Catching Up with Gavin Viano (Wheaton College Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Nearly two months after being named the Wheaton College Director of Athletics and Recreation, Gavin Viano found himself, along with his staff, working remotely due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).  

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Gavin Viano was named the Wheaton College Director of Athletics and Recreation on January 6, 2020. (PHOTO COURTESY: Keith Nordstrom/Wheaton College Athletics)

But despite the distance, Viano and his staff have remained upbeat and positive. They have also found ways to stay connected through video conferencing, which is something the new Lyons’ boss is “grateful for” these days. 

“The ability to see each other (through Zoom or other video conferencing platforms), it really helps to feel connected and stay productive,” said Viano, who competed for the Clark University men’s swimming and diving program. 

“COVID-19 has disrupted the natural rhythm of campus life and everyday life … but the goal is to stay connected, stay motivated, and to simply be there for each other.” 

And being there, both for his coaches and student-athletes, as well as other members of the Wheaton community remains Viano’s main priority while assisting various members of his department with a slew of projects, including last week’s NCAA D-III Week coverage to generating new content for the Lyons’ website and social media channels. 


Wheaton College NCAA D-III Week Stories


We recently caught-up with Viano to learn more about how he and his staff are staying connected with the student-athletes and Wheaton community during this time to what he envisions sporting events looking like in the post-coronavirus world.


During such a confusing and uncertain time, how do you keep your staff and student-athletes engaged and still active within the campus, even if they cannot be physically present?

We meet more frequently (virtually) as a department than we did prior to COVID-19. We schedule individual meetings more frequently to compensate for the inability to pop-in and see each other on a daily basis. 

We’ve taken to social media as a place to not only interact as a community but to offer programming relative to health, strength and conditioning ideas. We have offered intramural video game tournaments, promoted virtual career services programming and even social media account takeovers. 

We have been highlighting alumni, staff, and students on our athletics’ homepage three days a week while our Wheaton Athletic Mentors (WAMs) have been producing “virtual coffee” meetings with our faculty and staff that we have shared to our fans and followers. 

Both our coaches and recreation staff are doing many things virtually with their teams and students while we are also trying to take advantage of the programming that is being offered by other departments on campus, including the Filene Center for Academic Advising and Career Services

A prevalent topic floating on social media these days has been the absence of sports. This scary time has shown us that sports aren’t just sports. They bring us together and offer a sense of joy and excitement. How do you feel the sports world will change in the post-pandemic world?

If I had to guess what will be different, I think smaller crowds at live events, especially at the professional level and the NCAA’s Power Five level will be the norm for a while. I would imagine that live sports will come back first as “made for TV” events – I am thinking no fans or maybe a handful from the get-go. Then we’ll see a gradual increase in attendance over the next two to three years. 

At the small college level, I think you’ll see fans a lot more spread out around the venue, than in the past. People will come together, but they won’t crowd together, at least not right away.

Will there be an even greater appreciation for sports than before?

I think there is going to be a greater appreciation for lots of things that we all took for granted. I think the experience of watching live sports will certainly be one of those things.

Finally, what advice or words of encouragement would you like to give those seniors who lost their winter and spring seasons? 

First, I would say that it is normal and necessary to take a few days or even a month or two, to go through the mental process of having a final season ended so abruptly. There will be moments of sadness, anger, confusion, and regret, along with other emotions, as well. Those emotions need to be acknowledged, because that loss of a season is real, and I empathize with these student-athletes.

My advice to anybody, including myself, at this unprecedented time, is to be thankful for what you do have and try not to focus on what you don’t have or what you can’t control. If you are healthy and if your loved ones are healthy, that’s a pretty good place to start each day.


‘Catching Up’ with Wheaton College Director of Athletics and Recreation Gavin Viano was produced by both Matt Noonan and Mia Len.

All-WACBA Men’s & Women’s Basketball Teams (Tuesday, March 31st, 2020)

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With another season of college basketball in the Worcester area is in the books, it is time to unveil our All-Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s and Women’s Basketball Teams.

