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). 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.
A member of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), Ghika is responsible for the maintaining and updating of the GNAC website and oversaw the site’s redesign process, which launched in January 2015. He currently serves on the DIII Northeast Men's Tennis Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) and serves as the GNAC sport chair for men's lacrosse.
Also 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).
Originally from Saugus, Mass., Ghika, 26, 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.
Rachel Wyman was appointed to the position of Assistant to the Commissioner in May 2016. Her hiring is supported through the Division III Ethnic Minority and Women’s Grant, a two-year program that provides funding for entry-level administrative positions at NCAA Division III schools and conference offices.
Wyman was a Double Major in both History and Spanish & Hispanic Studies at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y. The Medfield, Mass. native received Liberty League Women’s Volleyball All-Conference honors all four years during her career as a student-athlete with the Dutchwomen. Wyman was president of Union’s SAAC Executive Board and represented the Liberty League at the 2016 NCAA Convention in San Antonio.
With the GNAC, Wyman is responsible for special projects under Commissioner Walsh, including the 2016 GNAC Professional Development Seminar (PDS) which took place in August. Her duties also include coordinating the GNAC’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) efforts, strategic planning, historical research, event management at conference championships, and assisting with athletics communications tasks.