Championships, 21 BIG EAST Cross Country titles and 20 New England Championships.

Glay Field

Treacy's road to success began when he was a student-athlete at Providence College. The brother of 1984 Olympic silver medalist, John Treacy `78, Ray's collegiate list of accomplishments and accolades is lengthy. He was the Friar team captain during his junior and senior seasons and collected All-America honors on three occasions. He was a two-time New England Cross Country Champion and won the indoor 5,000 meters at the BIG EAST Championships three times. The talented distance runner also was the IC4A Champion in the 10,000 and 5,000 meters during the 1981 and 1982 seasons, respectively.

A 1982 graduate of the College, Treacy is committed to the success of PC's cross country and track programs. Since he took over as head coach in 1984, Treacy's knowledge of conditioning and training has moved the Providence's cross country and track programs into national prominence. Both the men's and women's cross country programs have advanced to NCAA Championships in 18 of the last 20 seasons, while the women's team has landed a record 25 out of 26 seasons.

Highlights among those 25 women's cross country seasons include the 1990, 1995, 2003, 2004, 2012 and 2013 women's cross country squads. These six teams each finished among the top-three teams in the country at the NCAA Cross Country Championships. The 1990 cross country team placed second with three runners in the top 20 earning All-America honors. Along with the team's 1995 and 2013 NCAA titles, the 1990 squad's second-place finish is one of the top accomplishments of the program along with the 2012 team's second-place finish.

The 1995 team captured the programs first NCAA title. On the road to the title, the squad won its first BIG EAST and ECAC Championships. In recognition of his efforts, Treacy was named NCAA Division I Women's National Coach of the Year, BIG EAST Men's and Women's Coach of the Year, Rhode Island Words Unlimited Women's Coach of the Year and NCAA District I Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year.

The most recent of Treacy's team successes was the 2013 women's cross country team capturing the program's second NCAA title. Three Friars, Emily Sisson ‘14, Laura Nagel ‘14 and Sarah Mary Collins ‘16, finished with All-America accolades to help the team secure the win. Leading up to the Championship, the team also won the BIG EAST and NCAA Northeast Regional titles. For his efforts, Treacy was named the USFTCCCA National Coach of the Year, the Northeast Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year and the Rhode Island Words Unlimited Coach of the Year. A former Irish national junior champion and a past member of the Irish National Cross Country Team, Treacy currently resides in Warwick, R.I. with his wife, Lisa. They have two sons, Michael and Liam.

Diane Madl

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Diane Madl became the field hockey programs' sixth head coach on February 4, 2002 and will embark on her 15th season with the Friars in 2016. Madl and her staff have enjoyed some of the most successful seasons in program history.

Glay Field

Providence has qualified for the four-team BIG EAST Championship in five of the last eight seasons under Madl's guidance. The Friars captured the BIG EAST Conference regular-season title in 2006 and advanced to the championship game of the conference tournament twice (2006, 2007).

During Madl's first three seasons on the sidelines, the team still played on a grass surface. During that initial stretch, the team posted a 26-33 record, while attempting to change the culture of the program under its new leadership. In 2005, Providence field hockey started a new era with the opening of the Lennon Family Field. The complex is a state-of-the-art Astroturf facility that has helped to springboard the program back on to the national scene.

The Friars' run of success began in 2006 in what is described as one of the most celebrated seasons in program history. The Friars posted an 18-4 overall record and captured the BIG EAST Conference Regular-Season title. Providence's 18 victories in 2006 are tied for second most all-time in program history, while the Friars' five league victories mark a program best. The program quickly found itself among the nation's best and was ranked in the NFHCA Division I National Coaches' Poll for nine-consecutive weeks, including seven-straight weeks in the top-15. At season's end, the Friars earned a final ranking of 11th. Madl was honored as the BIG EAST Conference Coach of the Year, Dita/NFHCA Division I Northeast Region Coach of the Year and Words Unlimited Coach of the Year.

Madl, a native of Mountaintop, Pa., was a three-sport stand-out in field hockey, basketball and softball at Crestwood High School. Upon completion of her high school career, she went on to play field hockey at UConn from 1985-88. While at UConn, she helped the Huskies capture the National Championship in 1985. She was a two-time All-America selection (1987, 1988) and earned the Honda Broderick Award upon the completion of her career, as the top collegiate field hockey player in the nation. Madl also earned Academic All-America honors and graduated magna cum laude, with a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1989.

Madl went on to play for the U.S. National Team and competed in a multitude of events for Team USA, including the World University Games (1989), World Cup (1990), Inter-Continental Cup (1989 and 1995) and the Champions Trophy (1995). She reached the pinnacle of her playing career in 1996 as a member of the U.S. National Team that competed in the Olympic Games, held in Atlanta, Georgia.