Noontime Sports is excited to share our end of season All-WACBA Teams for the seventh consecutive season after being the host site for the organization’s weekly honor rolls, which have appeared every Tuesday throughout the Worcester basketball season. 

Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more.


WACBA Men’s Basketball Postseason Award

WACBA Women’s Basketball Postseason Awards 


All-WACBA Men’s Basketball (First Team)

Mike Rapoza 

Anna Maria College

Charlton, Mass.

Matthew Kelly 

Assumption College

North Potomac, Md.

Joe Pridgen

Holy Cross 

Winchendon, Mass.

DeAnte Bruton

Nichols College

New London, Conn.

Tyler Dion

Worcester State 

Barre, Mass.

Garrett Stephenson

WPI

Townsend, Mass.


All-WACBA Men’s Basketball (Second Team)

Bobby Perette

Anna Maria College

Marshfield, Mass.

Malik Brown

Assumption College

Waldorf, Md.

Mateus Ribeiro

Becker College

Sao Paulo, Brazil

Biko Gayman 

Clark University

Fort Pierce, Fla.

Matt Morrow

Nichols College

Leicester, Mass.

Chris Cardoso

Worcester State 

Jamaica Plain, Mass.

Jake Wisniewski

WPI

West Brookfield, Mass.


All-WACBA Women’s Basketball (First Team)

Amber Wilson

Anna Maria College

New York, N.Y.

Brianna Capacchione

Assumption College

Washington Township, N.J.

Hannah Favaloro

Clark University

Blackstone, Mass.

Lauren Manis

Holy Cross 

Franklin, Mass.

Avery LaBarbera

Holy Cross

Harrison, N.Y.

Mya Mosley 

Worcester State 

Worcester, Mass. 


All-WACBA Women’s Basketball (Second Team)

Sierra Johnson

Anna Maria College

Brockton, Mass.

Cassidy Harrison

Becker College

Foxborough, Mass.

Natasha Pacheco

Becker College

Fairfax, Va. 

Angelina Marazzi

Fitchburg State 

Manchester, N.H. 

Isabella Nerney 

Nichols College

Guilford, Conn.

Catherine Sweeney

Worcester State 

Lowell, Mass.

Spencer Vinson

WPI

Los Angeles, Calif. 

 


Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more.

D3 Women’s Lacrosse Team of the Year

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

The New England D-III Lacrosse season concluded abruptly last week due to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), but that won’t stop us from highlighting our region’s student-athletes, who have earned spots on our Zelos Athletics Team of the Year.


All-Noontime Women’s Lacrosse First Team

Talia Land 

Amherst College

Larchmont, N.Y.

Gianna Bruno

Colby College New Canaan, Conn.

Annie Eddy 

Colby College

 Cheshire, Conn. 

Taylor Moore

Colby College 

Weston, Conn. 

Clara Bisson

Connecticut College

Sudbury, Mass.

Emily Barnard 

Middlebury College

Wayland, Mass. 

Abby Manning

Wesleyan University

Wilmington, Del.

Sam Donohoe

Westfield State 

Pepperell, Mass.

Molly Covarrubias 

Wheaton College

Framingham, Mass. 

Kyra Schwartzman

Wheaton College 

Kennebunk, Maine


All-Noontime Women’s Lacrosse Second Team 

Erin Jayne

Babson College  

Merrimac, Mass. 

Fiona Bundy 

Bowdoin College

Easthampton, Mass. 

Morgan Derosia 

Castleton University

Vernon, Vt. 

Erin Shuttle

Castleton University

Georgia, Vt.

Morgan Pike

Endicott College

Shapleigh, Maine

Grace Gamache

 Framingham State

Dartmouth, Mass.

Dani Lydecker

Johnson & Wales

Valley Cottage, N.Y.

Jane Earley

Middlebury College

North Falmouth, Mass.

Allegra Grant

Wesleyan University

Winnetka, Ill.

