Gann May be the New Kid on the Block—But We are Making Noise

In an exciting win his fall, Gann Academy won the inaugural Girls Volleyball Championship in the IGC (Independent Girls Conference). According to Director of Athletics Pam Roecker, this title is a milestone within the growth of Gann Athletics, a newcomer in a well-established conference.
"We are incredibly proud of the growth and success of our athletics program—It’s an extension of the classroom at Gann. Our student-athletes learn how to thrive competitively and handle adversity gracefully as part of a team."

- Pam Roecker, Athletic Director

In an exciting win his fall, Gann Academy won the inaugural Girls Volleyball Championship in the IGC (Independent Girls Conference). According to Director of Athletics Pam Roecker, this title is a milestone within the growth of Gann Athletics, a newcomer in a well-established conference.

Roecker came to Gann from Emanuel College in 2015. She served as Emmanuel’s Director of Athletics and Recreation for 12 years, and the department experienced significant growth during Roecker's tenure. She has had an extensive career in collegiate athletics, including coaching Division I women’s basketball.

Roecker took a moment recently to reflect on Gann’s history and impressive track record:

    "Gann athletics has been on a steady climb since it began in 1997, when the school was founded. In the early years, we focused on building our program. And we were always on the road practicing, because we were without our own facilities. Since then, we have come a long way—and our teams have won 41 championships in total.

    In 2000, we had our first big win when the Boys Soccer team was crowned MBIL (Mass Bay Independent League) champions. 2003 was a watershed moment for Gann Athletics. We moved to our then new, and current Waltham home, here on Forest Street. When our campus opened, it featured the state-of-the-art facilities that our teams enjoy today: two basketball courts, a grass soccer field, baseball and softball fields, and access to the City of Waltham turf fields.

    Our wins kept mounting. For example, Gann’s Girls and Boys Tennis programs have dominated league play, winning six and seven titles respectively over the past seven years. We had a banner year in 2015-2016 when we brought home five trophies: Girls Basketball, Boys Tennis, Baseball, Softball, and Co-Ed Ultimate Frisbee.

    Last academic year, our Girls Basketball team became the 2016 IGC champions. And Boys Soccer advanced to the MBIL Championship this fall, although the title slipped from their grasp in an extremely competitive match.   

    When we won the inaugural Girls Volleyball Championship on November 2nd, as part of the Fall 2016 IGC, it was truly a history making title. The 2016 squad was undefeated in their regular season, posting a final record of 15-1 this year, and a two-year record of 25-5. This is an extraordinary accomplishment given that the seniors from this team only won five games in Fall 2013, and six games in Fall 2014.

    I get a tremendous amount of satisfaction helping students to develop their athletic abilities and to experience the joy of sport and team comradery. We can’t wait for the upcoming winter season! "

In addition to Pam Roecker’s collegiate athletics experience, she has been a commentator on ESPNU, Comcast SportsNet, MSG, CBS College Sports, and Fox. Watch a clip of Roecker in her current role as the Northeast Conference women’s basketball analyst on ESPN3.

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