On Campus

Siena Sports Medicine Staff

Greg Dashnaw - Head Trainer
Brian McElroy - Assistant Athletic Trainer
Nic Piretti - Assistant Athletic Trainer
Jill Guarino - Assistant Athletic Trainer
Sammy Cocca - Assistant Athletic Trainer
Dr. Hamish Kerr - Team Physician
Dr. Rick Alfred - Orthopedic Consultant
Dr. Deborah Light - Team Physician

Greg Dashnaw
Head Trainer

Greg Dashnaw enters his 34th year as head athletic trainer at Siena College. He is responsible for the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries to Siena's athletes. Dashnaw is responsible for 22 intercollegiate athletic teams and approximately 400 athletes.

He has helped the Albany Patroons (Continental Basketball Association) and Albany Capitals (American Soccer League) in the training and treatment of their athletes. He also served on the medical support staff at the Empire State Games from 1980-1990. Dashnaw also served as a trainer for the Albany Firebirds of the Arena Football League from 1991-1999. He was a member of the 1999 Arena Bowl Champion team.

During the summer, Dashnaw serves as the head athletic trainer for the Siena sports camps. The camps, which run for eight weeks, attract over 2,000 campers.

Dashnaw has been recognized three times by Siena's student-athletes with the Student Athlete Advisory Committee award. This distinction is presented to the person, who in the opinion of the student-athletes has had the most positive impact on their athletic life at Siena.

During the summer of 2005, Dashnaw was invited by the MAAC to serve as head trainer of the league's all-star team which toured China.

A Harrisville, N.Y. native, Dashnaw was the first, and is a two-time, recipient of the Howard J. Tucker Award for outstanding contribution to Siena basketball. He received an undergraduate degree from Plattsburgh State in 1981. At Plattsburgh, he served as student trainer for varsity sports. From Plattsburgh, Dashnaw went to Albany State (N.Y.) where he worked toward a master's degree while serving as assistant trainer. A member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association, Dashnaw resides in Albany.

Brian McElroy

Assistant Athletic Trainer

Brian McElroy was hired as assistant athletic trainer on August 13, 2012. McElroy graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 2010 and earned his master's degree from Seton Hall in May of 2012.

"Brian will be a key member of our team, and provide an invaluable service to our student athletes," Dashnaw said upon his hiring. "I'm very excited to have him on board, and confident he is a great fit for the Siena community."

McElroy gained valuable clinical experience serving Division I athletes at Princeton University during the 2011-12 academic year. He provided pre-activity preparations, rehabilitation programs and practice and game coverage for several teams, including football and men's lacrosse. After leaving Princeton, McElroy served as an intern for the Philadelphia Eagles' athletic training staff during the summer of 2012.

As an undergraduate at URI, McElroy worked directly with the training staff and assisted in every practice and game during spring football season. Upon graduation he worked at South Plainfield and Jackson Memorial High School in New Jersey, assisting in the care for over 800 student athletes from the fall of 2010 to the spring of 2011.

Nic Piretti

Assistant Athletic Trainer

Piretti enters his second year at Siena College as an assistant athletic trainer. Piretti graduated from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts with a Bachelor's degree in athletic training in May 2014. He brings experiences from five colleges, one high school and one rehab clinic where he served as both an athletic training student and certified trainer to Siena. 

Piretti's most recent experiences comes from his work as a certified athletic trainer at Performance Rehab Inc. in Nashua, New Hampshire. He assisted physical therapists with patient's rehabilitation exercises and notes. Piretti also provided coverage for the Nashua South High School's athletic teams.

Before working at Performance Rehab Inc., he was a certified athletic training intern at Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute for a year. There he provided coverage for the football, men's and women's basketball, men's lacrosse, men's and women's ice hockey and field hockey programs. Piretti served as in athletic training intern at Siena in 2014. He assisted in coverage of the men's lacrosse program. 

Piretti's experience includes working at Williams College where he assisted in practices, games and match coverage for the football and wrestling program as well as covering lacrosse, soccer, basketball, pole vault, softball and football camps at Gettysburg College. At Mount Anthony High School he covered wrestling as well as boy's and girl's lacrosse. Piretti began his athletic training experience at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts where he would perform evaluations, provide treatment and assist in rehabilitation exercises for the men's and women's soccer and basketball programs.

