Greg Catalano takes over women’s tennis

Greg Catalano has been named head coach of The State University of New York at Fredonia women’s tennis team, succeeding Joe Calarco.

Catalano, a retired high school technical education teacher, brings 35 years of coaching experience to the Blue Devils. He has coached youth basketball in Tonawanda, and modified boys basketball, golf, cross country, track & field, girls varsity basketball, and both boys and girls varsity tennis in the City of Dunkirk Public School District.

He also worked the Blue Devil Basketball Camp for several summers under the direction of Greg Prechtl, the current Fredonia Director of Athletics and former head coach of the Blue Devil men’s basketball team.

Catalano was raised in Kenmore, the seventh of 12 children in his family. He attended Cardinal Dougherty High School before earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Buffalo State College. He also received a certificate in school administration from SUNY Fredonia in 1985.

Catalano and his wife, Joan, reside in Dunkirk. Both of their children, Lucas and Rebecca, are SUNY Fredonia graduates.

Catalano inherits a team which went 8-5 each of the last two seasons under Calarco, who announced his retirement during the summer. The eight wins each year is believed to be a single-season school record. Both teams were comprised mostly of experienced players who have since graduated.

The new-look Blue Devils open their 2014 season Sept. 2 vs. Thiel at Greenville, Pa.

Men’s Hockey

Lysyj named men’s hockey assistant

Michael Lysyj has been named assistant coach of the Fredonia Blue Devils men’s hockey team.

A native of Hillsborough, N.J., Lysyj scored 39 goals and had 38 assists in four seasons with the Cortland Red Dragons. He graduated in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, with a concentration in coaching, and a minor in communications.

Following college, he played professionally with the Orlando Solar Bears of the East Coast Hockey League, an “AA” affiliate of the NHL’s Minnesota Wild; and with the Peoria Rivermen and Mississippi Surge of the Southern Professional Hockey League. He also has worked and trained with hockey companies Extreme Power Skating, Prestige Hockey Training, and The New Jersey Raiders.

Lysyj succeeds Bill Silengo, who left Fredonia to become an assistant coach at his alma mater, Manhattanville College.