Dominican University dedicated its new turf field and track on September 30, 2023, in honor of long-time University President, Sr. Mary Eileen O’Brien, O.P., Ph.D. The modern, NCAA regulation-size turf field, with a six-lane track surrounding the field, replaces the old grass field near Forkel Hall. The project also included the installation of permanent bleachers, a press box, and a new scoreboard.
The O’Brien Field was named in recognition of Sr. Mary Eileen’s visionary leadership and service. She served as president from 1978-1987 and again from 1997 to the present day. Under her leadership, the campus expanded and modernized, undergraduate academic programs broadened, and graduate programs in education, business, nursing, OT and PT were established. Sr. Mary Eileen also led the effort for the institution to be upgraded to university status in May 2022.
“Sr. Mary Eileen is not only an amazing leader, but an amazing person. She has been involved and donated her time to many local organizations,” said Steven Sabatini, Chair of the Board of Trustees, at the O’Brien Field Dedication Ceremony. “Given her many years of dedication and service to Dominican University, it is only fitting that this field would bear her name.”
The University’s men’s and women’s soccer and lacrosse teams, as well as men’s and women’s cross-country and track and field teams now have a modern track and field on campus and no longer have to frequently travel off campus as they often did when the field was in disrepair. With the increase in games and meets on campus, it is also easier for student spectators to attend events and support Charger athletes.
October 1, 2023
Women’s Lacrosse Captures First CACC Tournament Championship
The Dominican University New York women’s lacrosse team captured its first CACC Tournament Championship on May 7, 2023, with a double overtime victory over the Rams of Thomas Jefferson University 12-11.
Head Coach Rob Grella said, “Being able to win a CACC Championship is an unforgettable experience. This team has worked relentlessly over the past two years to become a top program. It’s a pleasure to coach such a humble and hardworking group of girls and I could not be more proud of them.”
Dominican got off to a strong start with a 5-1 lead after the first quarter. The Rams fought their way back in the second quarter by scoring three goals. The Rams used a strong third quarter to jump out in front over Dominican by scoring six of the first seven goals of the second half. Dominican ended the run with two late goals in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 10-8. Madelyn Grella and Grace DeStasio scored the first two goals for the quarter to tie the game at 10-10. With 8:44 remaining, the Rams got a one goal advantage. Dominican answered with the tying goal and the game entered overtime. In the second OT Period, Jenna Rigo made a pass to Grella who scored the game-winning goal to secure the title. DeStasio was named the Most Valuable Player in the tournament.
The Lady Chargers completed the season 17-2 overall.
May 23, 2023
Lady Chargers Win 2023 CACC Championship
The Dominican University New York women’s basketball team won their second Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Women’s Basketball Championship in the last three years after defeating the top seed from the north division, Post University, 63-54, on March 5, 2023, The final game in the Championship Tournament was played at the Gallagher Athletic, Recreation and Convocation Center on the campus of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.
Cayla Howard (Naugatuck, Conn.) poured in 21 points and eight rebounds to lead the Lady Chargers in the victory. Alexis Suarez (Poughquag, N.Y.) added 14 points, while handing out seven assists, grabbing five rebounds and swiping a pair of steals, as she was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament. Tanasha Mills (New City, N.Y.) followed with 13, as those three — along with Chidinma Ndukauba (Brooklyn, N.Y.) — were named to the CACC Women’s Basketball Championship All-Tournament Team.
Dominican held a 33-26 lead at halftime and led throughout the second half. Post, though, didn’t fold and pulled to within two at 54-52 with 2:30 remaining on a three-point basket from Haines. However, the Lady Chargers countered by scoring the next nine points including seven from Howard on five throws and a layup with just :28 left. The closing surge sealed the win and Dominican’s championship celebration.
The Lady Chargers held a narrow 11-8 lead after the first 10 minutes, but then went for 22 points in the second quarter in building the seven-point lead at the break. The teams played to a 12-all ledger in the third quarter before Dominican’s closing surge capped it.
Dominican was a hot 7-of-13 from beyond the arc including Mills‘ perfect 3-for-3 clip from deep. Howard was 2-for-3 as well.
March 10, 2023
Coach Clinton Earns 500th Win
Dominican University New York Head Men’s Basketball Coach, Joseph S. Clinton, earned his 500th career coaching win on January 7, 2023, as the Chargers rallied from a 12-point deficit to defeat the Wilmington University Wildcats, 73-67, in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) action on Coach Baxter Court in the 15th Annual James Clancy Memorial Game.