Madl was inducted into the Luzerne County (Pa.) Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005, and was inducted into the Pennsylvania State Athletic Hall of Fame on May 18, 2008. She is the daughter of Ruth Ann and David Madl.

Thirteen teams surpass national academic average

Women's Swim & Dive

Led by the women's swimming and diving team and the women's tennis team with perfect rates of 1,000, 13 of PC's 17 intercollegiate sports teams exceeded the NCAA average of 981 in the Academic Progress Rate report for 2015-16, announced in May 2017.

The other 11 teams are women's soccer (997), women's track (995), women's cross country (995), women's basketball (994), softball (992), women's volleyball (990), field hockey (988), men's ice hockey (987), men's lacrosse (987), women's ice hockey (986), and men's basketball (984), which recorded its highest APR since the first reporting year of 2004-05.

The APR measures eligibility, graduation, and retention each term, with the 2015-16 figures encompassing rates from the 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, and 2015-16 academic years.

Kyron Cartwright '18

Kyron Cartwright

As point guard for the men's basketball team, Kyron Cartwright '18 is used to being the subject of a camera. Thanks to his new major at Providence College, he may find himself behind one, too.

Cartwright is pursuing an individualized major in sports media. It was approved during his sophomore year by a faculty committee led by Rev. Mark Nowel, O.P., dean of undergraduate and graduate studies, after months of research and a presentation. Cartwright must fulfill requirements in public speaking, film, and writing, and complete two internships.

Cartwright has always loved history and considered it as a major. But in film class in high school in Compton, Calif., he wrote a 25-page script and turned it into a short video — a project he enjoyed. During his first year at PC, as a student worker in Athletic Media Relations, he began to consider a career as a sports broadcaster.

During the summer of 2016, Cartwright interned at WLNE-TV, Channel 6, in Providence, shadowing the sports director and reporter during trips to Gillette Stadium and McCoy Stadium.

Marissa Mezzanotte, academic coordinator for men's basketball, credits Cartwright with planning for a future beyond basketball.

"He takes a lot of pride in his academics," said Mezzanotte. "He's thinking about his career when a lot of people are still really thinking about basketball. He embodies the idea of a student-athlete: thinking about his academics and career while excelling on the court.

Garrett Gamez '19

Garrett Gamez

Sustained by faith, supported by team

Feature by master storyteller Mike Leonard '70 & '00Hon. inspired by a chance encounter

Providence College men's ice hockey player Garrett Gamez '19 (Chino Hills, Calif.) was putting together a fine sophomore season when he collapsed on the bench during a March 11 Hockey East playoff game at Notre Dame. He was cleared to return home after overnight observation in a local hospital, but was held out of the Friars' season-ending NCAA Tournament game against Harvard.

One of the Friar fans present that night was Mike Leonard '70 & '00Hon., himself a former Friar hockey player who lives in Winnetka, Ill. He also is a retired NBC News correspondent whose 30-year career was most notable for regular Todayshow feature stories. Now an independent filmmaker, Leonard often travels with his trusty video camera, especially when those travels involve his alma mater and its hockey team.

"Coach Nate Leaman invited me into the locker room for the pre-game," Leonard said. "Since I'm working on some other PC-related projects, I shot Nate's speech to the team and the players getting ready for the game."

One of those shots depicts Gamez, praying intently moments before taking the ice for that fateful game. Medical testing will continue until mid-summer, and doctors have not yet determined whether it will be safe for him to resume his playing career.

"I know that God has me no matter what. Regardless of if I'm playing hockey or not, he's got a plan for my life. I'm blessed to be experiencing this right now. I'm blessed to go to Providence College and have a great family and I know my life will be forever blessed regardless if I play hockey or not." — Garrett Gamez '19

Leonard was unaware of the seriousness of the situation until a few weeks later when he was visiting campus and he ran into Gamez' teammate and roommate, Vincent Desharnais '19 (Laval, Quebec, Canada).

Desharnais, Leonard said, "expressed concern for Garrett" and described the emotional scene when Gamez returned from Notre Dame after his hospital stay, reuniting with his worried friends. Leonard knew he was looking at a remarkable story, and he was struck by the fact that he had been there for that critical moment in Gamez' life — a moment with which Leonard could identify as one who appreciates what camaraderie and competition mean to a high-level athlete.

The next morning, Leonard and his documentary producing partner, Mary Kay Wall '13P, '15P, '18P, & '20P, interviewed Gamez, Desharnais, and their roommates, Scott Conway '19 (Basingstoke, England) and Hayden Hawkey '19 (Parker, Colo.)

Leonard returned home, and over the course of the ensuing few weeks, produced this touching story that, as he describes it, "touches on all the themes that define what it means to be part of the Providence College community and the Friar athletics family."

Leonard and Wall also produced The Promise of Providence, the acclaimed PC centennial film that debuted in October.