SPRINGFIELD, Mass.--Junior Brandon Marcoux (South Hadley, Mass./Hadley Hopkins Academy) of the Western New England University men's cross country program has been named to serve as an officer on the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Student-Athlete Advisory Committee during the 2015-16 academic year. He is one of six student-athletes from different member institutions to comprise the SAAC Executive Board that includes the positions of President, Vice President, Secretary, Community Service Representative and two Utility Officers. They will represent CCC-sponsored sports and non-CCC sponsored sports.
A civil engineering major, Marcoux will fill the role of a community service representative for the conference.
"Brandon has been extremely hard working and dedicated to all of the goals that the WNE SAAC has focused on accomplishing, and I know he will be a tremendous asset to the CCC SAAC," stated Jennifer Kolins, who is the Golden Bears' men's and women's tennis coach and the SAAC advisor.
Marcoux decided to go to Western New England because of the small class sizes and the close proximity to home.
"The campus is close enough to home that I am able to go home whenever I can, but far enough away that it keeps me at school," he said.
A member of the Golden Bears' SAAC group, Marcoux used that experience to draw a desire to serve a wider audience.
"I had heard PJ Nassar, the president of our campus's SAAC talking, and thought it was interesting to me (so) I decided that I wanted to join," commented Marcoux. "I wanted to be part of the conference SAAC because I thought it would be a great opportunity to be part of."
Marcoux's favorite community service event at WNE has been the Hour of Power fundraiser produced by the women's swimming team and the Golden Bears' SAAC Be the Match campaign for Jody Lemoi '02/G'04.
And a fun fact that you didn't know about Brandon, you ask? "Blueberries are my favorite food," he says, "and I would love to be part of putting on a St. Baldrick's head-shaving event on campus.