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Arroyo Named Athletic Director at Alfred State College

Arroyo Named Athletic Director at Alfred State College Alfred, N.Y. -- June 27, 2011 -- Daryl Arroyo, head wrestling coach at Springfield College for the past 21 years, has been named new athletic director at Alfred State College in Alfred, N.Y., effective June 29. Arroyo's official title will become Director of Athletics, Physical Education, Recreation, and Intramurals at Alfred State

He succeeds Kathy Feldman.

"We are excited that Dr. Arroyo will be joining Alfred State and will be leading our College's strategic initiatives related to the NCAA, advancing summer camp programs and broadening the recreational and intramural opportunities for students in the future," said Alfred State Vice-President for Student Affairs Dr. Steve Tyrell. "Dr. Arroyo joins a department of dedicated athletic and physical education professionals and I believe they collectively will be very successful in accomplishing these strategic initiatives for the College."

Arroyo's duties at Alfred State will include overseeing the Pioneers' 18 intercollegiate athletic teams, and leading the College's physical education department and intramural/recreation programs.

Arroyo, Springfield College Class of '84, stepped down at SC after serving one year as SC's chair of the Department of Physical Education and Health Education.

Arroyo has a Ph.D. in Sport, Leisure, and Exercise Science, with a concentration in Educational Sport Psychology from the University of Connecticut in 1996, He also has his M.S. degree from California State University -- Fullerton in 1988.

Arroyo earned his bachelor's degree in health fitness and was a Springfield College wrestling captain in 1984. A three-time national qualifier, Arroyo placed sixth in the 118-pound weight class at the 1984 NCAA Division II Championships and earned All-America honors.

Prior to joining the SC staff, Arroyo was an assistant wrestling coach at Cal State --Fullerton and Central Connecticut State. He then went on to coach 21 years at Springfield College where he coached 27 NCAA All-Americans, 70 national qualifiers, 67 Scholar All-Americans, and 45 conference champions.

In his coaching career, Arroyo accumulated a 303-163-6 record, good for an outstanding winning percentage of .648.

Other past experiences include: assistant business manager at Central Connecticut State University, assistant wrestling coach at CCSU, and assistant wrestling coach and physical education instructor at Cal State -- Fullerton.

"Daryl Arroyo has made a significant contribution to the success of the Springfield College wrestling program through his outstanding leadership," said SC Director of Athletics Cathie Schweitzer. "I admire his integrity, dedication, competitive spirit, and expert managerial skills. He is nationally recognized for building a model scholar-athlete program, while also directing one of the most competitive Division III programs in the nation. Daryl leaves an outstanding legacy and firm foundation for the next wrestling coach to build upon."

"When I began coaching and teaching at Springfield College at 28 years of age," said Arroyo, "that was my dream job. I'm so lucky to have been able to spend the last 21 years living that dream. I never planned, however, to coach until I retired. I feel this is the right point in my life to move on, and I am certainly looking forward to my new athletic experience at Alfred State. At the same time, as an alumnus and former teacher/coach, I plan to stay connected to Springfield College."

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