The victory gives Coach Clinton his 500th career coaching win with his overall record now standing at 500-409 overall and improves his CACC record to 333-201.
At the time of the victory, Dominican was ranked ranked 16th in the nation in both the D2SIDA National Media Poll and the NABC National Rankings, and 14-1 overall and 6-0 in the CACC.
A Wildcat dunk put Wilmington ahead, 31-19, with 3:45 remaining in the first half when the Chargers rallied with a 10-0 run to close out the half and cut the deficit to 31-29.
Wilmington led most of the second half until a Wahaad Johnson (Brooklyn, NY) layup with 5:04 left to play put the Chargers ahead, 58-57. That began a 17-9 game-closing run by Dominican to lift them to a 73-67 victory. Johnson had five points during the run, including a crucial three-point basket.
CACC Player and Rookie of the Week, Javel Cherry (Poughkeepsie, NY) led all scorers and three Chargers in double figures with 17 points.
Seth Sharif-Brown (Hackensack, NJ) recorded a new career high of 16 points and had the team’s only double-double with 11 rebounds. Johnson finished with 15 points, while Justin Copman (Cumberland, MD) pulled down nine rebounds, three assists and seven points.
January 13, 2023
Students Learn Life Lessons from Former NBA Executive at Basketball Tip-Off Dinner
A former NBA executive was the special guest speaker at the 2022-2023 Dominican University NY Basketball Tip-off Dinner. Kevin Carr, a former NBA Vice President and the Founder and CEO of PRO2CEO LLC, shared the lessons he has learned throughout his life with the men’s and women’s basketball teams. He was an engaging speaker who held the student’s attention by often yelling out questions to the students and making them repeat the answers.
Carr explained that he grew up in the projects and his parents had a total of 10 marriages among them. His mom dreamed of a better life and moved the children to Florida so that she could work at Disney. She successfully built a career for herself there and insisted that Carr read and studied. Carr’s brother became a college football player, but unfortunately did not have a back-up plan when he was injured, so he dropped out of school. Carr regrets that his brother didn’t get the help that he needed.
“What am I saying to you as young student-athletes? Ask for help if you are struggling,” said Carr. “Talk to your parents, talk to the counselors, talk to the support office, wherever it is, if you have a problem while you are in school.”
Carr encouraged the students not to go to school to play ball, but to go to school to graduate, and stressed that talent is not enough. By staying focused, and keeping out of trouble, Carr eventually became a successful NBA executive. However, he later decided to create a new company PRO2CEO so that he could work out of his home and have more time for his family. PRO2CEO is a is a career transition and business development consulting firm.
The message to the student-athletes was that there are many ways to be successful in life. “It’s amazing to be an NBA player, but it’s also amazing to be an awesome Dad and awesome son, to be an awesome best friend,” said Carr.
The Tip-Off Dinner was held at the Pearl River Saloon on November 3, 2022 and is an annual tradition to celebrate the beginning of the basketball season.
November 4, 2022
Clinton Named Cushman & Wakefield Athletic Director of the Year
Dominican College of Blauvelt Director of Athletics and Head Men’s Basketball Coach Joseph S. Clinton is a 2021-22 NCAA Division II Cushman & Wakefield Athletics Director of the Year recipient. The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) made the announcement on March 15, 2022. Clinton and three additional DII honorees will be formally recognized during the NACDA’s 57th Annual Convention at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas on Tuesday, June 28.
“I am humbled to receive this honor and be recognized as one of the four Athletic Directors of the Year by my Division II peers, ” said Clinton. “It has been an honor and a blessing to be a part of the Dominican College Community and NCAA Division II athletics. I look forward to continuing to support the student-athletes of Dominican College in the years to come.”
Clinton is in his 33rd year as director of athletics and his 31st year as head men’s basketball coach.
Since coming to Dominican College in 1989, Clinton has overseen an athletic department that has grown from five sports to 17 sports and made the transition from an NAIA school to an NCAA Division II member. During his tenure, Dominican College sports have won numerous Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Championships, NAIA Championship appearances, ECAC Championships, NCAA Regional Tournament appearances and one NCAA Championship appearance. In 2004, a local newspaper declared Dominican Athletic programs as one of the best in the tri-state area.
