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Published on Apr 9, 2012
Collectively, Pat Genovese, Aliceann Wilber and Sally Scatton have more than a century of coaching experience, compiling more than 1,300 career wins, 21 conference championships, 55 NCAA tournament appearances, and four NCAA Division III Championships.
The trailblazing trio has served as teachers and mentors to generations of young women who have blossomed under their tutelage. Hundreds of Heron student-athletes have received conference, regional and national awards for the efforts on the field and in the classroom.
Their dedication and leadership has not gone unnoticed. Together, they have 16 Regional Coach of the Year awards and 10 National Coach of the Year awards. Pat, Aliceann, and Sally have been inducted into nine halls of fame, including the U.S. Lacrosse National Hall of Fame (Pat) and the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Hall of Fame (Sally).
Pat began her career at William Smith in 1971, before the passage of Title IX. Through the years, she has worn nearly every conceivable hat, teaching classes, coaching a wide-range of sports, and fundraising for a department that had its hand in more areas (Dance, Physical Education & Athletics) than thousands of dollars in its budget in the early '70s.
Aliceann joined the school in 1980 when soccer was added as a varsity sport. The Herons took their lumps on the pitch in the early years, suffering four straight losing seasons, but in the 28 seasons since, William Smith has posted a winning percentage of .607 or higher.
Sally became a Heron in 1988 when Pat stepped down as field hockey coach to concentrate on lacrosse (She led both sports for 16 seasons). Four years later, Sally led William Smith to the first of three field hockey national championships.
The trio has been steadfast advocates for access and equality for women in athletics at William Smith, tirelessly working to level the playing field for Herons with their male counterparts. In the process, they have placed William Smith at the forefront of intercollegiate athletics.
Thousands of Herons remain committed and engaged with their alma mater due in no small part to the advocacy, influence and relationships they have with their coaches. Pat, Aliceann, and Sally have built a legacy of excellence—that includes the NCAA Division III coaching records for career wins in women's lacrosse (377) and women's soccer (443)—from the ground up, blazing a trail for future generations.