A new age began for women’s lacrosse this past season with first-year head coach Nicole Poli at the helm of the program. The Mustangs, who became a varsity program four years ago, have qualified for the GNAC post-season every year since their inception and will look to do so again in 2013-2014 under the direction of Poli on the new Alumni Field turf stadium.

“Through my experiences as a college player and assistant coach, I have learned what it takes to maintain a successful program,” said Poli. “I plan to distribute what I have learned and achieved in the past in hopes to build a powerful and perennial winning tradition for Women’s Lacrosse at Mount Ida.”

Prior to her arrival at Mount Ida, Poli served as the assistant women’s lacrosse coach at Western New England University (WNEU) during the spring 2012 season. As a 2011 graduate of Western New England University and a four-year player for both the women’s lacrosse and soccer programs, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with minor in coaching. In addition, Poli was a Wilbraham/East Long Meadow Youth Program volunteer where she taught young lacrosse players proper positioning on the field.

Presently, in addition to her role at Mount Ida, Poli is a coach for Mass Elite Lacrosse, instructing at clinics, practices and coaching tournaments. Shea also coaches for Croart Lacrosse, which involves 1 on 1 training teaching fundamentals and communicating the importance of teamwork as well as preparing student-athletes for college level of play.

Our Athletic Department is pleased to announce the hire of Benjamin Davis as the new head men’s basketball coach, as well as athletic administrator. Davis comes to Mount Ida College after a two year stint as the Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at Division I Siena College. Under his leadership, he helped the Siena Saints reach the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) semifinal game in 2012 and a quarterfinal appearance in 2013.

Prior to his arrival at Siena, he served as the assistant men’s basketball coach at Stonehill College of the Northeast-10 Conference (NE-10), where he was the national recruiting coordinator. While at Stonehill, Ben helped lead the Skyhawks to an overall record of 67-22, as well as NCAA Division II tournament appearances in 2009, 2010, and 2011 while capturing the regular season conference championship and a #16 National Ranking in 2010. Ben’s first coaching experience was at Nichols College as the assistant men’s basketball coach.

Davis said, “I am thrilled to be named the head men’s basketball coach at Mount Ida, and I would like to thank Athletic Director Matthew Burke, the search committee members, and the college’s administration for providing me with this incredible opportunity. This is an exciting time to be associated with the Mount Ida athletics program, and I hope to be able to build a program that the college, alumni, and community can be proud of.”

Our Mount Ida faculty, staff, and students participated at NewtonSERVES, a day of community service in Newton, Massachusetts on April 28, 2013. More than 40+ volunteers from the Mount Ida Football team, Diversity and Inclusion Office, the Health Center and Student Affairs served our college well at Newton South High School by completing service projects, including picking up trash, planting flowers, and spreading mulch across the entire campus.

Keeping Community Volunteers Entertained

During the service event, the Mount Ida Football team proved to be not only dedicated volunteers, but entertainers. Our team of students broke into an impromptu rap song about bananas that made everyone eager to get to work in the sunny 68 degree weather. Newton residents, local Church groups, and students and parents from Newton South High School were thankful for the singing and dancing that brought a fun, lighthearted vibe to community’s day of hard work.

Key Highlights from the Day of Service:

  • Filling 25 clear plastic bags of trash from Newton South High School
  • Collecting debris of yard waste and weeds to clear the campus
  • Picking up more perennials to plant at the building’s front entrance
  • Joining over 80 volunteers to make a difference at the site

Watch Mount Ida in Newton’s College Documentary

Take a look at the following video on the City of Newton’s website that features four of our recent graduates talking about NewtonSERVES and the value of a college education. Alumni are as follows: Monica Johnson, Interior Design major; Jake Davis, Biology major; Tre Wilkerson-Glover; Hospitality Management major; and Alex Milot, Business Administration major. Mount Ida College, along with Lasell College, Boston College, Newton North High School and Newton South High School, were invited to showcase the benefits of a college education to local high school students.