HERKIMER — Herkimer County Community College has appointed two coaches — John W. Campagna as head men’s and women’s golf coach and Robert T. Leary head men’s lacrosse coach. Leary will also serve as an admissions assistant.
Campagna, a 1985 SUNY IT graduate and resident of Herkimer, has been an employee of the college since 1990, when he was appointed head women’s basketball coach. He was named a learning center specialist in 1991, where he developed the college’s athletic Academic Code and helped create Herkimer College’s early student-athlete academic tracking and communication strategies. He took on the student athlete specialist role in 2000, where he was responsible for reporting all NJCAA academic compliance information and worked closely with the director of athletics.
Campagna most recently worked in the college’s Academic Support Center, coaching and tutoring at-risk athletes to help them improve in the classroom, and facilitating regular study group sessions.
Campagna has spent nearly eight years as the head coach of the boys’ junior varsity basketball team and assistant coach of the varsity track team at Dolgeville High School. Before that, he coached at Herkimer College, overseeing women’s basketball from 1990 to 2012, cross country from 1992 to 2001 and softball from 1999 to 2001.
Golf is one of the newer sports on campus, debuting in spring 2018.
Leary, of Oneonta, is a 1985 Herkimer College graduate, earning his associate’s degree in social science before continuing his education at SUNY Oneonta.
He comes to the college from Marian University in Wisconsin, where he served as an academic success liaison for athletics and head men’s lacrosse coach. In this role, Leary was responsible for monitoring the academic progress of all Marian student-athletes, acting as a conduit between faculty and athletics staff. He was also appointed as the delegate to the Native American Student Advocacy Institute and led the lacrosse program to a 21-13 record.
Over his three-year tenure, Leary raised the academic standards of the team from last in the Sabre athletics program to above a 3.0 team GPA.
Before that, Leary was head lacrosse coach at SUNY Delhi for more than a decade, where he also served as a head women’s soccer coach. He was named the Mountain Valley Conference Coach of the Year four times and also earned the Scott D. Livie Award in 2012, awarded to the Intercollegiate Men’s Lacrosse Junior College National Coach of the Year.
He spent seven years as vice president of the Region III Women’s Soccer Coaching Association before being named president for the 2013-14 term. He also spent five years serving as president of both the Region III Lacrosse Coaches Association and the NJCAA Lacrosse Coaches Association. Leary played a role in establishing the NJCAA Lacrosse Hall of Fame and the NJCAA Region III All-Star game.
In his role as admissions assistant at Herkimer College, Leary will act as the athletic liaison for student-athletes interested in enrolling at the college, assisting in meeting undergraduate enrollment goals and helping prospective students and their families through the admissions and enrollment process.