Leading Spartans into a New Era
Paul Saikia, Assistant Dean for Athletics and Recreation for the past eight years, has seen the College landscape change dramatically over his 31 years at York College. He was at York when the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) was created and is now leading the Athletic Department into a new era as the Spartans are set to join the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) starting in the fall of 2020.
Saikia began his York College career as the part-time baseball coach in the fall of 1987, taking over the program from York College icon Jack Jaquet. He was elevated to Assistant Athletic Director in 2001 as the baseball program continued to be one of the top programs in the Mid-Atlantic region. Saikia was renowned for his care of Jaquet Field, making the facility one of the best in Division III baseball.
In 2011, Athletic Director Sean Sulli- van departed York for an opportunity to take an Athletic Director role closer to his hometown of Boston, Massachusetts. After a national search, Saikia was selected to take over the top spot in the Athletic Department and the Spartans haven’t looked back.
York has experienced great success on the field and on the courts while the program’s performance in the classroom has been extraordinary. The Spartans have been the top academic performers in the CAC for the last four years including this year’s 278 student-athletes who received CAC All-Academic honors. The Spartans also won five CAC championships during the year. The Athletic Department boasted an overall GPA of 3.30 with the GPA covering 456 student-athletes. York had 20 of its 21 teams (indoor and outdoor track and field count as one team) finish this year with a cumulative GPA of over 3.0 for the year.
“I believe in our ability to be great in our arenas of competition, but I also believe that we can’t do that unless we are great in the classroom too,” says Saikia. “We have a motivated group of coaches who understand that it all starts with recruiting the right students, students who will have a chance to be successful Spartans.”