Jaclyn Lawrence and Mike Zaccardo have been named Interim Assistant Directors of Athletics at SUNY Cortland, according to Director of Athletics Mike Urtz. They are both Cortland graduates and former Red Dragon student-athletes.
Lawrence will serve as Assistant AD for Internal Operations, which will include work with game-day operations, staff and event management. Zaccardo will serve as Assistant AD for External Operations and will deal with marketing, development and special events, among other areas.
Lawrence earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Cortland in 2012 and a master’s degree in sport management in 2014. She worked during the 2013-14 school year as an athletic operations intern at Cornell University, where she managed home competitions and scheduled facilities, event staff and officials. In addition, she served as a volunteer assistant coach with Cortland’s women’s volleyball team in 2013-14 and completed an independent work study position in the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) office in the spring of 2013.
From 2008-11, Lawrence was a member of Cortland’s volleyball squad that posted a combined 131-33 record and won two SUNYAC titles. As a captain in her senior year she led the Red Dragons in digs as the team advanced to the NCAA Div. III quarterfinals.
The Marilla, N.Y., native was a modified boys’ volleyball coach in the Eden (N.Y.) School District in the fall of 2012 and an assistant varsity girls’ lacrosse coach in the Lancaster (N.Y.) School District in the spring of 2012.
Zaccardo has served as an assistant baseball coach at Cortland in both 2013 and 2014 in addition to the 2010 and 2011 seasons. He earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a criminology concentration from Cortland in 2008 and completed his master’s degree in sport management in the summer of 2014. Zaccardo also received an associate’s degree in liberal arts from Monroe Community College in 2005.
A standout catcher for the Red Dragons, Zaccardo recorded a .364 career batting average with 20 home runs and 113 RBI in 121 games. In his junior season, he earned third team All-America honors, was ECAC Upstate New York, New York Region and SUNYAC Player of the Year, and was a national Gold Glove recipient.
After his three seasons with the Red Dragons, Zaccardo signed a free agent contract with the Philadelphia Phillies organization in 2008. He worked as a teacher’s aide at the George Junior Republic Union Free School District from 2009-11 and for the Hillside Family of Agencies in 2012, where he supervised special education students ages 12-18 in classroom settings. Zaccardo served as an intern in the Cortland athletic department in the summer of 2014.
Lawrence and Zaccardo help fill vacancies created by the departure of Assistant Athletic Director Ashley Whiting, who moved with her family to California, and Assistant to the Athletic Director Larry Miller, who has accepted the positions of head softball coach and assistant sports information director at Framingham State University (Mass.).