Starchok-Gillow To Lead Women' Soccer Program

First Full Time Women's Soccer Coach Announced
Release Date:
July 25, 2011
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

HAMBURG, NY - Susan Viscomi, Director of Athletics at Hilbert College, is pleased to announce the hiring of Kelly Starchok-Gillow as the new head coach of women’s soccer, beginning immediately. Starchok-Gillow was appointed to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Strategic Alliance Matching Grant position. 

“The new position’s coaching responsibilities will allow student-athletes to have greater access and more interaction with their head coach, who oftentimes serve as a key mentor for college-level athletes.   This full-time position will also allow for more time and resources to identify and attract higher-caliber student-athletes to Hilbert, an aspect that will, in the long-run, enhance the program’s competitiveness,” said Viscomi. 
Starchok-Gillow will also serve as the athletic department’s Compliance and Student Services Coordinator. She will oversee, and build on, a recently-launched program developed specifically for at-risk student-athletes at Hilbert College.   As the compliance coordinator, Starchok-Gillow will oversee all student-athlete eligibility matters.
Starchok-Gillow brings over ten years of coaching experience along with team and coaching awards to Hilbert College. During her four years at Genesee Community College (GCC) , she led the Cougars to the National Junior College Athletic Association’s (NJCAA) National Tournament in 2010 (runner-up) and became the NJCAA Division III District A Champions and Region 3 Champions in both 2009 and 2010. 
In 2007 and again in 2010, GCC earned the Western New York Athletic Conference championship as the 2009 squad was honored with the NJCAA Division III National Tournament Sportsmanship Award. 
Personally, Starchok-Gillow was named the NSCAA/Mondo Junior College National Northeast Coach of the Year (2010), the NJCAA Region III Coach of the Year (2009, 2010) and the New York State ODP Coach of the Year (2008). 
Starchok-Gillow served as an assistant coach at Canisius College (2001 – 2004) and as a head coach with the Empire United Soccer Academy (2001 to present). Beginning in 2006, Starchok-Gillow assumed a head coaching position with the Olympic Development Program a year before she became the head coach at GCC. Working at the Batavia, NY college Starchok-Gillow served as an adjunct professor in the Health and Physical Education division and expanded her responsibilities within the department by assisting as a co-sports information director.
Having graduated from the University at Buffalo with a Bachelor of Arts degree in early childhood development in 2001, Starchok-Gillow then earned her Master’s Degree in Education from Canisius College.  Starchok-Gillow currently holds her USSF National C License Certification.

Hilbert College, located in suburban Hamburg, N.Y., south of Buffalo, is a private four-year college founded in 1957 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition. With nearly 1,100 students, Hilbert is a dynamic Western New York college that offers career-focused majors, including one of the top criminal justice programs in the region, and more than 50 minors and concentrations. The college’s engaging, student-centered campus community offers numerous leadership, internship, and service learning opportunities from which students launch successful careers while making positive changes in their communities. The Hilbert Blueprint promotes a well-rounded student experience over four years – starting with the Foundations Seminar in the freshman year, followed by Sophomore Service, Junior Symposium, and culminating with the Senior Capstone. Hilbert has expanded its academic offerings with the college’s first graduate programs and new Accelerated Degree Programs geared to adult learners.