UNH GYMNASTICS STAFF HONORED AT NCAA NORTHEAST REGIONAL AWARDS BANQUET

ANN ARBOR, MI--Four staff members from the University of New Hampshire women's gymnastics travel contigent to the University of Michigan for the NCAA Northeast Regionals were honored on Friday evening at the annual awards banquet held at the team's hotel headquarters.

UNH head coach Gail Goodspeed, now in her 22nd year with the Wildcats, was named the NCAA Northeast Region Coach of the Year for her outstanding efforts this year and in the 20 consecutive years she has taken UNH to the NCAA tournament. She was not only recognized for her coaching and leadership during the 2001 season, but also for helping to lead her team through adversity following the death of UNH junior gymnast Katie Baldwin, who passed away in the fall due to a pulmonary embolism.

First-year athletic director Marty Scarano was named the 2001 Administrator Of The Year for his support of women's gymnastics at UNH. Cited for his "hands-on" style, Scarano has created a positive supportive and enthusiastic environment for the staff and team. The UNH gymnastics program received tremendous support from Scarano, who was extremely sensitive to the situation and the needs of the team during the difficult time and throughout the season.

"Marty has been a strong force throughout the year in supporting our gymnastics program," said head coach Gail Goodspeed.

The awards kept coming for the Wildcats. UNH's assistant coaches, Ed Datti and Beth Amelkovich, along with Goodspeed have combined to give the Wildcats what Goodspeed feels is " its best and strongest coaching staff during her 22 seasons at UNH."

As a result of their combined efforts during the 2001 season, both Datti and Amelkovich were recognized as the NCAA Northeast Region Assistant Co-Coaches Of The Year. Cited for not only their outstanding coaching skills, both were recognized for doing everything from on the floor coaching, to full equipment set-up for the Wildcats.

"Ed and Beth have been phenomenal in their work ethic, coaching abilities, and genuine love and concern for every individual involved with our program. Beth's addition to our staff has allowed us to stay in touch with all of our recruits and pay greater attention to details in everything we do, and Ed is one of the best technicians and spotters in the country. Both have helped all of us deal with the adversity of the year and gain a new perspective on life," said Goodspeed.

The last time both Goodspeed and Datti were named Northeast Regional Coach Of The Year and Assistant Coach Of The Year was 1994, the season UNH went on to win the Northeast Regionals and finished 12th in the nation.

All six teams, UNH, Michigan, Stanford, LSU, UMass, Rhode Island, and some individuals from other schools will compete on Saturday, April 7 in the 2001 NCAA Northeast Regional. The meet begins at 6 p.m. at Michigan's Crisler Arena.

UNH completed the regular season with a 15-3-1 record, its most wins since 1994 when the Wildcats won 16 contests.

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