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 in July 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 21 championship sports. He served on the DIII Northeast Men's Tennis Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) from 2015-17 and currently serves on the DIII Northeast Field Hockey RAC. Within the conference, he serves as the GNAC sport chair for both women's soccer and women's lacrosse. He has attended the CoSIDA Convention in 2014, the ECAC-SIDA workshops in both 2015 and 2016, the D3 Commissioner's Association Meetings in 2015 and 2017, as well as the NCAA Convention each of the last four years.
During the 2014-15 academic year, he helped oversee 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). He oversaw Rachel Wyman on the same grant during the 2016-17 academic year before she went on to attend grad school at Georgetown University and work in the school's athletic development and fundraising office.
He 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 for four years as an Athletics Communications assistant in the school’s athletic department. He also 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 from 2009 until he joined the NE10 in 2011.
Annie Jenkins began her role as Assistant to the Commissioner at the GNAC on August 1, 2017. Her hiring was 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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The GNAC announced the hiring of Kelsey Hagan, a Lasell College senior sport management student, as the conference staff's Sports Marketing & Multimedia Content Specialist on March 1, 2018.Hagan, a native to Narragansett, R.I., boasts an impressive resume. She began working as a social media specialist with the East Coast Wizards organization as an intern with the Girl's Junior Hockey program. From there, she went on to work with the Eastern Women's Hockey Conference, a junior women's hockey league dedicated to the development of female hockey players between the ages of 14-19, where she held the title of Director of Communications.
The position is made possible through the NCAA Division III Diversity Funding for conference offices, which was approved in March 2016, as the GNAC continues its efforts to support diversity and inclusion by providing professional opportunities within the college athletics industry. Last spring, Saint Joseph's College of Maine junior student-athlete Sarah Comtois was hired as a GNAC intern on the same grant initiative.
Hagan works for the Lasell athletics department as a graphic designer, and has also worked as part of the Lasers' gameday staff since 2015. The senior is also a Resident Assistant (RA) on campus at Lasell. Some of her duties at the Eastern Women's Hockey Conference office include managing league events such as playoffs and showcase tournaments, managing media outlets and the league website, collaborating with editors from USA Junior Hockey Magazine, and communicating with team and league officials on a regular basis regarding scheduling, news, and other league matters.