PURCHASE, N.Y. – Manhattanville College announced the appointment of Julene Caulfield as Director of Athletics and Recreation.
Caulfield has been a member of the Manhattanville community for 18 years and with the athletics program for 17 of those years. She has served as Associate Director of Athletics for the past two years and is the Senior Woman Administrator for the department. She previously served for 12 years as Assistant Director of Athletics and the Senior Woman Administrator. Since September, Caulfield has been serving as the Acting Director of Athletics and Recreation.
“I am honored to be appointed to the position of Director of Athletics and Recreation, and fully understand the responsibilities of upholding the Valiant tradition of excellence for our student-athletes on the playing surface and, more importantly, in the classroom,” said Caulfield. “Manhattanville athletics has been a huge part of my life for the last 17 years and I look forward to leading the department to new heights.”
As the Director of Athletics and Recreation, Caulfield is responsible for running the day-to-day operations of the College’s 22-sport department, continuing the rich tradition of Manhattanville Valiant Athletics and ensuring that all men’s and women’s programs are competitive and maintain high academic standards for all student-athletes. Caulfield also oversees the department’s compliance with NCAA standards, the Valiant coaches and staff members, and fundraising and partnership opportunities.
“Julene is an asset to Manhattanville College Athletics and has been a constant and reliable force here,” said Vice President for Student Affairs at Manhattanville, Cindy Porter. “This promotion is well deserved and I look forward to seeing her shine in her new role.”
Caulfield has accomplished much for the department during her tenure with the Valiants. Some highlights include assisting in the orchestration of the agreement for and installation of The Bubble, a seasonal structure which now covers Ophir Field on the campus in the winter months, in partnership with New York Soccer Club. Caulfield also played a major role in the creation and development of the Intramural and Recreation program over the last two years. Additionally, Caulfield assisted in the development of the Manhattanville Athletics Hall of Fame from the ground up, in conjunction with former Director of Athletics Keith Levinthal, which inducted its sixth class this past October.
“I would like to thank Manhattanville President Michael Geisler and Dr. Cindy Porter for appointing me to this role,” said Caulfield. “They have entrusted me with the responsibility of overseeing the entire department of athletics, and I will work my hardest to uphold the tried and true Valiant standards both on and off the playing surface.”
Caulfield joined Manhattanville as an administrative assistant in the College’s development office before moving over to athletics in April of 2003 to become an Assistant to the Director of Athletics/Assistant Sports Information Director.
Caulfield earned a Master of Arts in Teaching from Manhattanville in 2011. She is a 2002 graduate of Marymount College of Fordham University with a dual degree in English and Journalism. A native of Swartz Creek, Mich., Caulfield resides in Putnam Valley, N.Y., with her husband, two young sons and dog Gus.