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Lasell Sports Information Director, AT Alum Honored by the GNAC

August 04, 2016

Lasell Sports Information Director Emily Machado '13 and Athletic Training alum Michael Welch '08 have been named 2016 Sports Information Director of the Year and 2016 Athletic Trainer of the Year respectively by the Great Northeast Athletic Conference.

The GNAC made the announcements following a vote of the conference's sports information directors and athletic trainers from member schools.

The 2015-16 academic year was Machado's first full year at Lasell after she returned to her alma mater in November of 2014. Welch, who graduated Lasell in 2008 with a bachelor of science in Athletic Training, currently serves as Simmons College Head Athletic Trainer.

"This recognition is well deserved," said Lasell College Director of Athletics Kristy Walter. "Emily has been a great addition to our athletic department."

"Mike Welch is one of the finest professionals I have worked with in my career," said Simmons Director of Athletics Ali Kantor.

A 2013 graduate of Lasell, Machado returned to campus following a year-long stint as the assistant sports information director at Becker College.

Welch, a native of Raymond, N.H., served as the Head Athletic Trainer for all 10 athletic programs on the Simmons Fenway campus. The Simmons Sports Medicine Department serves as a top clinical site for Lasell College athletic training students.

Both Machado, a three-time GNAC champion, and Welch played soccer at Lasell.