The Princeton Varsity Club held its Winter Coaches Luncheon on Tuesday, February 21st, where a selection of winter head coaches and accompanying student-athletes gathered to speak with university and community partners.
Those teams in attendance included men’s and women’s basketball, men’s ice hockey and women’s track and field. Each featured head coach, including Courtney Banghart (women’s basketball), Michelle Eisenreich (women’s track and field), Ron Fogarty (men’s ice hockey) and Mitch Henderson ’98 (men’s basketball) highlighted their respective 2016-17 squads, provided updates on their winter season to date and spoke to their program’s role in Princeton Athletic Department’s core values of Achieve, Serve and Lead.
Additionally, student-athletes from each respective team were invited to speak to their Princeton experience and the opportunities Princeton Athletics has afforded them to Achieve, Serve and Lead through athletic competition, in the classroom and beyond. Featured student-athletes included:
- Women’s Basketball – Vanessa Smith ’17
- Men’s Ice Hockey – Ryan Siiro ’17
- Men’s Basketball – Devin Cannady ’19
- Women’s Track and Field – Elisa Steele ’17
“You have to be courageous to play a sport…to put yourself out there, knowing you can lose. Hard work begets confidence, which begets courage, which empowers us and emboldens us to do the impossible.” -Vanessa Smith ’17
The luncheon also recognized two student-athletes who were awarded the PNC Achiever Award for the winter season, which acknowledges and recognizes achievement across academics, athletics and community service. Those winners included:
- Men’s Fencing – Wesley Johnson ’19
- Women’s Ice Hockey – Fiona McKenna ’17
The PVC Spring Coaches Luncheon is scheduled for Tuesday, April 25, 2017.