Clinton has also served on numerous NCAA committees, including serving as the NCAA East Region and National Chair for Division II Baseball and was the East Region Chair of the Men’s Basketball Committee for six years. He previously served on the NCAA East Region Men’s Golf, Men’s Soccer and Men’s Lacrosse Committees. Clinton currently serves on the East Region Men’s Basketball Committee. He is also a member of the National Association of Collegiate Director of Athletics (NACDA), the Athletics Directors Association (ADA) and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).
In 1996, he was recognized as the CACC Administrator of the Year.Clintoncurrently serves as the Second Vice-President of the CACC Director’s Council.
On the court, Clinton’s Chargers have made four straight NCAA East Regional Tournament appearances and five consecutive CACC Tournament Championship appearances, winning two titles. The Chargers have won 20+ games in four out of the last five years and nine times during his tenure. His career coaching record currently stands at 486-408. Clinton is a four-time recipient of the CACC Coach of the Year Award and is a three-time past recipient of the All-Metropolitan Coach of the Year Award.
The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) announced the 28 winners of the Cushman & Wakefield AD of the Year Award (ADOY) . The award spans seven divisions (NCAA FBS, FCS, Division I-AAA, II, III, NAIA/Other Four-Year Institutions and Junior College/Community Colleges). Winners will be recognized in conjunction with the 57th Annual NACDA & Affiliates Convention at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, prior to the Featured Session on Tuesday, June 28 at 4 p.m.
The ADOY Award highlights the efforts of athletics directors at all levels for their commitment and positive contributions to student-athletes, campuses and their surrounding communities.
March 16, 2022
Men’s Basketball Team Ranked #1 in East Region Media Poll
The 2021-2022 Men’s Basketball Team.
The Dominican College men’s basketball team has been ranked #1 in the Division II Sports Information Directors Association (D2SIOA) East Region Media Poll, announced on January 17, 2022.
At the time of the poll, the Chargers had a 10-2 record. The Chargers have held the top spot in the East Region Media Poll since the Week 3 poll. Dominican College has defeated three of the teams in the top ten with victories over #2 St. Thomas Aquinas College, #6 University of New Haven, and #9 Adelphi University.
January 18, 2022
Charger Athletes Get Advice at Annual Basketball Tip-Off Dinner
The 2021-2022 Men’s Basketball Team with Guest Speaker Justin Kobay.
As the 2021-2022 basketball season kicked off, Charger athletes got words of advice on “Winning in Life On And Off The Court.” At the annual Tip-Off Dinner, Guest Speaker Justin Kobay, CPA, Partner/Business Manager of LL Business Management, shared how he built a fulfilling and successful career as a business manager to music industry artists, producers, and executives.
After speaking with the players on the men’s and women’s basketball teams, Kobay had high praise for the athletes. “I think it’s amazing. I think they are all very motivated, very focused, and hopefully I gave them some insight on the big picture,” he said.
The 2021-2022 Women’s Basketball Team with Guest Speaker Justin Kobay.
Among Kobay’s advice: it is never too late to do what you want, figure out your strengths, always be yourself, and learn how to network. LL Business Management is based in Lake Success, NY and has an office in Los Angeles. Clients include Grammy-winning artist Lil Nas X, producer Timbaland, and musician Boots Riley.
The Tip-Off Dinner was held on November 4, 2021, at the Pearl River Elks Club. In addition to Kobay, the athletes heard from Master of Ceremony and College Trustee Michael McLaughlin ’89, Men’s Basketball Coach Joseph Clinton, and Women’s Basketball Coach Bill Diener.
November 5, 2021
New Inductees Welcomed into the Athletic Hall of Fame
Five talented athletes and an enthusiastic basketball manager were inducted into the Dominican College Athletic Hall of Fame during a ceremony on September 24, 2021, in the Granito Center. The new inductees included: John Clarke ’75, men’s basketball; Dana Rotio ’08; women’s basketball; Ryan Clancy ’08, men’s soccer; Margaret Porter Hamilton ’12, women’s soccer; Tom Maloney ’10, baseball; and Derek Funsch for service.
John Clarke ’75, Men’s Basketball
Athletic Director and Head Men’s Basketball Coach Joseph Clinton marveled at Clarke’s statistics and said he asked Clarke’s former teammates to tell him what made Clarke so good. Among the answers, said Clinton, were, “Tenacious, he had a fire that burned inside that he was going to make sure his team won, very skilled player, had every shot in the book…he did amazing things in the clutch, if his team needed him, it was done.”
Clarke ranks fourth all time in men’s basketball history in points with 1,700 career points. In 77 games, he had 331 total free throws, 609 career field goals, and averaged 23 points per game.
