-Master’s Degree, Sport Psychology-Soccer Coach, Bishop Guertin High School
-Basketball Coach, Bishop Guertin High School
-Teaches Health, Physical Education and Sport Psychology, Bishop Guertin High School
-Played soccer since the age of 4
-Western New England University, 2011
-Western New England Women’s Basketball, 2008-2011
-Worked with individual athletes and teams on the mental side of performance
-Wrote thesis on parental pressure and dropout in youth sport
-Teaches about relaxation, focus, motivation, confidence, mental toughness, Imagery, Team building, and more
RANDY PIERCE (and let’s be honest. . . his famous dog, AUTUMN)
-Founder and President of 2020 Vision Quest
-National Marathon Champion
-Hiked Mt. Kilimanjaro
-Hiked All 48 4k Peaks in NH in one Single Winter
-3 x Tough Mudder Finisher
3x Boston Marathon Finisher
-Atypically Enshrined in the Pro-Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio
-Awarded a New England Emmy Award for “Hiking in the Dark”
-National Sports Emmy Award Runner Up for Full Tilt Full Time Fan – Randy Pierce
-Published Author (See You at The Summit)
Below is just a fraction of what this woman has done for Rivier University and the community surrounding it. I will say from a personal perspective, she is the best boss and colleague I have ever worked with in all of my positions in collegiate coaching. I am grateful to call her a friend and honored to have her come talk with the young girls at our camp.
-Rivier University Athletic Director
-Raider Field is now being named the Joanne Merrill Field in recognition of her 40 years of service as the director of athletics
-Led Rivier University to more than 25 Championships
-Credited with ushering in the era of men’s athletic programs in 1991, when Rivier went co-ed, and served as the first men’s volleyball coach
-Has been named Administrator of the Year by the GNAC (Great Northeast Athletic Conference)
-North East Collegiate Volleyball Association named her to the NECVA Hall of Fame
-Named one of the 25 Extraordinary Women in Greater Nashua by The Telegraph in 2014.
Olivia is a recent award-winning high school graduate from Pelham NH. She is enrolled to begin her Bachelor’s in Psychology degree at Southern NH University in the Fall and plans to continue her education at Boston University’s Wheelock College to gain her Master’s of Social Work.
Why is all of this so significant? Liv was a healthy typical 5 yr old kindergarten student when she contracted a strep infection that caused cardiac arrest and stroke. She has been on life support, had about 50 surgeries and spent months at a time in Boston Children’s hospital and Spaulding Rehab. In all she has had over 80 surgeries. She has had many long term effects from her original cardiac arrest and stroke, including a paralyzed left hand, prosthetics on both of her legs (as she lost both of her feet), daily medications, inability to walk long distances, physical therapy, and was recently diagnosed this past year with seizures where she was unable to attend school full time.
So, despite ALL of this, Olivia is a happy high school graduate who was accepted to all 4 universities she applied to. She will start her Psychology degree in the Fall at SNHU. Her goal is to become a Child Life Specialist at Boston Children’s Hospital, a place she considers her second home, and where she can help kids who may be in pain, anxious or scared like she was over the years.
She is an incredible young woman who looks at life with a great amount of optimism and has persevered through some truly difficult circumstances, which for her and her family and friends, are still there every day.