Athletics Administrative Directory



John Czarnecki

Director of Intercollegiate Athletics


John Czarnecki has been named Hilbert College’s Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, announced President Cynthia Zane, Ed.D. Czarnecki takes over a Hilbert athletics program that has seen much growth and success over the last few years. Czarnecki’s appointment is effective August 1.

“The pool of candidates for this position was particularly strong and John is a young, up-and-coming talent in athletic administration,” Zane said. “His experience managing many aspects of successful NCAA Division III athletic programs distinguished him from the other talented candidates. He will be tasked with maintaining the foundation and direction established at Hilbert. I look forward to working with John and I am confident we will continue to see progress and success in the Hawks’ athletic program.”

As Hilbert’s athletics director, Czarnecki will oversee the college’s 13 NCAA Division III men’s and women’s sports teams and provide administrative direction for the athletics program.

“I am thrilled and humbled to be named Hilbert’s athletics director,” Czarnecki said. “The previous athletics director, Sue Viscomi, laid a strong framework to build upon. I look forward to helping the Hawks take the next step to even more success. I am excited to become a part of the Hilbert family and work with the dedicated administration, faculty, staff, and student-athletes.”

Czarnecki, a native of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., spent the last four years at Yeshiva University in New York City, most recently as associate athletic director. At Yeshiva, he oversaw all men’s coaches, sports information, men’s athletic training, intramurals and was the NCAA compliance officer. He was also responsible for licensing, merchandising, scheduling and equipment. Czarnecki oversaw the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and was a representative for the NCAA Regional Advisory Committee for men’s basketball.

“John has been an invaluable resource at Yeshiva University,” Joe Bednarsh, athletics director at Yeshiva, said. “He is a true professional whose passion for Division III athletics and drive to better the student-athlete experience will be a tremendous asset to the Hilbert student body. I have no doubt he will be successful there and we will miss his warmth and humor.”

Prior to Yeshiva, Czarnecki was the sports information director at Maritime College, as well as the assistant men’s basketball coach. He spent two years at Maritime after finishing an internship with the SUNYAC office located in Fredonia, N.Y. Prior to that, he served as a graduate assistant in the sports information office at SUNY Potsdam.

While at Maritime College, Czarnecki was responsible for all aspects of the sports information department, including press releases, statistics, pictures, website, and scheduling. He oversaw a staff of two assistants and worked closely with all departments on campus. As the assistant basketball coach, he helped the team to back-to-back Skyline Conference semi-final appearances as well as the school’s second-ever appearance in the ECAC Tournament. He also coached one student-athlete who signed a professional contract after completing his senior year.

Czarnecki completed his undergraduate work at SUNY Potsdam and earned his Masters in Sports Management from SUNY Cortland. He and his wife Jill have one son, Jason.





Rob deGrandpre  

Assistant Athletics Director       

(716) 926-8803


In 2013, Rob deGrandpre enters his twelfth year as an athletic administrator at Hilbert College. In the summer of 2011, deGrandpre accepted the challenge of leading the department’s athletic recruiting efforts when he accepted the new title of Athletic Recruiting Coordinator. He is primarily responsible for the coordination of all athletic recruiting efforts for the department cooperatively working with Admissions, as well as department heads and faculty to recruit outstanding student-athlete to Hilbert College and its athletics program.

His association with Hilbert began in 2002 when he joined the department as a full-time sports information director and men’s basketball head coach. In 2008, deGrandpre shifted gears, relinquishing the SID responsibilities and moved into a new role as the athletic facilities coordinator. The Plattsburg, NY native assumed an additional title in the department in 2009 when he became an assistant athletics director. He became responsible for complete travel arrangements for the 11 varsity teams and organized the end of the year Athletics Award and Sports Hall of Fame banquet.  deGrandpre continues to serve as the men’s basketball coach at Hilbert.

deGrandpre graduated from Brockport State with a degree in physical education and went on to earn his master's degree in athletic administration also from Brockport State in 2005.



 Kara Rehbaum      

Assistant Athletics Director   

(716) 926-8805



Kara Rehbaum begins her tenth year as an assistant athletics director at Hilbert College in 2013. She joined the staff in 2004 and has continuously expanded her role in the department since then. Currently, Rehbaum serves as the Sports Information Director  who tracks, disperses, and stores historically all game statistics, files and pertinent team information for the longevity of the athletics program. All media releases/publicity and website maintenance is managed within the S.I.D. office in addition to web video postings. Rehbaum continues to serve as the game scheduling coordinator and game officials coordinator for all home contests. As the Senior Woman Administrator, she works closely with the athletic director in managing the athletics department’s overall budget.

