Kristen Clark Schuth returns to GCC to lead Cougar athletics

By on May 26, 2013

Kristen Clark Schuth is the new Director of Athletics at Genesee Community College. She began her duties May 1. “I’m very excited to come back,” said Schuth. “It’s a great opportunity.”

Schuth spent seven years at GCC as an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Health and Physical Education. She was Head Softball Coach from 2005-2010, compiling a win/loss percentage of .534. Prior to her first season, the softball team went 7-19. Her teams recorded five winning seasons, finished in the top four in Regional Finals, and produced two NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches Association) All-Americans. In 2010, she was named WNYAC (Western New York Athletic Conference) Women’s Softball Coach of the Year. “I built a program here,” Schuth said. “This feels like home. I’ve always had Cougar pride.”

Schuth left GCC to become Assistant Director of Athletics at Finger Lakes Community College, under AD Bob Lowden. “We lost a good one,” Lowden said of Schuth’s departure from FLCC. “Kristen is very easy to work with, a consummate professional and really helped to elevate our athletic program, redesigning our website and implementing an academic plan for our student-athletes. She’s going to do a phenomenal job.”

Schuth grew up in Hilton, and is a member of the Hilton High School Athletic Hall of Fame. At SUNY Brockport she starred in both softball and basketball, earning letters in both sports all four years as well as being named SUNY Brockport female athlete of the year. She was an All-American in basketball her senior year. She is a member of the SUNY Brockport Athletic Hall of Fame. She earned her master’s degree from California University of Pennsylvania and now resides in Spencerport with her husband David and sons Gavynn, 2 ½, and Austynn, 9 weeks.

Schuth is excited to start building a new legacy. “I’m ready for us to move forward and improve to become the highest quality and successful athletics program in the NJCAA (National Junior College Athletics Association),” Schuth said. “It’s not all about winning. It starts in the classroom. We need to do what’s right for our student-athletes and promote success in the classroom first. An increase in graduation is a big sign of success.”