SOUTHINGTON—Director of Athletics Preston Beverly has been busy since his hiring last spring as Lincoln College of New England continues to build its athletic department. In recent years, the NJCAA Division III school has shown promise with their men’s basketball team, and the women’s basketball team has had varied levels of success.
Former Bristol Eastern assistant coach Mike Stokes has already been hired as the new Wildcat women’s basketball coach for this winter. Now, Preston has hired two more individuals as he builds the Wildcat program. Deena Martinelli was been hired as the new cheerleading coach, and Gina Prentiss was named as the sports information director.
“These are just some of many revitalizing changings the college plans on making,” says Beverly.
Martinelli has been involved in the sport of Cheerleading for over a decade. Some of her accomplishments include a Naugatuck Valley League championship, two state championships, two New England regional championships, a national title in Tampa FL, and numerous invitational competitions.
At the collegiate level, Martinelli, a member of Eastern Connecticut State University, traveled to Daytona Beach, FL for the national competition.
She has also also served as a volunteer coach at Southington High School for the past two years.
Martinelli currently resides in Southington.
She will be joined in the Wildcat office by Gina Prentiss, who enters her first year as sports information director with the school.
Prentiss is also a member of the college’s admissions team beginning in January 2013. Besides her roll as a LCNE admissions representative, Prentiss has spent several years working in the field of education.
“Gina will make a great addition to the department and will be a continued positive addition to the college and community,” said Beverly. “She is up to date with all forms of media exposure both viral and traditional which is a key component for this position. Her proven hard work and dedication to the college being an alum will undoubtedly show in her work.”
A native of Bristol, Prentiss serves as the primary media contact for the men’s and womenss basketball teams. Additionally, she is responsible for producing official publications, media guides, game notes, press releases, and game programs. She also writes collegiate sports analysis articles for the print and on-line news media.
An alumnus of Lincoln College of New England, Prentiss first became interested in sports just as many Americans, by being a fan and a spectator at a young age.
Although never taking to the field itself, her love of sport was fostered and stoked by friends and family. Her husband has been a basketball coach for middle school students for several years, and her father takes to the golf course any chance he gets.
Prentiss resides in Bristol along with her husband, Michael.