Avena Named Manager, Varsity Athletic Facilities

Chris Avena joined the Pioneers Department of Athletics in July.
Chris Avena joined the Pioneers Department of Athletics in July.

Sacred Heart University Executive Director of Athletics Bobby Valentine announced the addition of Christopher Avena as Manager, Varsity Athletic Facilities. In that role, Avena will have oversight of the Pioneers athletic facilities; including Campus Field, the Pitt Center, Park Avenue Field and Pioneer Park.

"I want to extend a warm welcome to Chris as he joins the Pioneer family," said Valentine. "He has been an integral part of our hockey program's time at Webster Bank Arena and we are pleased to have his expertise to impact even more of our student-athletes."

Avena, a 1991 graduate of Bryant University, served as the Event Staff Manager and Assistant Manager of Operations at WBA, home of Pioneers men's hockey, for the past 18 months. He trained and managed a staff of over 60 event staff employees, for all arena events. In that capacity, Avena worked closely with the ice manager to maintain proper ice conditions and maintenance and was the head Zamboni driver for the Pioneers and the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

After a 20-year stint in the financial industry, with the likes of Fidelity, Wells Fargo Bank and SBC/SNET Global Network, Avena returned to his youth hockey roots made the move to athletics. He served as the Retail Store Manager for Hockeygear.com for two years, before joining the Milford Ice Pavilion as Ice Rink and Pro Shop Manager and head instructor, before joining the staff at WBA.