Claire Fitzpatrick

Williams College 

Longmeadow, Mass.


All-Noontime Women’s Lacrosse Third Team 

Margaret Smith

Bates College

Wilton, Conn. 

Victoria McDonough

Bridgewater State 

Marshfield, Mass. 

Elysia Hall

Clark University

Manhattan Beach, Calif.

Tristan Kijak

Eastern Connecticut 

Windsor, Conn. 

Alyssa Blumenthal

Mass. Maritime Academy

Braintree, Mass.

Abigail Kolyer

MIT

Manhasset, N.Y. 

Logan Champlin

Saint Joseph’s (Maine)

Alfred, Maine

Catherine Lawliss

Tufts University

Portland, Ore.

Bella Mancini

UMass Dartmouth

Bellingham, Mass.

Molly Camelo

Univ. of New England

Melrose, Mass. 

 

D3 Lacrosse: New England Men’s Lacrosse Top 10 Poll (Monday, March 2nd, 2020)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

A brand new D-III lacrosse season has officially arrived – it actually started for some New England teams last month, but as of this past weekend, most teams have now played at least once, twice or three times.

And with a brand new season comes a new Noontime Sports & Zelos Athletics New England D-III Lacrosse Men’s Poll, which finds Amherst College in the top spot followed by Williams College (second) and Tufts University (third).


New England D-III Men’s Lax Top 10 Poll | Monday, March 2nd, 2020 

1. Amherst College

2-0, 1-0 NESCAC

2. Williams College

1-0, 1-0 NESCAC

3. Tufts University 1-0, 1-0 NESCAC
4. Wesleyan University  1-0, 1-0 NESCAC
5. Babson College 2-1, 0-0 NEWMAC
6. Middlebury College 1-0, 1-0 NESCAC
7. Western New England  2-1, 0-0 CCC
8. Coast Guard Academy 2-2, 0-0 NEWMAC
9. Bates College  0-3, 0-1 NESCAC
10. Springfield College 0-2, 0-0 NEWMAC

On The Rise: Clark University, Endicott College, Keene State, and MIT

 

Noontime’s Top 10 Men’s Lacrosse Poll (Monday, February 17th, 2020)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

A brand new Massachusetts D-III Lacrosse season began this past weekend with Clark University competing against Salve Regina University in an overtime clash, which saw the Seahawks edge the Cougars, 14-13.

Yet, despite falling to the Seahawks last Saturday, the Cougars still secured a spot in our initial Noontime Sports Massachusetts D-III Men’s Lacrosse Top 10 Poll, which is powered by Zelos Athletics.

Amherst CollegeWilliams College, and Tufts University secured the top three spots – all three teams will begin their respective campaigns later this month. Amherst was the national runner-up from one year ago, while Williams saw its national postseason run conclude against the Mammoths in the semifinals of the D-III Tournament.

Springfield College and Western New England rounded out the top five, checking in fourth and fifth, respectively, while Endicott CollegeMIT, and Babson College secured the sixth, seventh, and eighth positions.

Curry College earned the final spot on this week’s poll – the Colonels, who were picked to finish fourth in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) will commence their 2020 campaign at the end of the month against Norwich University.


Mass. D-III Lax Top 10 Poll | Monday, February 17th, 2020 

1. Amherst College

0-0, 0-0 (NESCAC)

2. Williams College

0-0, 0-0 (NESCAC)

3. Tufts University

0-0, 0-0 (NESCAC)

4. Springfield College 

0-0, 0-0 (NEWMAC)

5. Western New England 

0-0, 0-0 (CCC)

6. Endicott College 

0-0, 0-0 (CCC)

7. MIT 

0-0, 0-0 (NEWMAC)

8. Babson College 

0-0, 0-0 (NEWMAC)

9. Clark University 

0-1, 0-0 (NEWMAC)

10. Curry College 

0-0, 0-0 (CCC)

On The Rise: Lasell University, Mass. Maritime Academy, Nichols College, UMass Boston, and Wheaton College