Clarke was a transfer student and said his biggest accomplishment at Dominican College was meeting his wife Dora who was a student here as well.
Dana Rotio ’08, Women’s Basketball
John Burke, Vice President for Student Development, described Rotio as one of the all-time greatest basketball players at Dominican College because she had the ability and instincts to leap, steal, make things happen, and change the game on a dime. “And most importantly, every year that Dana was here the program got better,” he said.
Rotio sits eighth all-time in the Sue Heller 1,000 point club with 1,265 career points. A four-year member of the Lady Chargers she earned both All-CACC and All-Met honors, along with being named the 2007 ECAC Tournament Most Valuable Player. In her 120 game career she hit 400 career goals, 103 career three-point field goals and 355 career free throws.
At the ceremony, Rotio said she learned so many lessons and values playing at Dominican College that have helped her be successful both on and off the court. “Discipline, leadership, hard work, determination, and resiliency, are some of the other values that were instilled in me during my time as a Lady Charger,” she said. “I learned that giving up was never an option. We were physically tough, but we also learned the importance of mental toughness.”
Ryan Clancy ’08, Men’s Soccer
Clancy’s father, Jim, presented his son at the induction ceremony and described him as a natural athlete who began playing soccer in the backyard from the age of three. He recalled that his son played soccer, basketball, and baseball in high school – but particularly excelled at soccer.
At Dominican College, Clancy was a four year starter on the men’s soccer team. He ranks second all-time in program history in assists and is fifth in total points and goals scored. Along with his place in the Charger record book, Clancy was a three-time All-CACC honoree, a three-time CACC All-Tournament pick and a three-time All-Region selection. He also earned two CACC tournament Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards.
In accepting the honor, Clancy referred to the title of entrepreneur Grant Cardone’s book “Be Obsessed or Be Average.” He then followed up with this advice, “Whatever you do, be obsessed and if you are not obsessed with it, find something you are obsessed with. I was obsessed with soccer and it will forever be a big part of my life.”
Margaret Porter Hamilton ’12, Women’s Soccer
Former Women’s Soccer Coach Phil Fluhr said Hamilton was a fantastic player who was fast, tough, and had both good instincts and soccer intelligence. “She was so aggressive that in a sense she didn’t show any fear all,” he said. “She just played hard. She was aggressive. She dived in a lot. She challenged and I don’t think anybody could withstand her shoulder charge.”
Hamilton was a two-year team captain and two-time CACC All-Tournament honoree. She ranks fifth all-time in Lady Chargers history in goals and eighth all-time in career points. Hamilton earned two All-CACC selections and one All-Region accolades.
In her remarks, Hamilton said, “Everything with Dominican has been special to me. There’s been a lot of ups and downs and my team has brought me a lot of joy.”
Tom Maloney ’10, Baseball
Maloney ranks sixth in the Charger 200 hit club with 207 career hits. Baseball Head Coach Rick Giannetti said the number of hits puts him in an elite club of only 11 players in the history of the program. “And he was by far our best player on a team that was #1 from day one to the last day of the season,” said Giannetti.
Maloney was both an all-CACC and All-Region honoree, along with receiving a CACC All-Tournament selection and was on the ECAC Division II All-Star First Team. Maloney is ninth all-time in Charger history in runs batted in.
Maloney thanked Coach Giannetti and said they shared a passion for winning. “I never met somebody who hated losing as much as I did until we met,” said Maloney.
Derek Funsch, Service
For the past 11 years, Funsch has worked as the men’s basketball team manager. Funsch thanked the incredible coaches and players for taking him along for an amazing ride. “Thank you Coach Clinton for taking me under your wing. You have been a mentor, a friend, and you have filled my days here at Dominican College with joy and humor.”
Clinton said Funsch was a great friend, the players love him, and he gets everyone “fired up” during practices and games. “The theme with Derek is the energy, the enthusiasm, the commitment, the loyalty, the responsibility,” said Clinton. “He is the heart and soul of our team.”
September 27, 2021
Baseball Team Wins CACC Title
The Dominican College baseball team won the 2021 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Championship on May 15, 2021 with a stunning 6-5 victory over the south second seed, Thomas Jefferson University, in a game played at Alumni Field in Philadelphia, PA. DC’s win secured the 18th CACC Championship in program history
The game was scoreless until the top of the fifth inning when Dominican struck for a run on the two-out solo home run off the bat of second basemenCarmine Giordano (New Rochelle, N.Y.). Jefferson would counter in the bottom half of the inning with the RBI single up the middle to make the score 1-1. Dominican scored in their half of the sixth inning as catcher Bobby Garbuio (Chappaqua, N.Y.) singled up the middle to plate Richard Paulino (San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic), who had led off the inning with an infield single and had moved into scoring position on an error to re-take a 2-1 advantage. TJU led off the bottom of the seventh with a solo home run over the left field fence to retie the score at 2-all and the game would remain tied until the ninth inning.
