Many Springfield College alumni continue to live out the mission of spirit, mind, and body through their lives and distinguished careers. Our alumni have gone on to be head athletic trainers, professional and college coaches, authors, medical professionals, corporate CEOs, educators, social workers, secret service and other federal protective agencies, high-ranking YMCA administrators, and individuals involved in the Olympic movement. Here are some of those alumni who, to the best of our knowledge, are the only individuals to achieve their specific professional status or achievement.

Image grid of notable Springfield College alumni

John Cena ’99

John Cena is a professional American wrestler with the WWE who has granted more than 450 wishes for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the most wishes granted by a single individual. A center on the Springfield College football team, Cena was inducted into the Springfield College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015.


James Naismith, Graduate Class of 1891

James Naismith was a graduate student and instructor when he invented the game of basketball at Springfield College in 1891. Naismith was inducted into the Springfield College Athletic Hall of fame in 1972 and received an honorary degree from the College in 1910.


William Morgan, Class of 1894

William Morgan invented the game of volleyball. Originally named mintonette, the game was renamed volleyball at an exhibition game at Springfield College. Morgan was inducted into the Springfield College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1978.


Tom Waddell ’59

Tom Waddell founded the Gay Games in 1982. The Gay Games is an all inclusive, international athletic and culture event held every four years. He was an infectious disease specialist and provided medical service for many years in Africa, Asia, and Saudi Arabia. He placed sixth out of 33 competitors in the decathlon at the 1968 Olympics. Waddell was inducted into the Springfield College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1990.


Erin Pac Blumert ’03

Erin Pac Blumert won a bronze medal in the 2010 Olympic Winter Games as part of the U.S. bobsled team. Blumert was awarded the Springfield College Young Alumni award in 2013, and was inducted into the College’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010.


Jeff Blatnick ’79

Jeff Blatnick was an Olympic wrestling gold medalist. Blatnick was inducted into the Springfield College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1987, and received an honorary Doctor of Humanics that same year.


Carlton Sedgeley ’63

Carlton Sedgeley is founder and president of Royce Carlton, Inc., which represents nationally known figures who are available for speaking engagements.


Justin Zook ’08

Justin Zook is a gold medalist U.S. Paralympic Games swimmer. He has taken home gold in the 100 meter backstroke S10 three times—in 2004 in London, 2008 in Beijing, and 2004 in Athens.


Tony DiCicco ’70

Tony DiCicco coached the U.S. women’s soccer team from 1994 to 1999, leading the team to an Olympic gold medal win in 1996. DiCicco was inducted into the Springfield College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995.


Nancy Darsch ’73

Nancy Darsch was an assistant coach for two U.S. women’s basketball Olympic gold medal teams—the first in 1984 and the second in 1996. She also has served as a head coach and assistant coach for WNBA teams. Darsch was inducted into the Springfield College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1994.


Sue Peterson Lubow ’75

Sue Peterson Lubow was the first and only female athletic director at a U.S. federal service academy. She spent 25 years in that role for the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y. Lubow was inducted into the Springfield College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1991.


Sonya Lamonakis ’97

Sonya Lamonakis is a professional heavyweight boxer and, in December 2014, she became the International Boxing Organization’s female heavyweight world champion. Lamonakis is the no. 1 ranked female heavyweight in the United States and is tied for no. 3 in the Women’s International Boxing Association.


Neil Nicoll, G’73

Neal Nicoll is the immediate past president and CEO of the YMCA of the USA. Nicoll stepped down from the role, which he’s held since 2006, at the end of 2014. He took on the role of president emeritus in 2015.


James Frank, G’56, DPE’63

James Frank was the first African-American NCAA president. Frank also served as the commissioner of the South Western Athletic Conference from 1983 to his retirement in 1998.


General Robert Winglass ’57

Gen. Robert Winglass is the highest-ranking three star general, U.S. Marine Corps retired. Winglass was named the Springfield College Tarbell Medallion recipient in 2006.


Bill Holiber ’77

Bill Holiber is the president and CEO of New York Daily News and U.S.News World Report.