Colby names new assistant coaches for fall sports

Contact: Bill Sodoma
Date: August 30, 2006
WATERVILLE, Maine --- Two Colby College graduates -- Cait Cleaver and Kristin Putnam -- and Jim Wade, Chris Weed and Mike Kerner are new assistant coaches for fall sports at Colby for the new academic year.

Cleaver was a 2006 Colby graduate and is the greatest volleyball player in the history of the program. She helped the Mules to a 104-33 record over the past four years and helped Colby reach the NCAA Division III Tournament for the first time last year. Cleaver earned third team All-America honors and was the first Colby player to earn a spot on one of the three teams. She was the NESCAC Player of the Year last season and was a four-time all-conference selection.

Cleaver is Colby's all-time leader in career kills (1,562) and defensive digs (1,648). She also had solid totals of 265 blocks and 197 service aces. Cleaver helped last year's Colby team finish 37-4 and end up 19th in the final national poll.

Putnam was a two-time National Field Hockey Coaches Association Regional All-America selection from her sweeper position. She is the all-time defensive saves leader at Colby with 31. Putnam also earned NESCAC second team honors as a senior.

Putnam, a 2005 graduate, also played ice hockey during her time at Colby.

Wade spent the past three years as an assistant men's soccer coach at Bates College and is an active coach in Maine youth soccer. He is currently the Director of Coaching for the Coastal Soccer Club (Maine), where he coaches under-17 and under-12 boys. Wade is on the Region I Olympic Development Program coaching staff and is an assistant administrator for the group. He also coaches the Maine ODP 89 boys team and is a senior staff coach with the Team Prep Camp in Casco, Maine each August.

A graduate of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Wade also has a master's degree from Indiana University. He holds a National Soccer Coaches Association of America Premier Diploma.

Weed was an assistant for Colby head coach Jen Holsten during the 2004 season and now returns after a year's absence. He spent five years as head coach of the varsity boys soccer team at Kingswood-Oxford School in Connecticut. Weed also coached varsity boys squash and junior varsity boys lacrosse during his time at Kingswood-Oxford.

Weed just earned his master's in social work from the Smith College School of Social Work. He has a master's degree from Quinnipiac University and a bachelor's degree from Washington and Lee University.

Kerner spent the past six years as an assistant men's crew coach at the University of Rhode Island. He helped coach crews that repeatedly made grand finals and won medals at the New England Rowing Championships.

Kerner, a native of Maine, was a captain during his rowing days at Rhode Island. Kerner is a Level III (highest level offered) certified coach by U.S. Rowing.

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