Sports Medicine Announces Changes to Staff

Amherst%20Contact: Ben Badua

AMHERST, Mass. - Director of Athletics Suzanne Coffey recently announced several changes to the Amherst Sports Medicine staff.

Serving the Amherst community for more than 36 years, Director of Sports Medicine, Stan Zieja, has announced his retirement. Maria Rello, the program’s associate director, has accepted the position of Director of Sports Medicine, effective at the beginning of September. Zieja will remain with the College through December to assist with the transition, while Laura Poore joins the staff as an assistant athletic trainer.

Arriving at Amherst in 1977, Zieja has been a fixture on the sidelines and in the training room for more than three decades. Earning a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education from the University of Massachusetts in 1973, he received his master’s from the United States International University in 1976.

Taking over as the head athletic trainer in 1984, he has worked closely with all of the department’s programs, most recently with the women’s soccer and men’s basketball teams. Zieja’s son, Steve Zieja ’03, currently holds Amherst men’s basketball’s scoring record with 1,708 points.

Joining the staff as an assistant athletic trainer in 1988, Rello earned a Bachelor of Science degree from UMass in 1989. Also receiving a master’s from her alma mater in 1994, her most recent primary sport responsibilities have included men’s ice hockey, field hockey and baseball.

No stranger to Amherst athletics, Poore worked with the football team while completing her undergraduate work at Westfield State University. Captaining the Owls’ track & field squads, she earned her bachelor’s degree in 2012 before serving as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at UMass where she worked with the women’s soccer and women’s lacrosse programs.