Athletic Department Staff

Justin HoytJustin Hoyt
Interim Director of Athletics

Justin Hoyt became the Interim Director of Athletics in September 2016 after serving for more than five years as the Assistant Director of Athletics and Sports Information Director. He oversees 16 NJCAA Region III sports and more than 300 student-athletes. His responsibilities include administering the athletic program's annual budget and supervising all facets of the athletic department, including all coaches and staff.

As Assistant Director of Athletics, Hoyt oversaw sports information responsibilities, including media relations, compiling game statistics and marketing the college's 16 NJCAA programs. He served as the athletic department liaison for facility rentals, coordinated the internal scheduling of athletic events and assisted in the daily operations of the athletic department. Hoyt also currently serves as the men's and women's basketball, and men's and women's track and field sport committee chairperson for the Mountain Valley Collegiate Conference.

Throughout his tenure, 14 of Hudson Valley's 16 teams have qualified for postseason play. Teams have won six Mountain Valley Conference championships, two Region III championships, participated in the Salt City Bowl and earned a women's tennis singles national championship. Ninety student-athletes have received academic honors at the national and regional level, and individuals have received recognition for earning SUNY Chancellor Scholar-Athlete honors, a Rawling's Gold Glove award and a Marucci Elite Hitter award.

Since his arrival, Hoyt has implemented a strong social media presence through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, and was responsible for implementing an Instant Admissions Day for all incoming student-athletes. He was involved in the planning and creation of a new Outdoor Athletic Complex, which features a turf field for football, lacrosse and soccer, along with an 8-lane track for the men's and women's track team, which will compete starting in 2018.

Prior to joining Hudson Valley Community College, Hoyt worked at D'Youville College where he was responsible for sports information duties and supervision of athletic events. He also has experience in game management and marketing and promotions within the athletic department at Clemson University.

Hoyt received his bachelor's degree in sport management, with a minor in business, from Clemson University and a master's degree in sport administration from Canisius College.

Christine KellyChris Kelly
Supervisor of Athletic Programs

Chris Kelly became the supervisor of athletic programs in 2005.

Kelly has been an instrumental part of the success of the Hudson Valley athletic department since her playing days in the late 1980s.

Kelly has served the program as head coach of the volleyball team and twice as an assistant women's basketball coach. Under coach Paul Bishop in 1992-93, she helped the Lady Vikings win their first national championship.

She is the only person to be inducted into the Hudson Valley Athletic Hall of Fame three times; as an individual player, as a member of the 1988-89 women's basketball team, and as an assistant coach on the 1992-93 national championship team.

Lawrence SnyderLawrence Snyder
Interim Assistant Director of Athletics/Sports Information Director

Lawrence Snyder became the college's interim assistant director of athletics and sports information in November 2016. He provides information and creates awareness about the Vikings' 16 NJCAA Region III sport teams through media relations and marketing efforts.

Snyder brings three years of general manager experience from fitness clubs in the Boston area, where he focused on strategic initiates dedicated to customer service and membership retention. Snyder also developed several virtual marketing projects designed to highlight the fitness club brands.

As a graduate student in the Washington D.C. area, Snyder worked with the RedPeg marketing firm as a brand ambassador for GEICO's NASCAR initiative. His collegiate internship experiences includes SUNY Cortland's Athletic Department, SUNY Herkimer's Athletic Department, and the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, where he participated in the renowned Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program for Youth Leadership Development.

A native of New York, Snyder began his education at SUNY Cortland where he completed his bachelor's degree in sport management, with a minor sport studies. He continued his studies at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. where he completed a master's degree in sports industry management.

He resides in Fort Plain with his wife, Zoe, and their daughter, Leila.

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Keith Thomas
Athletic Trainer

Keith Thomas became Hudson Valley’s athletic trainer during the 2004-05 school year.

Thomas is responsible for the prevention and treatment of athletic injuries for more than 300 student-athletes on Hudson Valley’s 16 intercollegiate teams.

Thomas came to Hudson Valley from Union College, where he had been an assistant athletic trainer since 2004. Prior to working at Union, he was a graduate assistant athletic trainer at The University at Albany for two years and the athletic trainer at LaSalle Institute for four years.

Thomas received a bachelor’s degree in athletic training from Alfred University in 1998 and a master’s degree in curriculum development and instructional technology from UAlbany in 2004.

He lives in Malta with his wife, Tara.

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Tim Wilson
Assistant Supervisor of Athletics and Recreation

Tim Wilson joined the Hudson Valley athletic staff in 2002. A 1999 graduate of Troy High School, Wilson is currently pursuing an associate's degree in liberal arts and science at Hudson Valley. He lives in Wynantskill.