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Olivia Burns

07/28/2020 | AuthorNCC 

Being a student athlete at Nassau is a wonderful experience. I remember as a freshman being so scared to go in and play. I don’t think I have ever felt more welcomed to anything in my life. Both of my coaches were endlessly enthusiastic about their love for volleyball and sharing it with us. It is extremely hard work, and every single day is a new challenge. You truly have to be dedicated to the sport if you want to play for Nassau and Coach Abrams.


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Kerri Ann McTiernan

Congratulations to Kerri-Ann McTiernan, Director of NCC Athletics, recipient of the Mary Ellen Leicht Service Award! The award is given to those who make significant contributions to two-year college athletics on a national level for an extended period of time.

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This site is dedicated to sharing the stories of the NCC Community. Our wonderful faculty, alumni and students are what make Nassau Community College the best investment in your education and your future. The College is truly a community and these are the wonderful individuals that make it so special. Continue to check back as these profiles will be updated on a routine basis.

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