The Princeton Varsity Club brought members of the Princeton Athletics community together on January 30th for the winter installment of the PVC Coaches Luncheon series.
Ford Family Director of Athletics, John Mack ’00 opened the luncheon by expressing his gratitude to all of the PVC members in attendance. The luncheon then featured head coaches Mitch Henderson ’98 (men’s basketball), Cara Morey (women’s hockey), Carla Berube (women’s basketball) and Matt Crispino (men’s swimming & diving) who shared highlights from their ongoing winter seasons and talked about the meaningful impact that the PVC has had on their programs.
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Student-athletes from each of the featured programs added their sentiments as well, offering their gratitude for the ways in which Princeton Athletics has afforded them opportunities to Achieve, Serve and Lead throughout their undergraduate experience. Associate Director of Athletics for the Princeton Varsity Club, Brendan Van Ackeren moderated the Tiger panel asking Kate Monihan ’24 (women’s hockey), Ellie Mitchell ’24 (women’s basketball), Zach Martini ’24 (men’s basketball) and Nicholas Lim ’24 (men’s swimming & diving) a series of questions to help tell their unique Princeton stories. The Tigers spoke about some of their favorite team memories, the role models who inspire them most and the program culture that makes being a Princeton student-athlete so special.
During the luncheon Brianna Mponzi ’24 (women’s track & field) and Ian Murphy ’24 (men’s hockey) and were recognized with the winter PNC Bank Student-Athlete Achiever Award for their outstanding achievement and contributions in athletics, academics and serving their community. Mponzi is a two-year captain and and Ivy champion sprinter who has set three school records while also serving on Princeton’s Black Student-Athlete Collective and organizing various community service projects in Trenton. Murphy is a senior forward and captain who has epitomized leadership both on and off the ice while sharing his love for hockey with underserved communities throughout the great Princeton area. Click here to learn more about this season’s Achiever Award recipients.