Student-Athlete Support Services Staff Additions Announced

SHU announced the addition of Kelsey Armstrong to the SASS staff, along with three Student-Athlete Engagement Specialists.
SHU announced the addition of Kelsey Armstrong to the SASS staff, along with three Student-Athlete Engagement Specialists.

Sacred Heart University Senior Associate Director of Athletics Tammy Petrucelli announced the hiring of Kelsey Armstrong as the Pioneers Student-Athlete Support Services Coordinator. In addition, Petrucelli announced Morgan Ford, Patrick Moran and Mary Verneris have joined the staff as Graduate Assistant Student-Athlete Engagement Specialists.

"I welcome Kelsey, Morgan, Patrick and Mary to the SHU family," said Petrucelli. "They have hit the ground running and are going to be wonderful assets to the continued success of our student-athletes during their Pioneer careers."

Armstrong comes to SHU after serving as the Chief of Staff in the Department of Athletics at the University of Hartford last year. In that role she supported the department's senior leadership and as an advisor to the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. At SHU, Armstrong will oversee community service initiatives, serve as the advisor to HEART (Helping Every Athlete Return Together) as well as overseeing the academic progress of seven programs.

Ford is a 2019 graduate of SHU, earning a degree in Business Management. She served as a Senator for Student Government and was an executive board member of the Student Events Team. She will provide day-to-day operational support, process tutoring and faculty payroll and have academic responsibilities for six athletic programs.

Moran is a graduate of Siena College, with a degree in Political Science and an Economics major. He served the Student Body President from January 2017 through December 2018, and along with interacting with the Board of Trustees and Alumni Relations, oversaw and managed 94 clubs' budgets and travel. He will act as communications and multimedia contact, while working with seven athletic programs in their academic pursuits.

Verneris played soccer at Endicott College, where she earned a degree in Marketing, with an English minor. She was selected captain of the of the Endicott soccer team during her career, while also serving on the Relay for Life Committee and being a member of the Endicott Marketing Club. Verneris will serve as SAAC advisor and has academic oversight of six athletic programs.