KEENE, N.H. 12/23/11 – The past two years, Keene State field hockey coach Amy Watson and men’s lacrosse coach Mark Theriault have gotten into the holiday spirit by decorating the outside area of their offices with Christmas stockings for each member of the Owl coaching staff. “They really enjoy it and get a kick out of it,” said Watson.
Inside each stocking, Watson and Theriault put a special gift for each coach. The pair was hit it right on the nose last year, when they gave women’s volleyball coach Bob Weiner a full-time position. “I wanted to be full-time and obviously that worked well, so hopefully my wish is going to come true this time,” said Weiner, who received a picture of a girl on a surfboard which connotes the middle hitter from California that he’s recruiting.
Other gifts found in the stocking this year included a first-ever Little East championship for women’s basketball coach Keith Boucher and a buck for men’s basketball coach Rob Colbert, who has recently become a hunting enthusiasts.
It’s a given that you always don’t get what you want, so we went right to the source to ask members of the Keene State coaching and athletic staff what is on the holiday wish list this year:
Ron Bucher (Men’s Soccer) – a brand new locker room facility at the Owl Athletic Complex and a NCAA championship before he retires.
Amy Watson (Field Hockey) - a second straight Little East championship and a Bola ball machine that used to train goalies and field players.
Bob Weiner (Women’s Volleyball) – a middle hitter from San Diego and a setter from San Francisco or Cleveland.
Peter Thomas (Cross Country and Track) – a healthy women’s DMR team and a strong men’s cross country recruiting class.
Jack Fabian (Swimming) – a healthy, productive and fun training trip to Florida, New England championships and a long list of NCAA qualifiers.
Rob Colbert (Men’s Basketball) – an LEC championship and an infusion of defense, a real big lollipop and health and happiness.
Keith Boucher (Women’s Basketball) - a healthy team for the remainder of the season.
Kevin Thompson (Cheerleading) - for everyone to stay in shape during the break and put together a great routine for competition when they return.
Ken Howe (Baseball) - Nice spring weather and healthy and successful seasons for all KSC teams.
Charlie Beach (Softball) - Another healthy and successful season.
Mark Theriault (Men’s Lacrosse) – another LEC title, wins against NESCAC teams and a victory against his alma mater Springfield during the Owls’ spring week in Florida.
Stuart Kaufman (Sports Information) - more interesting stories about Owl athletes and alums and continued support and understanding from my wife for my long hours at work.
Bob Merrow (Athletic Training) – an opportunity to go skiing and seeing his grand kids on Christmas day.
John Ratliff (Athletic Director) – a Little East Championship for all and to all a good night!!!