Notre Dame Academy Promotes Joe Kusz to Head Varsity Basketball Coach
Worcester, MA- Monday, May 13 - Notre Dame Academy announces Joseph Kusz as the new Head Varsity Basketball coach. For the past 6 years Joe Kusz has served as the Assistant Varsity basketball coach and Junior varsity coach at Notre Dame Academy. Coach Peter Bogren stepped down in the winter leaving the varsity coach position open.
“Coach Kusz says he has had thoroughly fulfilling moments at the Junior varsity and assistant level and is looking forward to stepping into the head coach position,” said Patricia Provost, Notre Dame Academy Athletic Director. “As AD on the sidelines at numerous games I’ve always been quite impressed with his eager enthusiasm, teaching skills, diligence in the subject, and very personable manner that he brings to the Notre Dame basketball program.”
“I look forward to sharing my passion for basketball and providing a strong foundation for NDA athletes. I will strive to inspire the team at all levels of competition,” Said Coach Kusz.
Coach Kusz’s coaching talents have had a great impact on the academy’s basketball program. Under his coaching, Notre Dame Academy became a highly recognized program in the Central Mass area. He has exhibited excellent leadership, knowledge of the sport, and most importantly a love of the sport and coaching these young female athletes.
“Coach Kusz understands and upholds the NDA sports philosophy of working and playing hard, pushing to be the best, and keeping an eye on continual improvement,” said Head of School Kathryn Woodson Barr. “He also understands our students and supports them as ‘whole people’ not simply as athletes.”
Welcome Back Meighan Guiney Allison ‘94- Assistant Athletic Director
Notre Dame Academy is excited to welcome Meighan Guiney Allison to NDA. Meighan, a 1994 graduate, will be working in our Athletics Department as Assistant Athletic Director and our Health and PE Teacher for our St. Julie Division. After graduating from NDA, Meighan attended the University of Rhode Island where she played field hockey, earning Rhode Island’s Team Senior Award in 1995. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in arts and sciences with a concentration in journalism, and in 2014 obtained her MBA in Sports Management.
“I am truly thrilled to have Meighan back at Notre Dame Academy,” said Patricia Provost, Notre Dame Academy Athletic Director. “She graduated as one of our finest student athletes in 1994 and is a very special young lady to me. She’ll once again be an integral part of the NDA athletic program and will begin sharing her amazing talents at NDA with Physical education classes as well as athletics. She brings a special passion to our NDA family as well as loyalty, expertise, professionalism, commitment, and responsibility. We are ready to begin this next chapter together as a team again.”
Most recently Meighan was the Head Field Hockey coach at Becker College and is currently the Director of Shamrock Field Hockey. Through the Shamrock Field Hockey program Meighan has coached and taught hundreds of girls to play and love the game. She is the 1993 Irving A. Walsh Award recipient, the 1994 Notre Dame Academy Athletic Director’s award recipient and also a 2017 Notre Dame Academy Athletic Hall of Fame award winner. Meighan resides in Rutland with her husband and their three children. We are thrilled to have Meighan back on campus and working with our students and alongside Miss Provost.
Lindsay Degnan named Notre Dame Academy Head Varsity Soccer Coach
Notre Dame Academy announces Lindsay Degnan as the new Head Coach of the Varsity Soccer team. At the age of five, Miss Degnan began playing soccer competitively and later moved to play for the Liverpool Football Soccer Club, at the age of eight. She was named to the Varsity Girls soccer team as a freshman in high school and started every game through her senior year. Junior and senior year she was named Captain of the soccer team, a responsibility she took very seriously in becoming a leader that lead and continues to lead by both example and voice. During her sophomore year of high school, she was recruited to play soccer at the collegiate level, but unfortunately, suffered a major knee injury senior year during lacrosse and no longer pursued the opportunity. Miss Degnan did continue to play Club Soccer for four years at Union College, in Schenectady, NY where she received her Bachelor’s degree.
“I am excited to have Lindsay join our head coach ranks,” said Patricia Provost, Notre Dame Academy Athletic Director. “I am looking forward to her leading the NDA soccer program on a wonderful journey. She’ll continue to bring her youthful, knowledgeable, responsible, energetic, coaching style to our growing program.”
Miss Degnan is currently an English Teacher at Doherty Memorial High School, in Worcester, MA. She has been coaching soccer since she was 15, helping coach the Liverpool Soccer Club’s Girls U8 team during her high school fall soccer season. She was also Doherty Memorial High School’s JV Girls Soccer coach and the Assistant Coach for the varsity soccer team this past fall season. Last year, she was the JV and Assistant Varsity Lacrosse Coach for the St. Peter Marian Girls Lacrosse team. Currently, she is the Assistant Varsity Lacrosse Coach at Notre Dame Academy, coaching under Kristin Ford.