Jill Guarino
Assistant Athletic Trainer/Administrator

Guarino has been named the Assistant Athletic Trainer/Administrator in the Sports Medicine Office. She previously worked for Siena in the Sports Medicine Office.

She comes to Siena after working for Breg Inc. since 2013. First Guarino served as an Associate Sales Representative where she covered New York and Vermont helping the Sales Representative with existing accounts. She would grow territory and sell products and services to new accounts as well. Guarino was then named a Sales Representative in 2015. She covered New York, Vermont and Western Massachusetts with product growth and account maintenance. Guarino worked with hospitals and offices on their GPO contracts.

Guarino is no stranger to Siena as she served as an Assistant Athletic Trainer from 2003 until 2013. She would perform all of the daily operations in the training room. Guarino was also tasked with training student athletes in proper function and care of athletic injuries and rehabilitation. She had to deal with both orthopedic surgeons and general practitioners regarding athlete care.

She has also worked as an Athletic Trainer at Athletic Dynamics and High Performance Sports Medicine. At Athletic Dynamics, Guarino was in charge of the daily conditioning of athletes at Albany Academy for Girls. She worked with novice to elite athletes on functional enhancement for improved performance. While at High Performance Sports Medicine, Guarino worked with orthopedic surgeons and assisted in weekly surgeries. She would create and develop personalized strength and conditioning programs as well as instruct athlete in correct sport specific exercises.

Guarino earned her Bachelor of Arts in Biology/Athletic Training from North Adams State College in 1997 where she graduated Cum Laude. She then earned her Master of Arts in Education/Biomechanics in 2001 from the University of Connecticut..

Sammy Cocca
Assistant Trainer

Sammy Cocca was hired as the Assistant Athletic Trainer on January 1, 2017. She previously worked as the Athletic Trainer for the Warrior Athletic Training Program at the United State Army in Fort Benning, Georgia.

She was responsible for preparation, evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries. Cocca had to educated cadre and trainees on injury prevention, nutrition and weight loss.

Prior to that she worked as a physical therapy aide/ATC at Capital Area Physical Therapy & Wellness. There she provided services of daily upkeep of the clinic and assisted in the rehabilitation of patients.

Cocca earned her Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training with a minor in Health from Ithaca College in May 2012. She also earned her Master of Science in Exercise Science and Health Promotion with a Concentration in Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention from California University of Pennsylvania in December 2016.

Dr. Hamish Kerr

Team Physician

Dr. Hamish Kerr is a board certified sports medicine specialist. He is the head team physician for Siena College, and has been working with the Siena College Athletic program for six years.

Dr. Kerr is the Sports Medicine Fellowship Director for Albany Medical Center and sees patients both in Latham and at Capital Region Orthopedics in Albany.

Dr. Kerr received his medical degree from the University of Glasgow, Scotland. He completed residency training in combined internal medicine/pediatrics at Albany Medical College and primary care sports medicine fellowship training at the Harvard Medical School program at Children's Hospital in Boston.

Dr. Kerr is a member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is also the Chair of the US Rugby Sports Medicine Committee and serves US Rugby Sevens and the US Olympic Committee as a team physician.

Dr. Rick Alfred
Orthopaedic Consultant

Dr. Richard H. Alfred is a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon, specializing in sports medicine.

Dr. Alfred received his medical degree from Albany Medical College in 1981. Dr. Alfred's postgraduate work included a fellowship in sports medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. His orthopaedic surgery residency was done at Albany Medical Center Hospital. He was a junior resident in General Surgery and Orthopaedic Surgery at Albany Medical Center Hospital. Dr. Alfred joined Capital Region Orthopaedics in 1988.

Dr. Alfred sees patients at the Albany, Latham, and Saratoga offices.

Dr. Deborah Light
Team Physician

Dr. Deborah Light is board certified in Sports Medicine, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. She is a team physician with Siena College, and has been involved with the athletics program since 2012. Dr. Light is a faculty member for the Sports Medicine Fellowship and the Internal Medicine and Pediatrics residency at Albany Medical Center. She sees patients in Latham.

Dr. Light received her medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. She completed both her residency training in combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, as well as her Primary Care Sports Medicine fellowship at Albany Medical College.

Dr. Light is a member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and the American College of Sports Medicine. She is a member of the USA Boxing Medical Commission, and serves as a physician for USA Boxing and the US Olympic Committee.