Jamestown Community College's athletics department has announced the appointment of new head coaches in three of its Jamestown Campus athletic programs.
George Sisson will be the women's basketball coach; Dick Adams, the new coach of the baseball program, will be assisted by BJ Salerno; and Robbie Waddington will coach the wrestling squad with assistance from Ryan Fralick.
"JCC athletic director Keith Martin and assistant athletic director Ben Lindquist have done an amazing networking job to connect with athletic coaching talent in these three sports,'' said Eileen Goodling, vice president and dean of student development, in a statement. "Sisson, Adams and Waddington will join an already strong cadre of Jayhawk coaches and will add tremendous energy and skill to the team. The real winners in the equation are the Jayhawk student-athletes. We look forward to their enhanced success - both on and off the field - as a result of their athletic participation."
When George Sisson, left, was last in the local news, he was handing over his files as the Jamestown Jammers’ sales/operations manager to John Pogorzelski. After three years as the director of stadium operations in Springdale, Ark., Sisson is returning to Jamestown to take over the Jamestown Community College women’s basketball program, succeeding Keith Martin. Martin is now JCC’s athletic director.
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Sisson, whose prior experience includes coaching responsibilities at Eastern Nazarene College and Roberts Wesleyan College, was assistant coach of the JCC men's basketball team from fall 2004 to spring 2009. He was assistant general manager of the Jamestown Jammers of the New York-Penn League from 2002 to 2008, and became director of stadium operations for a baseball stadium in Springdale, Ark. in 2009.
Sisson is a graduate of the State University of New York at Brockport. As head men's basketball coach at Roberts Wesleyan, Sisson helped lead the team to four national tournaments.
"I look forward to continuing the success of the Jayhawks which Keith Martin has led over the last decade," said Sisson. "We will continue to strive for excellence and balance in athletics, academics, and community."
Martin coached the JCC women for 13 years, earning the NJCAA Region 3 Division II coach of the year in 2002, 2007 and 2010.
Adams, who was the head baseball coach at Cerro Coso CC in California from 1992 to 2010, earned an associate's degree at Moorpark College, a bachelor's degree at California State University and a master's degree at the University of San Francisco.
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During Adams' tenure at Cerro Coso, 115 student athletes transferred to Division I, II, and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics universities and 11 joined professional baseball teams. Adams was named the Foothill Conference coach of the year in 1999 and 2000 after leading Cerro Coso to conference championships.
After playing baseball during college, Adams played professionally for the California Angels before an elbow injury ended his career. He replaces Anthony Barone, who was JCC's head coach for seven years. Barone has accepted an assistant coaching position with California State University Bakersfield.
Salerno, who will be the assistant baseball coach, graduated from St. Bonaventure University. A member of the university's baseball squad, Salerno started 152 straight games as catcher. He served as captain of the team during his senior year.
Salerno was a member of the Warren Area High School baseball team, earning league MVP and Gold Glove awards his senior year. He was captain of the team during his junior and senior years.
Waddington, who served for a year as head coach of Frewsburg Central School's wrestling program and 14 years as assistant coach of Falconer Central School's wrestling program, also coached for two years in North Carolina.
He is a five-time Section 6 wrestling champion and four-time New York state freestyle wrestling champion. During high school, Waddington also placed four times in the New York state wrestling finals. Waddington was a member of the Edinboro University wrestling squad.
Fralick, who will serve as the assistant wrestling coach, is a four-time Section 6 champion. He was the career wins (188) leader, with an 86% win loss percentage, at Falconer Central School. Fralick earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Buffalo, where he also competed in the wrestling program, and a doctorate at New York Chiropractic College.
Fralick served previously as assistant coach of the Sweet Home High School and Frewsburg Central School wrestling programs and the Falconer youth wrestling program. He owns Fralick Chiropractic in Warren.