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Loreto Jackson, Ph.D., Director of Athletics

Loreto Jackson

lmjackso@bhcc.mass.edu

Dr. Loreto Jackson, entering her second year as Director of Athletics at Bunker Hill Community College was formerly the Associate Athletic Director at Clemson University responsible for student-athlete wellness and development – a position that she created 10 years ago, with a legacy she handed off for further development and growth - encompassing a holistic approach to student-athlete development including nutrition, stress management, mental health, sports psychology, substance misuse, decision making, personal and professional development, conduct and behavior.

That position was a perfect culmination of all of her prior professional experiences: fitness/wellness director at two Division I universities, an academic dean of Health Science, obesity researcher, professor, speaker, author and consultant in health and wellness to a wide variety of audiences spanning the spectrum of high school / college students and staff; Olympic / NFL athletes to the general community. Now as the Director of an athletic program, Jackson’s diverse portfolio lends itself to furthering the student-athlete experience in concert with the mission and goals of Bunker Hill Community College.

Jackson, a native of Belfast, Northern Ireland, has had a unique professional path in the US: in that in all of the posts she has held – she was the first in that position; but more importantly, left each with an enduring legacy.  Her belief of “lead or be led” transcends into her messages on nutrition, wellness, achievement and success.

As the Director of Athletics of Bunker Hill Community College, Jackson strives to provide a superior student-athlete experience where participation and competition on the field and classroom illustrate lessons to student-athletes on life and personal growth and development.

Follow Dr. Jackson on twitter @DrJBHCC


Sercan Fenerci, Assistant Athletic Director

Sercan Fenerci

sfenerci@bhcc.mass.edu


Robert Lospennato, Athletic Consultant / Compliance

Athletic Consultant / Game Administrator: Bob Lospennato


Jack Stephenson

Athletic Consultant / Game Administrator: Jack Stephenson

jwstephe@bhcc.mass.edu


Joan Rossi

Administrative Asst II: Joan Rossi

jrossi@bhcc.mass.edu

Joan has served the Athletic Department at BHCC since 2011. She is dedicated to supporting the mission of the department as well as keeping the office running smoothly and efficiently. Joan is a familiar face to most people on campus as she worked in the Student Activities Office prior to her tenure in Athletics.

Joan earned her Associate’s Degree from Lasell College in Library Science and a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies from Northeastern University. When she is not working at BHCC, she is participating in fellowship and mission opportunities at her church. Family and church are central in Joan’s life.

In addition to her administrative and organizational skills, Joan is a master in the kitchen and occasionally brings in homemade treats to the office. (It’s a good thing the Fitness Center is just around the corner.) She’s also quite a story teller and often has an effective home remedy for what ails you. 

Joan lives north of Boston with her husband, Lou, and together they have three children, Laura, David, and Luke.


Head Coach Men's Baseball: David Valdez

Head Baseball Coach: David Valdez


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Head Men's Basketball Coach: Nkrumah Jones

Nkrumah Jones an alumni of BHCC class of 2001 has returned to help guide the men's basketball program.

Nkrumah comes to BHCC fresh off a four year run as assistant men's basketball coach at local Division III powerhouse, Salem State University (SSU). His primary duties at SSU were to recruit student-athletes, in-game coaching, and player development. During his tenure at SSU, the men’s team had an overall record of 75-36 for a winning percentage of 62 percent, along with two NCAA DIII national tournaments appearances, which included a Sweet 16 run in 2008-09. Also of note, Nkrumah helped recruit NE region and MASCAC player of the year Brian Clark and 2-time MASCAC POY and SSU 5th all-time leading scorer, Dylan Holmes.

Coach Jones is very well known on the exposure camp/clinic circuit where he is an instructor/coach. Coach Jones has worked very closely with the Hoop Group- the largest youth basketball exposure/instruction camp on the East coast.

"One of my goals is to bring a National Championship to my Alma Mater while helping student-athletes graduate with a degree in a field they deem worthwhile. This will be achieved using professionalism, hard work and desire".

Nkrumah is employed by the Cambridge public school system and he is co-founder of the Greater Boston Lions youth mentorship program that offers AAU basketball to boys and girls ages 10-17. The GBL program is a perennial powerhouse in the NE area with state titles, several Final fours and over 150 members and alumni to its credit.

Email: nijones@bhcc.mass.edu


Scott Benjamin

Head Men's Soccer Coach: Scott Benjamin

Coach Benjamin took the helm for Bunker Hill Community College in fall of 2002.

Coach Benjamin took the helm for Bunker Hill Community College in fall of 2002. He grew up in a soccer family in Oswego NY, where his father created the first youth soccer program in his home. In college Coach Benjamin captained the Oswego State Great Lakers to two NY State SUNYAC Championship contests, the college’s first bid to the ECAC tournament, and was the first player named to the NSCAA Academic All American team. He has a long history of coaching on all levels and holds NSCAA national and advanced national coaching diplomas. He has been the Region 21 Coach of the year six times and in 2010 was named the District Coach of the Year.

Since, Coach Benjamin’s time at BHCC the men’s soccer program has grown to be among the top team in the country. They have consistently finished ranked in the top 10 NJCAA in the last five years and in the last two years have been ranked in the NSCAA’s top twenty Junior College teams.

In 2012 the team posted its best finish ever with an impressive 19-3-1 overall record and was undefeated in league play. The team won the MCCAC state tournament and the NJCAA Region 21 tournament earning a second bid to the national championship tournament. This year the team won the first round and competed in its first national final four (semifinals). The team is currently ranked sixth in the NSCAA national poll, and fifth in the NJCAA poll. Overall the team has won six MCCAC state titles, competed in seven NJCAA Region 21 finals, won two regional titles (2010, 2012), played twice in the national tournament in the last three years, and has named five All Americans since 2009. In the past two years the team has posted just one loss in conference play.

Along with soccer coach Benjamin stresses academics. Over the past two seasons the team has posted a 90 percent academic retention rate. Over the past four years 35 players have moved on to play at Division III, II and I programs, with most earning academic and athletic scholarships.

Coach Benjamin is also very active in local youth soccer related programs. He serves on the local soccer boards of the Charlestown Youth Soccer for coaching education and on the Health and Wellness Board for America Scores after school soccer and literacy program in Boston.

Email: sbenjamin@bhcc.mass.edu


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Head Women's Basketball Coach: Richard Thornton


Head Women's Basketball Coach: Heloisa Ellie Branley


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Head Women's Volleyball Coach: Hannah Bailey