Joe Walsh became the GNAC’s first full-time commissioner in 2005. Prior to that, he was assistant men’s basketball coach at Emmanuel College, head women’s basketball coach and athletic director at Emerson College, and assistant women’s basketball coach at Harvard University after starting his coaching career at Saint Columbkilles High School in Brighton, Massachusetts.
Walsh has spent over 30 years involved in athletics at the community level within the City of Boston as a coach and an administrator. He currently serves as the President of The National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators (NADIIAA) and is a member of the D3 Management Council. In the past, he has served as the NCAA DIII Women’s Basketball National Committee and New England Chair, the NCAA DIII Membership Committee and on the NCAA DIII Men’s Basketball Regional Advisory Committee.
In his tenure at the GNAC, Walsh has secured more than $800,000 in NCAA grant funding and corporate sponsorships for the conference.
Joe was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame as a member of the class of 2013. He is past president of both the Allston and Brighton Boards of Trade, Allston Brighton Kiwanis and the co-chair of the Brian J. Honan Charitable Foundation. He has served on the ECAC Award of Valor Committee, the ECAC Women’s Basketball Selection Committee and the board of directors at the West End House Boy’s & Girl’s Club. He was the Director of Community Relations at Boston University for 15 years.
In addition to serving as the NADIIIAA President, Walsh also served as a member of the DIII Convention Planning Committee and as a teacher in the NAMI Family to Family education program. For more information, visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness home page at nami.org.
Michael Ghika began his tenure with the GNAC on July 1, 2014, as he was named the conference's first-ever full-time Assistant Commissioner for Media Relations. Ghika (pronounced JEE-ka) previously worked at the NCAA Division II Northeast-10 Conference for three years, serving in a full-time capacity as the league’s Director of Strategic Communications from 2012-14.
Ghika is responsible for the maintaining and updating of the GNAC website and serves as a liaison with the conference's AD Council, sports information directors and coaches' groups. He also oversees all communication with assigners for the league's 17 championship sports. He has served on the DIII Northeast Men's Tennis Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) and serves as the GNAC sport chair for men's lacrosse. He attended the CoSIDA Convention in 2014, the ECAC-SIDA workshops in both 2015 and 2016, and the NCAA Convention each of the last three years.
During the 2014-15 academic year, he oversaw both Rebecca Mullen and Doug Chin, who split time working for the conference office on the DIII Ethnic Minortiy and Women's Grant. Mullen went on to become the assistant commissioner at the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC), while Chin was named the assistant commissioner at the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC).
A native of Saugus, Mass., the 28-year-old graduated from Southern New Hampshire University in 2011 with a B.S. in Sport Management and a minor in Communications. In his time as a student, he worked four years as an Athletics Communications assistant in the school’s athletic department. Previously, he served as Director of Media Operations for the North Shore Navigators, a summer collegiate baseball team located in Lynn, Mass., where he oversaw operations for separate television and radio broadcast crews, managed the game day press box operations and assisted the team's general manager.
Annie Jenkins has been appointed to the position of Assistant to the Commissioner at the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC), as announced on June 1, 2017. She will begin her duties on August 1. Her hiring is supported through the NCAA Division III Ethnic Minority and Women’s Grant, a program that provides funding for entry-level administrative positions at NCAA Division III schools and conference offices.
Jenkins received her Master of Education degree in Athletic Administration (Collegiate Level) in May 2017 from Endicott College, where the 2017 Endicott “Woman of Impact” honoree spent the past two years as the Gulls’ Sports Information Graduate Assistant.
Jenkins, a CoSIDA 2016 Fred Stabley Sr. District 1 Writing Contest “Story with Video” winner, served as the primary media relations contact for six of Endicott’s 21 varsity teams by assisting with statistical coverage, social media, and multimedia content creation to expand the College’s global reach.
Prior to her time at Endicott, Jenkins graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Journalism and a minor in Political Science from Emerson College in May 2015, where she was a softball student-athlete from 2011-15. The Woodland, Calif. native was a four-time National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-America Scholar-Athlete, earning three Academic All-Conference nods and six Dean’s List selections. She was also the Lions' senior captain for a team that earned the nation’s top softball team grade-point average all four years she was on the squad.
As the president of Emerson’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) board for two years, the 2012 GNAC Sportsmanship Award recipient also held a work-study job in the athletic department all four years to generate accurate statistics as part of her sports information staff gameday coverage.
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