Scholastic Roundup: Dylan Brown hits the ground running at St. Joe’s

May 6, 2022 Andy Furman
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Dylan Brown is the newest member of the athletics staff at Brooklyn’s St. Joseph’s University – and Margaret Alaimo, the school’s Director of Athletics and Recreation says, “he’s had to hit the ground running, and will have a positive impact in our department.”

Brown is the Assistant Director of Athletics and Recreation. In his new position he’ll be a member of the senior administrative staff and will be responsible for the operation and maintenance of The Hill Center and the St. Angela turf facility and for the coordination of off-campus field rentals.

A double-alumnus from SUNY-Cortland, Brown comes to Brooklyn after spending a year at Cornell University as event management and operations assistant.

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Highlighted by senior Jessica Mecham’s two-hit shutout and walk-off hits by Ashleigh Hartwig and Jaden Mecham, the Bears of St. Joseph’s softball team swept the College of Mount Saint Vincent, 8-0 and 10-2 – both in six-innings, last Sunday in their season finale. The Bears finished their season 22-12, their best since joining the Skyline Conference, and clinched the No. 5 seed for the 2022 Skyline Championship with a 10-8 conference record.

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Former St. Francis College baseball coach Dan Lynch reminds St. Joseph’s basketball has always had a St. Francis connection. Three former mens’ basketball coaches were Terrier alums – Jimmy Sullivan, Dennis McDermott and Lynch.

Some Brooklyn names who recently entered the CHSAA Hall of Fame. John Lorenzetti was a teacher at St. Edmund Prep who later served at Nazareth Regional High School. In 1995 he returned to Sheepshead Bay High School as principal. He served as president of the Principals’ Association of the Diocese of Brooklyn overseeing both the CHSAA and GCHSAA from 2000 to his 2017 retirement.

Frank Marinello coached varsity softball at Fontbonne Hall Academy for nearly 20 years. He helped transform the Bonnies’ softball program into one of the most respected in New York City, and he’s been the longest tenured coach in Fontbonne’s softball history with a career mark of 230-85.

Virginia Mayrose has taught and coached at Bishop Ford High School over 20 years – she later founded the volleyball program at St. Joseph Hill Academy, Staten Island. In 2010, St. Joseph Hill became the first island school to win a playoff match in the city playoffs. Her teams won the S.I. championship each year while going undefeated for five years – 2011-2015.

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Eliot Weiss, the successful chess coach at Edward R. Murrow High hasn’t been at the school for weeks.

“I broke my leg playing ice hockey in Hicksville,” he told Scholastic Roundup. “I was on the verge of winning the L.I. Hockey Championship. The break was pretty bad, I went directly to the hospital.”

Weiss needed immediate surgery the next morning – it lasted four hours.  He broke his tibia and fibula. “I have a rod inserted into my leg and I have torn ligaments in the ankle. I can’t walk for several months.”

As far as the chess team, the trip to the nationals in Memphis was cancelled.

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Four St. Francis student-athletes and coaches were honored at Charter Day Convocation, at the college’s annual end-of-year recognition for students and staff, last week.

Two student-athletes were inducted into the Duns Scotus Honors Society. Founded in 1935, the Society is named for the Blessed John Duns Scotus, a Franciscan scholar and champion of Our Lady’s Immaculate Conception. Election to membership in the Society is based on high scholastic standing, participation in extracurricular activities, evidence of loyalty to the ideals of St. Francis College and demonstration of a true Franciscan spirit.

Ridwan Hannan, a men’s soccer captain sporting a 4.0 Grade-Point-Average and an active writer about the experience of a Division I student-athlete, was inducted after being named the Athletic Department’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Albion Veliu, a member of the men’s swimming and diving team, who currently holds a 3.993 GPA in the Information Technology degree program as a junior, was also inducted.

Two coaches were also honored for their years of service to St. Francis College Athletics.

Clive Bentick, Men’s Basketball Associate Head Coach, and Brian Guidera, Director of Aquatics and Head Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Coach, received the President’s Medal. The award is given in recognition of 15 years of dedicated services as an administrator and staff member.

Andy Furman is a Fox Sports Radio national talk show host. Previously, he was a scholastic sports columnist for the Brooklyn Eagle. He may be reached at: [email protected] Twitter: @AndyFurmanFSR

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