ALBANY — Cathy Cummings Haker, The College of Saint Rose’s athletic director, is retiring after 43 years spent involved with the school’s athletics.
In a press release issued Tuesday from the school’s athletic department, it was announced that Haker will retire effective July 1 and that the college has started a national search for her replacement.
“I am so thankful for the tremendous opportunity that The College of Saint Rose offered me as a young professional fresh out of college. Little did I know at the time that I would spend my entire career at Saint Rose, with the ability and the support to grow an athletics program in so many ways,” Haker said in the release. “It has been the dedication and passion of hundreds of coaches, staff members, administrators and faculty over the years, in service to our students and the college, which has brought us so much success. I will miss the day-to-day interactions with colleagues and our wonderful students, but Saint Rose is woven in the fabric of my being, and I will forever be a Golden Knight.”
A Delmar native, Haker starred for the field hockey, women’s basketball, and women’s lacrosse teams at Hartwick College. In 1976, she started a 12-season stay as the Saint Rose women’s basketball head coach, a span during which she became the school’s athletic director in 1983.
When Haker arrived at the college, Saint Rose only had teams for men’s and women’s basketball, while Haker now is set to leave an athletic department with 19 programs that will add women’s lacrosse in 2020.
“We are so grateful to Cathy for the way in which she has led the Saint Rose athletics program over these many years,” Saint Rose President Carolyn J. Stefanco said. “Cathy saw Golden Knights athletics through an evolution, and she served as a leader in a field where, even today, just 18% of Division II athletics directors are women. Our student-athletes value her as someone who emphasizes their growth as people as much as their growth as players, and both men and women in athletics have looked to her as a role model. We know that, because of her great respect for our players and coaches, we will continue to see her cheering in the stands for our Golden Knights.”