Velocity Performance to Bring Leadership Academy to Rivier University Student-Athletes

NASHUA, NH, September 9, 2014 – Velocity Performance, a leading provider of business consulting & professional training services, will launch a Victory Leadership Academy this Sunday with Rivier University student-­athletes.

Amanda E. Rogers, Associate Partner at Velocity Performance and Executive Director of the Victory Academy, looks forward to the start of the academy. “Having grown up participating in Rivier Athletics camps, I’m thrilled that we are launching a Victory Academy with Rivier University student-­athletes. The Rivier University Athletics Department has seen tremendous growth over the last few years, and we are honored to be a part of its future. We are invested in the success of the athletes we have the opportunity to work with. Not to mention, as former college athletes ourselves, we simply enjoy being back on campus.”

On September 14, 2014, 26 Rivier student-­athletes across all 13 Varsity sports will meet for the first module of the Rivier University Victory Academy—The Road to Victory. The participants will attend four programs over the course of the 2014-­2015 academic year on leadership and professional development.

As Director of Athletics & Physical Education and Champion Sponsor of the Rivier University Victory Academy, Joanne Merrill recognizes the value of leadership training and seized the opportunity to invest in the Rivier student-­athletes. “We are extremely excited to be working with Velocity Performance for this year-­long leadership series. Amanda and the staff bring their experience as former college athletes and as coaches. They understand young athletes and all the challenges they face and relate well to them. Also, they have listened to us and have customized a dynamic, interactive program which we believe will have a positive impact on the Rivier student-­athletes not only on their fields of play, but also and more importantly in their lives outside of athletics.”

The goal of the Victory Academy is to empower the emerging generation to maximize their potential and make those around them better. The Victory Academy is an extension of Velocity’s corporate professional training programs built for executives, professionals and emerging leaders in companies large and small, from the Fortune 100 to Inc. 500 businesses.

About Amanda E. Rogers
Amanda E. Rogers is the Associate Partner at Velocity Performance and the Executive Director of the Victory Academy, a leadership-­training program for colleges, high schools and youth groups. She works diligently to help develop young leaders and propel them to Victory. Rogers is also the Executive Director of the Girls’ NH Tomahawks, an elite lacrosse program. She played on the Nationally Ranked, Division 1 Boston University lacrosse team. Additionally, Rogers serves as a board member on the Keegan Family COURAGE & FAITH Foundation focused on supporting youth academics, leadership and athletics.

About Velocity Performance
Velocity Performance is a leading provider of business consulting & professional training services to high-­‐performing sales forces, leaders, individuals and organizations around the globe. Velocity Performance professionals specialize in strategic & business planning, sales & marketing optimization, and leadership transformation. Training services include sales & leadership training and business coaching.

About Joanne Merrill
Joanne Merrill is currently the Director of Athletics and Physical Education at Rivier, a position she has held for over 20 years.  She received a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and Health from UNH and a Master’s Degree in Athletic Administration from Springfield College. She has coached basketball at all levels including young children, junior high, high school, and college.  She has coached both women’s and men’s volleyball at the high school and college level. Joanne lives in Nashua with her husband Steve and daughter Kyla.

About Rivier University
Rivier University is named in honor of Blessed Anne Marie Rivier, Foundress of the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary. Established in 1933 in Hudson, New Hampshire, Rivier College moved in 1941 to the present campus site in Nashua and officially became Rivier University on July 1, 2012. The University was incorporated in 1935 under the laws of the State of New Hampshire, and through two separate charters was invested with the power to confer both graduate and undergraduate degrees. Rivier is a fully accredited institution enrolling approximately 2,200 students in two schools: the School of Undergraduate Studies (which includes an Evening Division) and the School of Graduate Studies. For more information, visit

Contact: Amanda E Rogers | 603.402.1734 |

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