In the top of the ninth, right fielder Brian Sanders (La Ceiba, Honduras) led off the inning with a single up-the-middle and later moved to second as Paulinowas hit by a pitch to put two runners on with one out. A walk issued to Garbuioloaded the bases for freshman left fielder Shane Hewlette (Deer Park, N.Y.) who delivered what would be a game-winning triple to center field that brought home all three runners to lift the Chargers to a 5-2 lead. Two batters later, designated hitter Benjamin Meza (Miami, Fla.) scored Hewlette with a double down the left field line for the 6-2 lead.
Jefferson rallied in the bottom of the ninth with three runs on two hits and a wild pitch and had the tying run on second base with two outs, but reliever William Espinal (Bronx, N.Y.) recorded the game ending strikeout for the win. Hewlette, Sandersand Paulino all had two hits in the game, while Hewlettehad a game best three RBI. Espinalpicked up the win in two innings of relief, allowing three runs (none earned) on three hits and collecting five strikeouts. Starter Jaden Diaz-Lambert (Erial, N.J.) went five innings, allowing one run on four hits and recording seven strikeouts.
For his outstanding play in the tournament, Hewlettewas named the 2021 CACC Baseball Championship Most Valuable Player (MVP) and to the All-Tournament Team. Joining him on the all-tournament team from DC were: Sanders, Paulino, Diaz-LambertandEspinal.
The Chargers (19-13) earn the conference’s automatic bid into the NCAA Division II East Regional Tournament slated to begin on May 27th.
May 18, 2021
Men’s Golf Team Wins 2021 CACC Championship
Freshman Alexander Lundvall was named the 2021 CACC Championship Tournament MVP.
The Dominican College men’s golf team won the 2021 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Golf Championship held April 19, 2021 at White Beeches Golf and Country Club in Haworth, NJ.
This is the program’s fourth CACC Tournament Championship with the others coming in 2001, 2002 and 2018.
As a team, the Chargers finished with a combined score of 305 to win the CACC Championship, while Concordia College took second place with a score of 306. Golde-Beacom College finished in third place (311), followed by Felician University (330), Chestnut Hill College (340), Thomas Jefferson University (345) and the University of the Sciences (354).
FreshmanAlexander Lundvall(Stockholm, Sweden) was the individual medalist with the low round score of 71 (-1). On the front nine, Lundvall recorded two birdies on holes two and five and added a third on hole 11. On the front nine, he finished with a 36 (-1) and followed with a 35 (E) on the back nine to earn All-Tournament honors.
Alejandro Gomez Cervantes(Torreon, Mexico) finished in a tie for fifth place overall with a score of 76 (39, 37) to joinLundvallon the All-Tournament Team. He recorded one birdie on hole 14.
FreshmanNicholas Arrieta(Bucaramanga, Colombia) recorded a 77 to tie for seventh place and finish with three birdies on holes one, 14 and 17.
In fall 2021, Dominican College will launch a new Rowing Club, with men’sand women’s teams. The club will compete against collegiate teams in the New York area, regional races including the New York State Collegiate Championships, and some national races – including the Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia.
Coach Ivan Rudolph-Shabinsky is looking for interested incoming students and current students to join the Rowing Club and stresses that no experience is necessary. He said there are many national team rowers who didn’t start rowing until college. “This creates a wonderful opportunity for the late-blooming athlete who has not yet found ‘their sport’ to try rowing and know that, even if they start only in college, they have the possibility of reaching the highest levels of the sport,” he said.
Rudolph-Shabinsky, Director of the Business Division at Dominican College, is an accomplished rower and coach who began his career at Cornell University. He continued racing as an adult – most recently winning a gold medal in a masters four in 2019 at the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta. He is also president of the Rockland Rowing Association, where he coaches youth rowers and competes as a masters rower.
Dominican College has partnered with Rockland Rowing to develop the Rowing Club. Rockland Rowing is completing a new rowing center at Rockland Lake this spring that will include the new Crestron Rowing Pavilion, a low-profile eco-dock, and a buoyed 10-lane course.