Christopher Avena joined the SHU Department of Athletics in July 2019 as the Manager, Varsity Athletic Facilities. In that role, Avena will have oversight of the Pioneers athletic facilities; including Campus Field, the Pitt Center, Park Avenue Field and Pioneer Park.
Avena is a 1991 graduate of Bryant University.
- Avena spent the 18 months prior to joining the Pioneers at the Event Staff Manager and Assistant Manager of Operations at Webster Bank Arena
- In that role, he trained and managed over 60 event staff employees for all arena events
- He worked closely with the ice manager to maintain proper ice conditions and was the head Zamboni driver for the Pioneers men’s ice hockey team and the Bridgeport Sound Tigers
- Avena’s first contact with SHU came at the Milford Ice Pavilion, where he was the Pro Shop Manager and head instructor
- After a 20-year stint in the financial industry, Avena returned to his hockey roots, as the retail store manager for Hockeygear.com