Her previous responsibilities included coordinator of team travel and athletics awards banquet;  compliance coordinator for initial and on-going eligibility for the student-athletes as well as the advisor to the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and the women's basketball head coach her first five years on staff.

Prior to Hilbert, Rehbaum’s sports-related employment lists the Buffalo Destroyers in the Arena Football League from (2001 – 2003) and Canisius College (1986 – 1998). Rehbaum was the head coach for the women’s basketball program from 1993-1998 after serving as an assistant coach for the first seven years. At the conclusion of the 1995 season, Rehbaum and her staff were honored by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) and the Converse-Basketball Coaches Association of New York (BCANY) with their Coach of the Year Awards.  

In the fall of 1984, Rehbaum played professionally for the Atlanta Comets in the Women’s American Basketball Association (WABA) which was one of the leagues that laid the foundation for the American Basketball League (ABL) and the Women’s National Basketball League (WNBA) emergence in the early ‘90’s.  

Rehbaum was inducted into the Section V Basketball Hall of Fame in 2005 and the Canisius College Sports Hall of Fame on two separate occasions. In 1995 she was honored for her individual efforts on the court, and, then again, in 2011 her 1982-83 Canisius women's basketball teammates were inducted as a group, marking the first time a women's team made it to the Golden Griffin wall. 

Rehbaum graduated from Canisius College with a bachelor's degree in physical education  and a concentration in athletic training. As an undergrad, she was better known as Kara Haun.






Jennifer Teeter, D.O.

Family Practice and Sports Medicine


With the addition of Dr. Jennifer Teeter in 2010, the athletes at Hilbert College began to receive care specfic to athletic injuries as well as guidance through their rehabilitation stages allowing them to return to action sooner.

Dr. Teeter received a bachelor’s of science degree from Canisius College then graduated from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) as a medical doctor. Her postgraduate training includes Family Practice Residency at the Sisters of Charity Hospital in Buffalo, NY and a fellowship in Primary Care Sports Medicine through the University at Buffalo. She is board certified in Family Practice and Sports Medicine.

Teeter joined Buffalo Orthopaedic Group as well as the Williamsville Primary Care office where she currently services Sports Medicine and Family Practice needs.



Jeff Panik   

Athletic Facilities Coordinator       

(716) 926-8796

Jeff Panik became the Athletic Facilities Coordinator/head men’s soccer coach prior to the start of the 2011-12 academic year. He is responsible for the daily operations of all athletic facilities and events which occur in the Hafner Recreation Center and the four outdoor athletic fields where Hilbert’s varsity teams practice and compete. Panik is no stranger to managing athletic facilities having recently held the same position at North Country Community College (Saranac Lake, NY) as their Athletics Facility Manager/Events Coordinator.

Panik completed his master of arts in teaching from the University of Great Falls in 2009 after earning his bachelor of arts degree in history from Walsh University (2004). He holds a Montana Class 2 Standard Teacher Certification, Secondary Ed, Socials Studies Broad field and English FA individual course certifications, many pertaining to soccer education.




Kelly Starchok   

Compliance and Student Services Coordinator, SAAC       

(716) 926-8797



Hilbert College was awarded an National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Strategic Alliance Matching Grant position in May 2011. Kelly Starchok assumed the new full-time administrative/coaching position and also serves as the college's first full-time women's soccer coach.

Starchok leads the athletic department’s Compliance and Student Services position. She oversees a program developed specifically for at-risk student-athletes at Hilbert College. With her guidance, the Hawks' student-athletes hold a slight edge over the overall student population's cumulative grade point average.

Starchok serves as the advisor to the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and oversees all student-athlete eligibility matters as the compliance coordinator.

Having graduated from the University at Buffalo with a Bachelor of Arts degree in early childhood development in 2001, Starchok then earned her Master's Degree in Education from Canisius College in 2004.



Erin Robson             

Staff Assistant, Travel Coordinator           

(716) 926-8794

Robson joined the athletic staff in 2012 as another full time coach (women's lacrosse) while providing administrative support for the athletic department. Robson handles all ground transportation and meal matters, organizing Hilbert's athletic team travel. She also provides administrative support for the Hilbert College Boy's Basketball Camp in the summer.

