Russell Sage College Welcomes Director of Athletics and Recreation

Russell Sage College welcomes Danielle Drews as director of athletics and recreation.

Drews joins Russell Sage from NCAA Division III State University of New York at Oswego, where she was head women’s volleyball coach since 1991, as well as assistant athletic director and senior woman administrator since 2000. She also served as sports information director from 1991-2000.

“As a student-athlete at Hamilton College who competed against Russell Sage, and then as a coach and administrator at Oswego, I was familiar with Russell Sage’s promising athletics program and its solid academic reputation,” said Drews. “I am looking forward to building on those strengths and creating more opportunities for alumni involvement in the sports program at Russell Sage.”

As volleyball coach, Drews led her team to an NCAA Championship appearance in 1994, was named SUNYAC Coach of the Year in 1991 and 1994, and the New York State Women’s Collegiate Athletic Association Coach of the Year in 1994. She has also represented women’s volleyball on regional committees for the NCAA, NYSWCAA, and AVCA.


Drews oversaw 13 varsity teams, and coordinated athletic facilities, game management, scheduling, budgeting, and personnel decisions as assistant athletics director and senior woman administrator at Oswego. She will execute similar functions at Sage, managing five varsity sports, several club teams, and an extensive recreation and fitness program.


“We are thrilled to have Dani Drews joining Russell Sage College. We’re looking forward to her providing leadership to our program and have already felt her support for the student-athletes and coaches,” said Lisa Greiner, senior woman administrator at Sage.


Drews replaces Candice Poiss, who resigned after six years at Russell Sage to serve as a commissioner of the North Eastern Athletic Conference.

Kelli Martin '86 Inducted into Athletic Hall of Fame

The Russell Sage College Athletics Department inducted former softball player Kelli Martin ’86 into the Russell Sage Athletics Hall of Fame during a ceremony in May. She is the eighteenth member to be inducted. The ceremony was held in conjunction with the Athletics All-Sports Banquet, which honored all current Russell Sage student-athletes.


Martin, of Ballston Spa, N.Y., was a standout pitcher from 1983-1986. She holds the career records at RSC for earned run average (2.04) and strike outs (99), as well as the singleseason record for earned run average (1.00) in 1984. She is also among the top ten leaders in numerous other single-season and career pitching records. Since graduating, Martin has taught physical education at nearby Broadalbin-Perth High School. She has coached modified and junior varsity softball and volleyball, as well as modified basketball.


Several of Martin’s former teammates, as well as former coaches Aggie Stillman and Mary Ellen Clancy (also Hall of Famers), attended the ceremony. Her former coaches described Martin as “a quietly competent leader who was an intelligent, witty, modest, caring, coachable, independent, and fierce competitor.”