MCLA Hires New Staff Members in Athletics


North Adams, MASS. - MCLA Director of Athletics Scott Nichols has announced the hiring of two head coaches, a full-time assistant athletic trainer, and the promotion of Sports Information Director Jeff Puleri to the position of assistant athletics director. 

Effective immediately, Steve Terpak will lead MCLA's golf program, while Melissa Alexicko will be the head coach for men's tennis.  In addition, Hailey Katcher began serving earlier this month as the new assistant athletic trainer. Puleri already has begun his new duties as MCLA's assistant athletics director.

Terpak will take over the golf program as the Trailblazers gear up for the fall campaign.  He previously served as the head golf professional at Donnybrook Country Club, and continues to work as an instructor in the Nike Golf School program at Skyline Country Club. 

He is a Level III certified USGTF golf instructor, and will lead MCLA's golfers as the Trailblazers begin their second season in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC).

Alexicko assumes the lead role in the men's tennis program that competes in the NAC primarily during the spring semester.  She serves as the tennis director at Pittsfield Country Club, and is the head tennis coach at Lenox High School.

Katcher began her career at MCLA after working as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at the University of West Alabama.  While doing her graduate work, Katcher was involved with that institution's softball and football programs, and served in the Sports Medicine Center and the Physicians' Clinic.. 

Katcher will be involved in all aspects of the athletic training program at MCLA, including game coverage for all sports.

Puleri will remain as MCLA's sports information director and head baseball coach, but has assumed fundraising duties within Athletics as part of his new administrative role.  He will be involved heavily with the MCLA Golf Classic, the Trailblazer Varsity Club, the Hall of Fame ceremony and all other development opportunities within the Department of Athletics.

Nichols said he is eager to see all of the new personnel in action.

"We are really excited to hire two very qualified coaches and add another trainer to our medical staff.  All of them will provide tremendous enthusiasm into our programs that will greatly benefit our student athletes," Nichols said.

Both the golf and the tennis programs will kick off in September, with the men's first tennis match slated for Sept. 19.

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