In addition, Robson is an adjunct faculty member, teaching a health and wellness class at Hilbert.

Robson earned her bachelors of science in wellness management with a double minor in health science and athletic coaching from Oswego in 2009. She then completed her masters of science in physical and health education from Canisius College in the summer of 2012.




Greg Peri 

Head Athletic Trainer, SAAC co-chair

(716) 926-8806

In his inaugural year at Hilbert College, Greg Peri joins the athletics department as the Hawks full time head athletic trainer in August 2013. Peri brings a varied background related to athletic strength training, injury prevention and rehabilitation. The Groveland, NY native will work with the college’s team doctor, Dr. Jennifer Teeter (Buffalo Orthopaedic Group) to provide complete medical care for approximately 225 student-athletes in Hilbert’s 13 varsity sports.

Peri has certifications and licensures from the National Athletic Trainers Association, the State of New York Education Department and the American Red Cross for First Aid, CPR and AED for the professional rescuer.

Prior to Hilbert, Peri served as a certified Athletic Trainer for both Excelsior Orthopaedics (Clarence High School, 2012-13) and for Catholic Health System (Medaille College, 2011-12). He overlapped his athletic training duties while serving as a Physician Extender at the University at Buffalo Orthopedics from October 2011 to August 2012).

After he graduated from Alfred University (2010) with a bachelor’s of sciences degree in Athletic Training, with a minor in Exercise Science, he jumped right into his profession and worked at the Tonawanda Aquatic & Fitness Center as a Personal Trainer.

Peri completed his Master of Sport Administration from Canisius College in May 2012.



Melissa Graham

Graduate Assistant


Melissa Graham joins the Hilbert College athletic staff as the department’s graduate assistant in charge of game management with direct support to the sports information office. Graham’s leadership abilities and work ethic are a perfect fit for professional expectations and demands that come with the job. Graham will balance her Hilbert commitment, her graduate studies at SUNY Buffalo and will continue her intern work for Senator Patrick Gallivan , who represents New York State’s 59th district.

Graham enjoyed a distinguished and impressive basketball career at SUNY Geneseo. At the culmination of her final season, she earned the Geneseo Athletic Department’s Leadership and Contribution Award after garnering DIII All-American honors, a spot on the All-Tournament team and was named as the SUNYAC women’s basketball Player of the Year.  Additionally, she received several individual team awards (MVP, Hustle Award and Defensive MVP) during her four-year career as a Blue Knight.

The Orchard Park native was very involved in the Geneseo community as well. She was a two-year Resident Assistant, a GOLD Leadership Program peer mentor and served as the co-chairperson for the campus S.A.A.C. Graham was a guest speaker at local Rotary Club, College Council, Chamber of Commerce and Alumni Council functions and attended several leadership conferences prior to her graduation in 2013.

Graham graduated with a bachelor of science degree majoring in biology with a minor in environmental studies and psychology while being named to the Dean’s list five semesters. She is currently enrolled in the master’s program at the State University of New York at Buffalo with plans of becoming a doctoral candidate in June 2014.






Melissa Wapshare

Graduate Assistant Coach


Melissa Wapshare comes “back home” to Hilbert College this August after accepting the athletic department’s graduate assistant coaching position. The Buffalo native joins Rob Peterson’s women’s basketball coaching staff and she also begins her studies in Hilbert’s Master of Public Administration: Health Administration degree program after graduating from Hilbert in 2009.

Wapshare brings years of teaching experience both in the classroom and on the hardwood. Since 2007 Wapshare served as a substitute teacher or tutor in various public and a private school located in the southtowns during the traditional school year and was a teacher’s assistant at Aspire of WNY Center for Learning in the summer months since 2010.

Most recently Wapshare guided the modified girls’ basketball team at Iroquois Central while serving as an assistant coach to the girls’ varsity program. Wapshare brings AAU head coaching experience after leading an AAU Buffalo Storm basketball team since 2008. She also directed the junior varsity soccer and softball teams at Mount Mercy and Immaculata Academy.

After graduating with a bachelor of science degree in liberal studies from Hilbert, Wapshare then earned her master of science education, social studies certification, from D’Youville College in 2010. She is pursuing her second master’s degree which will prepare her for a lifetime of employment in the non-profit industry.