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Dixon-Vosh to return as Clinton Women's Basketball Coach

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

PLATTSBURGH — A familiar face will be rejoining the Clinton Community College Athletics Department.

Donna Dixon-Vosh, who previously coached the college’s women’s basketball and soccer teams, has been hired as the new women’s basketball coach. She has been working at the college’s admissions department as an advisor.

Dixon-Vosh also coached the softball team for several seasons throughout her previous coaching years at Clinton and replaces Mike Busby.

“I am really excited,” she said. “I like the way the college administration is going toward for athletic programs.

“We are getting a lot of support from them. For the administration to be putting that type of effort toward things, I am excited to be a part of it.”

Dean of Student Affairs John Borner said he appreciated Busby’s hard work and dedication to the program. Borner said Busby will be joining Potsdam State’s women’s basketball program.

Dixon-Vosh is leaving her post as the coach of the Seton Catholic girls basketball team. This past season, she led the Knights to their first Section VII Class C title since 2008.

Dixon-Vosh acknowledged that building the women’s basketball program back to where she wants it to be will be an extended process but looks forward to the challenge.

“We were very competitive the last time I was coaching, and I want to get back to being competitive,” Dixon-Vosh said. “It’s going to be a challenge to get this program back to the way I want it to be.

“It does take time to recruit, but I am going to do my best this year. There’s still a lot of student-athletes out there that have not made a decision yet, so I am hoping to try and convince them to come to Clinton for a year.

“The big thing is just getting the name out there and making the point known that Clinton is changing, and athletics are becoming a big part of the campus again.”

Borner said what sold him on the hiring of Dixon-Vosh was her enthusiasm.

“One of the goals is you have to be able to recruit a team, and Donna has shown a lot of success,” Borner said. “She just had a successful season at Seton Catholic.

“She’s shown consistency and a competitive nature, and she won a national championship here at Clinton Community College not too long ago.”

Kevin Daugherty, the longtime men’s basketball coach for Clinton, will continue to serve as the interim athletic director and men’s basketball coach.

Daugherty took over as athletic director just a few days before his team’s opener back in November.

Daugherty said he has embraced his new role and is proud of hiring Dixon-Vosh.

“It’s the first hiring that I’ve made since getting the job, so I pat myself on the back because it’s a pretty good one,” Daugherty said.

“I just know she is a good fit because of her track record. She did a great job when she was here before. That’s not going to change. I just have a lot of respect for her.”

Also returning will be the men’s soccer coach Mike Eppler, Borner said.

“We have met with coach Eppler,” Borner said. “He was thinking about retirement, but he is going to stay with us. I’m very excited to have coach Eppler back.”

The college is also looking to add a golf team, Borner said.

“We are very serious about looking at expanding golf this year,” Borner said. “So for the 2018-2019 year, we will be expanding. The first golf team we will have will be for fall 2019, but we will be looking to recruit a golf coach this year.”

“It’s an exciting time for us as we get our athletic programs back where we would like to see them,” Borner said.

“It’s an exciting time to be at Clinton Community College, and we have an exciting lineup of coaches. We are looking forward to some good things in the future.”