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Retired Saint Rose Athletics Director Cathy Cummings Haker (right) with Karen Haag, Saint Rose women's basketball coach

Cathy Cummings Haker, who built the Saint Rose athletic offerings from simply men’s and women’s basketball to 19 Division II programs, retired from her position as director of athletics and recreation on July 1.

Haker had 43 years of service to Saint Rose, arriving in 1976 as the head women’s basketball coach. She has taken pride in the Golden Knights’ embodiment of Division II’s Life in the Balance philosophy, in which student-athletes excel academically and athletically while being engaged with the local community.
“It has been the dedication and passion of hundreds of coaches, staff members, administrators and faculty over the years, in service to our students and the College, which has brought us so much success,” said Haker. “I will miss the day-to-day interactions with colleagues and our wonderful students, but Saint Rose is woven in the fabric of my being, and I will forever be a Golden Knight!”

Haker was recently featured on the cover of Women@Work magazine, in a story in the Daily Gazette, and a piece on CBS 6.