College of St. Joseph expands athletic offerings

RUTLAND, Vt. – College of St. Joseph will add three new sports to its athletics roster; in addition to the varsity eSports program, the College will add cross-country, cheerleading and dance, and bowling to its intercollegiate athletic offerings. The new programs will begin play in the Northeastern Intercollegiate Athletics Conference under the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics beginning this fall.

“We are excited to announce the addition of three new varsity sports at College of St. Joseph,” said Athletic Director Jeff Brown. “These programs are a natural fit for our intercollegiate program and we have selected some of the most well-known and respected coaches in the region to lead our student-athletes.”

The College has named Cara Gauvin as head coach for cheerleading and dance, Jonathan Lamiotte as head coach for cross-country, and Jon Wilbur as head coach for bowling.

Gauvin has been the head coach for Rutland High School’s varsity cheerleading program for 24 years, leading the Raiders to multiple state and regional titles, as well as second place at the National Cheerleading Association Senior and Junior High School National Championship in 2015 before taking home a national title in February. Gauvin owns Peak Performance All Star Cheer and Dance and is the former head coach of Castleton University’s club team.

Lamiotte currently serves as head coach for College of St. Joseph’s women’s basketball program. He is the former head coach of Green Mountain College’s women’s basketball program and also served as assistant men’s soccer coach at the nearby college. In addition to his role in athletics, Lamiotte also works in the office of admissions at CSJ and is instrumental in recruiting student-athletes.

Wilbur is a touring PBA bowler talented instructor at the local alley, Rutland Bowlerama. He is a staff player for Columbia 300’s regional and amateur team, as well as an ambassador for the New England Bowlers Association.

College of St. Joseph also offers intercollegiate men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s golf, women’s volleyball, softball, and baseball.

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