NECC Welcomes Two Student Specialists to Conference Staff

NECC Welcomes Two Student Specialists to Conference Staff

Mansfield, Mass.- The New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) is pleased to welcome Evelyn DeVaux (Wethersfield, Conn.) and Hannah Nelson (Weare, N.H.) to the staff in student specialist roles. The position is new to the NECC, and made possible through a diversity grant from the NCAA.  DeVaux and Nelson will assist with the promotion of the NECC, it's eight athletic departments, and its student-athletes, by helping with the coordination of our promotional and management efforts to enhance the league.

DeVaux is a junior field hockey player from Elms College, where she is studying Sports Management and Marketing, with a minor in Coaching. The junior has had a successful athletic career while at Elms, but is also extremely involved in the campus community.  She is the Vice-President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), a Resident Advisor (RA), and works in Elms’ Sports Information Department.

DeVaux’s future goal is to be a sports information director, and is excited to develop her skills through this position. “I am looking forward to this internship with the NECC and I am eager to learn more about the schools within the conference, as well as how a conference is run from an inside perspective.”

Nelson is a senior women’s basketball student-athlete at New England College, where she is a double major in Sport and Recreation Management, and Communication Studies. Also active on her campus, she is the President of the Class of 2020 at NEC, acts as a peer leader and a student ambassador, and is President of the Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society. Nelson also serves as co-editor-in-chief and sports editor of New England College’s newspaper the NewEnglander.

Nelson’s career aspirations include working for Sports Illustrated, ESPN or a front office position in a professional sports setting. She is thrilled to be gaining conference office experience with the NECC.  “I am honored to be working with the NECC in this intern position. The knowledge and experience I will gain will help me pursue my career goals. Thank you to Commissioner [Jacob] VanRyn and Assistant Commissioner [Lindsay] Colbert for this opportunity!” 

DeVaux and Nelson will step into their roles in mid-December and will serve through May.

Assistant Commissioner Lindsay Colbert will be working closely with the student specialists on a day-to-day basis. “The NECC is elated to welcome Evelyn and Hannah to this role.  They have proven to be leaders on their campuses and will bring fresh and innovative ideas to the conference.” Colbert said. “While we know this experience will be great for Evelyn and Hannah, it will also be great for the conference as a whole.”


The NECC began competition in the 2008-09 academic year and current member institutions compete across 15 sports. The NECC membership focuses on providing athletic competition among institutions that share similar academic aspirations and are committed to the importance of the total educational experience for students engaged in sports. Current members include Bay Path University, Becker College, Dean College, Eastern Nazarene College, Elms College, Lesley University, Mitchell College and New England College.